Born in Fullerton and raised in Anaheim, California, singer and songwriter Gwen Renée Stefani’s birthdate is on October 3rd, 1969. Gwen is best known for being one of the founders, lead vocalist and main songwriter of rock band No Doubt. While Gwen originally joined the band (originally created by her brother Eric) in 1986 as back up vocals, she soon became lead singer and its best-known member. No Doubt has been most notably known for their ska (a precursor style of rocksteady and reggae) and alternative rock musical style. The band’s first, self-titled album was released in 1992, but was considered a failure as it sold approximately 30,000 copies.
However, the band’s next two albums, both released in 1995, The Beacon Street Collection (which was produced independently by the band) and Tragic Kingdom, slowly started to bring more and more mainstream attention to the band. By the third album, thanks to singles “Don’t Speak ” and “Just a Girl,” No Doubt had achieved critical and commercial success, with its songs reaching top chartings around the world. The record earned the band Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rock Album and is considered one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
No Doubt’s fourth studio album, Return to Saturn, was released in 2000 and pushed the band further into fame. The following year, the band premiered their next album, Rock Steady, which received positive reviews and Grammy nominations as well. During this time, Gwen also collaborated on singles with other artists such as Moby and rapper Eve. The album was followed up by a greatest hits collection, which included covers of popular song “It’s My Life,” its best known rendition to date. The song also got her one of many Grammy Award nominations throughout her musical career. In 2003, Stefani began to work on her solo project, which resulted in her first studio album Love. Angel. Music. Baby., which dipped into pop music, a change from the band’s usual sound. The album was a huge success, with singles “What Are You Waiting For?”, “Rich Girl” and “Hollaback Girl” reaching the top of the charts.
Gwen’s second studio album was released in 2006 under the name The Sweet Escape, this time carrying a more electronic and dance music sound, and the following year went on a worldwide tour to promote the album. After a long hiatus, No Doubt debuted its sixth and final studio album, Push and Shove, in 2012 and reunited for one last tour. After that, the band went into indefinite hiatus. Gwen continued to pursue her solo career and released two more albums, This Is What the Truth Feels Like (2016) and You Make It Feel Like Christmas (2017.)
Starting in June 2018, Stefani took up a Las Vegas concert residency, which concluded in 2021. In 2019, she was cast as a coach in singing contest program The Voice during its 17th season and later returned for the 19th season too. In 2020, she announced that she was working on her fifth studio album, releasing two singles in the months after the announcement.