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Regina Spektor (born 18.2.1980) Regina Spektor is a Soviet-American songwriter, singer and pianist. She is widely associated with New York's anti-folk scene.

Childhood: Regina Spektor was born in Moscow. Her Jewish parents were both musical - her father Ilya is an amateur violinist and her mother, Bella was a music professor and now teaches at a public school in New York.

Regina learned piano as a child, practicing on a Petrof piano that was a present to her mother from her grandfather. Although she was forced to leave the piano behind when the family emigrated, both of her parents felt that it was better to leave behind the discrimination that they faced as a Jewish family in USSR.

Whilst she grew up in New York, Regina Spektor studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music, taught by Sonia Vargas, until the age of 17. Outside of the college, Spektor practiced on the piano at her local synagogue.

Career: Whilst on a trip to Israel, Regina Spektor was introduced to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco and at the age of 16, she started writing songs. In 2001, she graduated with honours from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College.

When Spektor began performing her songs publicly, she would play at New York venues such as the Sidewalk CafΓ© in the East Village, the Living Room and the Knitting Factory.

Having sold a couple of self-made albums at gigs (11:11 in 2001 and Songs in 2002), Regina Spektor signed to Sire Records, who released her third album, Soviet Kitsch, which she had originally self-released in 2003.

Spektor has always made a number of literary allusions in her work, to writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald. She has counted artists such as Billie Holiday, Chopin and Tom Waits amongst her influences. She has also covered songs by Madonna, Leonard Cohen and John Lennon as part of her live repertoire.

Regina Spektor's first major tour came in 2003 when she supported The Strokes on their 'Room On Fire' tour. During the tour, she recorded the song 'Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men' with them.

In 2005, Spektor supported Keane when they toured North America. She has also appeared on a number of popular TV shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

In 2006, Regina Spektor released the album Begin to Hope, followed by Far in 2009. Many of her songs have been used in soundtracks and on TV advertisements, including ITV's Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Vodafone's TV advertising campaign. She also performed for Oscar de la Renta's catwalk show in New York in 2008. Regina also performed 'The Call' in the final sequence of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. In 2009, 'Better' was used in My Sister's Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz - based on a novel Jodi Picoult.



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The Wind And The Wave Take On Sia And Steve Nicks In 'Covers One' EP Release


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Texan two-piece The Wind and The Wave re-introduce some of the nation's favorite pop songs with their upcoming EP release, 'Covers One'. The record is set for release in February and will be followed up by a US tour.

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The Wind And The Wave release 'Covers One' EP in February 2015

The EP features epic renditions of hits of both old and new. There's Sia's explosive 2014 showstopper 'Chandelier', R. Kelly's 2003 number one 'Ignition', Metric's 2009 single 'Gold Guns Girls', Stevie Nicks' third solo single from 1982 'Edge of Seventeen' and Regina Spektor's 2013 release 'You've Got Time'. 'Covers One' will also feature versions of Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time' and Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' which were specially recorded for the 'Grey's Anatomy' soundtrack.

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Regina Spektor Gives Birth To Baby Boy


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Singer/songwriter Regina Spektor is a new mum.

The Fidelity hitmaker announced the happy news on her Facebook.com page on Tuesday (01Apr14), but didn't reveal when her baby boy was born.

She wrote, "I wanted to let you know that Jack (Dishel) and I have been happily hanging out with our new little son and that all is going great!"

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Regina Spektor - Mandatory credit: I Heart Studio - Wednesday 6th November 2013

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Superstition-Themed Secret Garden Party Down On Its Luck As Lightning Strikes Lake Stage


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Some Secret Garden Party artwork was damaged by Tuesday's storm

The Secret Garden Party festival has been struck by a bolt of lightning ahead of its opening on July 25th 2013.

The Cambridgeshire independent festival, which has played host to a range of musicians and artists since it started in 2004, was on the end of a particularly nasty storm last night (July 23rd 2013), and suffered a dramatic lightning strike on a large art installation that had been put up prior to the weekend event. It also damaged the Lake Stage in the middle of the lake at the Mill Hill Field, Grange Farm venue in Abbots Ripton. Event organiser Fred Fellowed informed the press, 'It was a brutal storm last night; a good watering for the garden but our lake art installation took a direct hit around 2am.' Though, he was able to look on the amusing side of their bad luck: 'I wonder if we are inviting trouble by having the theme 'Superstition' this year?'

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Secret Garden Party Announces Line-Up Additions Plus Headliner Regina Spektor For 25th - 28th July 2013

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Secret Garden Party Announces Line-up Additions Plus Headliner Regina Spektor For 25th - 28th July 2013

Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats Album Review


Regina Spektor could be described as this generation's Fiona Apple; a female artist producing emotive, slightly off-beat music that doesn't adhere to the commercial norm. It is these elements of eccentricity and fearlessness that have garnered her a devoted fan base which has followed her career up to this record, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, her sixth studio album release.

One of the great things about Regina Spektor's vocals is the fact that she can switch between varying pitches and tones so effortlessly, flitting through ranges like a bird singing in the trees. This is reflected in opening track 'Small Town Moon', providing a quintessential taste of the Spektor sound for anyone new to her music and welcoming back in with kooky arms those already more familiar. Regina's trusty piano accompaniments feature from the first key, initially lulling us into steady melodies before bursting into colourful, bouncing choruses with handclap beats and catchy stop-start rhythms.

Beneath this quirky exterior, however, lies a fragile woman who is just as vulnerable as the rest of us. 'Firewood' is a mesmerizingly beautiful song that is stripped of any of her recognisable instrumental or idiosyncrasies. A soft, slow harmony backs emotive lyrics such as, 'But a heart can't be helped/ And it gathers regret' and 'Everyone knows you're going to love/ Though there's still no cure for crying'. Continuing this sense of fragility is 'How'; a heart-breaking ballad in which Spektor sings of the pain of a break up. Listening to these two tracks, you do momentarily wonder if Regina is veering away from the whimsical touches that have made her so recognisable, but, if anything, they merely demonstrate that the songstress is far from being a one-trick pony.

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Rihanna And Drake Lead Mtv Vma Nominations With Five Nods


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Rihanna and Drake both lead the MTV Video Music Awards 2012 with five nominations apiece.

The Bajan beauty will take on the rapper for the Video of the Year prize after her 'We Found Love' video got a nod, and the pair are also up for the accolade thanks to Drake's hit 'Take Care', which features the 24-year-old singer.

The pair face stiff competition in the category from Gotye, M.I.A. and Katy Perry, who is second in the nominations list with four nods.

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Rihanna And Drake Lead Mtv Vmas 2012


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Rihanna and Drake lead the MTV Video Music Awards 2012 with five nominations each.

The singer and rapper share a nod in the Best Video category, for their collaboration 'Take Care', while Rihanna also has another nomination in the coveted section, for her 'We Found Love' single. Also nominated for Best Video are Katy Perry for 'Wide Awake', Gotye for 'Somebody That I Used To Know' and M.I.A. for her song 'Bad Girls'.

Katy is second in the nominations list with four nods, while artists including M.I.A. and Coldplay have three each.

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Performing Live On Stage During Day 3 Of The Peace And Love Festival

Regina Spektor Thursday 28th June 2012 performing live on stage during day 3 of the Peace and Love Festival

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Dear John: Did Taylor Swift Want To Humiliate John Mayer?


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John Mayer's new album for 2012 'Born and Raised' has topped the Billboard 200 chart for a second successive week, though it's probably no consolation to the blues musician, who says he feels "humiliated" by his ex-girlfriend, the country star Taylor Swift.

The rocker's latest effort sold an additional 65,000 copies this week - a healthy figure that has seen him hold off Adele and One Direction, as well as new releases from Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros and Sigur Ros. Interestingly, One Direction's DVD release 'Up All Night: The Live Tour' outsold Mayer, selling 76,000 copies, though it obviously doesn't qualify for the album chart. As Yahoo's Paul Grein noted, it marks the first time in history that the No.1 music DVD release has outsold the No.1 album. However, Mayer isn't having the best time of things lately - telling Rolling Stone that he was left "humiliated" by the song 'Dear John', written by his former flame Taylor Swift about their time together. The song featured the lyrics, "Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong. Don't you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?", and Mayer told the magazine, "It made me feel terrible.I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I'd already been dressed down".

Mayer said he had no prior warning that Taylor was planning on writing the song, and only learned about her feelings when he heard it. Clearly still annoyed by the track's release, he commented, "I will say as a songwriter that I think it's kind of cheap songwriting".

Regina Spektor Almost Quit Music Over Small Hands


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Acclaimed singer/songwriter Regina Spektor abandoned her dreams of becoming a classical pianist because her slight fingers and small hands cramped her learning.

The Russian-born hitmaker began taking piano lessons when she was just seven years old but her goal of pursuing a music career was nearly dashed when her family was forced to leave behind her instrument when they emigrated to the United States in 1989.

The Fidelity singer subsequently took up classes with renowned performer Sonia Vargas in New York but Spektor's fingers failed to grow, and she grew more and more depressed and frustrated when her palms couldn't span the keys.

She tells The New York Times Magazine, "At a certain point, if you're going to become a classical musician, you have to transition. It's like that speed you have to reach to take off in an airplane. If you don't hit it, you don't get up. Then you're just in a car. I was in a car. It was torturing me."

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Wood Plots Duet With Spektor


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ROLLING STONE RONNIE WOOD is plotting to create a rock supergroup with jazz singer/songwriter Regina Spektor.

The guitarist admits he's hooked on Russian-born Spektor's singing style and is planning to "hijack" her when she's next in London.

Wood tells WENN, "I like the way she sings. She's coming to England and I've contacted her record company about getting her on my radio show. I play her stuff, so maybe I'll hijack her and do some stuff with her.

"I've never met her; I don't know what she looks like but I really like her voice and she's got this really rock 'n' roll voice."

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Performs Live At The O2 Academy Leeds

Regina Spektor Wednesday 21st July 2010 performs live at the O2 Academy Leeds Leeds, England

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Regina Spektor

Date of birth

18th February, 1980

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.58




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