Elizaveta Igorevna Khripounova, who has recorded under the names "Elly K" and "Elizaveta" was born in New York, but grew up in Russia. After traveling around Europe, she returned to the country of her birth to settle in southern California. Majoring in Opera, she graduated with honors from the University of Southern California in 2005 In 2007, using the name "Elizaveta" she released the EP "Breakfast with Chopin". In late 2007 she released a digital EP 'Like Water'. The title track has since been featured in the major motion picture 'The House Bunny'.