Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant


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Unless you've been living under a rock, sultry-singer from New York, Lana Del Ray has been the quintessential "pin-up" girl for the "hipster" community. She's kind of a "throwback" to the Hollywood Diva's of the 50's & 60's w/ a hip/modern/trendy twist.

But don't take my word for itLana Del Rey, whose real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, has described herself as a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra."

With lips to die for (amidst rabid plastic surgery rumors)  along w/ a vintage-style, she's been compared to as a cross between a slender-Adele & the late-Amy Whinehouse — no complaints here.

Lana was born in New York and raised in Lake Placid, a quiet village near the outskirts of the State of New York. At the young age of 15, she was sent to boarding school in Connecticut, before moving to New York City — studying metaphysics at Fordham University. 

She began performing in clubs around the city under various names, including her birth name "Lizzy Grant" as well as "Sparkle Rope Jump Queen" and also as "Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena."

"I was always singing, but didn't plan on pursuing it seriously," she told Vogue Magazine. "When I got to New York City when I was 18, I started playing in clubs in Brooklyn - I have good friends and devoted fans on the underground scene, but we were playing for each other at that point - and that was it."

"Video Games" – Lana Del Rey

At 20-yrs of age, Lana signed a record contract for $10,000 and moved into a trailer park outside of the city. The album she recorded was later shelved, causing her to shift her focus as she began working in local community service.

"Homeless outreach, drug and alcohol rehabilitation - that's been my life for the past five years,"

At 26-yrs of age, Lana Del Rey has re-invented herself several times over — her name is derived from Hollywood actress Lana Turner and the ultra-'80s Ford Del Rey automobile — currently setting pop culture on fire w/ several viral tunes; which are accompanied by music videos that has that amateur film-making feel.

The overall product of the "new & improved" singing sensation has left viewers & listeners either enthralled w/ the nostalgia or spewing w/ hate.

Why the hate?

Some critics are quick to point-out that Lana Del Rey's indie-label "sad-core" music-style didn't evolve because she came from a broken home or trailer park — her father is a multi-millionaire.

Elizabeth Grant
Elizabeth Grant, 26, New York City
Whether you think she's artificially manufactured or the next indie-soulstress, the KONGTROVERSY over her stage name, background, Twitter rants, and lip-injections are putting her name — Lana Del Rey — under big, bright lights.

"Who is Lana Del Ray?" 

Lana Del Rey is a singer/songwriter and Vogue cover girl who's debut album charted number one on the UK Album Charts.

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