Iceland: Soul of a 'fifty-year-old black woman'

After four semi-finals the hugely popular Icelandic national selection, Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins came to an end on 14th of February. 

The eight competing songs in the final in Iceland were chosen from a total of sixteen semi-finalists competing in four semi-finals. In the end it was the 18-year-old Yohanna who won the nation's trust and was sent to represent her country.

Yohanna, born actually in Denmark, always had interest in singing and she started that even before she could talk! She recorded her first album already when she was nine and it was released on her tenth birthday. The hugely popular debut album was followed by two more but then she took some time off to work on her musical skills.

The following years she spent studying and working with different professionals developing her own unique style. During this time she also recorded her first adult album Butterflies And Elvis with British songwriter Lee Horrocks and sound engineer Thomas Yezzi. Asked to say what he thought of Yohanna, Yezzi commented: "She is a young, white Icelandic girl with the soul of a fifty year old black woman. She’s really amazing". 

Now you can watch her perform the Icelandic entry Is It True below!


She will take the stage on the 12th of May in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, performing twelfth. You can read more about her here or get acquainted with the whole delegation and backstage news in her blog!

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