"I'm gonna dress what's me, I'm gonna act what's me and I'm gonna sing what's me."
The Punk Princess has the essential star factor--she fascinates. Avril Lavigne's don't-give-a-damn attitude toward her fame and the music business, as well as her occasional wild antics in public, have the paparazzi calling her "Crazy Avril."
Avril rocketed to the top of the charts at 17 and has stayed there the past four years not only because she writes catchy rock songs with great hooks but precisely because she does everything her own way. She grew up a tomboy in Napanee, Ontario, population 5000, playing baseball in the summer and hockey in the winter. She taught herself to play guitar at age 12 and started writing songs. At 16, she took off to New York after Arista Records honcho Antonio "LA" Reid heard her sing and invited her to the Big Apple.
Avril's first album Let Go was released in 2002 and featured the monster hit "Complicated." The recording went platinum in five weeks, earned Avril three Juno Awards and eight Grammy nominations, and went on to sell 14 million copies. Not a bad start for the budding teen queen of rock. Said Rolling Stone magazine, she's "equal parts baby girl and husky siren, capable of setting off car alarms several city blocks away."
Done with New York, Avril took her girl power to the sunshine and surf of Malibu, California, hanging out with Chantal Kreviazuk and Chantal's husband, Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace. The result was her 2004 sophomore release Under My Skin.
AVRIL LAVIGNE covers the whole wild journey of Avril's 21 years on the planet, from the precocious 2 year old who would sing at the top of her lungs in front of anyone who would listen to the superstar who is today's diva of skate punk and teen girl angst.