Will.i.am invited Fergie to audition for their song “Shut Up” on the Black Eyed Peas’ third album, 2003’s “Elephunk.” She sailed through the audition and ended up recording six songs for the album.
Fergie was given a permanent position as lead vocalist, and “Elephunk” was certified 2x Platinum in the United States, spawning the hit singles “Where Is the Love?,” “Shut Up,” “Hey Mama,” and “Let’s Get It Started.”
Why did Fergie Black Eyed Peas?
Fergie left the Black Eyed Peas in 2017 after being a part of the band for almost ten years.
In an interview with Billboard, will.i.am the founder of Black Eyed Peas shared that Fergie left the band to focus on being a mom.
“That’s a hard job, and that’s what she really wants to do and we’re here for her, and she knows how to contact us for a retreat or a breakaway,” he said.
Who replaced Fergie in the Black Eyed Peas?
Fergie was replaced by another female singer, J. Rey Soul, who joined the band as far back as November 2018.