Avril Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984 in Nappanee, Ontario, Canada. Her skater-punk band consists of Evan, the guitarist, who is used to be in a band called "Spinfire", Matt, the drummer, is good friends with Jay from Sum 41, and was recommended to her by Sum 41, and then there's Mark, her bass player. He is the former bassist of Sum 41. They are from Napanee, Ontario as well. Her influences include Coldplay and Sum 41. On a trip to New York City, Avril caught the attention of L.A. Reid, who quickly signed her to Arista Record Company. At 16, she moved to Manhattan and began work on her debut CD, Let Go. Her first album, which was released on June 4, 2002, has gone quintuple-platinum and already sold over 10 million copies! And she is currently working on her second album. She won MTV's Best New Artist award in 2002, Radio Disney's Best Female Artist, Best Song for "Complicated", and Best Album. Her most well known songs are "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I"m With You", and a newly released "Losing Grip." Avril Lavigne received 5 Canadian Radio Music Awards for Best New Solo Artist, Best Solo Artist, Best New Solo Artist, Fan's Choice Award, and also the Songwriter Award. Avril Lavigne has been nominated for six Juno Awards in the categories of Juno Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Pop Album of the Year. Avril was also the recipient of an NME Carling Award in the category of "Most Sexy Woman", beating out such competition as Kylie Minogue and Christina Aguilera, along with a myriad of others. others. While in Singapore, Avril was the recipient of 3 MTV Asia Awards in the categories of Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Breakthrough Artist, and the Style Award. Avril won four awards at the first Radio Disney Award Show this year for Best Homework Song, Best Female Artist, Best Song, and for Best CD. Mark Spicoluk (the band's bass player)left the band last September after a farewell concert in his honor.