Singer Avril Lavigne

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 20, 2003

I'm wondering when Avril Lavigne's next album is coming out. She is one of my favorite singers.
—Cassie J., South Dakota

The 17-year-old singer recently started her first major tour behind her current album, Let Go, and no release date has been set for another album. For one, she's got to find the time to write some new songs for it. Success has made her extremely busy—doing interviews, appearing on TV, and performing on one award show after another. A lot has happened in a short time for the Napanee, Ontario, native, who says she always knew she wanted to sing. From belting out songs at the top of her lungs as a kid in her bedroom, she moved on to singing gospel at church and country at fairs and talent shows. She taught herself how to play guitar when she was 12, and before long was making trips to New York City to pursue her music career. Discovered at the age of 16, she was signed by Arista Records and started work on her first album. She writes her own songs, too. "I never worry about what others think," she says. "I'm gonna dress what's me, I'm gonna act what's me, and I'm gonna sing what's me." Her insistence on staying true to herself has paid off. Let Go has sold more than 4 million copies.