Sjonni Brink

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a family name, but this person is properly referred to by the given name Sigurjón.

Sigurjón Brink (29 August 1974 – 17 January 2011), better known as Sjonni Brink or just the mononym Sjonni, was an Icelandic musician and singer. He is one of the founders of the Icelandic theatre group Vesturport, which received the honorable Europe Theatre Prize in St. Petersburg.[1]

Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins[edit]

Earlier competitions

Brink was a household name in Iceland and participated in Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins the Icelandic national selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest three times:

  • 2006 with "Hjartaþrá"
  • 2007 with "Áfram"
  • 2010 with "You Knocked Upon My Door" and "Waterslide",
2011 competition

Brink would have also participated in Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2011, with "Aftur Heim", but died before the first performance in the third semi-final. Sigurjón Brink had composed the music himself, with lyrics by his wife Þórunn Erna Clausen. Sigurjón's family decided, on reflection that they would like for the song to remain in the competition, that it should be performed by Sjonni's Friends, a tribute band consisting of Brink's real life musician friends Hreimur Örn Heimisson, Gunnar Ólason, Benedikt Brynleifsson, Vignir Snær Vigfússon, Matthías Matthíasson and Pálmi Sigurhjartarson.[2] The formation won the Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2011, and the whole nation joined together in grief for Sjonni's premature death. The group Sjonni's Friends (in Icelandic Vinir Sjonna) won the right to represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

The actual Eurovision competition was held in Düsseldorf, Germany in May 2011 where the formation Sjonni's Friends sang it with amended English lyrics as "Coming Home". It came 20th overall during the actual competition after receiving 61 points. Azerbaijan's Ell & Nikki won getting 221 points for their song "Running Scared".

Death[edit]

During the evening of 17 January, Sigurjón died at his home in Garðabær in Iceland, after suffering a stroke.[3] He leaves behind his wife and four children.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2006: "Hjartaþrá (ISL #4)
  • 2007: "Áfram"
  • 2007: "La Bamba" (ISL #7)
  • 2008: "Flökkuhjartað"
  • 2008: "Brosið þitt lýsir mér leið"
  • 2010: "You Knocked Upon My Door"
  • 2010: "Waterslide"

Discography (after death)[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2011: Sjonni Brink
  • 2004: Flavors, Go your own way.
  • 1995: with his band In Bloom.

Singles[edit]

as Sjonni's Friends

(sometimes aka Sigurjón's Friends)

  • 2011: "Aftur heim" (ISL #1)
  • 2011 : Reality (recorded in the summer of 2010 and released after his death, included on the Sjonni's Friends Eurovision cd.)
as Þórunn Erna Clausen & Sjonni Brink
  • 2013: Days Gone By"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sigurjón Brink Vesturport
  2. ^ Escudero, Victor M. "Sigurjón's Friends will pay him homage in Düsseldorf". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Hákon Halldórsson, Jón (20 January 2011). "Vísir - Sigurjón Brink fékk heilablóðfall". 365 (in Icelandic). Retrieved 4 April 2011.