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Stacy Ferguson, or better known as "Fergie" from the music group "Black Eyed Peas" is currently one of the hottest female music artists. Stacy Ann Ferguson was born on March 27th, 1975, in Hacienda Heights, California. Her parents, Terri and Pat, encouraged Stacy and her younger sister Dana to pursue careers in the entertainment industry. Stacy began her acting career as the voice of Sally on the Saturday morning cartoon The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show in 1983, as well as on two TV specials: It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984) and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (1985). In 1984, following a commercial for Rice Krispies, she appeared in the pilot for the long-running musical television show, Kids Incorporated. The show, which also starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and the girl who would become goth pop princess Martika, was a hit with Saturday morning audiences and she sang backup on it until 1989. In 1986, she appeared in the horror comedy movie Monster in the Closet as well as two TV specials: Kids Incorporated: Chartbusters and Kids Incorporated: Rock In the New Year. She left the spotlight in 1989 and settled down to live a normal teenager's life.
But music was always her first passion and she teamed up with Stefanie Ridel and fellow Kids Incorporated member Renee Sandstrom to form the band Wild Orchid. In 1999, they even had their own Saturday morning show on the FOX Family Channel. They released their first album, Wild Orchid, in 1997 on RCA and it was followed the next year with Oxygen. They scored a minor hit when the song "Declaration" was featured in an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210.
In 2001, Wild Orchid was ready to launch a third album but the label declined to release it. Wild Orchid ceased to exist and it triggered an emotional crisis for Stacy, forcing her to seek therapy. For the next few years, she continued to perform, albeit in obscurity. She became a dance floor regular and backup singer at a number of Los Angeles venues. And that's when she met will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. They had a number of meetings after shows and before long, she was invited to join the trio in the recording studio. They recorded five songs together and the band invited her to join them permanently.
The Black Eyed Peas actually began as Atban Klann in 1989, with will.i.am and apl.de.ap. They became Black Eyed Peas in 1995 after recruiting Taboo and then singer Kim Hill. In 1998, they released their first opus, Behind The Front, and it was followed up in 2000 with Bridging the Gap.Even though their musical style was out there and they had collaborated with big shots like Macy Gray and Wyclef Jean, the group's relationships deteriorated and Hill left the band. It took two years for their third album, Elephunk, to be produced and the arrival of Stacy, who took the stage name of Fergie, to make the Black Eyed Peas appreciated in mainstream circles. While she's finally enjoying major success, she's hoping to embark on a solo career. The first step has already been taken since she contributed to the soundtrack of Adam Sandler's 50 First Dates (2004) on the remake of "True" along with will.i.am.
Where you’ve seen her:
This Californian hard-abbed, big-voiced beauty started out on the Disney Channel's Kids Incorporated and is now the Black Eyed Peas resident sex bomb.
Pea in the pod:
"I’ve always been a fan of hip-hop, and I went to see a show in 1998. [Black Eyed Peas member] will.i.am and I exchanged numbers, and years later they needed a singer for the song “Shut Up.” A mutual friend recommended me, they brought me in, and the chemistry was good."
"I’m the only girl in a bunch of guys. I’ve always wanted a big brother, and now I have 13 of them. It’s great. They treat me like one of the guys—it’s not like I’m a princess."
"I decided to be irresponsible at, like, age 23.”
Fergie In Fury With Paris Hilton
Black Eyed Peas beauty Fergie has vowed revenge on Paris Hilton after the popstar's phone number was published on the internet.
The pin-up has told how she has been inundated with perverted calls after Paris's mobile phone was hacked in to by fraudsters.
The private phone numbers and email addresses of stars such as Eminem, Lindsay Lohan and Christina Aguilera were also revealed online.
Shut Up singer Fergie - whose real name is Stacy Ferguson - told MTV Europe: "I'm getting all these perverted phone messages, thank you very much. I get emails too, positive and negative."
Fergie is now planning to change her phone number.
"I am going to kill Paris Hilton," she said.
Other celebrities whose phone numbers flooded onto the net include Anna Kournikova, Vin Diesel, Ashlee Simpson and tennis star Andy Roddick.
The FBI were called in to investigate the incident.
One top star said: "I gave her my number after we met in Miami, I did not know she kept it on her cellphone."
The numbers were published under the message: "I'm sorry, bitch."
Also released were Paris's private notes, listed by date, which included road directions and her hotel and airline preferences.