Nicole Scherzinger, born June 29, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, dancer and a model. After her parents separated, she moved to Louisville, Kentucky, alongside her mother. Despite her modest upbringing, her mother was very supportive of her interest in performing and acting. Nicole was the runner up at the Kentucky Fair Talent contest. Shortly after, she put her majoring in theater arts on hold in order to be a backing singer for the band Days of the New and appeared on their album released in 1999.
Her professional career started to take off, after she co-recorded a song with F.O.B and was selected to be in a pop-group Eden’s Crush, following her participation in a competition in a WB’s television show “Popstars”. The band’s single “Get Over Yourself” made it to the top 10 on the billboard charts. She later confessed that although her participation in Eden’s Crush was a torture for her, she couldn’t have gone into the Pussycat Dolls project without that experience.
Nicole is perhaps best known as a lead singer of Pussycat Dolls, where she is the only member with song writing credits. Her prominence grew with such top 10 hits as “Don’t Cha”, “Buttons”, “Stickwitu” and “When I Grow Up”, turning album PCD double-platinum.
Following Nicole’s initial success with Pussycat Dolls, her independent career started with co-recording tracks together with Shaggy, Will Smith, and Vittorio Grigolo as well as being featured in “Come to Me” by Diddy. A few singles were released from her debut album, speculatively named “Her Name Is Nicole”. “Whatever U Like”, “Puakenikeni” and “Supervillain” failed to gain success, while “Baby Love” has become moderately popular on the other side of the Atlantic.