Emiliana Torrini

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

16 May 1977, Reykjavík, Iceland. Torrini developed a natural talent for singing at an early age, singing soprano in her school choir at the age of seven. She progressed to opera school at the age of 15, perfecting her range to an extremely high standard. Success came in 1994; at just 17 years of age Torrini won a national singing competition in Iceland, performing ‘I Will Survive’. Soon afterwards she joined a band called Spoon, which released its self-titled debut album in 1994. The music had an avant garde nature and was difficult to fit into a particular genre, only realising success in Europe. Torrini launched her solo career the following year with the covers set Crouçie D’Où Là. Originally recorded for her father’s 50th birthday, the album became an unexpected chart success in the singer’s native country. The follow-up, Merman, featured a number of original compositions and was another chart success.

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