Regina Spektor (full name Regina Ilyinichna Spektor) was born 18th February 1980 and is originally from Russia, but moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music where she learnt to play classical music.
The multi-talented singer, song-writer, musician and producer grew interested in more modern music as she got older found out that she had a talent for song-writing. She then attended the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in New York.
Regina Spektor has been producing music for over 10 years and put out her first two albums 11:11 (2001) and Songs (2002) without the help of a record label, and was then signed to Sire Records (part of Warner records) in 2004.
Her musical style is a Jewish, folk and pop medley which has catapulted the star into a major pop star. Regina Spektor built her reputation by appearing on many TV talk shows across the US and has been nominated and won one award: Begin to Hope – Shortlist Music Prize (nominated) and Studio8's Female Voice of August 2009 (won).
She has brought out a further three studio albums to date, Begin to Hope (2006), Far (2009) and What We Saw from the Cheap Seats is due out in 2012.