Gwen Stefani was born October 3, 1969, in Orange County, California.
Growing up in Southern California with brothers Todd and Eric
-- where they were raised by parents Dennis and Patti -- Gwen
was highly influenced by the rising popularity of ska and punk
that was making its presence felt in the So Cal area.
Eric started the band No Doubt with his friend John Spence in
1987, and asked the always effervescent Gwen to join on as co-vocalist
with Spence. Tony Kanal joined the group a little later, and the
trio began to gain popularity by playing at local parties.
But the party
was over when Spence committed suicide in 1987, which left Gwen
to move up the ranks to lead vocalist. The show must go on, and
it did, as No Doubt continued to perform in local gigs. In the
meantime, Gwen had graduated high school, and followed up her
studies at Cal State Fullerton College.
Gwen was forced
to juggle the band, her studies, as well as what turned out to
be a 7-year long romance with fellow band member, Tony Kanal.
In 1989, two new members joined the No Doubt team, guitarist Tom
Dumont and drummer Adrian Young. After No Doubt was really attracting
a fan base (thanks mostly to their energetic live performances),
Flea, the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded a demo
for the band in 1990, which led to their signing with Interscope
In 1992, the
band released their self-titled debut, but despite the substantial
following the band had garnered, the album was far from a commercial
success. Their record company was losing faith in their potential,
but No Doubt's persistence did not waver.
went back into the studio with their own money, and recorded a
collection of "extra" songs they had written. Their
sophomore effort, The Beacon Street Collection, was released in
1995, and not only struck a cord with their devout fans, but also
re-sparked Interscope's confidence in the band.
No Doubt was
back in business and returned to the recording studio with the
support of their record company. The fruit of their effort was
the hugely successful Tragic Kingdom, only this one was sans Eric
Stefani, who left to become an animator on The Simpsons.
Kingdom broke through the charts with its debut single, "Just
A Girl", with the help of the punk-tinged catchy lyrics and
an accompanying colorful video. The album went on to spawn hits
such as "Spiderwebs" and the super smash hit, "Don't
Speak". The latter was written as an ode to the former relationship
of Gwen and Tony, and must have struck a Spanish guitar chord
with the public since the single has become the band's biggest
smash to date and topped charts worldwide.
went on to become a Billboard Number One, and garnered two Grammy
nominations for the group.
most recent release, Return of Saturn, hit the music scene in
2000, and spawned the hits "Ex-Girlfriend" and "Simple
Kind of Life".
Gwen is still
romantically linked with the lead singer of Bush, Gavin Rossdale,
and the rock star pair have been involved for at least 5 years.
But the spunky
singer paired up with Moby to add her infectious voice to his
single, "South Side". No doubt about it, the self-proclaimed
Sound of Music fanatic brings a girly yet powerful spark to the
group, and the music industry.
Gwen Stefani (Married Name: Rossdale)
Real Name: Gwen Renee Stefani
Bands: No Doubt
Birthdate: October 3, 1969
Hometown: Anaheim, California, USA