Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, professionally known as Lana Del Rey, was born in New York City, New York, on June 21, 1985. She was raised in Lake Placid, New York, with her brother Charlie and sister Chuck. She began writing music after learning guitar from her uncle at age 18, and while still in school in New York, began performing at many underground clubs. She recorded her first record, Sirens in 2006, under the pseudonym May Jailer. In 2008, she collaborated with David Kahne to put out her first studio album, Lana Del Ray, which was released on January 4, 2010. Though critical reception for the record was positive at the time, it was pulled from online retailers when Del Rey changed management and started focusing on gaining a major record deal. Del Rey soon bought back the rights to the record. In late 2011, she recorded "Video Games" with Justin Parker, and posted the video to her YouTube channel. The song and video garnered instant attention and sparked record deals with Stranger, Interscope, and Polydor. She released her major-label debut, Born to Die, on January 27, 2012. Its singles, including "Blue Jeans" and "National Anthem", helped Del Rey expand her fanbase. In the summer of 2012, Del Rey worked with both H&M and Jaguar to become a spokesperson for their products. She re-released Born to Die with 8 new tracks, as well as a standalone EP, Paradise, on November 9, 2012. Del Rey then began her foray into soundtracks, releasing "Young and Beautiful" in April, 2013, for the film The Great Gatsby, then "Once Upon a Dream" in January, 2014, for ‘’Maleficent’’. On June 13, 2014, she released her sophomore major-label album, Ultraviolence, featuring the singles "West Coast", "Ultraviolence" and "Black Beauty". The album was received warmly by critics who appreciated her shift towards a rawer sound. Del Rey contributed to another soundtrack in late 2014, recording two songs, "Big Eyes" and "I Can Fly", for the film Big Eyes. On September 18, 2015, Del Rey released her third major-label album Honeymoon, which was preceded by two singles, "High By the Beach" and "Music to Watch Boys To". Critics noted that the record was another change for Del Rey, featuring trap influences and a lush sound that contrasted sharply from her previous album. Before Honeymoon was even released, Del Rey started working on a new album for almost 2 years time. On March 29, 2017, Del Rey's fifth studio album, titled Lust for Life, was officially announced. The announcement followed the official release of the lead single from the record, "Love", which dropped in February, 2017. Since then, the second single, "Lust for Life", was officially released in April, 2017. About Lust for Life, Del Rey stated, "I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed." Lust for Life is scheduled to be officially released worldwide on July 21, 2017, and it is available for pre-order now.
Chuck Grant is an American photographer. She has been photographing Lana Del Rey since at least 2007, and she is also her younger sister. More recently, Grant photographed the cover artwork of Del Rey's upcoming fifth studio album, Lust for Life.