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Regina Spektor

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A veteran of New York's anti-folk scene, songwriter Regina Spektor makes quirky, highly eclectic, but always personal music. Born and raised in Moscow until age nine, Spektor listened to her father's bootleg tapes of Western pop and rock as a young child and also learned to play piano. She and her family moved from Russia to the Bronx, where she was immersed in American culture (at the time, hers was the first Russian family in the borough in 20 years). Eventually, Spektor and her family became part of a community that balanced her Russian Jewish roots with her new home's culture. Meanwhile, she continued to practice piano anywhere she could, including at her synagogue, until her family got a piano of its own. Spektor further developed her classical piano training by attending the SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory. During her studies, she was exposed to blues and jazz artists, including Billie Holiday. These sounds made such an impact on Spektor that they became a big part of her self-released 2001 debut album, 11:11. At the same time, she was also playing gigs anywhere she could in the city, in venues ranging from basements to parties to comedy clubs. On the strength of her frequent performances and another self-released album, 2002's Songs, Spektor developed a following that included Alan Bezozi, They Might Be Giants' drummer. He introduced Spektor to the Strokes' producer, Gordon Raphael, and both worked with Spektor on her third album, Soviet Kitsch, in both New York and London (where she collaborated with the band Kill Kenada). Soviet Kitsch was initially self-released like her other work, but it eventually found a wider release with Sire Records. Tours with the Strokes, Kings of Leon, Mates of State, and the Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson further raised Spektor's profile. She also toured the U.K., where the success of "Us" as a European single led to the release of the CD/DVD retrospective Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories early in 2006. That summer, Begin to Hope, her first album of original material for Sire, arrived. Begin to Hope enjoyed popularity on both sides of the Atlantic and went gold in America, where it also cracked the Top 20. After taking several years to tour and compose new material, Spektor returned in 2009 with Far, which featured a bevy of star producers, including Jeff Lynne, David Kahne, Mike Elizondo, and Garret "Jacknife" Lee. Spektor’s first-ever live release, Live in London, was recorded and filmed at London's legendary Hammersmith Apollo, and released in 2010. In summer 2011, Spektor reunited with Elizondo in Los Angeles to begin recording her next album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. The dark, driving single "All the Rowboats" arrived the following February, and the album itself was released in May 2012. Four years later, in 2016, Spektor returned with her seventh studio album, Remember Us to Life, which featured a full orchestra on select songs. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Regina Spektor

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    11 songs

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    Remember Us to Life

    14 songs

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    Remember Us to Life [Deluxe Edition]

    1 song

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    Older and Taller

    1 song

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    Black and White

    11 songs

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    What We Saw from the Cheap Seats

    22 songs

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    Live In London

    13 songs

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    Far

    12 songs

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    Begin to Hope

    17 songs

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    Begin to Hope [Bonus CD]

    12 songs

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    Soviet Kitsch

    12 songs

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    11:11

    4 songs

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    Live In California 2006 EP

    5 songs

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    Live at Bull Moose EP

    24 songs

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    Begin to Hope [Bonus CD] [Bonus Tracks]

    1 song

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    Small Bill$

    1 song

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    Bleeding Heart

    1 song

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    The Call

    1 song

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    You've Got Time

    1 song

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    Don't Leave Me [Ne Me Quitte Pas]

    1 song

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    Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

    1 song

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    All the Rowboats

    1 song

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    My Dear Acquaintance [A Happy New Year]

    1 song

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    Better

    13 songs

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    Soviet Kitsch [Bonus DVD]

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Top Songs by
Regina Spektor

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  2.   Fidelity
  3.   Better
  4.   Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)
  5.   Samson
  6.   All the Rowboats
  7.   Laughing With
  8.   The Calculation
  9.   On the Radio
  10.   December
  11.   You've Got Time
  12.   Folding Chair
  13.   Us
  14.   My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)
  15.   Real Love
  16.   Black and White
  17.   Genius Next Door
  18.   Hotel Song
  19.   Summer in the City
  20.   Baobabs
  21.   Field Below
  22.   The Call
  23.   Blue Lips
  24.   While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  25.   Kubo Goes to Town by Dario Marianelli
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    Ed Sheeran: DNA

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    Eclectic Rock

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    Joni Mitchell: DNA

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    The Strokes: DNA

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