Biography

Frida Hyvönen (born 1977) is a Swedish singer-songwriter. She grew up in Robertsfors, a small place just outside Umeå in the north of Sweden (which is also the hometown of the band Sahara Hotnights), and currently lives in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm.
Her first record, Until Death Comes, was recorded at Stockholm’s Atlantis Studios and co-produced with Jari Haapalainen of The Bear Quartet. The record was released in the EU in 2005 on The Concretes record label Licking Fingers, in the United States in 2006 on Secretly Canadian and in Australia in 2007 on Chapter Music. Hyvönen received the 2005 Stockholmspriset (“The Stockholm Prize”) by the Swedish publication Nöjesguiden for her debut album.[1] Her first single, “I Drive My Friend”, climbed the hit-list in Sweden for a few weeks.

Frida has been touring Scandinavia, Europe and the US with her piano since 2004. She also played in Shanghai. In the spring of 2006 she toured the United Kingdom with José González, and in the summer of 2006, she toured the US with fellow Swedish artist Jens Lekman. In the fall of 2005 Frida wrote music for dance performance PUDEL, by choreographer Dorte Olesen. She also performed the music live on stage. The music was recorded in 2006 and released in January 2007.

In the fall of 2007 Frida recorded a cover of the R.E.M. song “Everybody Hurts”, released in digital form by Stereogum She also covered the song “Sista dan tillsammans” together with Mattias Alkberg on “Dubbel Trubbel”, a tribute to Olle Adolphson.
Hyvönen’s next album, “Silence is Wild”, was released October 29, 2008 in Scandinavia and November 4, 2008 in North America and Australia.

She is also working on a collaboration with photographer Elin Berge, in a project that will be out in 2009.

Discography

Albums

2005 Until Death Comes
First studio album
Released: April 6, 2005
Label: Licking Fingers
Format: CD, LP, Digital download


2007 Frida Hyvönen Gives You:
Music from the Dance Performance PUDEL
Second studio album
Released: January 24, 2007
Label: Licking Fingers
Format: CD, LP, Digital download

2008 Silence Is Wild
Third studio album
Released: October 29, 2008
Label: Licking Fingers
Format: CD, LP, Digital download

2005: “I Drive My Friend” (single)
2008: “Traveling Companion” (single) (Marit Bergman featuring Frida Hyvönen)

References

Hopper, Jessica. “Frida Hyvonen unafraid of mixing music, feminism”. Chicago Tribune March 9, 2007. Accessed August 12, 2007.
Loebenstein, Ghita. “Until Death Comes - Music - CD Reviews”. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) March 30, 2007. Accessed August 12, 2007.
Reed, James. “An introduction to Nordic tracks – MFA to present a triple bill of Scandinavian rockers”. Boston Globe February 25, 2007. Accessed August 12, 2007.

Edited by Jamesndc on 8 Feb 2010, 20:12

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