Categorize Fefe Dobson at your own peril. The Juno Award-nominated singer-songwriter is known to fight for her authentic creative expression, at the risk of endangering major record deals and a mass-marketed pop image. The powerful-voiced, Scarborough-born and raised graduate of Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts began distributing demo tapes of herself singing at the age of 11, and writing songs and playing piano at 13.
In 2003, Fefe’s self-titled punk-influenced debut album from Island Records landed in the number one spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart. It earned nominations for Canada’s Pop Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year in 2005. Fefe toured Europe as the opening act for international superstar Justin Timberlake.
The former New Conservatory of Music student released her album Joy in 2010, with its Top 20 singles Ghost, Can’t Breathe, and Stutterin’. The multiracial artist’s music has been described through the years as power pop, punk, alt-rock, and pop-rock. She draws inspiration from a diverse range of artists, including Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, David Bowie, Michael and Janet Jackson, Prozzak, and Judy Garland.
Fefe’s music can be heard in soundtracks for the films Raising Helen and The Perfect Score, as well as in various television series. She has performed in support of War Child, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Young Artists for Haiti, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Photo by James Hamilton