Artist 101: Svala

This guide contains everything you need to know about Icelandic singer-songwriter Svala Björgvinsdóttir.

When is her birthday?

8 February 1977

What is her most popular song?

“Paper”, with which she will represent Iceland on the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. The song was written by Svala, Einar Egilsson, Lester Mendez and Lily Elise, and directed by Einar Egilsson.

What else should I know about Svala?

She is the daughter of the legendary pop star Bo Halldorsson. Svala has had a very big impact on the Icelandic music scene since she entered it at a young age, and she has numerous number one hits under her belt. In 1999, Svala signed one of the biggest record contracts ever made with an Icelandic artist with EMI in the US. In 2001, her first single “The Real Me” became a top 30 hit on the Billboard charts in the US. Svala then formed the Icelandic electronic band Steed Lord in 2006, which has had tremendous success on an international level. They have toured all over the world selling out shows both in Europe and North America.

Her music has been featured in countless TV shows and films in North America, moreover, she is one of the four main judges on The Voice Iceland. Svala is not only a singer, songwriter and performer, but she is also known as a fashion icon, and in 2007, she designed a clothing line for H&M. Svala’s new project Blissful has already gained global attention after they released their first single “Elevate” in 2016 – it has gotten over 230 thousand plays on Spotify.

On 11 March 2017, she won the Icelandic national selection of Eurovision, and now she will be competing in the Eurovision semi-finals on May 9th. She will be the 13th contestant on stage.

What are her social media links?

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Finally, don’t forget to let us know what you love about Svala! Also, we now have all our representatives for this year’s Eurovision so let us know who your favourites are by tweeting us @CelebMix.

Written by Alexandra Nagy

I'm Alexandra from Hungary, now living in the UK, and writing is not just my hobby - it's my passion. I'm a writer/journalist addicted to music, travelling, football, movies & books, proudly supporting Derby County Football Club.
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