Nelly Furtado’s new album,
Loose , combines numerous elements of her background – her
Portuguese roots and appreciation for Latin music, her pop stardom, and passion
for hip hop – to offer a diverse collection of songs produced for the most part
by Timbaland. Rick Knowles and Lester Mendez also appear. In true hip hop
Loose also includes guest spots by Timbaland, Juanes and
Chris Martin of Coldplay. The first single off the album is “No Hay Igual,” a
Reggaetón track sung mainly in Spanish.
Singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado heavily credits her ethnic background and
childhood for culturally and crucially spawning her creativity as a female and
as an inspiring musician. Primarily of Portuguese decent, Nelly was born and
raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to working class parents who taught
her the importance of a strong work ethic.
As a young teen she worked alongside
her mother as a chambermaid and pursued music as a hobby eventually becoming
involved in the Toronto music scene after high school. She joined a hip hop
group and her level of talent became quickly apparent to everyone who saw her
perform. Her recording career seemed to take off naturally after she recorded a
short demo with the Canadian funk-pop group, The Philosopher Kings.
Flash forward just a few years to find her debut album,
Whoa, Nelly!, scanning
over 2.4 million units in the US as well as earning her four Grammy nominations
as well as a Grammy win for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her first
single, “I’m Like a Bird.” Her second album, Folklore, earned her another
round of astounding successes and positioned her as an international pop star.
Over the course of her career, Nelly has continued her worldwide appeal with
fans spanning across various genres. Her collaborations with Latin-super star,
Juanes on “Fotographia” and rap goddess Missy Elliot on her remix of “Get UR
Freak On” have created new ways for fans to connect with and appreciate Nelly’s
enormous musical talent.
On a side project basis, Nelly continues to develop her
urban tastes on collaborations with The Roots, Ms. Jade, Jurassic 5 and DJ
Freaky Flow amongst others.