Marion Raven

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Marion Raven
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Background information
Birth name Marion Elise Ravn
Born (1984-05-25) 25 May 1984 (age 29)
Lørenskog, Norway
Genres Pop,Pop-Rock,
Occupations Singer, songwriter, Musician, Presenter, Voice Actress.
Years active 1993-present
Labels Current: Sony Music,
Previous: Eleven Seven, Atlantic Records, Playroom Music
Associated acts M2M, Meat Loaf, Thom Hell, Lisa Miskovsky, Marit Larsen, Everclear, Art Alexakis, Nikki Sixx, P!nk
Website Official Website
Notable instruments
Vocals, Electric Guitar, Piano, Acoustic Guitar

Marion Elise Ravn (born 25 May 1984), known as Marion Raven, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. She was one-half of the now defunct pop duo M2M, along with Marit Larsen. Raven was later signed as a solo artist by Atlantic Records with the release of her solo debut album, Here I Am in 2005. In 2006, Raven was signed to the indie record label, Eleven Seven, and re-released her debut album with a few new songs, Set Me Free, in 2007. In 2012, Raven began production of her second album titled Songs from a Blackbird, which was released in her home country, Norway on April 8, 2013.

Raven has also written tracks for other artists such as Pixie Lott. She has also lent her voice for the Norwegian version of Tangled.

In 2013 on her 29th birthday, Raven married long time boyfriend, professional snowboarder Andreas Wiig.

Early life[edit]

Raven was born in Lørenskog, Norway; her father is a teacher. She has an older brother and two younger sisters.[1] Her surname is of Norse origin, with Ravn meaning Raven, which she adopted as her stage name Marion Raven as well as her trademark raven logo. Raven enjoyed singing from a young age, sometimes writing lyrics for the songs she sang. Raven joined the gospel choir in a local church at the age of 5. At age 7, she went on to be part of the St. Laurentius choir, which has many historical links in Lørenskog, and was started in 1965 by, and is still being run by her vocal coach for several years, Kjell Walther Christensen. By the time she was 8, Raven began playing the piano and took piano lessons from Sif Anna Lisa Ødegård, married to Kjell walther Christensen. She also attended ballet lessons, as well as performing ballet on stage. In 1993, she acted in the musical "Sound Of Music", on the "Norwegian Broadway". She recorded a children's musical titled, "Vettene Vinner" (Vettene Wins), with the musical group, "Vettene", meaning "small trolls that protect nature", and was part of the group's record "Vettene på gamlespor" (Vettene On Old Tracks). At age 10, Raven acted in stage productions of Bugsy Malone and The Wizard of Oz

M2M and international success[edit]

In 1995, Raven's father arranged for her to make a demo in a studio in Oslo, together with her childhood friend, Marit Larsen. The duo got a record deal with EMI Norway and formed M2M. A year later, they produced children album titled, "Marit og Marion synger kjente barnesanger" which means "Marit and Marion Sing Well-Known Children Songs". M2M was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy, Spellemannprisen, the following year.

In 1998, M2M started recording pop demos in English and struck a record deal with Atlantic Records. The two collaborated with many songwriters from around the world and produced their multi-platinum debut album, Shades of Purple, that was released in 2000, with the lead single, "Don't Say You Love Me" featuring on the soundtrack of the first Pokémon movie. The song was co-produced by Jimmy Bralower and Peter Zizzo (Celine Dion), and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge. It peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 22, selling 39,000 units in a week, according to SoundScan.[2] Their second album, The Big Room, which was recorded in a studio in Bearsville in Woodstock, New York, was released in 2002. After world tours to promote The Big Room ended, M2M joined Jewel on her world tour as an opening act. M2M later disbanded in September 2002.

Raven was offered a recording contract[3] with Atlantic Records.[citation needed] She co-wrote "Pointless Relationship" that was the lead single of Australian singer, Tammin Sursok's debut album, 'Whatever Will Be'. She also collaborated on the track "That Day", a song released by Norwegian pop singer, Maria Arredondo, from Arredondo's 2004 follow-up album Not Going Under.

Solo career[edit]

2005: Here I Am[edit]

Upon signing her deal with Atlantic Records, Marion Raven set about recording her debut album, and worked with Swedish songwriters/producers Max Martin and Rami, as well as Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk and her husband Raine Maida from 2003 to 2005. Initially, the record company was not confident of Raven's switch to a more rock image and a darker, more personal style of songwriting.[4] Raven had to fight to record her kind of music, rock music with a pop element. The resulting 14-track list, including 2 bonus tracks, cultivated a more rock/pop sound and was titled Here I Am. The album saw Raven's transformation from the candy-pop music of M2M to a more angsty, rock-oriented singer, and was released in Scandinavia, Japan, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Here I Am spawned three huge singles, End of Me, Break You and Here I Am. Break You holds the record as Raven's top-selling single internationally. All three singles were hugely successful in the Asian region where she further promoted the album with a tour.

The album was released in Raven's home country, Norway, on 10 August 2005 debuting at #6, alongside Sweden. It was well received in Asia, with over 135,000 copies sold in 3 months upon release. [5] Raven met with huge commercial success in the Asian region. Here I Am was promoted with a tour in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and among others.

2006-07: Set Me Free[edit]

In early 2006, it was announced that Raven quit her contract with Atlantic Records due to "artistic differences". Raven later confirmed that she was now signed to indie label Eleven Seven Music, which was created by her management 10th Street Entertainment.

World Idol winner Kurt Nilsen and Raven performing "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" at Tusenfryd amusement park in StatoilHydro on August 22, 2007.

Raven later performed a duet with rock musician Meat Loaf on a cover of the song "It's All Coming Back to Me Now", released as the lead single from Loaf's tenth studio album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose in October 2006. The track peaked at #1 in Norway and reached the top ten in Germany and the United Kingdom.[6] Raven later joined Loaf on an extensive tour through Canada and Europe in February 2007.[7]

Raven later confirmed that her new album would contain new and old tracks from her Norwegian debut as well as re-recorded tracks such as "Heads Will Roll", which received the help of American musician Nikki Sixx and was released as an EP in October 2006.[8] Prior to the release of Raven's album Set Me Free in March 2007, she toured around The Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom to help promote it. Raven later embarked on another promotional tour across the UK and performed in British schools. Later between later July and August, she became a supporting act on American singer-songwriter Pink's I'm Not Dead Tour in Germany.[9] The album was later released in June 2007 and sprawled two singles; "Falling Away" and a re-release of her previous single "Break You" from her Norwegian debut album.

2008-2010: "X-Factor and Idol judge"[edit]

In 2008, Raven made a cameo appearance in the music video for the song "Saints of Los Angeles" by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.

In 2010, Raven became a panelist judge on the Norwegian version of the talent show The X Factor.

2011-present: Songs from a Blackbird[edit]

In 2011, Raven became a judge on Norwegian Idol. This is her second time being a judge, the first was in X Factor.

This lead her to release a stand-alone single called "Colors Turn to Grey" in March 2012 and stated in October 2012 that she is working on material for a new album. The album was planned for a 2013 release.

In March 2013, Raven released the single "The Minute" from her third album Songs from a Blackbird, which was released on April 5, 2013 in Norway. Being her first album in eight years, Songs from a Blackbird managed to peak at #3 in Norway.[10] The second single released was "Driving", in August 2013. The album was further promoted with a Norwegian Tour in 2013.

In January 2014, Raven announced that she is set to release her third studio album in Norway in spring 2014, she also share with the fans that she was signed by Sony Music Norway for this upcoming album and future albums at least in Norway.

Hver gang vi møtes[edit]

Raven also starred the second season of Norwegian reality TV show Hver gang vi møtes, alongside other Norwegian music artists Morten Abel, Ole Paus, Anita Skorgan, Magnus Grønneberg, Kurt Nilsen and Lene Marlin.[11]

Marion Raven performances from other guest artists during the series were:

  • "Casanova" (Originally recorded by Anita Skorgan)
  • "Bullet Me" (Originally recorded by Morten Abel)
  • "Unforgivable Sinner" (Originally recorded by Lene Marlin)
  • "Never Easy" (Originally recorded by Kurt Nilsen)
  • "Når Du Sover" (Originally recorded by Magnus Gronneberg)
  • "Nerven I Min Sang" (Originally recorded by Ole Paus)

Fellow artists who sang Raven / M2m songs on Hver gang vi møtes - Marion Raven's Day were:

  • "Found Someone" Covered by: Lene Marlin
  • "For You I'll Die" Covered by: Anita Skorgan
  • "Here I Am" Covered by: Magnus Gronneberg
  • "Don't Say you Love Me" was originally recorded by M2M and Covered by: Ole Paus
  • "Girl In your Dreams" was originally recorded by M2M and Covered by: Morten Abel
  • "Everything" was originally recorded by M2M and Covered by: Kurt Nilsen

Other Projects[edit]

Raven has written several songs for other artists including:

Her song In Spite Of Me included on her debut album Here I Am were covered by Swedish pop singer Erik Grönwall for his second album Somewhere Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

In 2011, she also voiced the role of Rapunzel in the Norwegian dub of Tangled [1].

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • In 2005 Raven was nominated for the Nordic Music Award with her album 'Here I Am' held in Norway.
  • Raven was nominated for the "Best Norwegian Act" at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006.[12]

Tours[edit]

Year Tour Areas Role
Mid-late 2005 Here I Am Promo Tour Japan, Norway, Southeast Asia Headlining
Early-mid-2007 Meat Loaf Seize The Night Tour Canada, U.S., Europe As supporting act
July–August 2007 Pink I'm Not Dead Tour Germany As supporting act
November–December 2011 Kurt Nilsen Christmas Tour Norway Supporting act/Special guest
October 2013 Marion Ravn Norwegian Tour Norway Headlining

Charity appearances[edit]

  • Raven performed in the President Star Charity Concert in Singapore while on tour in mid-late 2005.
  • Raven performed at the Norwegian Salvation Army, Lillestrøm Charity Concert and the Pink ribbon Show in Oslo, Norway in late 2005.
  • Raven performed in Mainz-Kastel, Reduit for the UNICEF benefit show to raise funds to support Africa in September 2007.
  • Raven performed alongside 2006 winner of Idol Norway, Aleksander Denstad With, at the Norwegian "Idol Gives Back" show in December 2007.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Solo

Singles[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
NOR
[13]
2005 Here I Am 6
2007 Set Me Free
2013 Songs from a Blackbird 3
Year Single Peak positions Album
NOR
[13]
SWE
2005 "End of Me" Here I Am
"Break You" 9 51
"Here I Am" 20
"Little by Little"
2006 "Heads Will Roll"
2007 "Falling Away" Set Me Free
"Break You" (Re-release)
2010 "Flesh and Bone" Nevermore
"Found Someone" 4
2012 "Colors Turn to Grey" Songs from a Blackbird
2013 "The Minute"
"Driving"

Other Appearances[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
NOR
[13]
AUT NED SWE SWI
2006 "It's All Coming Back to Me Now"
(with Meat Loaf)
1 17 15 21 Bat out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile for Marion Raven". Bebocom. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. ^ Norway Portal (2003). "M2M 2 The Top". Norway. Retrieved 7 April 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ VG.No (2005). "News of Marion Ravn's Million-dollar Contract". vg.no. Retrieved 15 October 2006. 
  4. ^ Suzilasari Salleh (2005). "Marion Raven - A Solo Comeback". Theurbanwire.com. Retrieved 18 April 2007. 
  5. ^ last.fm (2005). ""Here I Am" sold 135,000 copies in 3 months". 3am Music. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  6. ^ Norway-Culture (2007). "It's All Coming Back To Me Now chart listing". Culture. Retrieved 10 December 2006. 
  7. ^ Sperounes, Sandra (2007). "Big portions of Meat served-Meat Loaf 2007 Canada tour". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 5 March 2007. 
  8. ^ Anne Carlini (2007). "The Call of The Raven Is Upon Us". Exclusive Magazine. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  9. ^ Marion Raven (2007). "Tour dates". marion-raven.com. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/marionraven/status/300879374725574656
  11. ^ http://www.marionravn.no/eng/pages/113-in_the_studio
  12. ^ Gibson X-Press (2005). "Ravin' on Raven". Gibson.com. Retrieved 7 April 2007. 
  13. ^ a b c "NorwegianCharts.com Marion Raven discography page". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 

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