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Eva Dahlgren
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9 June 1960

Eva Dahlgren was born June 9, 1960 in Umeå, Sweden, but was brought up in Lund, Vendelsä and Nynäshamn. She started to play the guitar when she was a teenager.
Dahlgren was discovered by musician/producer Bruno Glenmark in 1978 after appearing on the tv show 'Sveriges magasin' and her debut album 'Finns det nån som bryr sig om' was released the same year. It was released by Anders Glenmark, who would produce almost all of Eva's albums. (In 2002 Anders Glenmark produced and co-composed Frida's Sewdish album 'Djuppa andetag'.)

Eva participated in Melodifestival (the tryout competition for the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden) twice. First in 1979 with 'Om jag skriver en sang', where she got a third position, and then in 1980 with 'Jag ger mej inte'. The last time, Eva didn’t want to perform at all, so she performed the song with a very angry expression.

In 1980 she released the selftitled album, on which she critisises and explains women’s feelings and the problem they have when wanting to show these feelings to another person. In 1981 she released 'För väntan' and in 1982 'Tvillinskäl'. These albums were a bit more rockier than the previous ones. Between 1981 and 1984 she was awarded 'Best female artist of the year' three times by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
In 1984 'Ett fänster mot gatan' was released, with a quite different style from the previous albums. She toured around Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.
In 1985 she participated in the recording of an album and a concert for ANC.

In 1987 'Ung och stolt' was released. This album is the first that doesn’t feature any song in English and includes a song co-composed with Jonas Isacsson, a Swedish guitar player who has worked with Eva since the beginning and has also played in Roxette, Marie Fredriksson and many other Swedish artists’ albums and tours. This same year she travelled through Sweden together with Ratata and Roxette on a tour called 'Rock runt riket' and recorded the song 'I want you' with them in order to promote the tour.

In 1989 'Fria världen 1989' saw the light and became a huge success, especially due to the song 'Ãngeln i rummet'. The song was also included - in English - in an album for Greenpeace.

In 1991 she released her most sold album so far, 'En blekt blondins hjärta'. This album sold 500,000 copies and gave her five Grammis in the categories Best Song, Artist of the Year, Best Album, Best Female Artist and Best Song-writer. All in all, Eva has won 9 Grammis so far. In autumn 1991 and spring 1992 she toured Sweden and all the other Scandinavian countries. In summer 1992 she went on tour again, this time together with Tomas Ledin and Lisa Nilsson. In 1992 the compilation 'Fär minnenas skull' was released, as well as 'Eva Dahlgren', an English version of 'En blekt blondins hjärta', released in Germany in an intend to go international.

Eva retired from the music-scene for some months and made her come back in December 1993 giving a concert, accompanied by an orchestra. The conductor was Esa-Pekka Salonen. After this concert she started the recording of a new album together with Esa-Pekka and composer Anders Hillborg. Esa-Pekka conducted the Stockholm symphonic orchestra, Anders composed the classical music and Eva wrote the poems/lyrics to the music. The album was called 'Jag vill se min älskade komma frän det vilda' and was released in 1995. Eva performed with the symphonic orquestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen in Stockholm’s central station and the album sold far more than she expected, resulting in another Grammi as Artist of the year.

In March 1999, she released 'LaiLai', an album produced, recorded and performed by herself and written in Sitges, Spain. That same month she went on a Scandinavian tour. In December she released the live album, 'LaLaLive'. In 2000, she recorded a song together with Rikard Wolff, 'Kvinnan jag drämmer om' and published all her poems/songs in a book 'Fär att rära vid ett hjärta'. In September 2001 she published her first children book, 'Lars, Urban & Pudelstjärnan', and on 10th December she released the single 'Too many believes', which was written after the 11th September attacks and recorded in October while she was in Japan for the 'Swedish Style week' in Tokyo.

In spring 2003 Eva’s band Buddaboys, formed together with Mija and Greta Folkesson, released 'Lost peoples area' and toured around Scandinavia and France. In September her second book about Lars and Urban was published under the title “Lars och Urban och faster Los hemlighet'. She also performed at Anna Lindh’s (Swedish Foreign Minister killed in Stockholm) funeral, where she sang a very emotive 'Ängeln i rummet'. 'Lars och Urban: Valparna tar Äver', Eva’s third book about Lars and Urban, was published in September 2004.

In 2005, Eva released the introspective album 'Snö', produced by Lars Halapi. She also published the book 'Hur man närmar sig ett träd', with personal thoughts about the creative process behind the album 'Snö'. After a promotional tour, she collaborated in many projects. In 2007 she released the album 'Petroleum och täng'. In July - August 2008 she toured together with Peter Jöback in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The tour was called 'Himlen är inget tak', and a single with the same title was released. In 2010 Eva's returned to the theatre with a (merely) spoken word monologue show called 'Ingen är som jag' (no one is like me). In 2016 she suprises the fans with an introspective return called 'Jag sjunger ljuset'.

Eva has a younger brother, Daniel, to whom she dedicated the song, Sand. She is married to Efva Attling in 1996.

On the web:

- Eva's official website: http://www.evadahlgren.com
- Eva's website in English: http://www.dahlgren-attling.net

What do we think:

PR: I recently discovered this great singer-songwriter from Sweden. She writes beautiful songs and, especially, texts. The poppy 'En blekt blondins hjärta' is a great album and listening to it, it still sounds completely up to date. I keep playing it and it really is one of my favourite album discoveries of the year! If you are into that typical Swedish sound (like, let's say, Marie Fredriksson), Eva should really be your thing! I have already ordered more of Eva's albums so I will be able to add the notes to more of the albums listed below...

DB: Since 'En blekt blondins hjärta' has been constantly in the cd player it gradually grew on me. Eva's music is as scandinavian as you can get and i can imagine Marie Fredriksson, Sanne Salmonsen and Frida's last album are influenced by her.

If you like this, you probably like.. / european counterparts:

Ina Deter (Germany)

Anne Linnet (Denmark)

Albums:

Finns det nån som bryr sig om - 1978

Eva Dahlgren - 1980

♪♪♪ - För väntan - 1981

Tvillingskäl - 1982

♪♪♪♪ - Ett fönster mot gatan - 1984

♪♪♪♪ - Ung och stolt - 1987

♪♪♪ - Fria v ärlden 1.989 - 1989

♪♪♪♪♪ - En blekt blondins hjärta - 1991

♪♪ - Jag vill se min älskade komma från det vilda - 1995

♪♪♪♪ - Lai Lai - 1999

♪♪♪♪ - LaLaLive - 1999

♪♪♪ - Snö - 2005

Ǻventyr (ep) - 2006

♪♪♪♪ - Petroleum och tång - 2007

♪♪♪♪♪ - Jag sjunger ljuset - 2016

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♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


 

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