Avril LavigneAvril Ramona Lavigne (born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian-French singer and songwriter. She was born in Belleville; Ontario; and spent most of her youth in the town of Napanee. By the age of 15; she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16; she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million. In 2002; when she was 17 years old; Lavigne entered the music industry with her debut album Let Go; becoming one of the most popular pop punk artists; a reason she earned her reputation of a 'skater punk' persona and "pop punk princess". Since her professional debut she has sold more than 30 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide.