Oksana Grigorieva

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Oksana Grigorieva
Birth name Oksana Petrovna Chernuha
Born (1970-02-23) February 23, 1970 (age 44)
Saransk, Mordovian Autonomous Socialist Soviet Republic, RSFSR, USSR
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Pop, classical, traditional pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Piano, vocals
Labels Icon Records
Associated acts Josh Groban

Oksana Petrovna Grigorieva (Russian: Оксана Григорьева; born 23 February 1970) is a Russian pianist and singer-songwriter. She was born in Saransk, Mordovia, USSR, and raised in Ukraine and Russia. She studied music in Moscow and completed conservatoire studies in Kazan, before moving to London. After studying music at the Royal Academy of Music, she moved to the United States, with periods spent living in New York and Los Angeles, California. She taught music in the U.S., and patented a technique of teaching musical notation to children.

Grigorieva gained attention as a songwriter in 2006, after the song that she wrote, "Un día llegará", became popular on the Josh Groban album Awake. In 2009, Grigorieva's music album Beautiful Heartache was released; the actor and director Mel Gibson, with whom she was romantically involved and had a child, served as executive producer. The following year, the couple had a widely publicized falling-out that eventually involved highly public legal proceedings and acrimony.

Early life[edit]

Grigorieva was born Oksana Chernukha in Saransk, Mordovia in 1970.[1] Her parents were both music professors.[2][3] She grew up in Ukraine and Russia,[4] and at the age of 15 moved to Moscow to attend university in order to learn piano.[2][4] She said of the experience learning music as a child, "Diplomas were everything. It wasn't unusual for students to play ten hours a day. Our skin would start to crack. We'd literally have bleeding fingers."[2] Grigorieva finished conservatoire studies in Kazan.[2]

She moved to London where she continued her studies and taught music to others.[2] Grigorieva studied music at the Royal College of Music.[4] While in London she worked as a model;[2] having been spotted by photographer Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield.[3] Grigorieva noted, "In order to support myself I started to model. I did a lot of it, print, mostly. I've always looked after myself. I've never been dependent on anyone financially."[2] In the U.K. she worked under the name Sacha Chernuha before changing it to Oksana Grigorieva.[5] Grigorieva subsequently moved to the United States, and spent time living in New York and Los Angeles, California.[2] She taught music in the U.S., and patented a technique of teaching musical notation to children.[2][3] Grigorieva composed and performed music, and produced works for theatre and advertisements.[2]

Music career[edit]

Grigorieva gained attention as a songwriter in 2006, after the song that she wrote, "Un día llegará" (Translated from Spanish: A Day Will Come), became popular on the Josh Groban album, Awake.[3][6][7] Las Vegas Review-Journal highlighted "Un día llegará" in particular in a review of Groban's album Awake, commenting, "Groban's most effective tunes tend to be his most unadorned, when he favors understatement over ostentation, such as on the flickering piano ballad 'Lullaby' or the tremulous slow burn of 'Un día llegará,' with its touches of flamenco guitar."[8] Prior to singing "Un día llegará" at a 2007 live performance, the song was "endorsed as a beauty" by Groban, in a statement to his fans.[9] In a review of Awake, the Philippine Daily Inquirer called "Un día llegará" an "outstanding track".[10] Fred Shuster of Los Angeles Daily News reviewed the album, and commented, "The gorgeous 'Un día llegará,' opening with a sweep of guitar, sets the mood for romantic highlights to come".[11]

In 2009, Grigorieva's music album Beautiful Heartache was released; Mel Gibson served as executive producer.[2] The album includes 11 tracks, and features a cover of the Russian song "Dark Eyes" and a collaboration with Charlie Midnight.[12] Beautiful Heartache was marketed as "grown-up, piano-led pop, heavy on classical motifs".[2] Grigorieva wrote the entire album, save for the song "Say My Name", which was co-written with Gibson.[13] "Say My Name" was included in the 2010 film, Edge of Darkness.[14] The song "Angel" was named for her son with Timothy Dalton, Alexander, born in 1997.[13] ABC News reported that Beautiful Heartache garnered the singer "rave reviews" from music critics.[15] Reuters commented of the album, "'Beautiful Heartache' features a collection of wistful love songs, blending shimmering string arrangements with pop and jazz-influenced arrangements that showcase Grigorieva's soulful voice."[6] In a review of the album, Jack Foley of IndieLondon gave it a rating of 4 out of 5, and observed, "throughout, she displays a keen ear for melody, for honest emotional simplicity and classic values. She’s well worth taking the time to check out".[16]

In December 2012 it was revealed Grigorieva was taking a detour into hip hop and dance music, scheduled for release in 2013.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Grigorieva was married in 1989 for three months to Russian lawyer Igor Baranov.[18] In 1992, she married British artist Nicholas Rowland.[3][5][19] She had a relationship with actor Timothy Dalton;[20] Grigorieva met Dalton while she was employed as a translator for filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov.[3] Dalton and Grigorieva had a son together, Alexander.[2][20]

Grigorieva was romantically involved with actor Mel Gibson,[21] and their daughter Lucia was born on October 30, 2009.[22] The couple separated in April 2010.[23] In June 2010, Grigorieva obtained a restraining order against Gibson, stating he had physically assaulted her.[24] Gibson was barred from coming near Grigorieva or their daughter.[25] In July 2010, Gibson was identified as a possible suspect in a domestic violence investigation initiated after detectives spoke in Malibu to Grigorieva.[26][27] Grigorieva and Gibson were involved in a child custody dispute involving their daughter in a confidential court case.[26][27] During the custody battle, audio recordings of Gibson profanely disparaging his former paramour surfaced.[28] He responded that the tapes had been edited and that the incident was a one-off, saying, "You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship."[29]

In May 2011, Oksana Grigorieva dropped claims of domestic abuse against Mel Gibson.[30] In August 2011, Grigorieva settled with Gibson and was awarded $750,000, joint legal custody, and a house in Sherman Oaks, California to live in until their 3-year-old daughter Lucia turns 18, at which point the house will be sold and the proceeds turned into a trust fund for Lucia.[31] In 2013, Grigorieva sued her attorneys, accusing them of advising her to sign a bad agreement, including one with Gibson that states that if she takes legal action against him, her previous settlement will be compromised.[32]

Grigorieva has been involved in charity work for the disabled children in Chernobyl and parts of Russia.[33]

Discography[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Evstigneeva, Natalia (August 12, 2003). "James Bond's Russian bride". Music.co.uk (Pravda). Archived from the original on January 9, 2004. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Machell 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Serpe 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Palmer 2009.
  5. ^ a b Bell, Matthew (June 15, 1997). "From Russia with...Four Ex-Husbands and Lovers". Sunday Mirror. 
  6. ^ a b Zeidler 2009.
  7. ^ "Fascinating fact". World Entertainment News Network (England: Comtex). August 11, 2009. 
  8. ^ Bracelin, Jason (April 9, 2007). "Big talent, high sap content". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada). p. 2B. 
  9. ^ Bialczak, Mark (February 19, 2007). "Josh Groban keeps his fans satisfied". The Post-Standard (The Herald Company). p. B3. 
  10. ^ Asilo, Rito P. (November 25, 2006). "Josh Groban, Julio Iglesias break new ground in latest albums". Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines). p. 1. 
  11. ^ Shuster, Fred (November 10, 2006). "Sound Check — Josh Groban — Awake". Daily News of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California). p. U23. 
  12. ^ John, Lauren (August 23, 2009). "Oksana Grigorieva Album Review". Music.co.uk (www.music.co.uk). Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  13. ^ a b Daily Mail Reporter 2009.
  14. ^ "Gibson's baby already a music lover". Metro.co.uk (www.metro.co.uk). October 26, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  15. ^ "Oksana Grigorieva Breaks Onto the Music Scene". ABC News (ABC). August 13, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  16. ^ Foley, Jack (2010). "Oksana Grigorieva — Beautiful Heartache". IndieLondon (www.indielondon.co.uk). Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  17. ^ "Mel Gibson’s ex releasing hip-hop songs". 3 News NZ. December 10, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Grigorieva's Mother-in-Law: Oksana Threw Me and My Son For Money". www.zhizn.ru (www.zhizn.ru). July 28, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  19. ^ Stewart, Will; Collins, Laura (May 2, 2009). "Oksana's Road to Mel". Daily Mail UK (London). 
  20. ^ a b Riggs 2007.
  21. ^ "Mel Gibson's breakup gets messier". Chicago Tribune (www.chicagotribune.com). 2010. 
  22. ^ Gina DiNunno. "Mel Gibson's Girlfriend Gives Birth to Baby Girl". TVGuide.com. 
  23. ^ Elizabeth Leonard (14 April 2010). "Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva Split". People.com. 
  24. ^ "Gibson accused of racist, sexist rant". ABC News (Australia). July 2, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  25. ^ Pilkington, Ed (July 2, 2010). "Mel Gibson faces flak again after alleged racist rant". The Guardian (London). Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  26. ^ a b McCartney 2010.
  27. ^ a b Vancouver Sun staff 2010.
  28. ^ "Mel Gibson Audio Costa Rican Explosion 'C**t, C**ksucker Whore!!!'". http://www.tmz.com (http://www.tmz.com). April 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  29. ^ "'Of course I feel regret... but I was betrayed:' Mel Gibson opens up for first time about Oksana tape recordings". Daily Mail. April 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Mel Gibson Domestic Abuse Claims: Dropped By Oksana Grigorieva". www.thehollywoodgossip.com (www.thehollywoodgossip.com). May 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  31. ^ "Mel Gibson to pay mother of his toddler $750,000". L.A. Now. August 31, 2011. 
  32. ^ Oksana Grigorieva, Mel Gibson's Ex-Girlfriend, Suing Her Former Attorneys, Huffington Post, January 18, 2013.
  33. ^ http://www.looktothestars.org/news/4337-oksana-grigorieva-visits-chernobyl-survivors-with-charity

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