Leona Kristina Naess
) (born July 31, 1974) is a British singer-songwriter
of Swedish-Norwegian parentage. She released her debut album, Comatised
, in March 2000, which produced the single "Charm Attack" (Adult Top 40
Naess was born in New York City
and raised in London
. She is the daughter of Filippa Kumlin D'Orey, a Swedish interior designer
and Arne Næss, Jr.
, a Norwegian mountaineer
and business magnate
. She has an older brother, Christoffer, and a sister, Katinka, from that marriage. Her great uncle was the Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss
. Naess was 7 years old when her parents divorced in 1982. She attended school in the Chelsea
neighbourhood of London while growing up, and later attended the Purcell School
, where she studied music composition
. Her father married American entertainer Diana Ross
in 1986 and had two boys, Ross and Evan
. Naess would often travel to their Connecticut
home. Naess also has two other half-brothers, Nicklas and Louis, from her father's subsequent marriage to Camilla Astrup."". The New York Times
. January 16, 2004. Retrieved on February 19, 2009.
Naess received her first guitar at the age of 14, a gift from her mother. The first song she learned to play was "The Cross" by Prince
from the 1987 album Sign “O” the Times
. She soon began writing her own songs and poetry.Diehl, Audrey (2002). "Leona Naess".......