Avril Lavigne (Musician)
Avril Ramona Lavigne (born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
"Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life."
In 2002 she released her debut album, Let Go. She has sold more than 40 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide. Let Go made Lavigne the youngest female soloist to reach number 1 in the UK. As of 2013, it has sold nearly 7 million copies in the United States and over 20 million copies worldwide.
Her hit singles include "Complicated," "Sk8er Boi," and "Girlfriend."
On 14 September 2010, Lavigne introduced her charity, "The Avril Lavigne Foundation", which aims to help young people with serious illnesses and disabilities and works with leading charitable organizations: Easter Seals, Make-A-Wish foundation and Erase MS. Her work with the Make-A-Wish foundation was the inspiration behind her own charity.
In September 2014, she launched a personal fundraising campaign for Special Olympics as part of her birthday celebration. Proceeds from her "Team Rockstar" event helped sponsor athletes from around the world competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. According to an ABILITY Magazine interview with Lavigne, the athletes were the stars of the music video for "Fly", which was shot in Canada.