Lana Del Rey possesses an amazing singing voice. It’s jazzy, smoky, and sultry. Her contralto range is also very emotive. The singer-songwriter generally tackles slow- to medium-tempo material. While her voice is lush, her music is generally sparse and methodical. You don’t dance or sing-a-long to Del Rey’s music, you listen to it; you feel it.
Del Rey also has a unique style. Blessed with the looks of a model, Del Rey has cultivated a glamorous image (this image also reveals itself in her music videos). Del Rey’s aesthetic harkens back to the fashion and attitudes of 1950s and 1960s. Del Rey has described herself as a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra.”
Del Rey rose to national prominence in 2012 with the release of her sophomore album, her first on a major label, Born to Die. The album contains the songs “Video Games,” “Born to Die,” and “Blue Jeans.” Born to Die peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and sold more than seven million copies worldwide.
To promote the album, Del Rey sang two of its songs on Saturday Night Live. Her performance was a disaster and excoriated by both critics and fans. A generation ago, a weak performance like hers would have killed a career. In the 21st century, it only made her more famous. Her SNL debacle occurred more than two weeks before the release of Born to Die.
In 2014, she released her follow up, Ultraviolence. While this album topped the charts, its sales figures were far less than its predecessor. Ultraviolence has moved about a million copies worldwide. Her fourth studio album, Honeymoon, dropped in 2015.
On May 7, 2015, Del Rey launched “The Endless Summer Tour.” It was her first official headlining tour. On that May 7th, Lana Del Rey tickets were collected at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. Several of her shows featured Courtney Love.
Lana Del Rey’s real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant. She was born June 21, 1985 in New York City to an affluent family. She grew up Catholic. As a teenager, she became an alcoholic and was sent to boarding school. Del Rey began singing in New York City nightclubs when she was 18. She picked the name “Lana Del Ray” because she was into Cuban culture at the time.