2018 Great Immigrants Recipient

Regina Spektor
Singer and Songwriter
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“I was a kid and I was very excited to experience this whole new world. And everything was fun. Everything from, ‘Oh wow, we get bananas,’ - I'd only seen them in picture books - to the diversity of the neighborhood,” pianist, singer and songwriter Regina Spektor said, reflecting on her first exposure to America to NPR in 2016. Spektor, who came to the U.S. from Russia as a child, had her first hit record with “Begin to Hope” in 2006. It included "Fidelity," which became a favorite for TV soundtracks and was featured on the popular show Grey's Anatomy.  Spektor has continued to enjoy critical and commercial success with such songs as Grammy-nominated "You've Got Time," which is the theme for the hit series “Orange Is the New Black.” She says, “I think that being an immigrant — I don't know, when I walk through the city, I just think that I see my family. I see us in everybody.” In 2016, Spektor released “Remember Us to Life,” her seventh album. Updated July 2018