Featured Artist: Gwen Stefani

by December 10, 2012
filed under Entertainment

Gwen Stefani got her big break as the vocalist of No Doubt, a ska band her brother, Eric, formed in 1986. After being signed in 1991,  their first self-titled album was unpopular due to the grunge scene that had taken over. However, after Gwen’s ex, Tony, had traveled to Jamaica and brought back influences from new music such as reggae and dance hall, their third album, Rock Steady, was inspired. While staying close to their roots but using their newfound influence to produce a new sound for No Doubt, the band sold 16 million copies worldwide and was awarded several Grammy Nominations.

By 2000, Gwen was starting to branch out into a solo career, working with artists such as Eve, Dr Dre and Moby. In 2004 she released her first solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. She created the album to modernize the music she listened to in high school, and even produced a clothing line after it. Gwen went on to release a second solo album, The Sweet Escape, in 2006. She’s now married to Gavin Rossdale, frontman of Bush, and has two children with him. This year, Gwen returned to her roots – No Doubt –  and they released an album called Push and Shove. They are currently touring.

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