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It was only when Lavigne then went to Los Angeles in May 2001 and created two songs with The Matrix production team—including "Complicated", later released as her debut single—that the record company felt she had made a major breakthrough.
A." Reid, then head of Arista Records, to Zizzo's Manhattan studio to hear Lavigne sing.
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.
Having signed a record deal, and with support from her parents, she left school to focus on her music career.
Reid gave A&R Joshua Sarubin the responsibility of overseeing Lavigne's development and the recording of her debut album.
That same year, she made her on-screen feature film debut in Fast Food Nation.