Elle King

Elle King

Elle King performs at the 2015 Interstellar Rodeo in Edmonton.
Background information
Birth name Tanner Elle Schneider
Born (1989-07-03) July 3, 1989
Los Angeles, California, United States
Origin New York City, New York, United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • banjo
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Dierks Bentley
Website elleking.com

Elle King (born Tanner Elle Schneider; July 3, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her musical style encompasses country, soul, rock and blues.[5] In 2012, King released her debut EP, The Elle King EP, on RCA and Fat Possum Records. The EP track "Playing for Keeps" is the theme song for VH1's Mob Wives Chicago series.[5] She released her debut album, Love Stuff on February 17, 2015.[5] The album produced the US top 10 single "Ex's & Oh's," which earned her two Grammy nominations. King has also toured with acts such as Of Monsters and Men, Train and Michael Kiwanuka. Currently she is on tour with Dixie Chicks. She is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and former model London King.

Early life

King was born in Los Angeles, California, United States, to mother London King, a former model, and father, former SNL cast member Rob Schneider.[6] She is of Jewish, Filipina, English, and Scottish ancestry. Her parents divorced and her mother remarried. She grew up living in southern Ohio, between Wellston and Columbus. When she was nine her stepfather, Justin Tesa,[7] gave her a record by all-girl hard-rock band The Donnas; she views this as the pivotal moment when she decided she wanted to be a musician. Around this time, she also started listening to The Runaways and Blondie, and she made her acting debut alongside her father in the movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.[5] Three years later, at 13, King started playing guitar, immersing herself in the music of Otis Redding, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, AC/DC (she has the band's logo tattooed on her bicep), and Earl Scruggs.[5] Her interest in the country and bluegrass of Hank Williams and Earl Scruggs inspired her to learn the banjo. During her teenage years, she attended Buck's Rock camp in Connecticut, where she starred successfully in a number of musicals. King plays guitar and banjo.[6]

King spent her teenage years in New York City, but she has also lived in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon graduating from Elisabeth Irwin High School she moved to Philadelphia to matriculate at University of the Arts, studying painting and film. During these college years she had an artistic epiphany seeing a live show where the band onstage used a banjo purely for accompaniment purposes, eschewing the bluegrass and country musical vocabulary traditionally associated with the instrument. King then began to use the banjo as a compositional tool. After college, she briefly lived in Copenhagen and Los Angeles, before moving back to New York where she currently resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn.[5]


1999–2013: Films and The Elle King EP

In 1999 she debuted as actress in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. In 2005, at age 16, she started gigging around New York City, using a fake ID to gain entry to the local nightclubs.[5] King immersed herself in the local songwriting scene and honed her performance skills by busking around town. King was then signed by newly appointed RCA Chairman Peter Edge. Her debut single "Good To Be A Man," was released on March 13, 2012, as a digital download and also as a 7" vinyl single. On June 12, 2012, the four-song The Elle King EP was released on RCA and Fat Possum Records. The EP was recorded in New York and was produced by Andy Baldwin and Chris DeStefano, with King herself producing a track. The EP's lead track, "Playing For Keeps," was chosen as the theme song for VH1's Mob Wives Chicago series that premiered June 10, 2012, on VH1.[5] King has been spotlighted as an "Artist to Watch in 2012" by Esquire Magazine and Refinery 29 and has made television appearances on VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live and the Late Show with David Letterman. King has played Austin, Texas, at the South by Southwest Festival, as well as the Hammersmith Apollo.[5] She has also taped her own PBS Arts In Context special for KLRU Austin at the Austin City Limits recording studio. She has toured with Of Monsters and Men, Train and Michael Kiwanuka and has opened for Dashboard Confessional, Dropkick Murphys, Dry the River, James Bay and Ed Sheeran.

2014–present: Love Stuff

In September 2014, King released "Ex's & Oh's," which serves as the lead single off her debut album. She released the album, Love Stuff on February 17, 2015.[5] She performed "Ex's & Oh's" the next day on The Today Show to promote it. The song has reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming King's first top 10 single in the United States. "Ex's & Oh's" received two nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.[8] In July 2015, King supported Modest Mouse on their UK tour. Afterwards, "Under the Influence" and "America's Sweetheart" were released as singles for rock radio[9] and mainstream radio,[10] respectively. In 2016, her single "Good Girls" featured on the Ghostbusters soundtrack and played over the movie's credits.[11] In 2016, she teamed up with country singer Dierks Bentley for the song "Different for Girls". They performed this song at the 50th CMA Awards on November 2, 2016.

Personal life

She has stated numerous times on her social media accounts that her natural hair color is pink.[12]

She started dating a Texas Rangers fan named Andrew (Fergie) Ferguson in January 2016. The couple got engaged in February 2016, on a sailing trip around the San Francisco Bay two weeks after they started dating.[13]

She has several tattoos on her body (both arms and her left breast). She also worked at a tattoo company called East Side Ink.[14][15]


Main article: Elle King discography
Studio albums


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Cookie Girl
2006 The Benchwarmers Carol
2009 Wild Cherry Sabrina
2010 Legends of La La Herself Documentary
2015 The Last Playlist Herself Documentary

Concert tours

Opening act

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref.
2016 Grammy Awards Best Rock Performance "Ex's & Oh's" Nominated [16]
Best Rock Song
iHeartRadio Music Awards Alternative Rock Song of the Year Nominated [17]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Rock Song "America's Sweetheart" Nominated [18]
CMA Awards Vocal Event of the Year (with Dierks Bentley) "Different for Girls" Pending [19]


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  2. "Song Premiere: Elle King - "Under the Influence"". Nylon.com. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  3. Mazzarone, Mike (February 1, 2016). "Elle King, Nathaniel Rateliff & Andrew McMahon Play Heated Up Winter Jam". Alternativenation.net. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  4. "This rising rock star has a surprising father". The New Daily. January 10, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Marcus, Bennett (July 6, 2011). ""Playing for Keeps" Singer Elle King Uses Her Phone to Record Her Singing in the Shower". Vanity Fair. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  6. 1 2 Weinberg, Jen (August 5, 2012). "Elle King, the Voice Behind the Mob Wives Theme Song "Playing For Keeps" Talks to Us About True Blood, Pickle Backs, and Showgirls: Obsessed: Entertainment". Glamour.com. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  7. "Elle King – Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  8. "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  9. "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on December 4, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  10. "Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  11. "Ghostbusters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available July 15th - RCA Records". RCA Records. Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  12. "Elle King on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  13. "'Ex's & Oh's' Singer Elle King Engaged". PEOPLE.com. February 7, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  14. "Wild Child Elle King: 'Sometimes I Get Too Drunk, But I'm Myself'". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  15. Brow, Jason (November 25, 2015). "Elle King". Hollywood Life. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  16. "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  17. Blistein, Jon (February 9, 2016). "Taylor Swift, the Weeknd Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Noms". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  18. Eliahou, Maya (June 9, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016--Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E!. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  19. http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-awards/nominees/

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