Gwen Stefani is an American singer, songwriter and fashion designer who was born on October 3, 1969, in Fullerton, California. She became famous in the 1990s as the lead singer of the rock-ska band, “No Doubt” before venturing into a solo career. Stefani went on to establish a highly successful solo career and along the line, as a fashion designer, she launched her own clothing line L.A.M.B. She eventually reunited with her No Doubt bandmates in 2012 after parting ways with them in the early 2000s to kickstart a solo career. In 2014, the beautiful pop singer continued as a solo artist and made her debut as a coach for the seventh season of NBC’s “The Voice.” She subsequently served as coach for the show in 2017 and 2019.
Gwen Stefani Bio: Age, Birthrate, Parents, Early Life
Gwendolyn Renee Stefani was born to Dennis Stefani (father of Italian descent) and Patricia Flynn (mother of English and Scottish descent) in Fullerton, California, on October 3, 1969. She was raised and grew up in Anaheim with her parents and siblings—a sister named Jill and two brothers named Eric and Todd. Her father worked in marketing for Japanese motorcycle-maker, Yamaha, while her mother was a stay-at-home mom who was also a talented seamstress. Stefani was taught to sew by her mother and this influenced her interest in fashion early on. Her love for music was influenced by her elder brother, Eric, who played recordings of ska revival bands such as Madness.
Gwen Stefani Education Details
Stefani attended Loara High School and after finishing from there, she studied at California State University. Long before her fame and success, she has taken up variety of service jobs including a stint cleaning floors at a fast-food restaurant and working at a local department store. Her music career got a shot when her brother, Eric, encouraged her to join a ska band he was forming with a friend named John Spence, as a backing vocalist in 1986.
Gwen Stefani Career Details
Gwen Stefani became the lead singer of No Doubt in 1998 after Spence committed suicide by shooting himself in an Anaheim parking lot four days to Christmas in 1987. The band toiled in the neighborhood of their native Orange County for several years. All this while, she was romantically involved with the band’s bassist, Tony Kanal. Eventually in 1991, No Doubt was signed to Interscope after playing numerous gigs and parties. Around the same time Kanal broke up with Stefani which made her devastated. This somewhat led to the inspiration for her to begin writing some lyrics herself while the band was working on songs for a follow-up; the result was, “Don’t Speak,” which became the band’s breakout single. The band’s breakout single and two other hit songs, “Spiderwebs” and “Just a Girl,” helped the album, “Tragic Kingdom” to nine weeks No.1 position on the Billboard 200 chart and also recorded worldwide sales of 15 million copies. The huge success of this album garnered two Grammy nominations and also put Stefani in the spotlight as a star. The band released “Return of Saturn” in 2000 and the heavily-reggae influenced hit album “Rock Steady” in 2001 which featured the Grammy-award winning songs “Hey Baby” and “Underneath It All.”
Just as Stefani’s relationship with Kanal came to an end, she met Bush (British band) guitarist and lead singer, Gavin Rossdale—whom she later married—at a concert she was playing with No Doubt in 1996. Outside the band, Stefani also did collaborations with Eve in “Blow Ya Mind” and with techno artist Moby in “South Side” which garnered impressive radio airplay. In 2002, “Underneath It All” peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Top 40 chart and also landed the band the second Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. In 2004, Stefani, as a fashion designer, launched her clothing line which she called L.A.M.B. (Love. Angel. Music. Baby). Her first solo record was released in late 2004 which was also titled L.A.M.B. with incongruous artwork that showcased Stefani’s four woman “posse,” the Harajuku Girls. She made her acting debut as Jean Harlow alongside Leonardo Di Caprio in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” Taking her influence to the tech world, she designed the Harajuku Lovers’ 4.1 MP Digital Camera for Hewlett-Packard (HP) which was released in a limited edition with a Stefani-designed case a biographical DVD.
By 2006, Stefani released her second full-length album titled “The Sweet Escape,” which was a smash hit and which earned her a Grammy Award nomination for her duet with Akon on the album’s title track. In 2009, after joining her No Doubt bandmates for a National tour, she later reunited with them in 2012 for the album” Push and Shove.” In 2016, she launched her third solo album “This is What the Truth Feels Like.” She released the seasonal album “You Make it Feel Like Christmas” in 2017 featuring Blake Shelton—Voice co-star and current partner—who she has a duet with. After her first appearance in 2004 on the singing competition “The Voice,” Stefani has made subsequent appearances as a coach between 2014 and 2015, 2017 and also in 2019.
Is Gwen Stefani Married Again After Divorce With Gavin Rossdale
After being together for more than a dozen years, a news outbreak surfaced in late 2015 that Stefani has split from her husband, Gavin Rossdale, with alleged infidelity the reason for the break-up. In November 2015, Stefani started dating Voice co-star, Blake Shelton and they have been together since then.
Gwen Stefani Net Worth
With annual income hovering around $27 million, recent figures of Stefani’s estimated net worth as obtained on celebritynetworth.com stand at $100 million.