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Sarah Dawn Finer (born 14 September 1981) is a Swedish singer, songwriter and actress. Her father is of English heritage from the United Kingdom, her Jewish mother is from the United States, and she was born and raised in Sweden. As a student she attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School, a high-profile song-and-chorus school in Stockholm, where she was also President of the students' union. She is also known for playing Lynda Woodruff, the "official" spokesperson of the EBU in Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest, a character created by Edward af Sillén.[1]

Sarah Dawn Finer
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Sarah Dawn Finer (2012)
Background information
Born (1981-09-14) 14 September 1981 (age 37)
OriginStockholm, Sweden
GenresSoul, pop
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsRoxy
WebsiteOfficial website

BackgroundEdit

Finer was born and grew up in Sweden with British and American roots through her parents David Finer and Francine Lee Mirro-Finer. Her sister Zoie Finer and half-brother Rennie Mirro are also singers. Her paternal grandmother Dorothy Irving is a music coach and professor in Stockholm.

1989 saw her on Swedish television as a child actor, and as a result she toured Sweden with her sister Zoie and other children. In 1994 she had a principal part in the Bert TV series and was also in a soul gospel choir for seven years. While working as a backing vocalist behind several famous singers, she also attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School.

Solo music careerEdit

Finer's first EP "Sarah Dawn Finer" with 6 songs, was released in 2006. Her first full-length debut album A Finer Dawn, released 30 May 2007, debuted at number two on the Swedish album charts. The singles from the album were "I Remember Love", "Stockholm by Morning" and "A way back to love".

Her next album Moving On was released on 26 August 2009. The album included the title single "Moving On" and "Does She Know You?" and "Standing Strong". The album Moving On debuted at Number 1 on iTunes in its digital release on 17 August 2009. The CD version was released on 26 August 2009, debuting at Number 1 in the Swedish Charts.

Both the singles "I Remember Love" and "Moving On" were the most played songs on Swedish radio in 2007 and 2009. Her 3rd album "Winterland" also sold gold and debuted at Number 2 on the Swedish charts. She made a holiday special live from Hamburger Börs 2010 for SVT, and went on a critically acclaimed tour with "Winterland" in 2011. Her fourth album was "Sanningen Kommer Om Natten" 2011, which received 5/5 in DI Weekend by Jan Gradvall, after which she went on a critically acclaimed live tour with 2012. She received a songwriting award/scholarship from SKAP in 2012. She has recorded duets with Moneybrother, Peter Jöback, Mauro Scocco, Tommy Körberg, Fatboy, Samuel Ljungbladh and Patrik Isaksson.

MusicalsEdit

She was nominated for "Best Actress in a leading role" for her part as "Lucy" in Jekyll & Hyde at Chinateatern 2008. She also starred as Joanne in "Rent" – the rock musical in 2001, 2002 and 2003 at Göta Lejon, a tour with Riksteatern and at Göteborgs Operan. She starred in "Godspell" the musical at Parkteatern/Stockholms Stadsteater 2002.

ShowsEdit

Finer was featured in "Ugglas Revy" with Magnus Uggla at Chinateatern 2010; "Livet" with Jonas Gardell 2002 and 2003; "Happy Holidays" at The Grand Hotel (Stockholm) with brother Rennie Mirro and Karl Dyall in 2012; and "Humorator" there 2006 with Mikael Tornving, Henrik Hjelt and Ulf Kvensler.

She was Swedish television's Christmas Host for 2012 on SVT. Finer was one of three hosts of the radio/television music aid show Musikhjälpen in December 2013.

She is the current host of the Swedish musical game show, Så ska det låta. [2]

Melodifestivalen participationEdit

 
Finer as Lynda Woodruff in 2016

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Year Album Chart
peak
(SWE)
[6]
Certification
2007 A Finer Dawn 2
2009 Moving On 1
2010 Winterland 2
2012 Sanningen kommer om natten 3
2014 Vinterland 10

EPsEdit

Year Album Chart
peak
(SWE)
[6]
Certification
2005 Sarah Dawn Finer  –

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart
peak
(SWE)
[6]
Certification Album
2007 "I Remember Love" 4
"Du som tog mitt hjärta"
(with Patrik Isaksson)
45
2009 "Moving On" 3
"Standing Strong" 36
2010 "Kärleksvisan" 7
Other non-charting
  • 2007: "A Way Back to Love"
  • 2007: "Stockholm by Morning"
  • 2008: "Does She Know You"
  • 2010: "I'll Be Your Wish Tonight"
  • 2011: "Is Anybody There"

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Åsa Görnerup Faith-Ell (13 February 2012). "Debutant utan nerver". Mitt i Stockholm (Local Stockholm newspaper). Archived from the original on 15 June 2015. Retrieved 2014-10-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0277700/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t11
  3. ^ hitparad.se – Svenska hitlistan
  4. ^ "Lynda Woodruff part of Eurovision in May". European Broadcasting Union. 22 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Här är programledarna i Melodifestivalen 2019". SVT. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "SwedishCharts.com Sarah Dawn Finer discography page". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 19 October 2012.

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