Grigory Leps, Russian singer-songwriter
Grigory Lepsveridze, commonly known as Grigory Leps, is a Russian singer-songwriter of Georgian origin. He created a unique style mixing between rock music, pop music, and in his early career chanson. He’s known for his low, strong voice with long-range vocals
Leps was born in 1962 in Sochi in an ordinary working family. Like all the boys he fought, loved football, girls and music. At 14 he entered the School of Music, then served in the army. When he returned, he played and sang in restaurants in Sochi. He was known in the city. But he began to drink a lot of alcohol and understood he need to change anything in this life. And at the age of 30 Leps went to Moscow.
The talented singer was not expected in Moscow with open arms. He had to sing in restaurants. Again, alcohol, and even drugs …
In 1995 Leps began working with Vitali Manshin, Yevgeniy Kobylyansky and Anatoliy Dolzhenkov. With the support of these people was finally recorded their debut album, “May God Keep You”. With the song “Natalie” Leps became popular not only in Moscow but throughout the country.
In 1996 Leps was hospitalized for drugs and alcoholism, doctors were almost assured of a lethal outcome.
Leps get over thanks mom, who arrived to Moscow to take care of him. And of course, the Lord God. He gave him the second chance. And there was the story of rebirth. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, and Grigory Leps difficult and painful born anew.
Since then there was no alcohol and drugs in his life.
In 1997 he released his second album, “A Whole Life”, which to had few hits including “Chizhik”, “Gololed”, “A whole life”.
In 2000 he released the album Thank You People, with the major hits “Shelest” and “Nu i chto”. At that album was seen the change in Leps’s style, with him completely leaving the Shanson and moving to rock music.
At the same time he lost his voice, and went through an operation.
In 2002 he released the album On Strings of Rain, with a major hit “Rumka vodki na stole”.
In 2004 he released a cover album of songs written by Vladimir Vysotsky in rock versions, Parus. The song “Parus” had a video clip and the album took top places at the selling charts. The second part of the album was released in 2007 with its presentation concert being held in the Kremlin hall.
In 2006 he released two albums, both reaching high success.
In 2007 he released two compilations. I’m Alive, and All My Life – a Road.
In 2009, about the presentation of the album, “Waterfall”. It includes brand new songs old hits.
In February 2011 took a trio of concerts devoted to the new album “Pince-nez”. After a year Leps moved to a different style of music.
In 2000 Leps met his second wife Anya, a dancer at the Laima Vaikule ballet, with whom they had two daughters, Eva (born 2002), Nicole (born 2007) and a son Ivan (born 2010). He also has a daughter from his first marriage, Inga, who established an art advisory in London in 2010.
Leps collects old books, Icons, and for one of them he once gave his car. Among his collection he has an icon that belonged to the Romanovs, as well as another icon from the 15th century. He also collects sunglasses.
Leps and Valeriy Meladze