Björk Guðmundsdóttir, an Icelandic singer and song-writer, was born in 1965. With her eclectic musical style, she received worldwide recognition in rock, electronic dance music, folk and classical music. Her musical career began at the age of eleven when she started studying classical piano in elementary school. She first came to prominence when she was broadcasted on national radio singing I Love to Love
by Tina Charles. After hearing that song, record label Fálkinn offered her a record contract, and her debut album was released in 1977.
Björk performed as lead vocalist of pop Icelandic sextet the Sugarcubes
and released several singles gaining a cult following in both United States and United Kingdom. The band’s debut album Life’s too Good
in 1988 propelled them to international stardom. After the band dissolved in 1992, Björk started pursuing a solo career. Her solo debut album Debut
was released in 1993 and it eventually went Platinum in the United States selling millions of copies. The album varied in instrumentation and was mostly dance-oriented, named album of the year by NME. Björk won BRIT Award for Best International female in 1994 which led to her collaborations with British musicians several times.
Björk’s second album Post
was released in 1995 and it further solidified her stature as a powerfully emerging woman’s voice. The album included more subtle and playful moments with deeper orchestral and jazz arrangements featuring tracks like Enjoy
and Possible Maybe
. It was ranked at number 7 in the list of "Top 90 albums of 90s" by Spin and number 75 in its "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2000".
Björk released Homogenic
in 1997 which was her first conceptually self-contained album. Homegenic
is regarded as one of her most extroverted and experimental works so far. The album was certified gold in the US. She released Vespertine
in 2001 featuring choirs, chamber orchestras, microbeats, personal vulnerable themes and hushed vocals. The album became her quickest selling album ever. In 2003, she released a box set titled Live Box
containing live recordings of her previous albums and songs. 2004 brought her album Medúlla,
an entirely vocal based album which became her highest charting album in the US, debuting at number 14.
In August 2004, Björk gave a memorable performance of the song Oceania
at the opening ceremony of Summer Olympics in Athens. Her sixth studio album Volta
was released in 2007 featuring 10 songs and a wide range of collaborators and cross-cultural musical elements. It debuted at number 9 on Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number 7 in UK album charts. Björk’s latest project Biophilia
, released in 2011, combines music with themes of science and nature and technological innovation.
Besides having worldwide fan following and massive career success, Björk has won many awards and nominations throughout her career. She has been nominated for thirteen Grammy Awards, one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards while she has won four MTV Video Music Awards, four BRIT Awards, three UK Music Video Awards, one MOJO Award and Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. She was ranked at number thirty-six among "The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll" by VH1, number sixty among Rolling Stone’s "100 Greatest Singers of All times" and number eight among "22 Greatest Voices in Music" by MTV.
With her soprano vocal range and eclectic and challenging music, Björk has been recognized as one of the greatest and inspirational music voices of all times. She tours extensively throughout the world and is praised everywhere for her unique vocal styling, delivery and scatting ability. Over the years, her voice has become more powerful and flexible. Buy Björk tickets
and enjoy the spectacular, swooping and well-preserved voice of one of the greatest singers of all times.
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