Tag: Sweden

Kendrickmusicfreak Spotify: Sophie Zelmani Original Album Classics

Sophie Zelmani (born Sophie Edkvist; 12 February 1972) is a Swedish singer-songwriter who released her first single in 1995, called “Always You”.
Zelmani was born in the suburbs of Stockholm in 1972. Her father bought the family a guitar when Zelmani was 14.Despite no professional music training,Zelmani became a songwriter and recorded some songs at a local studio. After she mailed the demos to three record companies, Zelmani was offered a record deal by Sony Music Sweden.
Sophie Zelmani recorded her debut, eponymous album with Sony in 1995. The album was produced and arranged by Lars Halapi and co-produced by Patrik Sventelius, who also played guitar. She described the process of making the album: “In the beginning Lars and I spent a few months in the studio. We had fun and then picked the musicians. We recorded in two weeks but the whole thing took half a year. By 1997, Zelmani’s debut album had sold 200,000 copies in Europe and Asia Pacific, before moving to the US market, distributed by Columbia Records.Zelmani said, “I had no ambitions to go abroad. I knew I wanted to make a record. That’s all I wanted.” Columbia’s marketing campaign included CD sampler giveaways, consumer press, and rotation on Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flights between Scandinavia and the US.

Zelmani has continued to record albums while making only a small number of public appearances due to shyness.She won a best newcomer award in Sweden’s Grammy awards in 1996.
Zelmani has also contributed music to the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dawson’s Creek. Her cover of Bob Dylan’s “Most Of The Time” appears on the soundtrack to Masked and Anonymous.

Her song “Stand By” appeared in the film Independence Day (1996). Her song “Always You” appeared in the film My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997).

Zelmani’s “Going Home” from Sing and Dance was covered in Mandarin Chinese as “Passenger” by Faye Wong on To Love.


1995 Sophie Zelmani (Must Have album!!!)
1998 Precious Burden
1999 Time to Kill
2002 Sing and Dance
2003 Love Affair 2
2005 A Decade of Dreams 1995-2005
2007 Memory Loves You
2008 The Ocean and Me
2010 I’m the Rain
2011 Soul
2014 Going Home
2014 Everywhere

Mark Kendrick’s Scandinavian Bands/Artist Series: Prologue

Scandinavian music, why is it so brilliant?  and why am I attracted to it?, aside from me being a near mirror image of Thor.

Most of the bands and artists I listen to are from the region. I have always been drawn to it. Maybe it was Abba being played around the house as a child, or my obsession in the 90’s with Roxette (which I still have today). European music has always had a hold on me, being Scandinavian music or Brit pop.

Firstly lets define what is Scandinavian according to Wikipedia:

Scandinavia  is a historical and cultural-linguistic region in Northern Europe characterized by a common ethno-cultural Germanic heritage and related languages. It comprises the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Modern Norway and Sweden proper  are situated on the Scandinavian Peninsula, whereas modern Denmark consists of Jutland and the Danish islands.

The term Scandinavia is usually used as a cultural term, but in English usage, it is occasionally confused with the purely geographical term Scandinavian Peninsula.

Sometimes in foreign usage, the term Scandinavia also includes Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Finland, on account of their historical association with the Scandinavian countries and the Scandinavian peoples and languages.

So based on this I will use the generalised term for Scandinavian and use the countries Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

I will attempt over the series to highlight my favourite bands/artists and give an insight to what I like and some background on them. Some will be well known and others not so much.

As start to this Prologue I will offer up a Top 20 of artists/bands. This is not so much a top 20 of my favourite but more as a general starting point for readers.

Top 20 Scandinavian bands/Artists



Sigur Ros

The Klerks

The Cardigans



Per Gessle

Ace of Base

Sophie Zelmani

The Hives

Anna Ternheim

Ane Brun

Kings of Convenience

Bertine Zetlitz


Swan Lee




Soundtrack of our Lifes