Stacy Ann Ferguson, aka Fergie, is a member of the hit hip-pop group the Black Eyed Peas. She joined the group, which originally formed in 1995 (and had already released two albums), in 2003 to add a bit of a twist. And she certainly did that. Previously, the band featuring Will.i.am, Alp. De. Alp and Taboo, were critically acclaimed, but weren’t exactly on any top-selling artists lists. The first Black Eye Peas album with Fergie, titled Elephunk (2003), changed all that, along with a transformation in sound, which went from back-packer hip hop to commercial hip-pop sound. The album spawned the single Where is the Love?, which featured Justin Timberlake and reached number 1 in a number of countries, including the UK and US. It also went on to become the biggest selling single of 2003. Hey Mama and Shutup were also big hits from the album.
Since then Fergie has thrived as part of the group and as a solo singer. The group has had two more multi-platinum albums (Monkey Business and The E.N.D) and her solo LP The Dutchess (2006) prouced the hits London Bridge and Glamorous. She has also enjoyed acting roles in films such as Planet Terror (2007) the musical Nine (2009). In terms of her personal life, after dating for a few years, she married actor Josh Duhamel in early 2009.
As a kid, Californian-born Fergie got into voiceover work in cartoons, such as the made-for-TV feature length Peanuts cartoon. She also enjoyed guest roles in a handful of TV sit-coms, including Married With Children. However, like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguliera, who all appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club as kids, Fergie made her name on a popular TV show, which showcased kids singing and dancing along to covers of popular songs. This time it was Kids Incorporated, also a very popular show, and she was a regular cast member from 1984–1989.
After leaving the show, Fergie, one of her Kids Incorporated co-stars and another two girls formed an r&b quartet called Wild Orchid. Wild Orchid released two albums (on RCA and then Sony). Their self-titled debut sold nearly a million copies. It was while the group were touring with teen sensations NSYNC in the mid 90s to promote the album Fergie met Justin Timberlake – the two later dated.
Fergie left Wild Orchid in 2001 having become frustrated with the direction the group was going in.
Years later, in various interviews, she would admit that around this time she was very depressed and turned to drugs. However she was able to get clean and eventually ended up joining the Black Eyed Peas, having met Will.i.am previously at a Wild Orchid concert.
DID YA KNOW?
- Fergie’s parents are of Mexican, Irish, Scottish and Native American descent.
- Kids Incorporated also featured a young Rashaan Patterson, who played a character called ‘The Kid’ on the show. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Shanice, Mario Lopez and 80s popstar Martika (Toy Soldiers) also appeared on the show as youngsters.
- Fergie, kind of, replaced singer Kim Hill, who sung on various Black Eyed Peas songs pre-2003.
- Pussy Cat Doll lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger was originally considered for a female vocalist in the Black Eyed Peas, but was under contract with her then group Eden’s Crush at the time, so couldn’t do it.
Check out a young Fergie on Kids Incorporated singing a duet with a young Rahsaan Patterson.