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Victoria Duffield (born January 3, 1995) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She is best known for her debut single "Shut Up and Dance", which peaked at number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart in 2011 and was certified platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).[1] Duffield gained recognition after appearing as a finalist on the third season of the YTV reality competition series The Next Star in 2010, signing with Warner Music Canada the following year. Her debut studio album Shut Up and Dance (2012) also saw the commercial success of the single "Break My Heart", which peaked at number 35 on the Canadian Hot 100 and was certified gold.

Victoria Duffield
Born (1995-01-03) January 3, 1995 (age 24)
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, dancer, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2005–present
Labels
Associated actsShannon Chan-Kent, Ashleigh Ball
Websitewww.victoriaduffield.com

Duffield's second studio album, Accelerate (2014), was a commercial failure but saw the moderate success of its lead single, "More Than Friends", which peaked at number 49 on the Canadian Hot 100. She released her third studio album independently in 2019, Day Won. As an actress, Duffield is best known as the singing voice of Cherry Jam in Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures. She has also appeared as a guest star on several Canadian television series, including Mr. Young.

Early lifeEdit

Victoria Duffield was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She has two brothers. The older, Burkely Duffield, appeared on the television series House of Anubis. The other brother is Mitchell Duffield. Duffield graduated from Yale Secondary School in 2013.

CareerEdit

The Next StarEdit

Duffield auditioned for season 3 of The Next Star, a Canadian reality competition series, in May 2010. After being one of 16 Canadian teens selected from over 4000, she flew to Toronto to sing for three judges, and was selected to be in the Top 6, along with Isabelle Stern, Mimoza Duot, Madi Amyotte, Brandon Bizior and Diego Gomes.[2] She sang and performed multiple tasks during the show, such as co-writing a single, singing solo, duets, group song selections, receiving a make-over, and filming a music video. Duffield worked with producer Josh Ramsay, lead vocalist of the Canadian pop rock band Marianas Trench.[3] Their collaboration resulted in the song "Fever". On September 26, 2010, Duffield lost The Next Star to 14-year-old Diego Gomes.

2010–2012: Shut Up and DanceEdit

Duffield released her single "Fever" on iTunes in September 2010, accompanied by a music video. Soon after, she independently released her debut extended play, Secrets, which included two singles: "Bam Bam" and "Hey!!!" After signing with Warner Music Canada, Duffield released her major-label debut single in July 2011, "Shut Up and Dance", which peaked number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. She also released a bilingual English/French version for the French Canadian market featuring singer Lukay.

Duffield's debut studio album of the same name, Shut Up and Dance, was released in August 2012. Three additional singles were released from the album: "Feel", "Break My Heart"—which peaked at number 35 on the Canadian Hot 100 and was later certified gold—and "They Don't Know About Us", a duet with Cody Simpson.[4][5] Duffield toured Canada with Faber Drive on their Lost in Paradise Tour to support Shut Up and Dance, which finished in December 2012 in Trenton, Nova Scotia.

2013–present: Accelerate and Day WonEdit

In 2013, Duffield announced that she was recording new music in Los Angeles, California.[6] Her second studio album, Accelerate, was released in June 2014 and failed to chart in any countries. However, its lead single, "More Than Friends", reached number 49 on the Canadian Hot 100.[7] She also toured with the Backstreet Boys on the second North American leg of their In a World Like This Tour.[8] Following the tour, Duffield sustained injuries to her vocal chords and underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, resulting in a brief hiatus from performing.[9] By Duffield's account, she had a new single scheduled for release in 2017, but was informed that Warner Music Canada was no longer working with her management team and she was subsequently dropped from the label.[10]

In February 2018, Duffield independently released her first single in nearly four years, "WOW", and announced that she would be independently releasing her third studio album, Day 1, which she had been working on for over three years.[11] She then released three additional songs from the album: "Get Me High", "My Mistake", and "Remember You".[12][13] In February 2019, Duffield announced via Instagram that she would be releasing her third studio album, now titled Day Won, on February 12, 2019 across music streaming platforms to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of "WOW".[14]

CharityEdit

Duffield is a proud supporter of Free The Children and has performed at such events as We Day Manitoba.[15] Duffield also supported the Count Me In movement, and performed at the inaugural Count Me In Conference in Toronto, Ontario, on May 1, 2012.[16]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions
CAN
[17]
Shut Up and Dance 12
Accelerate
Day Won

Extended playsEdit

  • 2010: Secrets

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
[18]
2011 "Shut Up and Dance" 12 Shut Up and Dance
2012 "Feel" 37
"Break My Heart" 35
"They Don't Know About Us"
(featuring Cody Simpson)
74
2014 "More Than Friends" 49 Accelerate
"Paper Planes"

Promotional singlesEdit

  • 2010: "Fever"
  • 2010: "Hey!!!"
  • 2010: "Bam Bam"
  • 2011: "Last Christmas"
  • 2012: "Feel" (and Version française featuring Jacynthe).
  • 2012: "Break My Heart" (and Version française featuring Djen Silencieux.)
  • 2018: "Get Me High"

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Cold Squad Elissa TV Series. 2 Episodes: And the Fury: Part 2

The Filth: Part 1 (uncredited)

2007 Painkiller Jane Young Elyse TV Series. 1 Episode: Breakdown
Supernatural Granddaughter TV Series. 1 Episode: Bedtime Stories
2008 Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict Zoe Fedder TV Film
Smallville Young Chloe Sullivan TV Series. 1 Episode: Abyss
2009 Do You Know Me Isabel Carter TV Film. Starred along with Rachelle Lefevre
2010 The Next Star Herself/Contestant Reality TV competition. Top 6
2011 Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures Cherry Jam Animated. Singing voice only
2012 Mr. Young Herself 2 Episodes Mr spring break and Mr first impression
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Megan Season 2 Episode 31 Bad Feng Shui
Christmas Miracle Babysitter Christian Film
2013 Life with Boys Herself Season 2 Episode 14 Let's Duet With Boys Part Two

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Victoria Duffield - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
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  4. ^ "Victoria Duffield".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-05-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Craig and Marc Kielburger. "Star Power: Victoria Duffield on Role Models, Life Lessons and Legacy". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/430882/victoria-duffield/chart?f=793
  8. ^ "Victoria Duffield, 19, opens for the Backstreet Boys on May 20". The Montreal Gazette. May 15, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Alexander, Kelly (March 8, 2018). "Victoria Duffield is Back!". The Kelly Alexander Show. Retrieved April 12, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "Victoria Duffield Discloses Why She Hasn't Released New Music". Canadian Music Blog. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Victoria Duffield on making her comeback "WOW"". Kiss 105.3 Sudbury. February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ "Get Me High - Single by Victoria Duffield on Apple Music". iTunes. April 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "My Mistake - Single by Victoria Duffield on Apple Music". iTunes. June 4, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "Victoria Duffield (@victoriaduffield) - Instagram photos and videos". Instagram. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  15. ^ "'Yes, we can!': Thousands converge on MTS Centre for We Day". Winnipeg Free Press. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  16. ^ [3] Archived May 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Victoria Duffield – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Victoria Duffield – Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Victoria Duffield – Shut Up and Dance". Music Canada.
  20. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Victoria Duffield – Break My Heart". Music Canada.

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