Anna Mjöll

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Anna Mjöll is an Icelandic jazz singer and songwriter.

Early years[edit]

Mjöll was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, the daughter of Svanhildur Jakobsdóttir, singer and TV and Radio Personality, and Ólafur Gaukur, Jazz guitarist, Film Composer, songwriter, arranger and Producer. Mjöll's only sibling, Andri, is a General Surgeon in Arizona. Mjöll's parents played six nights a week in her early years. They toured every summer bringing in dancers, fire eaters and magicians from England. Mjöll began studying guitar herself at the age of six, followed by piano and cello. She wrote and performed her first song when she was eight. In high school she performed jazz numbers on her cello and at 18 she started singing professionally in local restaurants. Mjöll obtained a college degree from Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík and studied at Sorbonne in Paris, France before going to Los Angeles to play jazz.

Personal life[edit]

Mjöll's father died of Lung cancer in 2011.

Mjöll and American musician, songwriter, producer Patrick Leonard were married on November 19, 2018, in Patrick's home town, Crystal Falls, Michigan.

Career[edit]

Mjöll performed extensively on Iceland television early on. She represented Iceland at Eurovision in Norway with the song "Sjúbídú", which she co-wrote with her father.[1][2]

In the lyrics she sings about some of her idols including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie. She toured worldwide with the singer Julio Iglesias for three years. In 2006, she co-wrote and performed three songs with C.J. Vanston for the film For Your Consideration.[3]

In 2009, Mjöll released her first album, The Shadow Of Your Smile, containing a mix of Icelandic songs and jazz standards. The CD included a number of notable musicians including Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Carpenter, Don Grusin, Neil Stubenhaus, and Luis Conte, and was voted one of the top 5 female vocal jazz CDs of 2009 at Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Jazz Station. In 2009, Mjöll was voted one of the top 5 jazz singers of the year by DeSouteiro's Jazz Station.[4]

In 2010 Mjöll released her second album, Christmas Jazzmaz.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ Biography From 1996 Eurovision Appearance, esctoday.com; accessed 26 October 2014.
  3. ^ IMDB Soundtrack Information - "For Your Consideration", imdb.com; accessed 26 October 2014.
  4. ^ Sample audio for Anna Mjöll Archived October 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, icelandicmusic.com; accessed 26 October 2014.

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