Regina Spektor: 2016
Regina Spektor and Carmel Holt at WFUV (photo by WFUV Staff)
Of all modern day singer-songwriters, Regina Spektor may have one of the more interesting backgrounds. Growing up in the Soviet Union, Spektor began her classical training on piano at age six. Her training continued when her family emigrated here to New York City, settling in the Bronx in 1989. Within 10 years she was writing pop songs, and she released her debut album in 2001.
By 2006, Spektor had a gold record with her fourth album, Begin To Hope. What followed has been a successful career with sold-out shows at New York's Radio City Music Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in London, and two nights at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. She's had countless song appearances in TV and film, including the theme song for the popular Netflix series, "Orange Is The New Black."
That song was all we had to tide us over between records in the past few years, so fans were ecstatic to hear of Spektor's return this year with a seventh studio recording, Remember Us To Life, her first album since 2012.