Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Portuguese-Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She has sold over 18 million albums worldwide, and currently resides in Toronto. Furtado grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Furtado came to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut album Whoa, Nelly!, which featured her breakthrough Grammy Award-winning single "I'm Like a Bird". After becoming a mother and releasing the less commercially successful Folklore (2003), she returned to prominence in 2006 with the release of Loose and its hit singles "Promiscuous", "Maneater," "All Good Things (Come to an End)" and "Say It Right."
In 2009, Furtado released her first full-length Spanish album "Mi Plan", Which contains her first solo number 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks, "Manos al Aire",staying on the Top position for 4 consecutive weeks, She also made history by being the first North-American artist to achieve a number 1 with an original Spanish song on the Latin Tracks, the album also managed to debut within the Top 40 in the US.
Furtado is known for experimenting with different instruments, sounds, genres, vocal styles, and languages. This diversity has been influenced by her wide-ranging musical taste and her interest in different cultures.