Fefe Dobson Biography,Career,Songs and Personal Life

About Fefe Dobson

Felicia Lily “Fefe” Dobson,is a Canadian singer/songwriter and recording artist. Born in Toronto, Ontario, her career began when Jive Records attempted to develop her as a popular musician when she was a teenager, to which Dobson refused. She then sang for Island/Def Jam, where the executives contracted her. Dobson was born on February 28, 1985, in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. Dobson’s mother is of English, Dutch, Aboriginal, and Irish ancestry and her father is of Jamaican heritage. She went to high school at Wexford Collegiate Institute. During her childhood, she took singing lessons at the New Conservatory of Music in Agincourt, Scarborough to improve her singing. Fefe Dobson, also graduated from Heritage Park Public School in her youth days.

Fefe Dobson Career

Dobson began sending demo tapes – recorded on a home karaoke machine – to many recording companies in North America when she was 11 years old. Then at the age of 13 years, she started playing the piano. Before Dobson was signed, she said that she had been stereotyped as a contemporary R&B or popular music singer instead of a rock musician due to her race, often being compared to Brandy Norwood and Britney Spears. Dobson started writing music at the age of 13 years, and the company Jive Records attempted to develop her as a popular musician, which she eventually refused. After that experience, Dobson met Jay Levine and contracted with Nelly Furtado’s manager Chris Smith. Smith arranged showcases with several recording companies. Universal Music Canada president Randy Lennox showed interest in her, and persuaded Island Def Jam CEO Lyor Cohen and his manager of A&R, Jeff Fenster, to fly to Toronto for another showcase. Dobson played a showcase for Island/Def Jam; about 30 seconds into the first song – a punk thrash track about longing, titled “Stupid Little Love Song” – the executives contracted her.

Dobson’s self-titled debut album was released December 9, 2003 by Island Records, and sold 307,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan as quoted by Billboard. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart. Four singles were released from the album: “Bye Bye Boyfriend”, “Take Me Away”, “Everything”, and “Don’t Go (Girls and Boys)”. There is an official music video for each of the singles. Two of the album’s tracks, “Everything” and “Unforgiven”, were used in the film The Perfect Score. The New York Times reviewer wrote: “The album’s assiduous, ungrammatical crux is in ‘Kiss Me Fool’: ‘Tell me whom I should be to make you love me.'” When in recording studios, Dobson hung up inspirational pictures of Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, and The Vines to help motivate her and to commemorate the artists who influenced her.

Dobson was also heavily influenced by Jay Levine and James Bryan McCollum of the Canadian band Prozzäk, who co-wrote and helped produce her debut album. During much of 2004, Dobson promoted her debut album, performing live on the program Total Request Live and for numerous magazine covers and articles. She was also the opening act of Justin Timberlake’s European tour. That July, she released a new single, “Don’t Go (Girls and Boys)”, which was also featured in a Tommy Hilfiger commercial featuring the singer. The album was later reissued with that single added. Dobson also had a new song, “If You Walk Away”, on the soundtrack of Raising Helen.

Dobson was an endorser for the Got Milk? organization.Dobson released the record “Truth Anthem” on the Much Dance 2005 CD compilation, a benefit for the Canadian branch of War Child. It was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario. In April 2005, Dobson was nominated for two Juno Awards, Pop Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year; both but lost both categories. During the summer of 2005, Dobson was in a public service ad: “Make Poverty History”, which brings awareness to child poverty worldwide.

Her album “Sunday Love” was originally set for a September 20th, 2005 release, then was pushed to October 25th, 2005. Fefe felt that her album wasn’t finished yet, so she returned to the recording studio and recorded 5 new tracks for the album that is now set for a June 20th, 2006 release. Shot a photo shoot for Eastsport backpacks, she is part of a campaign that’s coming out fall 2006. Performed the Canadian national anthem at The NBA All Star game in Houston, Texas (February 18th, 2006).She was originally supposed to release her second album “Sunday Love” June 20th, 2006 but she left her record label Island Records, along with close friend and singer Christina Millian. She is currently between American Lables and plans to have her highly anticipated sophomore album released in the fall 2006.Since leaving Island Records in June 2006, Fefe has moved away from her album “Sunday Love” due to the fact that her former label owns the rights to the album. Fefe is now recording an entirely new album in her hometown of Toronto with the help of her Candian label Universial Music Canada. She is in talks with an American label to release her new album to the rest of North America and the world.

She joined Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Mya, Richard Gere and Alicia Keys for a new documentary entitled “Staying Alive-48fest” a film about HIV/AIDS, which premiered on all global MTV networks around the world on 1st of December, 2006 – Worlds AIDS Day. She has been working hard through 2008 in recording her second released album since being dropped by Island Records and not being able to release her follow up album “Sunday Love” since her debut album in 2006. She decided to write and record an entirely new record in Toronto, she is attached to both a Canadian and American label,that has yet to be released. The first single “Set Me Free” which she performed live at Earth Hour concert in Toronto will be released in June 2008 with her new album being released in July 2008.

Fefe Dobson Photo

Fefe Dobson Photo

After he left Island Records due to creative differences, Dobson decided to create a new album herself. “Don’t Let It Go to Your Head” is also covered by Rockett Queen on their album Kiss and Tell in 2008 and Jordin Sparks on her second album Battlefield in 2009. Shortly after Sparks’ album was released Dobson said, “Jordin Sparks just did [that song], which was on Sunday Love, which was very cool. She did kind of, like, a more R&B version of it, which I think is really nice, actually. It was really cool that she didn’t try and do a rock version of it, and she did what she’s more comfortable with, which I thought was awesome.” The Sparks’ version was released as a single in the UK on January 4, 2010. The track “As a Blonde” is covered on the Selena Gomez & the Scene debut album Kiss & Tell in 2009. Sunday Love finally received a digital release on December 18, 2012.

On January 22, 2013, Dobson announced that recording had begun for her fourth studio album – later revealed to be titled Firebird – with a release date yet to be confirmed. The album’s lead single “Legacy” was released on August 6, 2013, while the song “Celebrate” was released February 11, 2014. as a promotional single to support the Canadian representatives in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The album’s second single “In Better Hands” was released on March 18, 2014.

On January 22, 2013, Dobson announced that recording had begun for her fourth studio album – later revealed to be titled Firebird – with a release date yet to be confirmed. The album’s lead single “Legacy” was released on August 6, 2013, while the song “Celebrate” was released February 11, 2014. as a promotional single to support the Canadian representatives in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The album’s second single “In Better Hands” was released on March 18, 2014.

Fefe Dobson Songs

  1. Ghost
  2. I Want You
  3. I’m A Lady
  4. Joy
  5. Set Me Free
  6. Stuttering
  7. Watch Me Move

Fefe Dobson Personal Life

Dobson became engaged to rapper Yelawolf in July 2013 and later they split in May 2016.

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