It is a happy birthday today to American singer Lana Del Rey (1985-).
Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City, she grew up in Lake Placid and began singing in the church choir from a young age. After learning how to play the guitar as a teenager, Del Rey began performing in bars and clubs in New York City. Starting in 2005 she began recording songs and at 20 signed her first record deal. Unfortunately, work on her album was cancelled, which led to Del Rey’s decision to engage in community work. She later returned to music and signed a new deal with independent label 5 Point Records. It was around this time the singer decided to go by the stage name of Lana Del Rey, having previously used Lana Rey Del Mar, Lizzy Grant, May Jailer and Sparkle Jump Rope Queen. Her first EP, Kill Kill, was released in 2008 before a fulllength album was released two years later, Lana Del Ray aka Lizzy Grant. It was not until she uploaded a video created for one of her songs — Video Games — in 2011 that the singer achieved mainstream success. The song became a viral internet hit and preceded the release of Born to Die, in 2012. The record spawned the Top 10 hits Blue Jeans, National Anthem, Born to Die and Summertime Sadness. This was followed by another EP, Paradise, which featured the lead singles Ride and Blue Velvet. Del Rey’s fifth studio album, Lust for Life, is to be released next month. Her music is noted for its cinematic sound and references to the pop culture of 1950s and 60s America. Despite her success, including Grammy nominations and two BRIT Awards, the singer’s live performances have been the subject of negative reviews.
Lana Del Rey