Regina Spektor

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Spektor in 2012
Background information
Birth name Regina Ilyinichna Spektor
Born February 18, 1980 (age 36)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Anti-folk
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, bass guitar, flute
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sire, Warner Bros.
Associated acts Only Son, Sondre Lerche, Ben Folds, Kill Kenada, The Strokes, Dufus
Website reginaspektor.com
Notable instruments
Steinway & Sons piano
Epiphone Wildkat guitar
Regina Ilyinichna Spektor (Russian: Реги́нa Ильи́нична Спе́ктор, IPA: [rʲɪˈɡʲinə ˈspʲɛktər]; /rᵻˈdʒiːnə ˈspɛktər/; born February 18, 1980) is a Soviet-born American singer-songwriter and pianist. She was born in the Soviet Union where she began classical training on the piano at the age of 6. When she was 9 years old, her family emigrated to the United States where she continued her classical training into her teenage years; she began to write original songs shortly thereafter.

After self-releasing her first three records and gaining popularity in New York City’s independent music scenes, particularly the anti-folk scene centered on New York City’s East Village, Spektor signed with Sire Records in 2004 where she began achieving greater mainstream recognition. After giving her third album a major label re-release, Sire released her fourth album, Begin to Hope which would go on to achieve Gold certification. Her following two albums, Far and What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, each debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200.

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Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor

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Publicity shoot of Regina Spektor for Warner Brothers Records. Shot in NYC on June 7, 2006 at The Space. Stylist: Alice Bertay. Hair: Antoine Lfergan. Makeup: Noda Norikata.

Publicity shoot of Regina Spektor for Warner Brothers Records. Shot in NYC on June 7, 2006 at The Space. Stylist: Alice Bertay. Hair: Antoine Lfergan. Makeup: Noda Norikata.

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