Artist Profile: Lana Del Rey
Elizabeth Grant – better known as Lana Del Rey – is an American singer songwriter. She’s appeared in commercials and has modeled for brands such as Gucci and H&M. Though the star first appeared on the mainstream music scene in 2011 with her debut single “Video Games,” she started singing in her church choir when she was just a child. From there, she began performing in the underground music scene of Long Island, New York. She started playing club shows at the age of 18 and continued to do so until she went off to college. She picked her music career back up in 2005, then known as Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, with an extended play release. In 2008, she released an EP titled "Kill Kill" under the name Lizzy Grant while working with producer David Kahne and 5 Points Records. Her first complete album, Lana Del Rey, was released in early 2010. At this point, she was still going by Lizzy Grant. Grant went through multiple stage names before sticking with her iconic front. Shortly after the release of Lana Del Rey, Grant bought the rights to her demo back from David Kahne and 5 Points Records. She then met the managers she still works with today, Ed Millett and Ben Mawson. She got an amazing opportunity in late 2010 when she was a featured artist on the MTV Unplugged concert in Berlin. The next few years would be big for Grant. She debuted both “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” on her youtube channel in 2011, both turning out to be almost immediately popular. She received a Q Award for “Next Big Thing” because of “Video Games,” as well as an Ivor Novello award for "Best Contemporary Song" in 2012. Her next EP, Paradise, was released in late 2012. It was also in 2012 that she signed with Polydor and Interscope Records. Together, they began working on Born To Die. From there, Grant gained more and more popularity. She worked on a song for The Great Gatsby, and well as having her song “Summertime Sadness” end up at #6 on Billboard in 2013. Since then, she has released 3 more albums: Ultraviolence, Honeymoon, and Lust for Life. With the anticipation building for her sixth album, titled Norman F*cking Rockwell, she has released the singles “Venice Bitch,” “Mariner’s Apartment Complex,” “How to Disappear,” and “Hope Is a Dangerous Thing For a Woman Like Me To Have- but I Have It.” Her newest album is expected to be released on March 29th, 2019.