|Date of Birth
||28 February 1985
|Place of Birth
||Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Fefe Dobson grew up in a family with music became a great part of their life. She and her dynamic mother were continually listening to Top 40 radio, and the girl soon found music as her creative outlet. She spent most of her youth at a performing arts community center, and in her fifth grade she was discovered playing the role of Dorothy in a school production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Dobson knew early on that she wanted to be in music industry.
At age 11, Dobson received a karaoke machine from her mother as her birthday present. After she learned how to operate the machine, she made a demo tape consisting of 24 songs from artists like Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Selena and Madonna. By the time she had begun sending out the demo tape to record labels, she was already writing her own songs. She kept on searching for a record company while honing her musical talent at Wexford Collegiate Institute, but again found failures.
It was in 2000 that Dobson was offered a record contract with pop sensation Britney Spears’ label, Jive Records. They wanted to give her a fixed pop star image, but Dobson wanted more guitar and to include some of her own penned songs. Jive declined the idea. As a result, she departed the record company. Dobson was singing in a besmirched Toronto bar when she was spotted by a CEO of Island Def Jam Records, who soon signed her with the label.
Dobson met producer Jay Levine through Island Records and together they began working on her music. Her first two singles, “Take Me Away” and “Bye Bye Boyfriend,” were launched in September 2003 and have since earned scores of airplay on MTV and radio stations across North America. Her debut album, Fefe Dobson, was followed three months later, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s Chart and No. 111 on the Billboard 200. During its first week of release, the album sold over 30 thousand copies. The singer joined Camplified 2003, a tour of East Coast youth camps that also featured fellow up-and-comer Skye Sweetnam. She also contributed on the soundtracks for movies Raising Helen and The Perfect Score (both 2004).
During much of 2004, Dobson did a number of activities to promote her debut opus, including making a live performance on TRL and appearing in numerous magazine covers and articles. She also was invited to open for Justin Timberlake for his European tour. In July 2004, Dobson launched a download-only digital audio single, “Don’t Go (Girls and Boys),” which was included in her reissued album. She further gained popularity by appearing in a 2004 Got Milk? ad campaign, as a spokesperson. Also in 2004, Dobson made her acting debut with a guest role in the television series “American Deams, as Tina Turner singing “River Deep, Mountain High.”
Dobson’s album, Sunday Love, was originally slated for a September 2005, but then pushed to October. By 2006, she made her return to the studio to add some finishing touches by recording five new tracks for the album, which was then scheduled for a June 2006 release. Sunday Love is now on hold because of the fact that Dobson was dropped from Island Records.
Since departing Island Records in June 2006, Dobson has moved away from her album Sunday Love because her former label owns the rights to the album. She is currently recording an entirely new album in her hometown of Toronto with the assist of her Canadian label Universial Music Canada. She is in negotiations with an American label to release her new album to the rest of North America and the world.