Aurora (singer)

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Aurora
Aurora Stavernfestivalen 2018 (191706) (cropped).jpg
Aurora performing in 2018 at Stavernfestivalen in Norway.
Born
Aurora Aksnes

(1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 23)
Stavanger, Norway[1]
Occupation
Years active2012–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • bass
  • harp
  • keyboards
  • drums
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.aurora-music.com Edit this at Wikidata

Aurora Aksnes (born 15 June 1996), known mononymously as Aurora (stylised as AURORA), is a Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer. Her debut EP Running with the Wolves was released through Decca Records in May 2015,[4] receiving widespread approval from online music blogs and national press. Later the same year she provided the backing track for the John Lewis Christmas advert, singing a cover of the Oasis song "Half the World Away". This cover appears as a bonus track on the deluxe version of her debut studio album, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, which was released worldwide on 11 March 2016.

Her music is characterized by a deep, emotional and sophisticated pop, but still very catchy.[citation needed] In the instrumental sections there are electronic, orchestral and folk elements. She has sometimes been compared to Susanne Sundfør, Emilíana Torrini, Florence and the Machine, Eivør, Kate Bush, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, First Aid Kit and Björk.[5][6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Aurora Aksnes was born on 15 June 1996 in Stavanger, Norway. She has two older sisters, named Miranda and Viktoria.[8] She grew up in Os, a municipality in Hordaland close to Bergen. She began creating melodies at the age of 6, and began writing lyrics at the age of 9. Songs such as "Running with the Wolves", "I Went Too Far" and "Runaway" were written in this early stage of her life, "Runaway" being written when she was 12.[9]

Aurora mentioned she had been in relationships with men and women. When asked in an interview about her sexuality, she stated, "I just like to enjoy what is there, and I like to explore. Just love everything around you and you’re loving yourself."[10]

Career[edit]

2012–2016: All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend[edit]

Aurora Aksnes at Green Man Festival 2015.

Aurora's first track "Puppet" was released in December 2012, followed by her second, "Awakening" in May 2013.[11] Her first single signed to her labels Glassnote Records and Decca Records, "Under Stars" was released in November 2014,[12] and "Runaway" followed in February 2015.[13] "Runaway" achieved success in the UK on streaming service Spotify, reaching 1 million streams after just 6 weeks. The track was also received positively by various online music blogs and national press such as the NME.

Her second single, "Running with the Wolves" was released in April 2015 and received attention from national BBC stations Radio One, Radio Two and 6Music.[14] The excitement surrounding the young songstress propelled her onto the festival circuit and she appeared at renowned summer festivals such as Way Out West, Wilderness and Green Man Festival.[15][16][17] Aurora's third single, "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" was released in September 2015 and has received continued support in national press, on national radio and popular online music blogs.[18] Aurora performed at the prestigious 2015 Nobel Peace Price Concert. [19] She has played a sold out headline show in London and supported Of Monsters and Men at Brixton Academy in November 2015.[20] Aurora recorded a cover of the Oasis track "Half the World Away" for the 2015 John Lewis Christmas advert.[21] Her next single, which came after "Half The World Away", was released in January 2016, titled "Conqueror" and a music video was uploaded the following month. Her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend was eventually released on 11 March 2016,[22] receiving generally positive reviews from critics. After releasing it, she went on to embark on her European tour, making a number of visits to the UK in between. She featured in British band Icarus' song "Home" and released a cover of David Bowie's Life on Mars.

On 14 March 2016, Aurora made her American television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing "Conqueror". Aurora soon after performed the track on Conan.[23] On 25 July 2016 she performed her cover of "Life on Mars" on The Howard Stern Show. The following night on 26 July, she performed "I Went Too Far" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

2016–present: A Different Kind era and second album[edit]

AURORA singing at concert in Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway in 14 December 2017

On the day of releasing her debut All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, Aurora said that it was "the first album of many" that she has planned. As of 12 May 2016, after coming back from her European tour, the singer announced that was ready to begin writing and producing more material, which will eventually form her second studio album. She has said in a Facebook event that she has 15 demo songs and has written 1,000 songs/poems. Since the announcement, Aurora has released "I Went Too Far" as a single, and a music video for the track was released on 4 July 2016. According to Aurora, her second album was expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2018.[24]

Between April and August 2018, the singer released two singles, "Queendom" and "Forgotten Love",[25] [26] which would be included in the first half of a two-part album divided into "steps".[27] Aksnes recorded the album during her stay in France in January of that year, and the production included the producers Askjell Solstrand, Roy Kerr and Tim Bran, with Aksnes herself also involved in this aspect.[28] Some of that new material was anticipated in live performances, including festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella.[29][30]

While maintaining some of the themes and stories of the previous album, this production would mark the first time that Aksnes makes inclusion of political and sexuality themes in her songs.[31] Most of the new inspiration for those came from the interaction that she had with her fans during her first musical tour.[32] The music video for "Queendom" saw its release in May 2018, and it included a message to her LGBT fans; such message was portrayed by Aksnes herself kissing one of her female dancers, during what was described as a "big kissing party" that shows that "every type of love is accepted and embraced" in the singer's "queendom".[33]

On September 28, 2018, the singer surprisingly released the first half of her second album on EP format,[27] under the title Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), while "step 2" would follow either 2019 or 2020. The EP features eight songs,[34] and the title itself comes from the eighth track included on it, which Aurora declared as "the most important song I've ever written".[35].

On 12 April 2019, Aurora made a songwriting appearance with The Chemical Brothers on their ninth album No Geography, contributing to the songs, "Eve of Destruction"[36], "Bango"[37] and "The Universe Sent Me".[38] Aurora revealed within the month that she is already half-way done working on the official follow-up to All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend and has confirmed that her past two projects are merely footsteps leading into what is to come. She said, "I'm already working on my next album, and it's halfway done. No one has heard it yet, not even my manager. I work very quickly. The day I'm done with one album I immediately know the title of the next one and I begin. But there might be a "Step 3" in between because the next album goes quite far - it's beyond anything I've ever done before. It's extremely exciting."[39]

Influences[edit]

Aurora has mentioned Enya, Bob Dylan, Underworld, Leonard Cohen and Björk as her influences. She also stated in a BBC Radio 2 interview that she had great love for many Scandinavian metal bands, as well as David Bowie. [40]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
NOR
[41]
AUS
[42]
GER
[43]
IRL
[44]
UK
[45]
US
[46]
NL
[47]
All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend 1 51 24 66 28 150 17
A Different Kind of Human (Step 2)
  • Released: 7 June 2019
  • Label: Decca, Glassnote
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, vinyl
4
[48]
52 58 32

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
NOR
[41]
Running with the Wolves
  • Released: 3 May 2015
  • Label: Decca
  • Formats: Digital download
Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)[49][50]
  • Released: 28 September 2018
  • Label: Decca, Glassnote
  • Formats: Digital download
7
[51]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[43]
IRE
[52]
POR
UK
[45]
US
Alt

[46]
"Awakening"[53] 2013 Non-album singles
"Under Stars"[54] 2014
"Runaway"[55] 2015 48 All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
"Running with the Wolves"[56] 72
"Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)"[57]
"Half the World Away"[58] 22 11
"Conqueror"[60] 2016 32
"I Went Too Far"
"Winter Bird"
"Queendom"[62] 2018 Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)
"Forgotten Love"[63]
"Animal"[64] 2019 A Different Kind of Human (Step 2)
"The Seed"[65]
"The River"[66]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Album
2016 "Home"[67]
(Icarus featuring Aurora)
Non-album single
2017 "In Bottles"[68]
(Kölsch featuring Aurora)
1989

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Puppet"[69] 2012 Non-album single
"Scarborough Fair"[70] 2018 Deus Salve o Rei (Música Original da Série de TV)
"A Different Kind of Human"[71] 2019 A Different Kind of Human (Step 2)

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Album
2016 "Life on Mars"[72] Girls Vol. 3 (Music from the HBO Original Series)
2018 "Baby Mine"[A] Dumbo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Songwriting credits[edit]

List of songs written or co-written by Aurora for other artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"In the Light" 2015 Lena Meyer-Landrut Crystal Sky
"Eve of Destruction" 2019 The Chemical Brothers No Geography
"Bango"
"The Universe Sent Me"

Filmography[edit]

Short films[edit]

Year Title Role Production
2015 Into the Light Herself Kasafilms
2016 Nothing Is Eternal The Fader
2018 Once Aurora Flimmer Film

Television[edit]

Year Title Note
2017–present Creeped Out Narrator
2018 En gang Aurora[73] Documentary

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2015 EBBA Awards '16
by Eurosonic Noorderslag
Album of the Year: Norway Running with the Wolves Won
Public Choice Award Aurora Nominated
2016 Spellemannprisen '15 Årets Nykommer (Newcomer of the Year) Won
Gramo scholarship Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Norwegian Act Nominated
GAFFA-Prisen Årets Norske Album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend Won
2017 Spellemannprisen '16 Popsolist (Pop Solo Artist) Won
Årets Album Nominated
Årets Musikkvideo (Music Video of the Year) "I Went Too Far" Won
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Best Song/Recording Created for Television "Life on Mars" (Girls: Episode 505) Nominated
2018 Spellemannprisen Music Video of the Year "Queendom" Nominated
  • 2014.4.8: A scholarship of 50,000 Kroner from the Festivalen by:Larm's Forbildepriser ("Exemplar Prize")[74]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Trailer only, not released for sale or streaming.

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Awards
Preceded by
Emilie Nicolas
Recipient of the newcomer Spellemannprisen
2015
Succeeded by
Astrid S
Preceded by
Susanne Sundfør
Recipient of the pop artist Spellemannprisen
2016
Succeeded by
Cashmere Cat