Lisa Miskovsky

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Lisa Miskovsky
Lisa Miskovsky live at Stadsfesten Skellefteå in June 2007
Lisa Miskovsky live at Stadsfesten Skellefteå in June 2007
Background information
Birth nameLisa Miskovsky
Born (1975-03-09) 9 March 1975 (age 45)
OriginHolmsund, Sweden
GenresPop, country pop, indie pop, dream pop, pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
Instrumentspiano, acoustic and electric guitar
Years active2001–present

Lisa Miskovsky (born 9 March 1975, in Holmsund but a resident of Umeå) is a Swedish musician and singer-songwriter.


Lisa Miskovsky quickly placed herself on the Swedish rock music charts with her debut album Lisa Miskovsky and single "Driving One of Your Cars", with Swedish releases in 2001. Following this release, she received two Swedish Rock Bear awards; one for Best Swedish Newcomer, and the other for Best Swedish Female Artist of the Year. She followed up her musical success with the album Fallingwater, released in 2003, which quickly climbed to number one in the Swedish pop charts, even reaching platinum sales. The album's success came greatly from two of its songs "Lady Stardust" and "Sing to Me" which both became hits. "Lady Stardust" was also a radio hit in Europe, particularly in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Some of her music was co-written and produced by Joakim Berg, lead songwriter from the Swedish rock band Kent, and Simon Nordberg.

Lisa is a songwriter as well as a singer and musician. She had the original idea and wrote the lyrics to "Shape of My Heart", performed by Backstreet Boys.[1]

Lisa contributed vocals to the track "Dead End" on Come Clarity, the 2006 release from Swedish melodic death metal outfit In Flames. However, she does not actually appear in the band's special edition DVD included in Come Clarity. Instead, her part is lipsync'd by one of In Flames' roadies.

Lisa performed the theme song "Still Alive" for Mirror's Edge (not to be confused with the song from the video game Portal of the same name, which was sung by Ellen McLain), a first person action-adventure video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE). A remix album titled Still Alive - the Remixes was released on 11 November 2008 to coincide with the North American release date of Mirror's Edge. The album featured Miskovsky's original version, along with remixes by Benny Benassi, Junkie XL, Paul van Dyk, Armand Van Helden, and Teddybears.[2] At E3 2013 a new entry in the Mirror's Edge franchise was announced. In November 2013 fans of Lisa Miskovsky and Rhianna Pratchett submitted a petition to EA DICE, hoping to ensure their future involvement with the game.[3]

In 2011 she released her fourth studio album, Violent Sky, after moving record labels from Universal Music to Sony Music Entertainment.

Lisa entered Melodifestivalen 2012, the Swedish preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song "Why Start a Fire." Lisa competed in the fourth semifinal and placed in the top two songs of the heat. As a result, Lisa has competed at the grand final in Stockholm in 2012 where she finished 9th.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Besides music, Lisa Miskovsky enjoys snowboarding and has participated in the Swedish national snowboard team,[5] and she is also known to be fond of ice hockey and surfing.

Her mother, Pirjo, is Finnish and her father, Karel Miškovský, is a Czech immigrant.[6] Her sister is Carolina Miskovsky; the two have performed together publicly.[7]

She proudly shared in a fan interview at Melodifestivalen 2012, that she is a mother with two daughters, however she did not reveal any other personal information.[8] In 2003, she married a Norwegian snowboarder, Marius Sommer. They filed for divorce in 2006 but reconciled for a time.[9] They separated in September 2014.[10] She resides in Umeå.[4]

During the 2014 Winter Olympics she was a sports reporter on location, mainly covering snowboard and freestyle skiing.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
2001 Lisa Miskovsky 23
2003 Fallingwater
  • Released: 22 October 2003
  • Label: Stockholm Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2006 Changes 2
2011 Violent Sky
  • Released: 28 January 2011
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment Sweden
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2013 Umeå
  • Released: September 2013
  • Label: Columbia Records Sweden
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2019 Bottenviken
  • Released: September 2019
  • Label: Despotz Records Sweden
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
2008 Last Year's Songs: Greatest Hits
  • Released: 21 July 2008
  • Label: Universal Music Sweden


Year Title Album Chart positions
Sweden Top 60
2001 "Driving One of Your Cars" Lisa Miskovsky 14
"What If" 41
2002 "Quietly" -
2003 "Lady Stardust" Fallingwater 6
2004 "Sing to Me" 26
"A Brand New Day" 59
2006 "Mary" Changes 17
"Sweet Misery" 53
"Acceptable Losses" -
2008 "Another Shape of My Heart" Last Year's Songs: Greatest Hits 45
"Still Alive" Mirror's Edge 29
2010 "Lover" Violent Sky 59
2011 "Got A Friend" -
2012 "Why Start A Fire" Umeå 15
"Wild Winds"
2013 "Coming on Strong"



  1. ^ "Original Idea to "Shape of My Heart"". Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  2. ^ "DICE Announces Mirror's Edge Remix Album Hitting Airwaves This November". Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Lisa Miskovsky's Continued involvement in Mirrors Edge". Age-Media. 13 October 2013. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Why Swedish pop is the best in the world". 30 September 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Lisa Miskovsky 30 år". Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Lisa Miskovsky: Jag uppfattades som ett hot". Dagens Nyheter.
  7. ^ "Körer möter Lisa & Carolina Miskovsky". Norrlandsoperan. Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  8. ^ "YouTube".
  9. ^ "Lisa Miskovsky och Marius skiljer sig".
  10. ^ "Miskovsky skiljer sig – igen". Stoppa Pressarna.
  11. ^ a b " - Discography Lisa Miskovsky". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Lisa Miskovsky - Lisa Miskovsky" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 30 April 2013. Link leads to landing page. Type "Lisa Miskovsky" into the website's search function on the top right to find the relevant information
  13. ^ "Lisa Miskovsky - Fallingwater" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 30 April 2013. Link leads to landing page. Type "Lisa Miskovsky - Fallingwater" into the website's search function on the top right to find the relevant information
  14. ^ "Lisa Miskovsky - Changes" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 30 April 2013. Link leads to landing page. Type "Lisa Miskovsky - Changes" into the website's search function on the top right to find the relevant information

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