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Marie Fredriksson

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Marie Fredriksson (May 30, 1958) is a Swedish pop singer-songwriter and pianist, best known for forming one half of the pop duo Roxette, which she created together with Per Gessle in 1986. She and Per Gessle achieved international success from the late 1980’s to the early 1990’s with a total of six top 10 US hit songs such as “It Must Have Been Love”, “Listen to Your Heart”, “The Look”, “Joyride” and “Dangerous.”
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Marie Fredriksson was the youngest member of a family of five children, who was born in Össjö. The family later moved to the small Swedish town of Östra Ljungby. A poor family, both parents were forced to work, often leaving the young Marie alone. It was during this time alone that she developed an interest in performing, standing in front of a mirror pretending to be a star. Together with her siblings, or neighbourhood children Fredriksson began to play music and sing. She was often asked by her mother to perform in front of friends who were impressed by her Olivia Newton-John-like singing voice.[1]

Her interest grew stronger in her teens as she discovered artists such as Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and Deep Purple. At 17, Fredriksson enrolled in a music college and performed in local theatre.[2] However, she found it incredibly boring, instead longing for the thrill of an audience. As she put it - “I wanted to perform. I’m a performer.”[3] She became involved in theater, and after moving to the town of Halmstad, she found herself involved in the local music scene.

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