Ella Yelich-O'Connor (born 7 November 1996), known by her stage name Lorde (/ˈlɔrd/), is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. She released her first EP, The Love Club EP, in March 2013 and her second single, "Tennis Court", in June 2013. The artist's début album, Pure Heroine, was released on September 27, 2013.
Yelich-O'Connor was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 7 November 1996 to a civil engineer father and Sonja Yelich, a prize-winning New Zealand poet; she was then raised in suburban Devonport, North Shore, Auckland. She is of Yugoslav ancestry.
At the age of 12, she was spotted by A&R scout Scott Maclachlan when he saw her singing in a video of a talent show at her school, Belmont Intermediate. Later, when Yelich-O'Connor was 13, Maclachlan signed her to Universal and, at the age of 14, she began working with their songwriters.Yelich-O'Connor began writing songs with her guitar at "about thirteen or fourteen".
As of July 2013, Yelich-O'Connor is a Year Twelve student at Takapuna Grammar School