Leona Kristina Naess (born July 31 1974) is a British singer-songwriter.
Naess was born in New York City and raised in London. She is the daughter of Filippa Kumlin D'Orey, a Swedish-Brazilian interior designer and Arne Næss Jr., a Norwegian mountaineer and business magnate. She has an older brother, Chris, and a sister, Katinka, from that marriage. 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 in Hertfordshire, 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. She has 8 half-siblings and step-siblings from her parents' different marriages.
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...
(LiveDaily.com) Today's Song of the Day is by Leona Naess [ tickets ]. The featured cut is "Beautiful Boy," which appears on her yet-to-be-named forthcoming album.... continued