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After the tour, Kings of Leon who were the second opening act on the tour, invited Spektor to open for them on their own European tour.
In 2004, Spektor signed a contract with Warner Brothers' record label Sire Records to publish and distribute her third album Soviet Kitsch, originally self-released in 2003.
Spektor left Russia with her family because of religious persecution over their Jewish faith.
She later explained to that she uses different languages in her music because of her immigration journey.
Spektor was born in 1980 in Moscow, Soviet Union, to a musical Russian Jewish family.
Her father, Ilya Spektor, is a photographer and amateur violinist.
After self-releasing her first three records and gaining popularity in New York City's independent music scenes, particularly the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village, Spektor signed with Sire Records in 2004 and began achieving greater mainstream recognition.Spektor attended high school for two years at the Frisch School, a yeshiva in Paramus, New Jersey, but transferred to a public school, Fair Lawn High School, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where she finished the last two years of her high school education.Although she had always made up songs around the house, she first became interested in more formal songwriting during a visit to Israel with the Nesiya Institute in her teenage years when she attracted attention from the other children on the trip for the songs she made up while hiking.She also performed at local colleges (such as Sarah Lawrence College) with other musicians, including the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.She sold self-published CDs at her performances during this period: (2001) and Songs (2002).