His non-standard and at the same time a wide range of vocals with elements of "hoarseness" is recognized today by almost everyone. And there was a period when he was a little-known singer, entertaining the audience in Sochi's restaurants. Grigory Lepsveridze himself pierced his way to Olympus domestic show business, and it turned out to be quite thorny.
Today, he is a self-sufficient and in-demand artist, which, according to the authoritative edition of Forbes, is among the highest paid stars. So who is he, Grigory Lepsveridze, who performs under the unusual pseudonym Leps, and what successes in creativity he managed to achieve? Let's consider this issue in more detail.
Years of childhood and adolescence
Grigory Viktorovich Lepsveridze is a native of Sochi (Krasnodar Territory). He was born on July 16, 1962 in the family of ordinary workers. Parents of the future celebrity worked at the bakery and meat-packing plant.
Scenic pseudonym Grigory Lepsveridze "entrenched" behind him as a child. Peers called him Leps, and, having embarked on a creative career, he decided to speak under that name, although there were alternative options, such as Grisha Sochinsky.
It should be noted that studying at school was difficult. The teenager where with the great pleasure drove a football on the field, than listened to the teachers at the desk. Soon he will wake up interest in music and Grigory Lepsveridze will play in the school ensemble. In parallel, the young man attends classes at the music school in the percussion class and successfully graduates this institution.
After receiving the certificate of maturity, the future pop star will go to the army for 2 years.
After the demobilization, Grigory Lepsveridze takes his first steps in his career, performing songs in the Sochi park, on dance floors and in restaurants. In the late 80's he became a member of the musical ensemble "Index-398".
The young man earned money from concerts immediately spent money on entertainment.
In the early 90's Grigory Lepsveridze, whose biography is of interest to a large number of people, begins to realize that the level of the restaurant scene has already outgrown and it is necessary to develop further. Famous artists who regularly come with tours in Sochi, in particular Mikhail Shufutinsky, Alexander Rosenbaum, Oleg Gazmanov, advise a budding colleague to try their hand at the metropolitan concert venues.
Leps agrees and goes to Moscow. However, as the singer later recalled, White-stone "accepted it without any kind of cordiality. His songs were very few known, and those who wanted to engage in their promotion was also not. Gradually Lepsa began to overcome depression, which he began to "treat" alcohol. Disappointed in the brutal world of show business, he began to take drugs. People who in the past promised to help Grigory Viktorovich in promoting the songs, overnight turned away from him. The artist's health was under serious threat, and he got into Botkin hospital with a disappointing diagnosis of "stomach ulcer".
But Leps managed to overcome health problems and abandon pernicious habits.
Shortly before getting into the medical institution, Grigory Viktorovich manages to finish work on his debut album "Keep You Alone" and record several video clips for your songs. Lying on a hospital bed, he sees on TV a clip of Natalie, which becomes a real hit and regularly "turns" on radio stations. Leps has hope.
After leaving the clinic and making a promise to never again resort to alcohol and drugs, the singer after some rehabilitation begins work on the second album - "Whole Life." It was released in 1997. Lepsa is invited to the "Song of the Year", where he introduces the listener to the new composition "My Thoughts". The popularity of the singer grows from day to day, and now he sings at the "Christmas Meetings" at the Diva.
Glory and recognition
At the beginning of the zero, Leps's surname becomes known throughout the country. His songs are recognizable, and they are massively sung in karaoke clubs. Grigory Viktorovich releases the third CD entitled "Thank you, people ...".
He goes on tour with Russia and in 2002 he was awarded the prestigious "Chanson of the Year" award. Lepsveridze works hard, recording the album for the album. In total, he released solo 12 collections, and this is far from the limit.
Currently, Grigory Viktorovich actively participates in television projects, performs at festive concerts, records video clips and performs songs paired with other singers and singers. In particular, he worked with Valery Meladze, Stas Piekha, Ani Lorak, Irina Allegrova. And, of course, separately we should mention the duo - Alexander Rosenbaum and Grigory Lepsveridze. "Cats", "Afghan blizzard", "Gop-stop", "Kamikaze", "Chetvertinochka" - this is just a small part of the songs from their joint work.
Persona non grata for USA
For Americans, a singer from Russian Sochi is an undesirable person in their country. Moreover, the authorities of this "democratic" state openly declare that Grigory Lepsveridze is a mafioso who has contacts with the "Eurasian criminal syndicate" called the "Brotherly Circle". The singer is not allowed to enter the territory of the United States. All of its financial resources, located in US financial institutions, are frozen. The US authorities consider the Russian artist to be the carrier of mafia money. And how does Lepsveridze Grigory Viktorovich treat such accusations and accusations? He denies the crime in his life. Also, the singer denies the information that he has money in American banks.
But at home, Leps has some business assets. In particular, on parity basis he owns a network of karaoke bars Leps Bar and Gleps. Also under the brand «Leps Optics» a range of stylish glasses was released.
At leisure, he is engaged in charitable activities and carefully monitors that the sharks of the pen write about him exclusively truthful information. With "unscrupulous" journalists, Grigory Viktorovich is fighting in court.
Regalia and awards
For many years of creativity Leps has received a huge number of prestigious awards. He is the winner of awards "RU.TV" in the nominations "Best singer" and "Best duet". The composer also owns the Golden Gramophone Award, the Leonid Utyosov prize on Song of the Year, the national music award Muz-TV in the category Best Duo of the Year.
In addition, Grigory Viktorovich received the title of Honored Artist of Russia.
Leps is a loving husband and a caring father. He twice married.
With the first wife Svetlana Dubinskaya he met in the walls of the Sochi Music College. She gave birth to the daughter of the daughter of Ingu. However, the family idyll after some time ended in divorce.
The second chosen musician was the ballerina Anna Shaplykova, who worked in the band's singer Laima Vaikule. Leps saw her in a nightclub and was subdued by the beauty of the girl. As a result, Gregory and Anna were married, and after a while the ballerina gave birth to the wife of the daughters Eva and Nicole and son Ivan.