In 2006, Fergie told Entertainment Weekly that both frustrations with the band's image and personal drug problems led her to leave Wild Orchid.The Black Eyed Peas were recording their third album, Elephunk (2003), when will.invited Fergie to try out for a song called "Shut Up".In March 2006, The Black Eyed Peas toured again, as the featured headliner for the Honda Civic Tour.
She originally achieved chart success as part of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas.
Her debut solo album, The Dutchess (2006), saw commercial success and spawned three Billboard Hot 100 number one singles; "London Bridge", "Glamorous", and "Big Girls Don't Cry".
In a positive review of The Black Eyed Peas' new-found style, Rolling Stone noted that since 2002, when the group "hired a blond bombshell named Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson and gave up their pursuit of backpack-rapper cred, they have made a kind of spiritual practice of recording futuristic songs – a total aesthetic commitment that extends from their garish wardrobes to their United Colors of Benetton worldview." From Elephunk came "Where is the Love?
", which became The Black Eyed Peas' first major hit: it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in several other countries.
They eventually signed a music publishing deal with Sony Publishing before signing a record contract with RCA Records in 1994.