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Elina Johnsen
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Johnsen performing in 2015
Born Elina Agnes Johnsen
(1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 32)
Kautokeino, Norway
Occupation Singer, songwriter, producer, performance artist
Genres Electronic rock, electronic, folktronica, joik
Instruments Vocals
Label Origo Sound
Years active 2005–present
Eurovision Song Contest
Country Iconnorway Norway
Edition Stockholm
Song "Glemme (Vajálduhttit)"

Elina Agnes Johnsen (born 17 May 1986) is a Norwegian Sami singer, songwriter, music producer, and performance artist. She is well-known for her residency show which she performed in from 2012 to 2016. She has performed her songs in Northern Sami, Norwegian, and English.

She will represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm, with the song "Glemme (Vajálduhttit)", along with Jonas Martinsen.

Life and careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Johnsen was born on 17 May 1986 in Kautokeino. Her mother works as a schoolteacher, while her father is a reindeer herder. She grew up with two older brothers and a younger sister. She is a member of the Norwegian Sami community, and Northern Sami is her primary language.

Johnsen graduated from compulsory schooling in 2002, and began attending a gymnasium in her hometown. She graduated from gymnasium in 2005. After her graduation, she moved to Oslo in order to pursue a career in music.

2005–2010: Early careerEdit

After arriving in Oslo, Johnsen settled in the Grünerløkka borough. She signed with Norwegian independent record label Origo Sound in 2007. She released various electronic joik mixes from 2007 to 2010. Johnsen later revealed that she identifies her music "electronic forest pop", and revealed that she had little interest in releasing a studio album, as she preferred live performances.

2012–present: Residency show and Eurovision Song ContestEdit

In 2012, she began a residency show in Oslo, where she performed her electronic joik mixes, along with having notable Norwegian musicians as guest performers. The residency show ended in 2016. In 2016, she released her debut studio album, which featured guest performances from various Norwegian singers, many of which performed with her during her residency show.

In 2017, she was confirmed to be taking part in Norsksong 1, with the song "Glemme (Vajálduhttit)", along with Jonas Martinsen. They qualified to the superfinal, where they ended up winning. They will now represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
NOR
Legends of the Forest
  • Released: 26 August 2016
  • Label: Origo Sounds
  • Format: CD, digital download
4

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NOR
"Glemme (Vajálduhttit)"
(with Jonas Martinsen)
2017 1
  • IFPI NOR: 2x platinum
Non-album single(s)