By Nia Kajstie | Photo: Courtesy of National
“Got a feeling that I don’t belong, got a feeling that I shouldn’t be here…,” sings a throaty, yet charming female voice on the 2009 iPod Nano television advert. If you have yet to connect a face to this extremely catchy song (“Bourgeois Shangri-La” from her album ‘Dancing the Whole Way Home’) and the endearing voice behind it, then we are delighted to be able to introduce you to 28-year-old Swedish singer-songwriter Miss Li. She is among the most popular female artists in Sweden today, and she has already released four studio albums on top of a compilation album inside four years.
So how did Linda Carlsson become Miss Li?
“Well, I guess it all started about four years ago when I decided to buy a piano and start writing songs. I didn’t know how to play, but I did it anyway. I had just moved from a small town called Borlänge to Stockholm, and I got so inspired by the music scene and all the new people I met. I just couldn’t keep myself from writing. Already after two weeks I had enough songs to do the first gig. I put “Oh Boy” on MySpace and people started writing to me, saying they liked my sound. In the beginning I didn’t believe in myself or my music but when people mailed me I got enough self-confidence to record a full-length album,” she explains.
The song “Oh Boy” might also sound familiar to you, as it was featured in another TV ad from 2010 for Volvo C70. Accordingly, most people in the UK have probably heard Miss Li sing, but might not yet have realised what an amazing artist lies behind all these infectious tunes. She is a true chameleon, who as a teenager tried singing in all different styles from opera to rock. And she is probably going to continue to change and evolve as an artist.
So what is next for Miss Li?
“The next album will probably sound a little bit different from the earlier albums. I feel that I want to move further with the sound and the Miss Li-style. Maybe there will be some collaboration with other artists as well. I’m excited to see what happens next year,” she says.
While there is nothing planned as of yet, we really hope to see Miss Li on tour in the UK in 2011.
For more information visit www.missli.se
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