Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

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Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
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Nanna in studio q in 2015
Background information
Birth name Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
Born (1989-05-06) 6 May 1989 (age 28)
Garður, Iceland
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • singer-songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Associated acts Of Monsters and Men

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (born 6 May 1989) is an Icelandic musician. She is the lead vocalist and guitarist, along with Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson, of the Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men. Currently Nanna resides in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Biography[edit]

Nanna was raised in Garður, a town in southwestern Iceland.[1] As a youth, Nanna attended music school. Before Of Monsters and Men had been established, Nanna had a solo musical project called Songbird and was a video store clerk.[2]

Of Monsters and Men[edit]

Since expanding her Songbird phase, Nanna recruited five male musicians (Ragnar Þórhallsson, Brynjar Leifsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, and Árni Guðjónsson) that eventually became Of Monsters and Men in 2010. After a week of working together, they won the annual music competition Músíktilraunir.

They released three singles called "Little Talks", "Mountain Sound" and "King and Lionheart" and music videos for each. The videos have several million views on YouTube, the one for "Little Talks" having the most views.

Artistry[edit]

Nanna cites some of her favorite musicians/influences as Gayngs, Lianne La Havas, Leslie Feist and Justin Vernon, of the alt-folk band Bon Iver.[3] She has said she would love to collaborate with Bon Iver.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kate Mossman (12 August 2012). "Of Monsters and Men: 'We found we could bond better by telling each other fairytales' | Music | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  2. ^ Independent Philly (2 April 2012). "Interview with Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir of Monsters And Men". Independent Philly. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Music Interview: Of Monsters And Men". buzzinemusic.com. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Discovery: Of Monsters and Men". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 5 September 2012.