Julian Casablancas (born August 23, 1978 in New York City, New York) is a singer and songwriter and the lead singer for the alternative rock band The Strokes. His debut solo album "Phrazes for the Young" was released on November 2, 2009. Julian Casablancas is the son of John Casablancas, the founder of Elite Model Management, and Jeanette Christiansen, a Danish model who was Miss Denmark in 1965, making him half Spanish, half Danish. His parents divorced when he was young. He attended kindergarten with future bandmate Nikolai Fraiture.