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 40)[1][2]
Bega, New South Wales,[3] Australia
Genres Indie pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, piano, trumpet
Years active 1994–present
Labels Sony Music/ Epic Records (2008–2012)
Skipalong Records (2013–)
Associated acts Decoder Ring
Website www.lenkamusic.com

Lenka Kripac, (born 19 March 1978), is an Australian singer and actress best known for her song "The Show", from her self-titled album Lenka. "The Show" has been used in numerous advertisements, most notably for Old Navy, as well as the Nickelodeon film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging[4] and the 2011 film Moneyball. Her song "Everything at Once" was used in a Windows 8 television advertisement and in a Disney Movie Rewards commercial.[5]

Early life[edit]

The daughter of Czech-born jazz trumpet musician, Jiri Kripac[6] and Australian schoolteacher, Eden, Lenka was raised in the Australian coastal town of Bega until age seven, when her family moved to Sydney, where she received her schooling, acting and music training, and started to work as a highly regarded theatre actress and later musician.[7]

Career[edit]

Lenka at the Hotel Cafe Tour at Doug Fir in Portland, Oregon

As a teenager, Lenka studied acting at the Australian Theatre for Young People,[8] where she trained with actress Cate Blanchett.[9] 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, Wildside, Head Start, and Spellbinder. She appeared in Australian feature films The Dish and Lost Things, as well as in theatre productions.[9] Lenka provided the vocals for 2 tracks on Paul Mac's 2005 album Panic Room. 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.[7]

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.[10] The album peaked at number 142 on the US Billboard 200. Her song "Everything at Once" was featured in a Windows 8 ad, becoming a worldwide success.[11] Lenka creates paper art type stop-motion animated music videos for each of her singles with her husband James Gulliver Hancock, a visual artist from Australia, for a deliberately childlike effect.[6] 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. In 2011 she released her second album Two which was inspired by her engagement and is full of romantic love songs. Her third album Shadows appeared in 2013 after the birth of her son. Her next album The Bright Side (Lenka album) went out in 2015 and the most featured single in this album became "Blue Skies". Her last album named Attune was released in 2017 and contains the track Heal, which was created in cooperation with Australian singer and author Sally Seltmann.[12] Her most played songs on BBC are "All My Bells Are Ringing", "We Will Not Grow Old", "Everything at Once", "Don't Let Me Fall", and "Trouble Is a Friend".[13]

Personal life[edit]

Lenka currently resides in regional NSW, Australia. Lenka is married to visual artist James Gulliver Hancock.[14] She announced on 27 September 2011 that she was pregnant.[15] In March 2012, she announced on Twitter that she had given birth to a boy named Quinn. In 2016, she gave birth to her daughter, Etta.[16][17]

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. ^ Andrew Leahey. "Lenka biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "It's my barfday! I am halfway to 70, yikes!! Age Ain't Nothin But A Number. xoxox". Twitter.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "iTunes – Music – Lenka". Itunes.apple.com. 1978-03-19. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  4. ^ [1], Biography. Retrieved on 05 Jan 2018.
  5. ^ "Windows 8: Lenka – Everything At Once (TV Spot) | Microsoft". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  6. ^ a b "Lenka | Artist". MTV Asia. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Bio". The Official Lenka Site. Sony Music Entertainment. Archived from the original on 30 August 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Brisbane Street Press – Lenka". Rave Magazine. 4 November 2008. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Columbia Records UK " Releases " Lenka – Lenka". Columbia.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 August 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Show by Lenka Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  11. ^ "Lenka – Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". AllMusic. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Biography by Andrew Leahey Retrieved on 16 Jan 2018
  13. ^ [2] Retrieved on 16 Jan 2018
  14. ^ "Lenka's all grown up and married". Asiaone.com. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  15. ^ [3] Archived 4 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "Twitter / LenkaMusic: Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! I have". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  17. ^ "Twitter / LenkaMusic: Happy 1st birthday to my darling". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 

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