Furtado, Nelly

FURTADO, Nelly, singer/songwriter (b 2 Dec 1978, Victoria). The daughter of working-class Portuguese immigrants, she grew up in VICTORIA and began performing in Portuguese and English when she was just 4 years old. Her first instrument was the ukulele, and she played the trombone in her high school band. As a singer, her big break came at age 18, when she jumped onstage to perform at a Toronto talent show and was noticed by an agent. She signed her first record deal with DreamWorks in 1999 and...

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