Fefe Dobson
Canadian singer-songwriter
Fefe Dobson
Felicia Lily "Fefe" Dobson is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Her self-titled debut album earned her two Juno Award nominations. Her second album, Sunday Love, was not released and she was terminated from her recording company. During production of Dobson's subsequent studio album Joy, with her manager's recording company (21 Music), she was re-signed to her original major recording company.
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FOR SHAME! : 'DRUNK' RIHANNA ESCORTED OUT OF FESTIVAL (That Grape Juice/ThatGrapeJuice.net::)
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That Grape Juice / ThatGrapeJuice.net::: FOR SHAME! :  ‘DRUNK’ RIHANNA ESCORTED OUT OF FESTIVAL  —  Behold the mess that is former Fefe Dobson impersonator Rihanna, caught on camera making a spectacle of herself in Poland over the weekend.  —  Arriving to support R&B royal Miguel at the Open'er Festival, the Pop star faced …
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Pop Star Was Bullied As A Teen, Offers Advice For The Amanda Todd Generation
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Lights is a pretty and successful pop star. But that's now. Back when she was known as Valerie Poxleitner, she was just another teenage girl whose own light was dimmed by bullies for the crime of being different. "In high school I not only didn't have a whole lot of friends, I went to a lot of different schools because we moved a lot. I ended up just keeping to myself and trying to get my work done and do my thing. I wasn't particularly stylish. I was kind of lanky. I didn't grow into my body yet," Lights tells Huffington Post backstage at Free the Children's We Day youth rally in Calgary, where bullying has become a topic in the wake of Amanda Todd's suicide. "There'd be groups of girls that didn't like me, they didn't like that I smiled, that I was happy, that I worked hard and tried to get out of high school with good marks. I would get pushed into lockers and called names and teased and people would try and start fights with me. Someone keyed my car. And it's not tha ...
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Canadians Stand Together For 'True Color' PSA
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Canadians are getting together to show their true colours. November 12 marks the start of National Bullying Awareness Week in Canada. This year's theme "stand up," encourages Canadians of all ages to acknowledge that bullying exists, but it's also important to strive for change. Kids Help Phone has put together a 30-second video featuring some of Canada's biggest names in the music industry, including Pierre Bouvier from Simple Plan, Jacob Hoggard from Hedley, and hosts from both MuchMusic and MTV Canada. Throughout the black and white video clip, artists hold uplifting phrases about hope and bullying, with a special cover of 'True Colors' playing in the background. Under the name Artists Against, a group composed of Jacob Hoggard, Lights, Pierre Bouvier, Fefe Dobson, Kardinal Offishall, Alyssa Reid, and Walk Off The Earth have created their own version of Cyndi Lauper's classic 'True Colors,' according to MuchMusic. The video itself is quite similar to the one c ...
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TIFF 2012 Has 'Unofficially' Kicked Off With Two Splashy Parties
Huffington Post - over 4 years
While TIFF doesn't "officially" kick off until this evening, two swanky and swishy parties have already declared the festival open: the Producer's Ball and SKYY Vodka's Blue Alley bash. The Producer's Ball packed some 600 people into the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto (one of the hottest places in the city to host an event), and raised funds for Paul Haggis' Artists for Peace and Justice. Hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott (of 'Property Brothers'), the fête was littered with fashionable and famous Canadian faces, including George Stroumboulopoulos, Fefe Dobson, Jonash Chernick and Emily Hampshire. A little further west, SKYY Vodka hosted a Moulin Rouge-meets-Cirque du Soleil outdoor soirée in an alleyway. Dubbed the "unofficial" kick-off to TIFF 2012, guests like Olympic Gold Medal Trampolinist Rosie MacLennan and actors Lyriq Bent, Gabrielle Reese and Tara Spencer-Nairn, sipped on festival-inspired cocktails while rocking some serious couture. Check out the best red carpet ...
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NKPR Expands Toronto Film Festival Footprint - Marketwire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
... Stratusphere Living, ConScent/Parental ConScent, Baker Street, FIJI Water, SKYY Vodka. Previous guests of the IT Lounge include Edward Norton, Catherine Deneuve, Fefe Dobson, Queen Latifah, Tim Robbins, Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde and Ryan Gosling
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Music is the food of convention centre - Kamloops This Week
Google News - over 5 years
Shows have included performers like Carly Rae Jepson, Great White, Fefe Dobson, Sharks! On Fire!, Paul Brandt and Uncle Kracker. Upcoming shows range from blues great Johnny Winter to guitar wizard Alex Cuba to tribute bands ABBA Mania and Night Fever
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Nightbox 'Discovered' on MuchMusic Reality Show, Open for DFA1979 in Actual ... - Spinner
Google News - over 5 years
On the season premier, the sweepy-haired emo band kicked their new drummer out of the group when Fefe Dobson's veteran stickman said he'd like to join -- all this, of course, went down on camera much to the chagrin of the ousted drummer
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'Take Me To The Pilot' to Play Park Theatre on Friday - ChrisD.ca (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Since releasing their self-titled debut EP last summer, TMTTP have played more than 120 shows, and have even opened for Fefe Dobson. Take Me To The Pilot will play the Park Theatre on Friday, August 18. Tickets are $10 at the door
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New attendance record at Saskatoon EX - Global Saskatoon
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“With great entertainment and good weather, the EX attained another record attendance,” said Mark Regier, Prairieland Park CEO. Some of the name acts that helped in setting the record included Reba McEntire, FeFe Dobson, Down With Webster and Marianas
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Parade winds through city centre - StarPhoenix
Google News - over 5 years
Fefe Dobson, Shawn Desman and Alyssa Reid will take to the stage Wednesday, followed by Down With Webster on Thursday, Marianas Trench Friday and Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Saturday. Special tickets for McEntire's concert will be needed,
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Grizfest rocking for a decade - Tumbler Ridge News
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The next two bands – in no other words – wrapped up the weekend perfectly. fefe Dobson, singer song-writer from Scarborough, Ontario, didn't disappoint all those who were ready to rock – and hard – with this Canadian female. Her energy on stage could
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Adamson heats up the streets at the MMVA's - DigitalProductionME.com
Google News - over 5 years
One of Toronto's biggest parties of the year kicked off with a performance by Lady Gaga, followed by Far East movement featuring Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars, Avril Lavigne, Fefe Dobson and many others taking the stage. Canadian Justin Bieber showed up to
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Watch A Non-Redheaded Allison Iraheta Cover “Viva La Vida” - Popdust
Google News - over 5 years
A hail-mary addition of Orianthi to her songs aside–that didn't work for Fefe Dobson, and it's hardly working perfectly even for Orianthi–Allison Iraheta's career has mostly stalled. Which is why it's great to her sing anything, “Viva La Vida” or
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Google News - over 5 years
Among the finalists are Mississauga vocalist Rayandra Hudson, who has shared the stage with the likes of Justin Bieber, Fefe Dobson and Shiloh. Her debut single, What We Need is Love, was recorded at Metalworks and was released under the Universal
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Kiss rocks Salmon Festival crowd - Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
After opening acts Fefe Dobson, The Orchestra, Down With Webster and Smashmouth played under sunny skies, clouds moved in as if on cue, but the crowd's enthusiasm shone through. The headliners, known for their outlandish makeup and costumes and
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Ex stage set to rock Colonial Days - Meridian Booster
Google News - over 5 years
Singer-songwriter Fefe Dobson is a Juno-nominated artist and has recently released her second album titled Joy. Dobson released her self-titled debut album in 2003 and her latest hit single Can't Breathe has brought her back into the music scene
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Celebrate in the Square - Mississauga
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There will be live entertainment and free family activities including an aerial cirque show, art, dance and fusion performances. Musical performances by Fairly OddParents, These Kids Wear Crowns, Fefe Dobson and Shawn Desman
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These Kids Wear Crowns - Echo Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
After embarking on several large tours with other Canadian pop-heavy weights (Hedley, Fefe Dobson, Faber Drive), These Kids Wear Crowns would leave behind all they knew of small-scale success and plunge forward into a record deal, publicity,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fefe Dobson
    TWENTIES
  • 2014
    Age 28
    On April 29, 2014, Dobson performed live during the Count Me In conference global broadcast, filmed at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
    More Details Hide Details Fefe Dobson's self titled debut album is generally pop-rock, as well as some traces of punk music. Several songs on the album are also in an acoustic format, stripped down to just Dobson and the guitar. The music was different from most music put out at the time, such as recent releases by Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. In fact, Dobson originally signed with Jive Records, who intended to make her the next big pop star. However, Dobson didn't want to be a pop-star and wanted to make her own type of music, and quickly left the label. For Dobson second official album Joy she worked producers David Lichens, Jon Levine, Howard Benson and Bob Ezrin on Joy, Dobson lives up to the portraits of her heroes she first hung during the recording of her first album—Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, Coldplay, The Vines and Jeff Buckley. She co-wrote most of the songs on the album, usually composing on guitar, her choice of instrument. "I play the few chords that I know," she says. "I try to write melodies off the same chords. Joy is written with about three chords, and an extra one in the bridge." Sonically the album was rooted alternative rock.
  • 2013
    Age 27
    Dobson became engaged to rapper Yelawolf in July 2013. They later split in May 2016
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    In early July 2013, Dobson got engaged to her boyfriend American rapper Yelawolf.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    She performed at a 100 Day Countdown event to the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2010 Winter Olympics at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., USA on November 4, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Six songs were heard but her energetic performance resulted in a clothing mishap. Dobson even incorporated the happening into her performance by ad-libbing, "I-I-I just split my pants and I don't care".
    She performed at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Dobson also has a role in Selena Gomez's music career. On their debut CD, Kiss & Tell, Dobson allowed Gomez and her band to re-record "As a Blonde" from her unreleased album, Sunday Love. Dobson also sang backup vocals. Then, she helped write the lead single, "Round & Round", from the band's second studio album, A Year Without Rain, alongside Kevin Rudolf and others.
    In 2010, the singer released a remix of her single "Stuttering", featuring G.O.O.D Music artist, Pusha T of Clipse.
    More Details Hide Details She released her third single, "Can't Breathe" which features guitarist Orianthi, in March 2011. It peaked at number 19 on the Canadian Hot 100.
    The singer performed her single "Stuttering" on the November 10, 2010 broadcast of The CW Television Network series, Hellcats.
    More Details Hide Details Dobson performed live shows with Blue Man Group's drummer Colin Robinson (also featured in "If You Walk Away").
    "Joy" Dobson's second studio album was released on November 22, 2010 after taking almost four years to complete.
    More Details Hide Details It candidly follows Dobson's evolution as an artist as well as transition from the indie type of music she originally put together for Joy, to the mainstream pop hits. The album was preceded by the release of the two buzz singles "Watch Me Move" and "I Want You", which were then followed-up by the three top 20 official singles "Ghost", "Stuttering" and "Can't Breathe", all of which have at least one music video.
    Dobson performed on a twenty city tour across Canada in March and April 2010 on Hedley's The Show Must Go On The Road Tour.
    More Details Hide Details Hedley announced the tour in support of their new album The Show Must Go which was released November 17, 2009. "Fefe Dobson and Stereos will be along for the whole trek, while Faber Drive and Boys Like Girls will support on select dates."
    She covered "River Deep – Mountain High" for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th annual induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 15, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details It inspired a reviewer to state that it, " was an eye-opening version of Greenwich & Barry's "River Deep, Mountain High" by Canadian belter Fefe Dobson that was so good it makes you want to go out and buy all her music."
    Dobson's involvement with the Olympics continued on March 12, 2010 as she performed "I Want You" and "Watch Me Move" at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
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    Dobson performed on February 20, 2010 at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada as part of CTV's national celebration of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details She was one of the opening acts for The Barenaked Ladies in the all Canadian show. She participated in the Canadian All-Star Benefit Single For Haiti released under the collaboration name of Young Artists for Haiti. The song is a reworked version of K'naan's single "Wavin' Flag" and was released on March 12, 2010. Dobson is seen and heard in the official video at the recording studio as she lent her vocals.
  • 2009
    Age 23
    Dobson was the headline performer for one of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month events, a benefit concert held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, CA on October 22, 2009.
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    She performed in Perth, Australia, at the One Movement Showcase Music Festival on October 17, 2009.
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    On Sunday, September 27, 2009, she performed "I Want You" at the finale of the second season of the Canadian Cable TV show The Next Star. Dobson's song, "I Want You" is in at least three versions of TV Spot ads for the movie Whip It. The 2009 film is the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore.
    More Details Hide Details The song was also used for television advertisements in 2010 for programs on the Style network.
    Dobson attended the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards held on September 13 in New York City at Radio City Music Hall.
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    Dobson performed during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards weekend at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on Friday night, September 11, at "A Concert with Fefe Dobson and Cobra Starship."
    More Details Hide Details She was also one of the judges for a competition for MTV's "VMA Best Breakout New York City Artist Award" that occurred at the same event.
    On August 11, 2009, Dobson presented a showcase performance at the Mercury Lounge in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview at the showcase Dobson mused, "It's almost like when an animal is in a small cage, but when you let it out it's running around like crazy. That's how I feel when I'm onstage."
    During a 2009 interview Dobson said, "I wrote a song, she dug it, and she sang it.
    More Details Hide Details But I didn't want it for my record. It just wasn't right for me, and I just felt like it was better for someone else, and she does a great job on it. I was really impressed. She sounded great. I'm actually happier she did it than I did it." After quitting 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 (2008) and Jordin Sparks on her second album Battlefield (2009). Shortly after Sparks' album was released Dobson said, "Jordin Sparks just did 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 (2009). Sunday Love finally received a digital release on December 18, 2012.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    During spring 2006, she performed several shows around the United States, and began promoting the record Sunday Love in anticipation of its release.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "Don't Let It Go to Your Head", was released in 2005 but did not chart. There is an official music video for the song. A second single, "This Is My Life" was released in 2006. No video was made for it, and it also did not chart. Dobson's song "Don't Let It Go to Your Head" is covered by Lilyjets, a Norwegian girl group, as a single on their debut album 3rd Floor (2006). They also produced an official music video. The music of "This Is My Life" is used by the Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E in their song: "I Love Trouble" (我愛煩惱) on their album FM S.H.E (2008). "Start All Over", a song co-written by Dobson and featuring her on background vocals, was recorded by Miley Cyrus for her album Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (2007) and was released as a single, reaching number 57 on the Billboard Pop 100.
    In February 2006 Dobson sang "O Canada" at All-Star Saturday Night, part of the 2006 NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, Texas.
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    By 2006, Dobson returned to the studio to finish her second album, Sunday Love.
    More Details Hide Details Musicians and songwriters she collaborated with during the recording process include Holly Knight, Nina Gordon, Kay Hanley, John 5, Billy Steinberg, Matthew Wilder, Cyndi Lauper, Courtney Love, Joan Jett, and Rancid's Tim Armstrong. Sunday Love was not released at the time, due to Dobson being terminated by Island Records just days before the album was scheduled for release. The album was reviewed favorably in both Spin and Vibe magazine. "My real good fans, my hardcore fans, have it, so that's most important," Dobson says. "At least it got out there to a few hands, and now it's time to make a record on my own terms." "It was sad," says Dobson. "But instead of sitting there and being depressed and begging people for the record, I went back to the studio, got people that I knew, friends that I knew, and I started again." One song from the unreleased album, "Be Strong", featured on the soundtrack for the film It's a Boy Girl Thing.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    During the summer of 2005, Dobson was in a public service ad: "Make Poverty History", which brings awareness to child poverty worldwide.
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    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.
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    Dobson released the record "Truth Anthem" on the Much Dance 2005 CD compilation, a benefit for the Canadian branch of War Child.
    More Details Hide Details It was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • 2004
    Age 18
    During much of 2004, Dobson promoted her debut album, performing live on the program Total Request Live and for numerous magazine covers and articles.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2003
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 she believed 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.
    Her self-titled debut album, released in 2003, earned her two Juno Award nominations.
    More Details Hide Details Her second studio album, Sunday Love, was not released and she was terminated from her record label. During production of Dobson's subsequent studio album Joy, with her manager's record label (21 Music), she was re-signed to her original major recording company (Island Records). Both companies continued working on Joy, and after experiencing numerous delays, it was released in November 2010 in Canada and the United States. Her music has been covered by other artists and featured in cinema, television, and more.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Dobson was born on February 28, 1985, in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.
    More Details Hide Details Dobson's mother is of English, Aboriginal, and French 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. 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.
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