Nana Hedin

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Nana Hedin
Birth nameNana Ann-Helene Hedin Pranschke
Also known asNaNa, Na Na, Nana D'Aquini
Born (1968-05-24) May 24, 1968 (age 51)
Eskilstuna, Södermanland, Sweden
GenresPop, Soul, Eurodance
Occupation(s)Singer, backup vocalist
InstrumentsVocalist
Years active1988–2009
Associated actsCeline Dion, E-Type, Britney Spears, Stakka Bo, Gary Barlow, Jonas Gardell, etc.
Websitenanahedin.com

Nana Ann-Helene Hedin Pranschke, known as Nana Hedin and also known as Na Na and Nana d'Aquini (born May 24, 1968 in Eskilstuna, Södermanland, Sweden), is a Swedish singer.

Career[edit]

NaNa Hedin started her career in the late 1980s, and worked primarily at the Cheiron Studios in Stockholm along with the Cheiron producers Denniz Pop, Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, etc. She recorded backup vocals for many artists such as Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Gary Barlow, Ace of Base, Aqua, and many others.

Hedin also recorded lead vocals for other Swedish artists such as Dr. Alban ("Look Who's Talking"), Stakka Bo ("Here We Go" and the whole Supermarket album released in 1993), Amadin ("Alrabaiye") or Flexx ("Wake Up").

In 2000, Hedin released her own single "Fame 2000" as NaNa D'Aquini under the Danish label Merlin / Playground Scandinavia. It was a cover and remix of the 1980s hit "Fame" by Irene Cara. A music video was shot in Las Vegas[1] and the song was remixed by several DJs worldwide.

In 2005, she entered Melodifestivalen 2005 with the song "Wherever You Go".[2]

Hedin also performed as a 'Primadonna' in theaters and tours between 1993 and 2003 with Swedish stand-up comedian/author Jonas Gardell.

With E-Type[edit]

Hedin is mostly known for singing the chorus on most of E-Type's albums between 1994 and 2004, including the hits Set the World on Fire (1994), This Is the Way (1994), Angels Crying (1998), Here I Go Again (1998), and many more. Their last collaboration was for the song Paradise in 2004, which was used to enter Melodifestivalen 2004.[3]

Most of the time, Dilnarin "Dee" Demirbag was on stage and in music videos with E-Type, lip-synching to Hedin's voice. Hedin can be seen in the music videos of "Set the World on Fire" (both versions),[4][5] "Life"[6] and "Paradise".[7]

Notable TV appearances[edit]

Besides the Melodifestivalen appearances in 2004 and 2005, Hedin opened the Swedish Sport Awards in 2007 by singing Pink Floyd's The Great Gig in the Sky, in front of the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. It was aired live on SVT from the Globen Arena.[8]

In September 2007, Hedin participated in the musical game show Doobidoo on SVT, and paired up with Janne Carlsson against Ingela "Pling" Forsman & Jan Johansen. She performed Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing, with Carlsson on the drums.

On May 2, 2008, Hedin participated in the music program Så ska det låta. She paired up with Fred Johansson against Sarah Dawn Finer and Patrik Isaksson.[9]

Awards[edit]

On June 6, 2018, Hedin received the MVP (Most Valuable Person) Award[10] at the Denniz Pop Awards by a jury consisting of major producers and artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, Rami Yacoub, Max Martin and many more.[11] Fans from all over the world voted for her, and she was picked for her behind-the-scenes contribution, helping to form the classic Cheiron sound. Producer and jury member Jacob Schulze says "Without Nana, the Cheiron sound wouldn't have sounded like it did. She's been an invaluable part of the Cheiron story and deserves this prize more than anyone else."[12]

Cancer[edit]

In 2009, Hedin was diagnosed with tongue cancer and therefore has not performed ever since. In 2016, she started suffering from grave Osteoradionecrosis because of the radiotherapy she went through. She started a fundraiser on GoFundMe named "Help Save My Voice",[13] in order to finance a HBOT chamber to help fighting the infections and an easier recovery.

Discography[edit]

  • FAME 2000 (single)
  • It's Raining Men (2004) (single)
  • Wherever You Go (2005) (single)

Featurings[14][edit]

  • Five
  • A*Teens
    • Half Way Around the World 2001
  • Ace of Base
    • Flowers (album) 1998
    • Life is a Flower
  • Amadin
    • Take Me Up (Alrabaiye) 1993
  • Ardis Fagerholm
    • Love Addict (album) 1994
  • Aqua
    • Aquarius (album) 2000
    • Cartoon Heroes 2000
    • Around The World 2000
    • We Belong to the Sea 2000
    • Back From Mars
    • Freaky Friday
    • Good Guys
    • Goodbye to the Circus
    • Halloween
  • Britney Spears
    • Baby One More Time
    • Oops!...I Did It Again
    • (You Drive Me) Crazy
    • Born to Make You Happy
    • Stronger
    • Bombastic Love
    • Don't Go Knockin' On My Door
    • Baby One More Time (album) 1999
    • Oops!...I Did It Again (album) 2000
    • Britney (album) 2001
  • Céline Dion
    • That's The Way It Is
    • I'm Alive
    • New Day Has Come (album) 2002
    • One Heart (album) 2003
    • On ne change pas 2005
    • The Greatest Reward
    • Coulda Woulda Shoulda
    • Tous Les Secrets
  • Dana Dragomir
    • PanDana (album) 1995
  • DJ Bobo
    • World in Motion (album) 1996
    • For Now And Forever
  • Dr. Alban
    • Look Who's Talking 1994
    • Away From Home 1994
    • Let The Beat Go On 1994
  • E-Type
    • Made in Sweden (album) 1994
      • Do You Always
      • Me No Want Miseria
      • Set the World on Fire
      • This is the Way
      • Fight It Back
      • Until the End
      • Will I See You Again
    • The Explorer (album) 1996
      • Calling Your Name
      • Back in the Loop
      • I Just Wanna Be With You
      • Free Like a Flying Demon
      • Forever Wild
      • I'm Not Alone
    • Last Man Standing (album) 1998
      • Angels Crying
      • Here I Go Again
      • Hold Your Horses
      • I'm Flying
      • Morning Light
      • I'll Find A Way
      • So Far Away
    • Euro IV Ever (album) 2001
      • Life
      • Africa
      • Arabian Star
      • When I Close My Eyes
      • Time
      • No More Tears
    • Loud Pipes Save Lives (album) 2004
      • Paradise
      • Far Up in the Air
      • Forever More
  • Elephant & Castle
    • DJ Keep This Feeling
  • Flexx
    • Wake Up 1993
  • Garou
    • Piece of my soul ( album ) 2008
    • Back for more
  • Gary Barlow
    • SuperHero
    • For All That You Want
    • Twelve Months Eleven Days (album)
  • Herbie
    • I Believe 1995
  • Papa Dee
    • First Cut is The Deepest
    • Just Let the Music
    • The Journey (album) 1995
    • The Tide is High
  • Luciano Pavarotti & Friends
    • Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia & Tibet
  • Safe
    • Love is All We Need 1995
  • Stakka Bo
    • Down the Drain 1993
    • Here We Go 1993
    • Living it Up
    • Supermarket (album) 1993

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