Eleanor Friedberger

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Eleanor Friedberger
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Eleanor Friedberger (2009)
Background information
Born (1976-09-02) September 2, 1976 (age 40)
Origin Oak Park, Illinois
Genres Indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 2000–present
Labels Merge Records, Frenchkiss Records
Associated acts The Fiery Furnaces

Eleanor Friedberger (born September 2, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is best known as one half of the indie rock duo The Fiery Furnaces, alongside her older brother Matthew Friedberger.[1] In the band she contributes the majority of the vocals both on record and during their live performances.

In 2011, The Fiery Furnaces went on hiatus, with both Friedberger siblings embarking upon solo careers. To date, Eleanor has released three solo studio albums: Last Summer (2011), Personal Record (2013) and New View (2016).

Early life[edit]

Friedberger was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and grew up singing with her grandmother Olga Sarantos and family in a Greek Orthodox church. Her paternal ancestors were jewish and from poland and lithunia.

Solo work[edit]

Friedberger released her first solo album Last Summer on 12 July 2011 through Merge Records.[2] Friedberger released her second album, Personal Record, on 4 June 2013. [3] Her third album, New View, was released on 22 January 2016. It is her first release on Frenchkiss Records, having released her first two albums through Merge Records.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Friedberger's brother Matthew dedicated his 2006 solo album, Winter Women, to her.

She has dated both Britt Daniel of Spoon and Alex Kapranos of the Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand. The Spoon song "Anything You Want" and the Franz Ferdinand song "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" are both written about her.[5][6]