Greta SalómeGreta Salóme is a violinist/singer-songwriter. She is representing Iceland in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Hear Them Calling. This is the second time that she will participate in the event; she reached the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.
Greta Salóme began playing violin at the age of four and showed a special musical talent from an early age. She has a bachelor degree in violin performance and a masters degree in music; she works and tours as a violinist and a singer songwriter. She represented Iceland at Eurovision in 2012 and released her debut album called In the Silence that same year. In 2014 she began touring with Disney Cruise Lines and is busy performing with symphony orchestras and her own concerts.
Things to know about Greta Salóme
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
- The song is about the voices we are surrounded by every day, positive and negative. These can be our own thoughts or the media or anything that influences us. The message of the song about listening to the positive voices because they are the ones that will lead you home.
- The song has interesting, unique graphics and choreography to illustrate the lyrics, originally written in English. We have created a visual background upon which a dancer and I are running, dancing, and so on. We have also videotaped our hands; these are shown in the graphics and I interact with them in the song.
- So really the piece is a mixture of music, choreography and visual art.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
- I started playing the violin aged four and have been worked as a solo violinist as well as for different symphony orchestras.
- I am the only woman in Icelandic Eurovision history to be sole composer and lyricist of an entry; first in 2012 when my song Never Forget competed in Eurovision and then again this year with Hear Them Calling.
- I tour as a musician and for the last year and a half I have been under contract to present a headline show with Disney Cruise Lines.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
Not really, I try to remind myself that a 100% performance does not exist, but 100% effort does exist and that is my mantra.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
It is an important arena for spreading positive messages and I see it more as a concert than a contest - where we can come together and perform different music to all kinds of people.