Lana Del Rey

Birth Name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
Born June 21, 1985
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Model
Instruments Guitar
Albums Sirens (2006)
Kill, Kill (2008)
Lana Del Ray (2008)
Born To Die (2012)
Paradise (2012)
Ultraviolence (2014)

Lana Del Rey was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City on June 21, 1985. Her parents, Robert England Grant, Jr., a Grey Group copywriter turned entrepreneur, and Patricia Ann "Pat" (Hill), a former Grey account executive turned high school teacher, also had her photographer sister, Caroline "Chuck" Grant, and brother, Charlie . Her paternal grandfather, Robert England Grant, Sr. was a Kidder, Peabody & Co. investment banker, a vice president for Plough, Inc and Textron, and venture capitalist. She is of Scottish descent. She began singing in the church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. After her uncle taught her how to play the guitar when she was 18, she "realized [that she] could probably write a million songs with those six chords," and she began performing in nightclubs around the city under various names such as "Sparkle Jump Rope Queen" and "Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena". "I was always singing, but didn't plan on pursuing it seriously. 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."