Biography of Lana del ReyLana Del Rey is an American singer who won the love of millions of listeners all over the world due to her autobiographic songs with gloomy aesthetics. Captivating sincerity combines with obscene lyrics in her songs, and light energy meets here bold sexuality. Net worth: $30 million.
Childhood and FamilyElizabeth Woolridge Grant was born on 21 June 1985, in the middle-class family from New York. Her father Robert Grande-Jr. earned his fortune due to profitable investments in the real estate, and then in the developing Internet-infrastructure in 90s. In 1982, being yet just a regular employee at the advertisement agency Grey Group, he made a proposal to an assistant of a book-keeper, Patricia Hill. They met at the shooting of one of the company’s commercials.
She wrote her first song at the age of 11. «The song was called «China Palace» and it tells the story about how to be a princess», – the singer has recalled later.In the school years, a girl was dreaming of being carried away to somewhere else most of the time. It was going for a long until 15 years old Elizabeth started attending the philosophy classes according to the school schedule. She could have found soulmates there who were puzzled by the question «For what reason are we all here?» as much as she was. The same period she got used to alcohol, being immersed in that new kind of «entertainment». Later she had written the song «Born to Die», which dedicated to this dark period of her life. Fortunately, her parents were seriously concerned about the daughter’s behavior and decided to ship her off to be in safe that became the boarding school in Connecticut. And it was a truly wise solution – Elizabeth hadn’t drunk a drop of alcohol till her 18.
The First Steps to FameAfter graduation from that school, Lizzy came back to New York and became one of the students of the Metaphysics and Comparative Theology Department at Fordham University. She spent her spare time volunteering – she helped homeless and alcohol or drug-addicted people, visited Indian reservations, where she was building and repairing houses with other young enthusiasts. While doing this, Elizabeth has also got time to the concerts – she performed on night clubs’ stages, such as Laila Lounge, Galapagos, The Living Room.
Finally, Elizabeth became Lana Del Rey as so many of us love and admire (by the way, the third word was written as «Ray» at first, but has later transformed to Rey).
The heyday of the careerThe album «Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant» came out in January 2010. Its release didn’t attract listeners’ attention as much as it was expected, therefore Lana decided to break the contract with the label and to try to promote on her own. In 2011, she released a self-made video to the song «Video Games» which was executed like a video-collage. The music was written by Justin Parker, and Lana has told the story about her routine and unhappy relationship with a boyfriend in the lyrics.
At the end of 2011, the singer presented the single «Born to Die», soon after which the album of the same name was released. The disc has taken 5th place among the best-selling music albums of the year, and Lana was ranked in the top 3 of the most popular American female singers. Critics called her music a connecting link between modern hip-hop culture and classic pop-music enriched with jazz elements.
In 2012, the singer started working on the next album and recorded the cover-version of the popular song of 50s era, «Blue Velvet». The music video, made in the style of David Lynch’s «Mulholland Drive», was a bombshell among YouTube users and music TV-channels’ spectators.
A year later the singer presented the new album «Honeymoon», which reminded them of her first releases. It was an exceptional mix of the noir atmosphere of the 60s, blues motives, and mesmerizing female voice as well. The songs «High by the Beach» and «Music to Watch Boys To» were released as the singles.
In the spring of 2018, she presented the new song «Happiness is a Butterfly», which is supposed to be included in her forthcoming album.
Personal Life of Lana Del ReyWhile studying at the Fordham University, Elizabeth dated Stephen Martens, the icon of the local rock-stage. He started producing her debut album, but subsequently, the disc was rerecorded by David Cain after their breakup. Soon after, Lana had an affair with a musician Jimmy Gnecco.
In January 2020, the news that Lana Del Rey was dating police and reality TV star Sean Larkin literally blew up media headlines. According to the singer, they met at the presentation of the Grammy Award. He is also known about the singer’s new chosen one that he is 46 years old and works in Texas.