Born in Belleville, Ontario, to Franco-Ontarian Christian parents John and Judy Lavigne, Avril, at age five, moved with her family to Napanee, Ontario, Canada, where she sang in a church choir and taught herself to play the guitar.
She was discovered 由 her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while 唱歌 country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Avril was spotted 由 local folksinger Steve Medd, who invited her to sing on his song Touch The Sky for his 1999 album Quinte Spirit. She also sang on Temple Of Life and Two Rivers for his followup album, My Window To You, in 2000.
At 16, she was signed 由 Ken Krongard, the artists-and-repertoire (A&R) representative of Arista Records, who invited his boss, Arista head Antonio "L.A." Reid, to hear her sing in a New York City studio. She then completed work on her first album.
Reportedly, early attempts to co-write songs for her failed to meet her approval, and Lavigne eventually moved to Los Angeles, California, and co-wrote her album with Cliff Magness and the songwriting team The Matrix, which has also worked with Sheena Easton and Christina Aguilera. She described her first album, Let Go, as a pop album with "a couple of rock songs on it", and has voiced a desire to write 更多 rock-oriented songs in the future. It was released 由 Arista on June 4, 2002, in the United States, reaching No. 2 there and No. 1 in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom (making Lavigne the youngest female soloist to have a number-one album in the UK until Joss Stone's 2004 album Mind, Body & Soul). It was certified four times platinum less than six months later 由 the RIAA, and had sold 14 million copies worldwide as of December 2004.
Let Go - 2002
Four singles from the album were released, all of them hits. "Complicated" went to No. 1 in Australia while reaching No. 2 on the U.S. Hot 100, and was also one of the best-selling Canadian singles of 2002. "Sk8er Boi" reached the 最佳, 返回页首 ten in the U.S. and Australia and No. 1 in Canada, "I'm With You" reached the 最佳, 返回页首 five in the U.S., while "Losing Grip" reached No. 1 in Canada, the 最佳, 返回页首 ten in Taiwan, and the 最佳, 返回页首 twenty in Chile. The media have often compared Lavigne to Alanis Morissette (one of her favourite artists alongside 酷玩乐队 and The Goo Goo Dolls), who is also Canadian, as well as singer-songwriters such as Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch, who emerged at about the same time and were popularly credited, with Lavigne, as part of a trend towards 更多 creativity in the teen pop-music market.
Lavigne was named "Best New Artist" at the 2002 音乐电视 Video 音乐 Awards, won four Juno Awards in 2003 (out of six nominations), a World 音乐 Award for World's Best-Selling Canadian Singer, and was nominated for eight Grammy Awards.
Lavigne's 秒 album, Under My Skin, was released on May 25, 2004 in the U.S. It debut at No. 1 in U.S.A, U.K., Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, Spain, Ireland, Thailand, Korea and Hong Kong and sold 更多 than 380,000 copies in U.S.A in it's first week. . Lavigne wrote most of the album with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, though some tracks were co-written 由 Lavigne and Ben Moody (formerly of Evanescence), Butch Walker of Marvelous 3, and the rest with her former lead guitarist Evan Taubenfeld. Kreviazuk's husband, Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida, co-produced the album with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore.
Lead single "Don't Tell Me" went to No. 1 in Argentina, 最佳, 返回页首 five in the U.K. and Canada, and 最佳, 返回页首 ten in Australia and Brazil. "My Happy Ending" reached the 最佳, 返回页首 ten in the U.S., and was her third-biggest hit to 日期 there, but third single "Nobody's Home" did not make the 最佳, 返回页首 forty, though it reached the number one spot in Canada. The final single from the album, "He Wasn't", reached No. 1 in Canada, making the song her eighth No. 1 release since "Complicated", but failed to make the UK 最佳, 返回页首 twenty and was not released in the U.S.
Lavigne won two World 音乐 Awards in 2004 for World's Best Pop/Rock Artist and World's Best-Selling Canadian Artist. She received five Juno Award nominations in 2005, picking up three, including 粉丝 Choice Award, Artist of the 年 and Pop Album of the Year. She also won the award for Favourite Female Singer at the eighteenth Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
Lavigne co-wrote "Breakaway", which was recorded 由 Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) and was later included on Clarkson's 秒 album, Breakaway, being released as the album's first single. It went on to peak at No. 6 in the US and provided Clarkson with a substantial hit.
Lavigne is to make her film debut in the animated film Over the Hedge, which is based on the comic strip of same name, alongside William Shatner, Bruce Willis and Gary Shandling. She is also 表演 in the Richard Gere film The Flock,  and her third project is Fast 食物 Nation, based on her favourite book. Her co-stars in the film include Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Ethan Hawke and Greg Kinnear. 
In January 2006, Lavigne signed a contract with Ford Models.. She is appearing on the February edition of Harpers Bazaar Fashion Magazine with a new look.  Her third album is supposed to be released in November of 2006. Like her 前一个 album, it should include collaborations with Kreviazuk and Maida.
Lavigne's band currently includes Devin Bronson (lead guitar), Craig Wood (rhythm guitar), Charlie Moniz (bass) and Matt Brann (drums). Former members include Evan Taubenfeld (lead guitar, 2002 – 2004), Mark Spicoluk (bass, 2002) and Jesse Colburn (rhythm guitar, 2002 – 2003). In 2003, it was reported that Lavigne was romantically involved with Colburn. Lavigne is engaged to be married to Deryck Whibley of the pop punk band Sum 41, and Mark Spicoluk was a former member of that band.
Lavigne performed "Who Knows" at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin, Italy) for the eight 分钟 of the Vancouver 2010 portion.