Willa Ford Biography


Willa Ford

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Birth Name: Willa Ford
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Birth Country: United States
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Age:   37 Years
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Willa Ford, born Amanda Lee Williford, on January 22, 1981, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, model, television personality and film actress. Ford was born and brought up in Ruskin, Florida, to mother, Donna Sweat Willford, and father, Ralph Everett. Willa is of White ethnicity and American nationality. She began her singing career early on, with the Tampa Bay Children's Choir at the tender age of eight. By the time she was 11, she got involved with Entertainment Revue, a Tampa-based children's performing arts troupe, all the while attending East Bay High School in Gibsonton, Florida. The troupe was a motley collection of 20 girls, between 5 to 16 years old, who performed at places like Walt Disney World and Busch Gardens. Willa started out with the group as a chorus member and moved her way up to become a featured soloist.

In 1999, at the age of 18, Willa, then performing under the stage name Mandah, found a foothold in the music industry when she was signed by the Music Corporation of America (MCA). She was later dropped by MCA and ended up with Atlantic Records. While with Atlantic, one of her songs, "Lullaby," ended up as the soundtrack for Pokémon: The First Movie. She also landed a spot with the Backstreet Boys and performed in one of the opening acts during the band’s "Into the Millennium" tour in the year 2000. It not only brought her much-needed attention but soon enough she became closer to one of the group’s members Nick Carter. He remained her boyfriend for a while. 

The singer/songwriter changed her stage name from Mandah to Willa Ford shortly after that and tried to promote herself as a beautiful singer with a good girl image. In 2001, she signed with a new label, Lava Atlantic Records, and decided to bring out her first album consisting of lyrics mostly written by herself. On July 17, 2001, “Willa Was Here” was finally released. It reached 56 on the Billboard 200 list and sold around 200,000 copies.

The song "I Wanna be Bad" from her debut album was a blockbuster hit. But it ended up garnering some negative publicity and gave her a bad-girl image. Finding herself unable to stick to the girl-across-the-street image pandered by the music industry she decided to embrace the bad-girl image instead.  

Her 2003 hot dance single "A Toast To Men", featuring guest rapper Lady May, was a testament to her desire to be herself. And though the song was received well, her plans to have it in her sophomore album had to be folded due to some legal issues. 

While fans eagerly wait for her next release, Willa has mostly kept herself outside of music. She hosted the first season of the reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter in 2005, landed her first major acting role in the 2007 biographical film Anna Nicole (based on the life of the playboy bunny) and went on to appear in various projects in front of the camera, including The Glades (2011), Magic City (2012), Leverage (2012), The Nurse (2014), and Any Day (2015), among others. In the summer of 2016, Ford made an appearance in a supporting role in the TV movie A Father’s Secret.
Ford and her former husband hockey player Mike Modano married in on August 25, 2007, in Athens, Texas, in a small, private ceremony. They announced their divorce in August 2012. In April 2015, Ford married her second husband, former NFL linebacker Ryan Nece, and on September 7, 2016, Ford gave birth to her first child, a son.

Willa Ford's current net worth is estimated to be around $5,000,000. Her annual income in the year 2014 was around $588,235. Similarly, in the year 2013, she earned around $511,509, while her salary of the year 2012 was 2012 $392,157. 

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Willa is Born

1981 22nd of January

Amanda Lee Williford, who adopted the stage name Willa Ford at the age of 19, was born on January 22, 1981, in Ruskin, Florida, to Donna Sweat Willford and Ralph Everett.

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Music is Passon

1992

By the time she was 11, she got involved with Entertainment Revue, a Tampa-based children's performing arts troupe. The troupe was a motley collection of 20 girls, between 5 to 16 years old, who performed at places like Walt Disney World and Busch Gardens.

 

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The First Career Break

1999

In 1999, at the age of 18, Willa, then performing under the stage name Mandah, found a foothold in the music industry when she was signed by the Music Corporation of America (MCA).

 

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A Blockbuster Song

2001 17th of July

On July 17, 2001, “Willa Was Here” was finally released. Most of the lyrics of the album were written by the singer herself.  It reached 56 on the Billboard 200 list and sold around 200,000 copies., with the song "I Wanna be Bad" becoming a blockbuster hit.

 

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Being a Bad Girl

2003

Willa's  2003 hot dance single "A Toast To Men", featuring guest rapper Lady May, was a testament to her desire to be herself. And though the song was received well, her plans to have it in her sophomore album had to be folded due to some legal issues.

 

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Heartbreak After First Marriage

2007 25th of August

Willa married hockey player Mike Modano on August 25, 2007, in Athens, Texas, in a small, private ceremony. Due to reasons not entirely clear, they announced their divorce in August 2012.

 

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Proud Mother of a Boy

2016 7th of September

After her first marriage was over, Willa found solace with the former NFL linebacker Ryan Nece. They got married in  April 2015. On September 7, 2016, Ford gave birth to a son.

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