- Former trombonist in her church group.
- On her song "Island of Wonder," it's her mother who performs the whistling.
- Her song "Força" was the official anthem of the 2004 European Football Championship.
- Launched her own record label, Nelstar, in 2009.
- Was the first Canada-born artist to win a Latin Grammy.
- Received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2010.
- Can sing in English, Portuguese and Hindi.