Sophie Zelmani (born Sophie Zelmani but later raised with the surname Edkvist; 12 February 1972) is a Swedish singer-songwriter who released her first single in 1995, called "Always You".
|Birth name||Sophie Edkvist|
|Born||12 February 1972|
|Genres||Adult alternative, folk|
Zelmani was born in the suburbs of Stockholm in 1972. Her father bought the family a guitar when Zelmani was 14. Despite no professional music training, Zelmani became a songwriter and recorded some songs at a local studio. After she mailed the demos to three record companies, Zelmani was offered a record deal by Sony Music Sweden.
Sophie Zelmani recorded her debut, eponymous album with Sony in 1995. The album was produced and arranged by Lars Halapi and co-produced by Patrik Sventelius. She described the process of making the album: "In the beginning Lars and I spent a few months in the studio. We had fun and then picked the musicians. We recorded in two weeks but the whole thing took half a year." By 1997, Zelmani's debut album had sold 200,000 copies in Europe and Asia Pacific, before moving to the US market, distributed by Columbia Records. Zelmani said, "I had no ambitions to go abroad. I knew I wanted to make a record. That's all I wanted." Columbia's marketing campaign included CD sampler giveaways, consumer press, and rotation on Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flights between Scandinavia and the US.
In popular cultureEdit
|1999||Time to Kill||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002||Sing and Dance||3||—||—||—||—||88|
|2005||A Decade of Dreams 1995-2005||2||—||—||—||—||65|
|2007||Memory Loves You||2||—||—||—||90||9|
|2008||The Ocean and Me||1||—||—||—||—||13|
|2010||I'm the Rain||3||—||—||—||—||21|
|2015||Bright Eyes [EP]||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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