Emmelie de Forest

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Emmelie de Forest
Emmelie de Forest, ESC2013 press conference 12 (crop).jpg
Emmelie de Forest in 2013
Background information
Birth name Emmelie Charlotte-Victoria de Forest
Also known as Emmelie
Emmelié de Forest
Born (1993-02-28) 28 February 1993 (age 21)
Randers, Denmark
Origin Mariager, Denmark
Genres Pop, folk
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 2013–present
Labels Universal Music

Emmelie Charlotte-Victoria de Forest (born 28 February 1993) is a Danish singer-songwriter. She represented Denmark with the song "Only Teardrops" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, winning the contest.[1] Her debut album Only Teardrops was released on the Universal Music label on 6 May 2013.

Music career[edit]

Early career[edit]

De Forest began singing at the age of nine and sang with her mother in the Steve Cameron Gospel Choir for several years.[2] From the age of 14, she began performing at music festivals and small venues with Scottish folk musician Fraser Neill.[3] According to Neill, they made an album together titled Emmelié de Forest and Fraser Neill that sold only 100 copies.[4] When De Forest was 18 years old, she ended her collaboration with Neill and moved to Copenhagen to study at the Complete Vocal Institute.[4]

2013: Eurovision Song Contest and Only Teardrops[edit]

De Forest at the Eurovision 2013 winner's press conference
De Forest performing in Malmö

De Forest was one of ten acts that performed in the 2013 Dansk Melodi Grand Prix for a chance to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden.[5] On 26 January 2013, she performed the song "Only Teardrops" (written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard) and won the national selection.[5]

Her debut album, Only Teardrops, was released on 6 May, a week before her performance in the Eurovision contest.[5] The album has twelve tracks, including the original and symphonic versions of "Only Teardrops."[6]

On 14 May, de Forest reached the final of the Eurovision, being one of the ten finalists that qualified from the first semi-final.[7] According to British bookmakers, de Forest became the odds on favourite to win the contest.[8] De Forest won the 2013 Eurovision final on 18 May with a total of 281 points, 47 points more than second place finisher Farid Mammadov of Azerbaijan.[9]

She performed her Eurovision winning entry at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine on 30 November.[10] In December it was revealed that Emmelie de Forest had been awarded the Årets Europæer Award (The European of the year Award) by the Danish European Movement.[11]

2014–present: "Rainmaker" and second studio album[edit]

On 7 February Emmelie de Forest uploaded a video that spoke about her third Single "Rainmaker" and explained the meaning of the song and previewed it. It was the official #JoinUs song for Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and she performed the song live during the final at the B&W Hallerne, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Talking about the song Emmelie said, "It is about a tribe joining together to call upon the rainmaker to make their land blossom again. But on a more general level the rainmaker can be anything or anyone – it is about coming together and helping each other out". She also talked about enjoying success after winning Eurovision last year, "I've been performing my music around Europe, released my debut album and written a lot of new songs – to be honest, I'm living my dream!".[12]

Currently, Emmelie de Forest is recording her second studio album. On July 14, de Forest announced that "Rainmaker" was certified Gold.[13] On August 3, Emmelie announced via Facebook that she will perform the first single of her yet untitled album, "Drunk Tonight" on 2014 Amsterdam Pride. Via Instagram, Emmelie unveiled the cover and snippet of 'Drunk Tonight', as well as its music video preview. The video and the single will be released on 18 August 2014.

Personal life[edit]

De Forest was born in Randers, Denmark, to a Danish mother and Swedish father, Ingvar de Forest (1938–2010). Following her parents' divorce when she was young, she grew up with her mother in Mariager, Denmark.[14] According to De Forest, she was raised with the impression that her father descends from an illegitimate child of Edward VII, which would have made her the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.[15] Danmarks Radio used the story of her claim to royal ancestry in its promotion of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix,[16] but prior to the Eurovision contest, it determined the claim could not be confirmed.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
DEN
[18]
BEL
[19]
SWE
[20]
UK
[21]
Only Teardrops 4 140 32 148

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
DEN
[18]
AUS
[22]
AUT
[23]
BEL
[19]
GER
[24]
IRE
[25]
NL
[26]
SWE
[20]
SWI
[27]
UK
[21]
2013 "Only Teardrops" 1 47 7 11 5 5 4 3 3 15 Only Teardrops
"Hunter & Prey"
2014 "Rainmaker" 1 58 65 23 74 73 TBA
"Drunk Tonight"
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Dubbing[edit]

  • 2014 – Ra.One (Desi/Dawsal Danish voice-dub)

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDougall, David; Jan Olsen (18 May 2013). "Denmark's Emmelie de Forest wins Eurovision song contest ahead of Azerbaijan, Ukraine". The Washington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Emmelie De Forest: Only teardrops". Ugens album (in Danish). DR. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Munk-Petersen, Trine (19 May 2013). "Det, jeg elsker mest, er at synge og spille". Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Hartley, Emma (23 May 2013). "Meet Fraser Neill, the Scots folk musician behind Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest". The Spectator. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Meet Emmelie de Forest from Denmark | Eurovision Song Contest – Malmö 2013". Eurovision.tv. 
  6. ^ Søren Bygbjerg (14 April 2013). "Emmelie udsender album: Min drøm går i opfyldelse |". DR1 (in Danish). Dr.dk. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Cato \ agency=TT Spektra, Carl (16 May 2013). "Danska favoriten till final i ESC – Kultur & Nöje". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Eurovision 2013: Denmark's Emmelie de Forest is bookies' favourite to win". The Independent. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest won by Denmark". BBC News. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Emmelie de Forest to perform at Junior 2013 | News | Eurovision Song Contest – Copenhagen 2014". Eurovision.tv. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  11. ^ "Eurovision Denmark: Emmelie de Forest wins European of the Year award". Web.archive.org. 17 December 2013. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  12. ^ Official #JoinUs song launched, penned by Emmelie | News | Eurovision Song Contest – Copenhagen 2014
  13. ^ http://snapwidget.com/v/764640387320641036#.U894JPmSySo
  14. ^ Washuus, Dorte (18 May 2013). "Danske Emmelie kan vinde aftenens Melodi Grand Prix". Kristeligt Dagblad (in Danish). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Seeberg, Keenan (21 January 2013). "Sådan hænger Emmelies royale aner sammen". Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Jensen, Charlotte (16 April 2013). "Is Emmelie de Forest royal or not? Researchers disagree". Eurovisionary. eurovisionary.com. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Blyberg, Søren (16 April 2013). "Blåt blod skal ikke markedsføre Emmelie" (in Danish). Danmarks Radio. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Emmelie de Forest". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  19. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Emmelie de Forest". Belgian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  20. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Emmelie de Forest". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  21. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Emmelie de Forest". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  23. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Emmelie de Forest". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  24. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Emmelie de Forest". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  25. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  26. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Emmelie de Forest". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  27. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Emmelie de Forest". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  28. ^ Danish single certifications – Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops. IFPI Denmark.
  29. ^ "CERTIFICERINGER". IFPI Denmark. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Emmelie de Forest at Wikimedia Commons

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Soluna Samay
with "Should've Known Better"
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
2013
Succeeded by
Basim
with "Cliche Love Song"
Preceded by
Sweden Loreen
with "Euphoria"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2013
Succeeded by
Austria Conchita Wurst
with "Rise Like a Phoenix"
Preceded by
Germany Günter Grass
European of the Year
(by the Danish European Movement)

2013
Succeeded by
Most recent.