All About Fergie

Fergie is a popular American musician, actress, television host, and fashion designer. Fergie is best known for her role in the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. She was born Stacy Ann Ferguson on March 27, 1975 and has been in the spotlight since childhood when she starred on the popular kids television series called Kids Incorporated.

Fergie was born in California to her parents John Patrick Ferguson and Theresa Ann Ferguson, both teachers at Catholic schools. Stacy was raised with the catholic faith and is of Scottish, Irish, Native American and Mexican heritage. While still in high school Fergie began to study dance along with doing voice over work and was given the opportunity to provide the voice of Sally for two Peanuts cartoons along with Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show on which she made multiple appearances. Stacy’s foray into voice over work started in 1984 and it was also at that time that she starred in Kids Incorporated. During the time that Fergie was doing television and voice over work she was also a bright student and cheerleader.

Music and Television Career

In 1992, Stacy became a part of the all-girl group Wild Orchid along with her friend and fellow television actress Renee Sandstrom and Stephanie Ridel. The girls met with countless recording labels but had trouble getting a record contract. Finally in 1994 they signed a contract with record label RCA after having signed a deal with Sony Publishing for music publishing. The groups first song, “At Night I Pray,” debuted in 1996 on the charts. Shortly after in March of 1997, the girls released their debut self-titled album. This album was followed by a second in September of 1998 titled Oxygen. In 1999 the group was given the opportunity to open for Cher’s Do You Believe? tour. The tour took them all over the United States and Canada to 52 different cities. After the tour, the girls completed a third album but their label chose not to release the album and in September of 2001, Fergie decided to part ways with the group. Years later in an Entertainment Weekly interview she revealed that personal problems as well as problems with the band’s image caused her to depart from the group.

The Black Eyed Peas were already an established musical group when Ferguson joined them in 2003. In 2003 while they were beginning to record their album titled Elephunk, group member will.i.am asked Fergie to try her vocals on a song titled “Shut Up.” She won over the band and they instantly bonded at which point she recorded five more songs for the album. Shortly before the release of the third Black Eye Peas album debuted, Jimmy Iovine, Interscope chairman, offered Fergie a permanent position in the band as they needed to fill the empty spot left by the departure of Kim Hill in 2000, a background singer for the group. From the album Elephunk came the song “Where is the Love,” a song which peaked at the eighth spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 music chart and became the band’s first big hit. The song was actually a chart topper in several countries and spawned the second single from the album titled “Shut Up.” This song was also a chart topper in many countries and their third single titled “Hey Mama” was a hit in lots of countries in Europe and was almost as successful in the US. The Black Eyed Peas started their Elephunk Tour in 2004.

In June of 2005, the group released their second album titled Monkey Business which debuted on the Billboard at number two. The record’s first single was titled “Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” and hit number three on the charts also earning the band a Grammy award for Best Rap Performance by a Group or Duo. After multiple successful singles off the album Monkey Business, in fall of 2005 the group starting touring as Gwen Stefani’s opening act. Following the tour with Gwen Stefani, the Black Eyed Peas left for a European tour and in spring of 2006 they headlined the Honda Civic Tour.

In early fall of 2006, Fergie decided to try her hand at a solo album and released her debut titled The Dutchess. The album featured six top hits for Stacy including “London Bridge,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Fergalicious,” “Clumsy,” “Glamorous,” and “Finally.” Stacy’s success with “Big Girls Don’t Cry” led her to be nominated for a Grammy award for the song in 2007 for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” That same year Fergie won favorite female rock or pop artist at the AMAs (American Music Awards). To finish out a successful year, in late 2007 Fergie was picked by Blender magazine as the woman of the year.

After the success of her solo album, Ferguson released another album with the Black Eyed Peas titled The E.N.D. The album debuted in March 2009 and the first single “Boom Boom Pow” went to the top of the charts in US markets; it was the group’s first number one hit in the United States. The second single released off the album was called “I Gotta Feeling” was even more successful than the group’s first and stayed at the number one spot on the music charts for 14 weeks straight, proving to be the longest staying single at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009. The album The E.N.D. wound up spawning five singles in the top ten and was a huge success.

The Black Eyed Peas’ released their sixth album in November, 2010 and was titled The Beginning. It was the fourth album that featured Fergie as a member of the group. Multiple singles were released off the album, all of which proved to be successful.

Personal Life & Other Career Ventures

In September of 2004, the Black Eyed Peas were invited to guest star on the hit show Las Vegas. While making a guest appearance on the show, Ferguson met her future husband, star of the show Josh Duhamel. The couple started dating and after five years tied the knot in a Catholic ceremony on January 10, 2009. The couple is still happily married.

In May 2010, Fergie partnered with the company Avon to launch her debut fragrance called Outspoken. Fergie along with the Black Eyed Peas are known for their charity work and in September 2011, the Black Eyed Peas performed a show in Minot, North Dakota that was set up to benefit victims of the flooding of the Souris River in 2011. The flood displaced thousands of people and damaged more than 4,000 homes. On September 22 of the same year, Fergie visited Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the unveiling of a wax figure in her likeness at Madame Tussauds. Fergie also came out with a line of shoes, Fergie Footwear, in collaboration with the Brown Shoe Company. The shoes are designed to cater to fashion forward women while capturing the essence of Fergie herself. Ferguson has even used her shoe line as a way to earn proceeds that can be donated to charity.

Fergie supports many different charity organizations. Her line of shoes called Fergie Footwear has donated some of their proceeds to LAGLC Women’s Services and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Fergie has supported charities including the Candie’s Foundation, MAC Aids Fund, Global Green, the Red Cross, Stand Up To Cancer, and the Treatment Action Campaign among others.

The Black Eyed Peas are also involved in their own charity founded by will.i.am and Polo Medina of Grassroots Productions. The Peapod Foundation works to support social issues affecting children through music. Some of the issues the foundation supports are healthcare, education, shelter and housing, music education, and poverty. The Black Eyed Peas perform benefit concerts to raise money for the foundation. It is run in conjunction with an organization called Thirty-Three Productions and is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Between her successful music career and guest starring roles in film and on television, Fergie is a successful artist that continues today to be involved in many successful ventures.

Fergie’s Filmography

Film

Monster in the Closet, Lucy 1986

Outside Ozona, Girl 1998

The Gentleman Bandit, Zeke’s Girlfriend 2000

Be Cool, Herself (along with the Black Eyed Peas) 2005

Poseidon, Gloria 2006

Planet Terror (part of Grindhouse), Tammy Visan 2007

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Hippo Girlfriend (voice role) 2008

Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard, Replay (voice role) 2009

Nine, Saraghina 2009

Marmaduke, Jezebel 2010

Television

Kids Incorporated, Stacy 1984-1989 (Ferguson holds the record for longest running cast member)

Its Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, Sally Brown (voice role) 1984

Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown, Sally Brown (voice role) 1985

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Sally Brown/Patty (voice role) 1985

Mr. Belvedere, Beth 1986 “Valentine’s Day” Episode

Married…With Children, Ann 1994 “Nooner or Nothing” Episode

California Dreams, Christy 1995 “Tiffani’s Gold” Episode

Great Pretenders, Herself 1998-2001 (hosted with band mates from Wild Orchid)

Rocket Power, Shaffika (voice role) 2003

The Cleveland Show, Jill/Holt’s Mother 2009-2010

Fergie’s Discography

Studio Albums

The Dutchess Released September 13, 2006

Extended Plays

The Dutchess Deluxe Released May 27, 2008

Singles

“London Bridge” Released in 2006

“Fergalicious” Released in 2006

“Glamorous” Released in 2007

“Big Girls Don’t Cry” Released in 2007

“Clumsy” Released in 2007

“Finally” Released in 2008

Featured Artist

Daddy Yankee featuring Fergie “Impacto” Released in 2007

Nelly featuring Fergie “Party People” Released in 2008

Artists Stand Up To Cancer “Just Stand Up!” Released in 2008

Artists for Haiti “We Are The World 25 For Haiti” Released in 2010

David Guetta and Chris Willis featuring Fergie and LMFAO “Getting’ Over You” Released in 2010

Slash Featuring Fergie “Beautiful Dangerous” Released in 2010

Promotional Singles

“Barracuda” Released in 2007

“Pick It Up” Released in 2007

“Here I Come” Released in 2008

“Labels or Love” Released in 2008

Album Appearances

Will.i.am Featuring Fergie “True” Released in 2004 Album: 50 First Dates

Shaggy Featuring will.i.am and Fergie “Shut Up and Dance” Released in 2005 Album: Clothes Drop

Diddy Featuring Fergue “All Night Long” Released in 2006 Album: Press Play

The Game Featuring Fergie “I’m Chillin” Released in 2006 Album: Doctor’s Advocate

“Won’t Let You Fall” Released in 2006 Album: Poseidon

“Bailamos” Released in 2006 Album: Poseidon

Macy Gray Featuring Fergie “Glad You’re Here” Released in 2007 Album: Big

“Barracuda” Released in 2007 Album: Shrek the Third

Kumi Koda Featuring Fergie “That Ain’t Cool” Released in 2009 Album: Trick

“Overture Delle Donne” Released in 2009 Album: Nine

“Be Italian” Released in 2009 Album: Nine

“Quando Quando Quando” Released in 2009 Album: Nine

Slash Featuring Cypress Hill & Fergie “Paradise City” Released in 2010 Album: Slash

Kanye West Featuring Rihanna & Fergie “All of the Lights” Released in 2010 Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Music Videos

“London Bridge” Released in 2006

“Fergalicious” Released in 2006

“Glamorous” Released in 2007

“Big Girls Don’t Cry” Released in 2007

“Clumsy” Released in 2007

“Impacto (Remix)” Released in 2007

“That Ain’t Cool” Released in 2008

“Party People” Released in 2008

“We Are the World 25 For Haiti” Released in 2010

“Getting’ Over You” Released in 2010

The Black Eyed Peas Discography

Studio Albums

Behind the Front Released June 30, 1998

Bridging the Gap Released September 26, 2000

Elephunk Released June 24, 2003

Monkey Business Released May 27, 2005

The E.N.D. Released June 3, 2009

The Beginning Released November 26, 2010