Avril Lavigne's comeback earlier this year was all thanks to persistence, strength, and belief in herself, but her first ride into the music industry had a lot to do with another famous celeb. Avril Lavigne's rise to fame was all thanks to Shania Twain. Lavigne's discovery was basically the Canadian music gods at work.\nLavigne was born on September 27, 1984, in Belleville Ontario moving soon after, a few hours outside of Toronto, to Napanee Ontario.\nHer family was always musical. She grew up with her father playing in a band for their local church and a basement studio in her house that she would spend hours singing in as a kid.\nBesides at-home jam sessions, her childhood was pretty ordinary and included performances at local community events.\nIt wasn't until the Canadian artist entered a radio competition at just fourteen years old, winning the opportunity to sing on stage with superstar Shania Twain, that her career took off.\nShe took the stage with the country singer at her Ottawa concert singing a duet version of "What Made You Say That."\nHer career began to take off after that performance especially after she confided in Twain that she wanted to be a "famous singer."\nHer first manager Cliff Fabri knew from the start that Lavigne was different than the artists famous at the time. His vision for her was Alanis Morissette.\nIt was difficult for Lavigne to catch a break in the music industry when Brittney Spears was all the rage and Lavigne was the definition of the punk rock stereotype.\nView this post on Instagram Great weekend in wine country, Napa Valley performing at Live In The Vineyard alongside some other dope artists. Thanks @hesscollections for showing us a great time! @liveinthevineyard A post shared by Avril Lavigne (@avrillavigne) on Nov 7, 2019 at 10:20am PST\nNevertheless, she prevailed and was given a record deal in NYC worth 1.25 million dollars at just 16 years old.\nAfter spending time in NYC she relocated to LA where she finally found the Avril Lavigne we know and love.\nHer album debuted in 2002 with "Complicated" rising on the charts almost immediately.\nShe continued to write smash hits and tour the world until only months after her Canada day wedding to fellow Canadian Chad Kroeger in 2013.\nView this post on Instagram 3 week countdown till the Head Above Water Tour begins!! What songs do you guys want to hear live ? Tickets available via the link in my bio and on my website A post shared by Avril Lavigne (@avrillavigne) on Aug 19, 2019 at 2:54pm PDT\nShe was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014 and was in for the battle of the lifetime.\nLuckily, the Canadian pop star was resilient and the treatment for the disease was a success.\nShe's back now and better than ever. She's currently on tour with a new album released just a few months back.\nIt's safe to say Avril Lavigne has been on the ride of a lifetime.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.