Lena Katina was born in Moscow on October 4, 1984, to a musician father who had great influence on her musical tastes, exposing her to bands such as Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin while also discovering Roxette for herself. At the age of four Lena decided to take up piano and now credits this training in laying a foundation for her ability to craft music. At age six Lena entered music school, which then led to her participation in the children’s bands Avenue at age nine and Neposedi two years later. Neposedi was well known across the country and is also where Lena first met fellow singer Julia Volkova. Then aged 14, Lena attended a casting session and was chosen by Ivan Shapovalov to participate in his new project. This is when Lena reconnected with Julia and together they became t.A.T.u.
In 2003 t.A.T.u. took the world by storm with their infectious hit singles “All The Things She Said” and “Not Gonna Get Us”. Their debut English album 200km/h in the Wrong Lane went on to sell in excess of 5 million copies and garnered critical acclaim. t.A.T.u. travelled the world, infamously performing at the MTV Movie Awards with hundreds of girls in school uniforms and refusing to perform at the World Music Awards unless they were provided with real machine guns, selling out local nightclub hotspots in Moscow, Pairs and London as well as performing full stadium shows at venues such as the Tokyo Dome and Wembley Arena. In their time together, t.A.T.u. sold over 8 million units worldwide and are undoubtedly Russia’s biggest musical export. To this day t.A.T.u. remain one of the highest selling international acts in Japan. Lena and Julia chose to disband t.A.T.u. in 2009 to embark on solo careers.
Heading to Los Angeles, Lena reconnected with the t.A.T.u. band and together they started work on her debut solo album. Showcasing the first of her new material Lena completed a mini tour in the US performing at the legendary Troubadour club in Los Angeles, as the headlining act at Pridefest (Milwaukee) and sold out the 1015 Folsom in San Francisco. Lena’s first solo single, “Never Forget”, received critical acclaim and with a little help from Grammy nominated DJ Dave Audé the single successfully pushed Madonna from the top spot on the Billboard Dance/Club Chart. The video for the single premiered in 2011 on one of the worlds top celebrity resources, PerezHilton.com. In May 2012 Lena collaborated with German dance producer Clark Owen on the song “Melody”. Over the course of the last few years Lena has demonstrated her ability as an electrifying front woman and has also proven that she’s a powerhouse when it comes to catchy and intelligent pop/rock music.
With her debut solo album almost complete and her upcoming single “Lift Me Up” ready to drop this fall, Lena and her band are raring to go.