Lana Del Rey has been causing quite a stir this year & last night she was in town!
Lana was in Nashville at The Ryman!!!
The Ryman could not be a better venue for an intimate performance by a solo artist and unfortunately I was unable to go, but rest assure Music Row Girl fans, I have a friend who attended the show last night and is going to provide everyone with a review of last night’s show! 😀 #IveGotFriends
In the meantime I’m going to entertain you with a backstory of Miss Lana Del Rey! I’m sorry to break the news to you, but “Lana Del Rey” is only a stage name and her real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant 🙂
Lana told MTV, “I knew that I wanted a name that sounded sort of exotic and reminded me of the seaside on the Floridian coast. ‘Lana Del Rey’ sounded beautiful.”
Elizabeth was born in New York City on June 21, 1986 and is currently 27 years old. Lizzy grew up in Lake Placid, New York until she was sent to Kent School (a boarding school in Connecticut) when she was 15. She was sent to Kent for 3 years to deal with her alcohol dependence.
Around her 18th birthday, Lana moved to The Bronx to attend Fordham University where she studied a branch of philosophy known as metaphysics.
Lizzy said, “Metaphysics bridged the gap between God and science. I was interested in God and how technology could bring us closer to finding out where we came from and why. That was when my musical experience began. I kind of found people for myself.”
Lizzy began singing in her church’s choir when she was a child and after her uncle taught her how to play the guitar (at age 18), she realized that she could probably write a million songs with those six chords! 😀 So she started performing in nightclubs around the city under various names such as Sparkle Jump Rope Queen and Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena. Sparkle Jump Rope Queen cracks me up! LOL
A poster from back in the day 🙂
Lizzy started songwriting at 18 and signed her first recording contract with 5 Points Records in 2007. Her first digital album as “Lana Del Rey” was self-titled and released on January 2010.
She bought herself out of her contract with 5 Points Records in April 2010, shortly after the album’s release and then signed a joint contract with Interscope, Polydor, and Stranger Records in July 2011!
Lana Del Rey’s debut single “Video Games” released in June 2011:
I remember hearing that song and thinking WOW! What a haunting voice! 🙂
Her second album, Born to Die, was released in January 2012 and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide!
It was also the 5th best-selling album of 2012!
With this album we were all introduced to the incredible “Summertime Sadness”:
That song is just amazing! There’s no other way to describe it 😀
On November 9th, 2012, Lana released the EP called “Paradise”:
Paradise is an 8 song collection 🙂
Then on May 7th, 2013 “Young and Beautiful” was released:
WHAT a song!!! 😀 Thank you Great Gatsby soundtrack!
And on December 6th, 2013, Lana released a shortfilm directed by Anthony Mandler. The filmed is called “Tropico” and is ‘a tale of redemption told to the music of Body Electric, Gods and Monsters and Bel Air with all tracks taken from Lana’s Born To Die’. 🙂
See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwuHOQLSpEg
Lana has been quite the sensation this year fresh off her performances at the Coachella festival in California. Her first solo tour (that she’s on right now) sold-out in just 5 minutes! She’s in demand. She’s trending. She’s hot stuff.
And that’s why I’m glad I had a reporter in the field last night 😉
So without further ado here is a review of last night’s Lana Del Rey concert at The Ryman from my friend Karoline (https://twitter.com/Karo7ine):
Coca-Cola or Pepsi, Mac or PC, left or right, yes or no, those who love Lana Del Rey and those who despise her. There’s never a compromise when it comes to opinions about Ms. Del Rey.
But when the 27-year-old singer-songwriter hit the stage at The Ryman this Friday – candle lights and tropical set included – the world went silent for a moment.
Lana in her lace dress & flats 🙂
In a white, lacy dress and brown pair of flats, Lana sang peacefully to screaming fans who had dressed for a night at the Coachella music festival.
It was dozens of flower headbands, hair accessories, tattoos, maxi dresses and tank tops all over the crowd.
In her lullaby style, Del Rey started her set with a short intro followed by Cola.
Here is the official setlist from the lucky fan who snagged it:
“When I was younger I had dreams of playing in Nashville,” she said, the audience going wild in response to her smooth, gentle voice.
Del Rey’s performance almost felt like she was there to sing about heartbreaks, sex, and getting high the same way a person would tell a fairytale to a child.
Her way of controlling the performances of each song brought out the powerful woman who is sometimes shadowed by her sweet, soft-talking ways.
A photo of the enchanting set from The Ryman last night 🙂
With that power, Lana gave an incredible performance of “Ride”, with snippets of the music video in the background and a chorus of fans accompanying her.
Acknowledging every part of the front row, Lana sat with the fans, taking pictures and signing autographs in between songs throughout her seventy-minute set.
After performing her latest single West Coast, Del Rey took some time to mention her new album “Ultraviolence” is set for a June release (AKA next month!!!) “I recorded it here down the street,” she said.
There was a powerful, barefoot performance of “Young and Beautiful” which was followed by “Video Games” and “National Anthem”. When those songs were sung, Lana concluded her show with no encores and a shy goodbye 🙂