Ida Maria playing guitar in 2007
|Also known as||Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen|
|Born||13 July 1984|
|Genres||Punk rock, indie rock, alternative rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, Bass, Vocals|
Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen (born 13 July 1984), is a Norwegian rock musician and songwriter known primarily by the stage name, which is her given names, Ida Maria, (pronounced approximately 'ee-dah mah-ree-ah'). Her first album, Fortress Round My Heart was released in 2008. In November 2010 she released her second album Katla in Norway; the album was released internationally on 7 June 2011.
She specializes in fiercely energetic and exciting alternative pop-punk music with catchy melodies and witty lyrics. Ida taught herself to play guitar and began performing at local concerts at age fourteen.
Ida Maria gained considerable success in Norway in 2007 after winning two national competitions for unknown artists - Zoom urørt 2006 and Urørtkonkurransen 2007 - and playing successful shows at the annual Norwegian music industry festival By:Larm 2007 and 2008. Her singles "Oh My God" and "Stella" were both played regularly on Norwegian national radio station NRK P3.
Ida Maria later expanded her popularity outside of her native country, namely in the United Kingdom, where she appeared on Later... with Jools Holland, was interviewed by The Times, and performed at the Glastonbury Festival.
Having performed at various festivals, including Reading, and being nominated for Best Rock/Indie Artist category at the BT Digital Music Awards 2008, Ida Maria has toured in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.
She is currently residing in Los Angeles, CA while she records her next album.
‘I don’t know what life’s like without it, as I've always had it,’ she says. ‘As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen that it has definitely been a bonus in terms of what I do. When I started to play guitar, I made this colour sheet for all the chords. I didn’t know what they were called, but I knew exactly what colours and shades they were. So I made songs with colour palettes which was really cool.’
Ida Maria's song "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" was featured in episode 8 of My Life As Liz entitled "A Prom to Remember Part 2". It was played during the dancing sequence at the prom. Her song "Louie" is being used for some commercials for the FX TV show Louie. The song "Oh My God" was one of the first songs confirmed to be featured in Rock Band 3.
Ida Maria's song "Keep Me Warm" was featured in the season 4 finale of the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy and during some Nivea commercials during the Fall of 2009. It has also been featured in the UK drama show Skins, in Series 4, episode 1.
Ida Maria was one of the co-headliners of the 2009 Perez Hilton Presents tour. On 17 September 2009, after a Boston show, she pulled out of the tour, citing exhaustion.
Her second album, Katla, was released in Norway on 8 November 2010 and internationally on 7 June 2011.
Ida Maria's song "Oh My God" was featured in a Finnish film, Sisko tahtoisin jäädä (Sister, I wanted to stay), released in 2010.
Ida Maria has collaborated with the Norwegian rapper Joddski on two occasions, first on the track "Sannhetsserum" on Joddski's 2010 album Krig & Kjærlighet, second time on the track "Hold Ut" on Joddski's 2011 album Bensin På Bålet
- Studio albums
- 2008 – Fortress Round My Heart produced by Timo Räisänen - UK Number 39
- 2010 - Katla produced by Butch Walker
- "Oh My God"
- "Drive Away My Heart"
- "Stella" - UK Number 185
- "Queen of the World"
- "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" - UK Number 13 & 19 in Norway
- "Oh My God" (UK re-release 26 January.) UK Number 85
- "Bad Karma" (Norwegian release 11 September 2010 - International release 3 May 2011) 
- "Cherry Red" (2011)
For her first album, Fortress Round My Heart, Ida Maria's backing band included:
- Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen – vocals, rhythm guitar
- Stefan Törnby – lead guitar
- Johannes Lindberg – bass guitar
- Dave Krusen – drums
- Ida Maria at the Internet Movie Database/
- Cairns, Dan (2008-02-24). "Times Online interview". The Times (London). Retrieved 2008-07-24.
- Harmonix (2010-06-18). "ROCK BAND 3 FEATURES, SETLIST, AND MORE!", 18 June 2010
- Waterfall records (2009-07-31). Ida Maria song for Nivea TV campaign/Gray's Anatomy. Retrieved from http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=138679196&blogId=503178474.
- Goodman, William (2009-09-18). "Ida Maria Drops Off Perez Hilton Tour" Spin magazine, 18 September 2009
- TweedaMaria (2010-08-09). Featuring a new collection of musicians, Katla has an eclectric mix of sounds. In places you can hear Ida Maria sing (and speak) in her native Norwegian. The strongest tracks are the heavy rock song "Bad Karma" and the Hispanic-influenced "I Eat Boys Like You For Breakfast". Twitter tweet from Ida Maria, dated "7:20 AM Aug 9th via web". Retrieved from http://twitter.com/tweedamaria/status/20711419090.
- "The Official UK Albums Chart for the week ending 9 August 2008". ChartsPlus (Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd) (363): 5–8.
- "RCA Label Group (UK) Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart". RCA Label Group. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-08-26.