Lenka

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Lenka
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Lenka performing at Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo, Japan, 2009
Background information
Birth name Lenka Kripac
Also known as Lenka
Born (1978-03-19) 19 March 1978 (age 36)[1]
Bega, New South Wales,[2] Australia
Genres Alternative pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments vocals, piano, trumpet
Years active 2008–present
Labels Sony Music/ Epic Records (2008–2012)
Skipalong Records (2013–)
Associated acts Decoder Ring
Website www.lenkamusic.com

Lenka (born Lenka Kripac; 19 March 1978) is an Australian singer-songwriter of Czech origin, known for her song "The Show", (produced by Stuart Brawley) from her self-titled album Lenka. Her latest song "Everything at Once" was used in the official Windows 8 TV Ad, and in the Disney Movie Rewards commercial.[3]

Early life[edit]

The daughter of a Czech musician father[4] and an Australian schoolteacher mother, Lenka was raised in the Australian bush of New South Wales until age seven, when her family moved to Sydney, where she received her schooling and music training, and started to work as a musician.[5]

Career[edit]

As a teenager, Lenka studied acting at the Australian Theatre For Young People,[6] where she trained with actress Cate Blanchett.[7] Lenka starred in the Australian ABC-TV drama series GP as Vesna Kapek in the 1990s. She also hosted Cheez TV and has guest starred in other Australian TV series, including Home and Away, Wild Side, Head Start, and Spellbinder. She appeared in Australian feature films The Dish and Lost Things, as well as in theatre productions.[7]

As Lenka Kripac, she was a member of the Australian electronic-rock crossover band Decoder Ring for two of their albums. She then moved to California in 2007.[5]

After adopting her first name as her sole artistic name, Lenka released her eponymous debut album on 24 September 2008, with "The Show" (produced by Stuart Brawley) chosen to be the first single release from the set.[8] The album peaked at number 142 on the US Billboard 200. Her song, "Everything at Once" was featured for a Windows 8 ad, becoming a world wide success.[9] Lenka creates paper art type of stop-motion animated music videos for each of her singles with James Gulliver Hancock, a visual artist from Australia.[4] The childlike appearance to all her music videos is done on purpose by the duo.[4] Her vocal stylings are a juxtaposition of pop and layered, complicated influences.

She provided vocals on two tracks ("Addicted" and "Sunrise") on German artist Schiller's album Atemlos, released in Germany on 12 March 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Lenka currently resides between Sydney, Australia and Brooklyn, New York. Lenka is married to visual artist James Gulliver Hancock.[10] She announced on 27 September 2011, that she was pregnant.[11] In March 2012, she announced on Twitter that she had given birth to a boy named Quinn.[12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Alice Sally Fleming
2003 Lost Things Emily
2001 Head Start Lucy Swain 5 episodes
All Saints Erin Shanahan Can You Hear Me? (#4.19)
2000 The Dish Marie McIntyre
Murder Call Lily Aureli Last Act (#3.16)
Above the Law Dee Anne Williams
1998 Wildside Jasmine Yakabovich Episode #1.11
1997 Medivac Nikki Kershaw 3 episodes
1995-1996 G.P. Vesna Kapek 23 episodes
1995-2005 Cheez TV Host - Herself
1995-1997 Spellbinder Josie 5 episodes
1994 Home and Away Francine 'Frankie' Brooks 9 episodes

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Healy, Topher (interviewer) (4 September 2008). "Rave Magazine – Brisbane Street Press – Lenka". Rave Magazine. Retrieved 5 November 2008. "I really didn't want to be a pop star. But it seems now that I'm a 30-year-old, I've regressed back to being five. But you know, that's cool." 
  2. ^ itunes.apple.com Lenka. Biography.
  3. ^ "Windows 8: Lenka - Everything At Once (TV Spot) | Microsoft". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  4. ^ a b c "Lenka | Artist". MTV Asia. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Bio". The Official Lenka Site. Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Brisbane Street Press – Lenka". Rave Magazine. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Columbia Records UK " Releases " Lenka – Lenka". Columbia.co.uk. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  8. ^ The Show Songfacts
  9. ^ "Lenka - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums". allmusic. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Lenka's all grown up and married". Asiaone.com. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Twitter / LenkaMusic: Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! I have". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  13. ^ "Twitter / LenkaMusic: Happy 1st birthday to my darling". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 

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