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When Lavigne was 14 years old, her parents took her to karaoke sessions.
Lavigne also performed at country fairs, singing songs by Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, and Shania Twain. Her first song was called "Can't Stop Thinking About You", about a teenage crush, which she described as "cheesy cute".
She later sang on "Temple of Life" and "Two Rivers" for his follow-up album, My Window to You, in 2000.
In December 1999, Lavigne was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario.
In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Deryck Whibley, lead singer and guitarist for Sum 41. In school, she was sometimes kicked out of class for misbehaving, her parents supported her singing.
Her father bought her a microphone, a drum kit, a keyboard, and several guitars, and converted their basement into a studio; following his own love for music Jean-Claude led the family to church at Third Day Worship Center in Kingston, Ontario, where he often played bass.
Lavigne took a break from recording music, pursuing careers in feature film acting and designing clothes and perfumes.
He invited her to contribute vocals on his song, "Touch the Sky", for his 1999 album, Quinte Spirit.
Recording of Lavigne's debut album, Let Go, finished in January 2002.
Lavigne released Let Go in June 2002 in the US, where it reached number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
It peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, and the UK—this made Lavigne, at 17 years old, the youngest female soloist to have a number-one album on the UK Albums Chart at that time.
Lavigne's debut single, "Complicated", peaked at number one in Australia and number two in the US.