lana del rey
Elizabeth Grant (born June 21, 1986) better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey is an American singer-songwriter. Her stage name is a combination of the late old Hollywood actress Lana Turner and the Ford Del Rey
Early life and career beginnings
Grant was born in New York City and grew up in Lake Placid, New York. When she was fifteen, she left Lake Placid to go to boarding school in Connecticut. She is the daughter of domain investor Rob Grant. Lizzie Grant's management chose her stage name, Lana Del Rey, "I wanted to be a band but the label I was with and the team I had around me absolutely wanted me to be a solo artist. Lana Del Rey came from a series of managers and lawyers over the last 5 years who wanted a name that they thought better fit the sound of the music."
She released an EP titled "Kill Kill" in 2009, under the name Lizzy Grant.
She also recorded a full-length album on a tiny independent label with producer David Kahne, which was released for a brief period before being withdrawn after the label failed to promote the record.
Her song "Video Games" was named "Best New Track" by Pitchfork Media and was featured on The CW TV-Series Ringer. Her debut single "Video Games"/"Blue Jeans" was released by Stranger Records on vinyl on October 10, 2011 and digitally the following day. Tickets for Grant's show in London sold out in half an hour.
The EP for both of the singles "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans" reached the top five of the US iTunes Albums Chart only hours after its release. On October 11, 2011 she performed "Video Games" live on Later... with Jools Holland, her first live performance on UK television.