Stacy Ann Ferguson better known by her stage name Fergie, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, fashion designer, model, and actress. She was a member of the kids' television series Kids Incorporated, and the girl group Wild Orchid.
There's something absolutely libidinous about a woman in the hip-hop industry. It's all about attitude, this in-your-face, come-hither mindset that calls upon the audience to imagine what the music suggests. Fergie embodies this state of mind and as a result she was chosen as one of Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2006.
Fergie dated Justin Timberlake, who seems to have dated every sultry celebrity, before Britney Spears came along. And men aren't the only ones who find her appealing: A lot of the groupies that attend Fergie's concerts are lesbians hoping to get lucky. What we wouldn't give for a glimpse of that!
As a child actress, Ferguson was on the television program Kids Incorporated for several years with her TV sister Renee Sands, who became a fellow member of Wild Orchid. Ferguson was the voice of Sally Brown in two Charlie Brown specials: It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984) and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (1985). She played Ann in Married... with Children (1994) "Nooner or Nothing".
In 2003, Ferguson had a guest role on the Rocket Power special, Reggie's Big Beach Break, on Nickelodeon; she voiced a pop music star named Shaffika. In March 2005, casting for Revolution Studios's big-budget remake of John Carpenter's The Fog was underway. Ferguson was set to return to acting in the role of lighthouse radio deejay Stevie Wayne (a part originated by scream queen Adrienne Barbeau). A last minute conflict arose, preventing her contract from closing and Ferguson left the project. The role eventually went to Selma Blair. Ferguson finally returned to acting in 2006, appearing as a lounge singer in Wolfgang Peterson's remake of The Poseidon Adventure. She later appeared in 2007's Grindhouse.
Wild Orchid: 1991–2001
Ferguson was a member of the female trio Wild Orchid, which she fronted with Stefanie Ridel and fellow Kids Incorporated star Renee Sandstrom. Wild Orchid released two albums, but after completing a third album, their record label declined to release it, and she left the group shortly thereafter.
The Black Eyed Peas: 2003–present
In 2003, the Black Eyed Peas were recording their third album, 2003's Elephunk, when will.i.am invited Ferguson to try out for a song called "Shut Up". She got the gig and instantly bonded with the trio to record five additional songs on the album.
In the following spring, shortly before Elephunk came out, Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine had offered Ferguson a permanent spot to take over vocal duties and fill the spot left void by background singer Kim Hill, who had left the group in 2000. When will.i.am was asked to sum up his bandmates, he called Ferguson the "body" of the group.
After releasing her debut solo album, she and the Black Eyed Peas released their new song "Boom Boom Pow" in late March 2009 which went to Number 1 in the US charts.
Solo career: 2006–present
After two successful Black Eyed Peas albums, Ferguson began pursuing a solo career. She recorded two songs for the Poseidon soundtrack and performed "Auld Lang Syne" in the film.
Her debut solo album, The Dutchess, was released on September 19, 2006. The album's name is a misspelled variant of the former title of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, with whom Ferguson shares a surname and popular nickname. The solo deal does not mean Ferguson is leaving the Black Eyed Peas, as she intends to remain with the group, alternating between the two duties. The album is similar in style to that of the Black Eyed Peas, as fellow Peas member will.i.am is the album's executive producer.
The Dutchess, a mix of pop and R&B songs, spawned six hits for Ferguson, beginning with "London Bridge", "Fergalicious", "Glamorous", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Clumsy", and "Finally". "Big Girls Don't Cry" became Ferguson's first worldwide number-one single, and is her most successful single to date. Ferguson scored her fifth consecutive Top 5 hit from The Dutchess after "Clumsy" reached a peak position of number five on the Billboard Hot 100.
In addition to promoting her albums and singles, Ferguson appeared at Wembley Stadium on July 1, 2007, performing "Glamorous" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" in a concert for the late Princess Diana put on by her two sons Prince William and Prince Harry; the DVD of the concert was released November 5, 2007.
On November 18, 2007, Ferguson won the Pop or Rock "Favorite Female Artist" at the American Music Awards. In addition, her song "Big Girls Don't Cry" also earned Ferguson a Grammy nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance", which she lost to Amy Winehouse. In December 2007, Blender picked Ferguson as their woman of the year.
During the 2008 broadcast of Idol Gives Back, Ferguson also performed with Ann Wilson of Heart. The two (with Nancy Wilson on guitar) performed "Barracuda".
The song "Labels or Love" was recorded for the Sex and the City movie soundtrack. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, director and writer Michael Patrick King stated that "it’s an entirely new song with lyrics, but it has the Sex and the City theme as the DNA — on steroids.”
Ferguson has also appeared on Nickelodeon's show Dance on Sunset. Ferguson has recently released an EP for download on iTunes featuring unreleased singles. The CD version was released on May 27, 2008.
Ferguson collaborated with Japanese singer Kumi Koda on the song "That Ain't Cool". "That Ain't Cool" was featured on Kumi's single "Moon", released on June 11, 2008. The single debuted at number two on the Oricon Weekly Single Charts. She also performed a "duet" with Michael Jackson (her vocals mixed with Jackson's 1982 recordings), "Beat It 2008" on Thriller 25, the 25th anniversary release of Jackson's iconic album Thriller. She also headlined the New Year's Eve party held at The Venetian and The Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 31, 2008.
Fergie's debut solo album The Dutchess includes these songs:
- Fergalicious [Ft. Will.I.Am]
- All That I Got (The Make Up Song) [Ft. Will.I.Am]
- London Bridge
- Voodoo Doll
- Glamorous [Ft. Ludacris]
- Here I Come [Ft. Will.I.Am]
- Big Girls Don't Cry
- Mary Jane's Shoes [Ft. Rita Marley & The I Three's]
- Losing My Ground
- Finally [Ft. John Legend]
- Get Your Hands Up [Ft. The Black Eyed Peas]
- Wake Up/ Maybe We Can Take A Ride
In April 2007, she gave an interview in which she admitted that she went on a sex and drugs spree when she turned eighteen, saying: "I have had lesbian experiences in the past. I won't say how many men I've had sex with — but I am a very sexual person." In December 2007, when asked "Bisexuality and homosexuality are often either frowned or mocked upon in certain circles. Does that bother you?", she replied "No, it doesn’t bother me. I’m just me." In May 2009, Ferguson spoke about her bisexuality in an interview with the British newspaper, The Sun.
Ferguson has stated in several interviews that she is an avid user of hypnotherapy, which she used to overcome her crystal meth addiction and to relax.
"Not only that, but they're the best dancers on the planet. So for me, I was kind of timid at first. And little by little, I would work my way in to figure out where I fit in on the stage."
"I'm very lucky. You know, I started in show business at about seven years old. That's why I feel so appreciative of everything now because I've been working hard at this all my life."
"Who would I like to kiss? Probably Madonna because I'm jealous Christina and Britney already got there."
"There’s a song on the album called 'Pedestal,' which is my answer back to people who don’t do anything with their lives but stay on the internet for hours and talk sh*t about me."
"The best thing about fame is flying on a private jet, as I don't have to go through security or wait at a regular airport. I love it - I'm not going to lie."
"In Australia, I got a beer opener that was made from kangaroo testes. That was pretty interesting. I didn’t bring it home."
"The first time I performed with the Black Eyed Peas, I didn't go to the bathroom before I went onstage. I was jumping and nature called."
"I used to do my hair and clothes in exactly the same way. It really brings me back. People have never seen me in the Black Eyed Peas videos going to clubs and hanging out with my girls, and that's a big part of me. I love to go to clubs, hang out, get buck wild, get into fashion. I probably need more girl energy in my life, because I'm around boys all the time."
About how the members of the Black Eyed Peas dress
Everyone has their different look... Will's got his knickers and crazy socks, and Taboo has his kung fu wear. I have to think of words to put my style into. I would say kind of urban gypsy, because I collect things, accessories, from all over the world [Asia, Africa, Brazil], and that is definitely what, for me, helps make an outfit my own.
revealing she had lesbian affairs as a backlash against her strict Catholic upbringing
I’ve had lesbian experiences in the past. I won’t say how many men I’ve had sex with - but I’m a very sexual person.
revealing she is desperate to lose the 6kg she put on for the movie "Nine" before she marries Josh Duhamel
I've actually gained (4.5kg)! No, really - for the film, Nine. Actually, (6kg) to be exact. I ate everything! Fish and chips. Everything fried - things I don't normally eat. I have to give the bad food up now! So, yeah - I'm in that phase! Back to diet designs - my food delivery service!
on winning a role as prostitute Saraghina in the movie "Nine"
I'm speechless. I'm definitely going to be a sponge on set. I want to pick up on everything that all these brilliant actors are bringing to the table. I'm probably going to be the quietest that I've ever been while working just because I want to watch and learn.
# Fergie was ranked #35 in Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2008.
# Fergie was ranked #71 on Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 for her music video "Glamorous".
# At the 2007 American Music Awards, Fergie was chosen as the Favorite Female Artist for Pop or Rock category.
# In the Teen Choice Awards 2007, Fergie was voted Choice Female Music Artist.
# Fergie was ranked #44 in FHM Online's 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2007.
# Fergie was featured on Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2006, and voted in at position #36. In 2007, she was voted at #10.
# Fergie as a little kid loved being in picture and chocolate.
# Fergie was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.
# Fergie ranked 93 in FHM magazines' 100 Sexiest Women in 2005. The year before she ranked 85.
# She got her ear pierced as a treat to herself after she quit using drugs.
# She loves to buy expensive bags.
# She is one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite singers. He likes her so much, he invited her to star in Grindhouse, a 2007 movie directed by him.
# Apart from Fergie, her other nickname is Stace.
# Fergie released her first solo single "London Bridge" on July 13, 2006 and it reached #1 in the US music chart.
# Fergie once admited that she was a wild party girl when she was 13.
# Fergie is a natural blonde and has blue eyes.
# She was chosen as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World, May 2004.
# She once told an interviewer that she loves sleeping in men's boxers.
# She thinks her feet are the best feature on her body, not her stomach.
1. 17 Again (2009) (writer: "Fergalicious") (performer: "Fergalicious")
2. Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 (2008) (VG) (music: "Big Girls Don't Cry")
3. "Hollyoaks" (1 episode, 2008)
- Episode #1.2393 (2008) TV episode ("Big girl don't cry")
4. "So You Think You Can Dance" (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
- The Top Eight Perform (2008) TV episode (performer: "Party People")
- Episode #3.14 (2007) TV episode (performer: "Here I Come")
- Episode #3.11 (2007) TV episode (performer: "Glamorous")
5. Sex and the City (2008) (performer: "Labels or Love")
... aka Sex and the City: The Movie (USA: DVD title)
6. "CSI: Miami" (1 episode, 2008)
... aka "CSI: Weekends" (USA: promotional title)
- You May Now Kill the Bride (2008) TV episode (performer: "London Bridge" (uncredited))
7. Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore (2008) (VG) ("Glamorous")
8. "Las Vegas" (1 episode, 2008)
- I Could Eat a Horse (2008) TV episode (performer: "Glamorous")
9. Concert for Diana (2007) (TV) (performer: "Glamorous", "Big Girls Don't Cry")
10. Knocked Up (2007) (writer: "Clumsy") (performer: "Clumsy")
11. Shrek the Third (2007) (performer: "Barracuda")
12. "Ugly Betty" (1 episode, 2007)
- Punch Out (2007) TV episode (performer: "Glamorous (Space Cowboy Remix)") ("Here I Come")
13. "The Charlotte Church Show" (1 episode, 2007)
- Episode #2.6 (2007) TV episode (performer: "9 to 5")
14. 2007 Miss USA Pageant (2007) (TV) (performer: "Glamorous")
15. Epic Movie (2007) (writer: "Fergalicious") (performer: "Fergalicious")
16. Lumines II (2006) (VG) (writer: "Pump It")
17. "Entourage" (1 episode, 2006)
- Vegas Baby, Vegas! (2006) TV episode (performer: "London Bridge")
18. Little Man (2006/I) (writer: "Pump It")
19. Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) (writer: "Pump It")
20. Poseidon (2006) (writer: "Won't Let You Fall", "Bailamos") (performer: "Won't Let You Fall", "Bailamos", "Auld Lang Syne")
21. Take the Lead (2006) (writer: "Feel It")
22. Yours, Mine and Ours (2005) (writer: "Pump It")
23. 50 First Dates (2004) (performer: "True")
Birth name : Stacy Ann Ferguson
Nick Name : Fergie
Born : March 27, 1975 (1975-03-27)
Hacienda Heights, California, U.S.
Origin Whittier, California, U.S.
Genre(s) : Pop, R&B, hip-hop
Occupation(s) : Singer-songwriter,
Instrument(s) : Singing, rapping
Years active : 1984–present
Label(s) : A&M, Interscope, will.i.am music group
Associated acts : Wild Orchid, Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, John Legend, Kumi Koda, Nelly
Website : www.fergie.com