American singer-songwriter Elizabeth Woolridge Grant has released her new album, “Blue Banisters.”
Born June 21, 1985, her music is noted for its stylized, cinematic quality and exploration of themes of sadness, tragic romance, glamor, and melancholia, containing many references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana.
Raised in upstate New York, Del Rey moved to New York City in 2005 to begin her music career. Following numerous projects, including her self-titled debut studio album, Del Rey’s breakthrough came with the viral success of her debut single “Video Games” in 2011.
Del Rey signed with Interscope and Polydor later that year. Her major label debut, Born to Die (2012), was an international success and spawned “Summertime Sadness”, a top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the singles “Blue Jeans” and “Born to Die”, which charted in several overseas territories.
Del Rey released the EP Paradise in 2012. The next year, Del Rey ventured into film, writing and starring in the music short film Tropico; she released “Young and Beautiful” as the lead single for the romantic drama film The Great Gatsby (2013).
In September 2020, Del Rey was featured on a remix of Matt Maeson’s 2019 song “Hallucinogenics”. The duo had previously performed the song together live in 2019. In November 2020, Del Rey announced that she would release a digital record composed of “American standards and classics” on Christmas Day, though it has yet to be released. The record features several songs recorded with Nikki Lane. The same month, she contributed to the documentary about Liverpool F.C.’s documentary, The End of the Storm, performing the club’s anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Del Rey also released the cover as a limited-edition single, with all profits going to the LFC foundation.
Del Rey is known to be a fan of the club, and has attended matches at Anfield. In December 2020, it was reported that she was engaged to musician Clayton Johnson.