Sunday, July 28, 2013

July 28: Icelandic singer Birgitta Haukdal from the group Írafár, is 34-years-old today.

Birgitta Haukdal Brynjarsdóttir - also known by her mononym Birgitta - was born on 28 July 1979. For most of her life she has lived in the northern part of Iceland.

Birgitta gained musical recognition as the lead singer of pop band Írafár after replacing the then lead singer in November 1999. (The band’s name means "Anxiety" in Icelandic.)

The band released their first single "Hvar er ég?" ("Where am I?") in the summer of 2000, followed by two more singles in 2001.

The band signed a recording contract with Iceland's biggest record company, Skífan in 2002, releasing their first album Allt sem ég sé ("All I see") in early November. It is Iceland's fastest selling pop album of the last 25 years, reaching platinum - which is not common in Iceland.

As of 2003, Birgitta Haukdal is one of the most popular female pop vocalists in Iceland. She has been voted Pop Star of the Year and Performer of the Year.

In 2003, she won the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with her song "Segðu mér allt." At the contest, she sang the English–language version of the song, "Open Your Heart," placing eighth with 81 points.

She competed in the Icelandic pre-qualifying for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, with the song "Mynd Af Þér" or "Picture of you" and, in a duo with Magni Ásgeirsson, reached the finals of the Icelandic qualifying for Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song, "Núna veit ég" but did not win.

In 2013 she once again entered in Söngvakeppni. This time, her entry will be called Meðal Andanna.


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