Fergie Duhamel born Stacey Ann Ferguson March 27, 1975, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. She originally achieved chart success as part of the hip hop group the Black Eyed Peas. Her debut solo album, The Dutchess (2006), saw commercial success and spawned three Billboard Hot 100 number one singles: " London Bridge ", "Glamorous ", and "Big Girls Don't Cry ".
American singer and songwriter Fergie rose to fame when she was introduced as the new band member of the musical group, the Black Eyed Peas in 2001. Although Fergie had joined the band seven years after its conception, she went on to become one of the most popular and loved band members. During her time with the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie had taken a break from the band activities multiple times to produce solo albums and songs.
Fergie started her career as originally a member of the children's television series Kids Incorporated and the girl group Wild Orchid. In 2001, she left the group and within two years joined the then famous group 'Black Eyed Peas'. She worked with the Black Eyed Peas on two albums before releasing her debut solo album, The Dutchess, in 2006. She continued her collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas and released a further two albums with them, The E.N.D. (2009) and The Beginning (2010). Fergie began touring with her own group in 2009 while still working with Black Eyed Peas. Her second solo album, Double Dutchess, was released way later in the year 2017.
Fergie asides from music was into business and in May 2010, she launched her first fragrance , Outspoken, under Avon and has since released four more fragrances.
Major artistes in the Black Eyed Peas group, Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo have been releasing music as a trio without the powerhouse vocalist – just like they did before she joined the crew in 2003. While Fergie has mostly been off the radar ever since she released her second project album, Double Dutchess, in 2017.
Her highly successful albums The Dutchess and Double Dutchess catapulted her to international fame as a solo pop star. However, fans of the pop star and the band Black Eyes Peas were shocked, when it was announced that Fergie had quit the band for good in 2017.
While the Black Eyes Peas had been around since 1995, they skyrocketed to fame after Fergie joined the band in 2001. The musical band delivered super hit songs like Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling, and also performed at the Super Bowl. According to a report on the Daily Star, during a 2017 interview, Fergie’s fellow bandmates revealed that she had taken a break from the band. However, fans were alarmed when the group’s seventh studio album was released without Fergie in October 2018.
While promoting the album on various platforms, rapper will.i.am hinted at a rift between Fergie and the rest of the band members. The rapper also stated in a 2018 interview with Daily Star that The Black Eyed Peas was now a trio and that he wasn’t aware why Fergie had left the band. will.i.am further stated that the Black Eyes Peas were still capable of producing good music even without Fergie by their side.
During a 2020 interview with Billboard magazine, Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo said she left the group out of a desire to devote herself to being a ‘great mom’ to her son Axel.
Will.i.am explained: ‘We love her, and she’s focusing on being a mom. That’s a hard job, and that’s what she really wants to do and we’re here for her… It’s really the way Fergie designed it, so we’re respecting her design. We love Fergie, and we don’t want anything but awesomeness for her.’ Apl.de.ap added: ‘But unfortunately our schedule is displaced by [her] wanting to be a great mom, and she wants to focus on that.’
Will.i.am explained: ‘We love her, and she’s focusing on being a mom. That’s a hard job, and that’s what she really wants to do and we’re here for her… It’s really the way Fergie designed it, so we’re respecting her design. We love Fergie, and we don’t want anything but awesomeness for her.’
Apl.de.ap previously admitted; ‘As for replacing, what people know The Black Eyed Peas to be, nobody is replacing Fergie.’ His comments came after Nicole Scherzinger was linked to take Fergie’s spot in the group. Now they are focused on introducing singer J. Rey Soul.
While Fergie never commented on it herself, in a 2019 interview with Billboard, the Black Eyes Peas members’ confirmed that Fergie had left the band to focus on her solo music career and to be a good mother to her son Axl. Shortly after leaving the band in 2017, Fergie released her highly successful album Double Dutchess. Fergie has a son from her marriage with the famous American actor Josh Duhamel. The couple parted ways in 2017 during the period which she left the Black Eyed Peas and their divorce was finalised in 2019. Both Fergie and Josh are co-parenting their son Axl now.
According to a report on Billboard, after Fergie’s departure from the Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo will be leaning on J. Rey Soul as the female singer-songwriter in the upcoming albums of the band. The Black Eyes Peas’ member Apl.de.ap had selected her to join his team on the Philippines edition of The Voice in 2013. J. Rey Soul was also a guest artist on The Black Eyed Peas 2018 project, "Masters of the Sun Vol. 1.
Adorable pictures of fergie and axl
Black Eyed Peas seem to be coming back with a bang in the Music Industry and certainly with their new vocalist on board and already hitting her strides, they surely won't waste much time on being on top again. Sadly, it will be without one of their best singers ever in Fergie. The group would really no doubt miss her vibes when it comes to music videos and singing.
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