Birth name Stacy Ann Ferguson
Born March 27, 1975 (1975-03-27) (age 35)
Hacienda Heights, California
Genres Pop, R&B, hip hop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, rapper, actress, fashion designer
Years active 1984–present
Labels A&M, Interscope, will.i.am music group
Associated acts Wild Orchid, The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am
Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975), better known by her stage
name Fergie, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, fashion
designer and actress. She was a member of the children's television
series Kids Incorporated, and the girl group Wild Orchid. She is
the female vocalist for the hip hop group the The Black Eyed Peas
with whom she has attained much charting success worldwide. Her own
debut album spawned four Billboard Hot 100 top five singles,
three of which went to number one.
Having left Wild Orchid in 2001, Ferguson joined The Black Eyed Peas.
With The Black Eyed Peas, she enjoyed a series of hits and albums
before releasing her debut album, The Dutchess, in September 2006
to similar success. The Black Eyed Peas enjoyed further success with
the release of their third album with Ferguson; they attained their
first string of Billboard Hot 100 number one songs. As Fergie's five
solo singles and six singles with the Black Eyed Peas have reached
two million downloads in the United States, Fergie is the artist
with most two-million sellers as of January 2011.
Ferguson married actor Josh Duhamel in early 2009 after five
years of dating.
1975–1991: Early life and career beginnings
Ferguson was born in Hacienda Heights, California, the daughter of
devout Roman Catholic school teachers Theresa Ann (née Gore) and Jon
Patrick Ferguson. She is of Irish, Scottish, Mexican (from
a great-grandmother), and Native American descent. She was
raised Roman Catholic and attended Mesa Robles Middle School and
Glen A. Wilson High School. She studied dance and began to do
voiceover work, providing the voice for Sally in two
made-for-television Peanuts cartoons, (It's Flashbeagle, Charlie
Brown, 1984, and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown, 1985) as
well as on four episodes of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.From
1984 to 1989, she starred on the TV show Kids Incorporated. All that
time, she was a cheerleader, straight-A student, and spelling bee
champion, as well as a Girl Scout.
1992–2001: Beginnings with Wild OrchidFerguson was a member of the
female trio Wild Orchid, which she fronted with Stefanie Ridel and
fellow Kids Incorporated star Renee Sandstrom. By 1992, the girls
began meeting with record labels, but they still could not get a
recording contract. They eventually signed a music publishing deal
with Sony Publishing before signing a record contract with RCA
Records in 1994. 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
Their first single, "At Night I Pray", debuted on the Billboard
charts in Fall 1996. In March 1997, Wild Orchid released their
self-titled debut album. In September 1998, they released their
second album, Oxygen. From June 16 to August 28, 1999, they opened
for Cher's Do You Believe? Tour alongside Cyndi Lauper, which took
them to 52 cities across the USA and Canada. After completing a third
album, their record label declined to release it and Ferguson left
the group in September 2001. In a 2006 interview with Entertainment
Weekly, Ferguson revealed that both frustrations with the band's
image and personal drug problems led her to leave Wild Orchid.
While performing with Wild Orchid, Ferguson developed an addiction to
crystal methamphetamine which followed her after she left the group
in 2001. In September 2006, Ferguson talked with Time magazine about
quitting her crystal meth addiction. "It was the hardest boyfriend I
ever had to break up with," she says. "It's the drug that's addicting.
But it's why you start doing it in the first place that's interesting.
A lot of it was being a child actor; I learned to suppress feelings.
" 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. At some point prior to 2001, Ferguson
dated pop star Justin Timberlake.
2002–06: Success with The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas in November 2004.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, going on to record five additional songs on the
album. The following spring, shortly before Elephunk came out,
Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine offered Ferguson a permanent spot to
take over vocal duties and fill the void left by background singer Kim
Hill's departure in 2000.
From Elephunk came "Where is the Love?", which became The Black Eyed
Peas' first major hit, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot
100, but topping the charts in several other countries. The album
subsequently spawned "Shut Up", which topped the charts in many markets.
The third single from the album, "Hey Mama" hit top 10 in many European
countries and later reached number twenty-three in the US. In 2004, The
Black Eyed Peas embarked on the worldwide Elephunk Tour.
Their next album, Monkey Business, was released in June 2005. Monkey
Business debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. The album's first
single, "Don't Phunk with My Heart", reached number three in the US and
earned them a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. "Don't
Lie", the second single from the album, saw success on the Billboard
Hot 100, reaching number fourteen. "My Humps", another song from the
album, immediately achieved commercial success in the US, reaching
number three on the Hot 100 and number one in Australia. In autumn
2005, The Black Eyed Peas set off to tour with Gwen Stefani, as
supporting act. In December 2005, they embarked on the "European Tour".
In March 2006, The Black Eyed Peas hit the road again as the featured
headliner for the Honda Civic Tour.
2006–08: Solo success and continued acting career
Ferguson's debut solo album, The Dutchess, was released in September
2006. The Dutchess spawned six hits for Ferguson, beginning with
"London Bridge", "Fergalicious", "Glamorous", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Clumsy"
, and "Finally". 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. 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". In
December 2007, Blender picked Ferguson as their woman of the year.
 In 2007, The Black Eyed Peas embarked on the Black Blue & You
World Tour, visiting more than 20 countries.
Ferguson finally returned to acting in 2006, appearing as a lounge
singer in the Poseidon remake and later had supporting roles in
2007's Grindhouse and the 2009 musical film Nine filmed in 2008.
Marriage, and continued success with The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas in February 2009.Ferguson and Josh Duhamel married
in a Catholic ceremony on January 10, 2009, after five years of dating.
Ferguson and Duhamel met and began dating in September 2004
when she and the band appeared on Duhamel's show Las Vegas.
The Black Eyed Peas released "Boom Boom Pow" from the album The E.N.D.
in late March 2009, it went to number one in the US, making it
the group's first chart topper. They subsequently released a
second single from the album, "I Gotta Feeling", which proved an even
greater success than the first, moving from number 2 behind
"Boom Boom Pow" to the top spot on July 11, and staying 14 straight
weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the longest stay at
the top of 2009. The two hit singles back to back kept
The Black Eyed Peas on the top for 26 consecutive weeks, from April 18
through October 16. "Meet Me Halfway" was released as the third single
from the album in September 2009. The single reached number one in the
UK and Australia. It also peaked at seven on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Imma Be" was released as the fourth single, reaching number 1 on the
Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. "Rock That Body" was then released as
the fifth single, and has reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Black Eyed Peas' sixth album, The Beginning, was released on 30
November 2010 and is their fourth studio album to feature the singer.
The first single from the album, "The Time (Dirty Bit)", topped the
charts in various countries.
She launched her debut fragrance, Outspoken under Avon in May 2010.