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Aurora Aksnes (born 15 June 1996), known mononymously as Aurora (stylized in uppercase), is a Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer. Her debut extended play Running with the Wolves was released through Decca Records in May 2015,[1] receiving widespread approval from online music blogs and national press. Later that year she provided the song for the John Lewis Christmas advert in the UK, singing a cover of "Half the World Away" by Oasis. This cover appears as a bonus track on the deluxe version of her debut studio album, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, which was released worldwide on 11 March 2016. In 2018, she released her second extended play, Infections of a Different Kind - Step 1, followed by her second studio album, A Different Kind of Human - Step 2. Her third studio album, The Gods We Can Touch, was released on January 21, 2022.

Early life[]

Aurora Aksnes was born in the Stavanger University Hospital in Stavanger, Norway, on 15 June 1996.[2] She spent her first three years in Høle, a small town where her parents, May Britt Aksnes (née Froastad) and Jan Øystein Aksnes, had lived for 15 years. In her house in Høle, Aurora developed her taste for nature, singing, and traditional clothing, such as long skirts and hats.[3] Later the family moved further north in western Norway, to a house in the woodlands of the Os mountains, a remote municipality in Hordaland close to Bergen where she grew up. Aurora has described this place as "There are almost no cars, and the roads are small and bumpy, and there are lots of trees everywhere; it's very quiet, and the internet is bad."[4] She has also compared it to the fictional land of Narnia.[5] She has two older sisters, Miranda, a make-up artist,[6] and Viktoria, a fashion designer.[7]

Aurora is the only musician in her family. She started learning to play piano when she was six. "I really love classic music, and when I found this piano in the attic, I just started pressing the keys and trying to figure out my favorite classical songs. I started to make melodies that I recognized. There was something special about being able to play just by yourself – something about the emotion in it made me want to continue playing."[8] She began creating melodies at the age of six, and, at age nine, when she had a better handle of the English language, she began writing songs. Her first original composition was titled "I Had a Dream", which referred to how hard the world can be.[9] Songs such as "Running with the Wolves", "I Went Too Far" and "Runaway" were written in this early stage of her life, with "Runaway" being written when she was 11.[10] Besides classical music, she has mentioned she was influenced by artists like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Enya, as well as The Chemical Brothers and melodic metal.

Career[]

2012-2016: First years and All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend[]

Aurora has frequently stated that it was not her plan to become a musician. After her first released song "Puppet" was posted online in December 2012, she was contacted by Made Management and asked if she wanted to pursue a career in music. Hesitant at first, she was eventually convinced. Her second release, "Awakening" initially also had a limited distribution in 2013. When she formed a live band in early 2014 and showcased their sound at by:Larm festival she received very positive reviews. Soon, more (international) interest for her music followed and Aurora signed to Petroleum Records, Decca Records and Glassnote Records over the course of 2014 and started to perform more regularly. "Under Stars", the first single under her new labels, was released in November 2014, and "Runaway" followed in February 2015. "Runaway" achieved success on streaming service Spotify, reaching one million streams after just six weeks, Aurora's first official music video was recorded for this song. Her next single, "Running with the Wolves", was released in April 2015, a title track for her debut EP Running with the Wolves, which followed shortly after. Aurora's sixth single, "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)", was released in September 2015 and received continued support from the press.[11] Well on her way as a recording artist, Aurora was now a sought-after live performer. Recording a cover of Oasis' "Half the World Away" for a high-profile UK Christmas advert in 2015 gained her even more recognition there.[12]

Starting 2016, Aurora released her singles "Conqueror" and "Warrior" in the lead-up to her debut album release All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend was eventually released on March 11, 2016, receiving generally positive reviews from critics. After releasing it, she embarked on another very busy worldwide tour. Aurora also featured in Icarus' song "Home" and released her cover of David Bowie's "Life on Mars". On March 14, 2016, Aurora made her American television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performing "Conqueror", that year she also performed on Conan,[13] The Howard Stern Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, increasing her exposure to USA audiences.

2016–2018: Infections of a Different Kind - Step 1[]

On the day of releasing her debut All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, she said that it was "the first album of many" that she had planned. As of 12 May 2016, after coming back from her European tour, Aurora announced that she was ready to begin writing and producing more material, which would eventually form her second studio album. She said in a Facebook event that she had 15 demo songs and had written 1,000 songs/poems. According to Aurora, her second studio album was expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2018.[14]

Between April and August 2018, the singer released two singles, "Queendom" and "Forgotten Love", which would be included on her next release.[15][16] Aksnes recorded the album during her stay in France in January of that year, and the production included the producers Askjell Solstrand, Roy Kerr, and Tim Bran, with Aksnes herself also involved in this aspect.[17] Some of the new material was anticipated in live performances, including festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella.[18][19]

While maintaining some of the themes and stories of the previous record, this production would mark the first time that Aksnes includes political themes and themes of sexuality in her songs. Most of the new inspiration for those came from the interaction that she had with her fans during her first musical tour.[20] The music video for "Queendom" saw its release in May 2018, and it included a message to her LGBT fans; such message was portrayed by Aksnes herself kissing one of her female dancers, during what was described as a "big kissing party" that shows that "every type of love is accepted and embraced" in the singer's queendom.[21]

On June 13, 2018, a cover of the song "Baby Mine" done by Aurora was featured in the teaser trailer for Disney's live-action Dumbo remake. The song would continue to be showcased in the following trailers for the film, but would not be included on the movie's soundtrack release.

On September 28, 2018, Aurora surprisingly released her second record, Infections of a Different Kind - Step 1. The album features eight tracks[22] and the title itself comes from the eighth track included on it, which Aurora declared as "the most important song I've ever written".[23] Shortly after the release, the singer and her band went on a musical tour that started in Manchester, UK, headlined by Cub Sport.

2019–2020: A Different Kind of Human - Step 2[]

In the months leading up to the release of her third album, Aurora released four of its tracks. Snippets of the song "Animal" were released between January 21 and 24 of 2019, before the full track was finally released on January 24, 2019. Following it were the songs "The Seed", "The River" and "A Different Kind of Human", released on April 5, May 10 and May 31, respectively. When she was promoting the new album in Australia three weeks before its release, she covered The Beatles' "Across the Universe" for the radio program Triple J, along with a live performance of "The Seed". Aurora's third studio album, A Different Kind of Human - Step 2, was released on June 7, 2019, and features eleven tracks.

On April 12, 2019, Aurora contributed to three tracks on The Chemical Brothers' ninth studio album, No Geography: "Eve of Destruction", "Bango", and "The Universe Sent Me".

On June 11, 2019, the trailer for Disney's Frozen II was released, and some fans noticed that the vocals in the background sounded very similar to Aurora's. Aurora then confirmed on her Twitter[24] and Instagram accounts that it was indeed her. On September 30, 2019, the film's official track listing was revealed, confirming she was on the project. Her vocals are featured in the film's theme song "Into the Unknown" along with Idina Menzel, the voice actress of the main character, Elsa. The song received an Academy Award and was performed by Aurora and Idina Menzel (as well as multiple other voice actors for Elsa from all around the world) at the 92nd Academy Awards. On March 4, 2020, she released her own full version of the song as a single.

Aurora collaborated with Gundelach on the single "Cynical Mind", released on March 13, 2020, and also present on his third studio album, My Frail Body, as the ninth track.

"Exist for Love" was officially released in 2020 and has since become the first single from her upcoming fourth studio album, The Gods We Can Touch. During the finalizing of the album Aurora has hinted that she is working on three separate albums simultaneously.

On November 20, 2020, Aurora was featured on Herborg Kråkevik's Christmas album, Juleroser. She appears on two tracks: "Vinterens Gåte", a song she wrote for the album, and "Det Hev Ei Rose Sprunge", a song she previously covered in 2017. That same day she shared on Instagram that she would return home soon from a trip to the mountains, where she had stayed for a few weeks to work on her upcoming record.

"Stjernestøv" was released a single on November 23, 2020, as part of NRK's Christmas TV series of the same name, Stjernestøv (Stardust).

2021-2022: The Gods We Can Touch[]

In early 2021, Aurora released five compilation EPs in celebration of her 2015 single "Runaway" receiving over 100 million streams on Spotify: For the Humans Who Take Long Walks in the Forest, Music for the Free Spirits, Stories, For the Metal People, and Music for the Fellow Witches Out There throughout February. In March 2021, "Runaway" went viral on the social media app TikTok. The song charted internationally and became her second top 40 song on the UK Singles chart. Due to its success, a guitar acoustic, a piano, and an alternative version were released, and advertisements supporting the song were run.

In June 2021, Aurora started teasing her next song with cryptic imagery involving masks, and with a video game. She then released "Cure for Me" in July as the second single for her upcoming studio album, The Gods We Can Touch, along with an exclusive vinyl release of the song, featuring "Potion for Love" on the B-side.

Upon the release of the third single "Giving In to the Love" on October 14, Aurora officially announced the track listings and release date of The The Gods We Can Touch, which is scheduled to unveil on January 21, 2022. In November, American singer and producer Sub Urban released "Paramour", featuring Aurora's vocals on it. She also released the original song "Midas Touch", for the soundtrack of TV series, Hanna.

In December the fourth single, "Heathens" was released by surprise and a live performance video of the song was published. In anticipation for her new album, Aurora unveiled "A Dangerous Thing" and "Everything Matters" (featuring French singer Pomme) as a dual single released in early January 2022.

AURORA's fourth studio album, The Gods We Can Touch, was released on January 21, 2022 and features 15 tracks. A Temporary High was promoted as its new single with a music video and the release of acoustic version. The choreographed concert on film "A Touch of the Divine"[25] was hosted shortly after the album was release.

Aurora started the The Gods We Can Touch Tour in March. Metteson will open on her UK shows.[26], Sub Urban supports her in North America[27] and Sei Selina will be the opener for the EU leg of the tour.[28] During the tour, Aurora surprise released "The Woman I Am" as a single, and "The Woman I Am (Acoustic)".

Discography[]

Main article: Discography

Filmography[]

Documentaries[]

Tours[]

Gallery[]

Photoshoots[]

(You can find the main article on AURORA photoshoots here).

Awards and Nominations[]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2015 EBBA Awards '16 Album of the Year: Norway Running with the Wolves Won
2015 EBBA Awards '16 Public Choice Award Aurora Nominated
2016 Spellemannprisen '15 Årets Nykommer (Newcomer of the Year) Aurora Won
2016 Spellemannprisen '15 Gramo scholarship Aurora Won
2016 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Norwegian Act Aurora Nominated
2016 GAFFA-Prisen Årets Norske Album (Norwegian Album of the Year) All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend Won
2017 Spellemannprisen '16 Popsolist (Pop Solo Artist) Aurora Won
2017 Spellemannprisen '16 Årets Album (Album of the Year) All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend Nominated
2017 Spellemannprisen '16 Årets Musikkvideo (Music Video of the Year) "I Went Too Far" Won
2020 Spellemannprisen '19 Årets Internasjonale Suksess (International Success of the Year) Aurora Nominated
2021 P3 Gull '21 Årets Artist (Artist of the Year) Aurora Nominated
2022 Spellemannprisen '21 Årets Internasjonale Suksess (International Success of the Year) Aurora Won

Trivia[]

  • She is bisexual.[29]
  • She does not like glitter.[30]
  • Her favorite places in the world are every mountain and every forest.[31]
  • She is a pescatarian.
  • She loves dogs.[32]
  • Her deepest fear is the sun.[33]
  • She loves all fantasy books, but some of her favorites are Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.[34][35]
  • On her free days, she paints and drinks tea.[36][37]
  • She does not like coffee.
  • She loves rabbits, especially white ones.[38]
  • Her greatest concern is that humankind will ruin the planet and everything that lives on it.[39]
  • Some videogames she enjoys are Skyrim, The Last of Us, Minecraft, Final Fantasy, and Diablo III[40], and she mentioned The Sims on other occasions.
  • Her favorite snacks are chocolates and carrots.[41]
  • She had an algae ball named Igor Septimus, whom she loved to put in the fridge.
  • She hates the heat.
  • She dislikes hugging.
  • Her zodiac sign is Gemini.
  • Her Myers-Briggs personality type is INFP.
  • She is an introvert.
    • She said that she is scared of people, but not scared of what they think of her.
  • She used to make a list every night of things that reminded her that life was worth living.[42]
  • Aurora has created a list of 10 songs that made her the artist and person she is today. The list and her commentary can be found here.
  • She considers herself to be "somewhere between 100 and 11" years old.[43]
  • Some of Aurora's favorite songs of hers are "The Seed", "Soulless Creatures", and "Infections of a Different Kind".[44]
    • In the comment, "Soulless Creatures" was written as "Couples Creatures", likely a typo.
  • The first album she bought was Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan.[45]
  • Her first job was washing a pizza restaurant with a hose.[45]
  • The first song she ever finished writing is called "The Lonely Man".[45]
  • She does not want to have children.[46]

References[]

  1. https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/04/aurora-announces-debut-ep-titled-running-with-the.html
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20160826053115/http://sandnesposten.no/kultur/eg-trur-eg-har-noko-av-magien-fra-hole-med-pa-mi-reise-ut-i-verda/19.12245
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20160826053115/http://sandnesposten.no/kultur/eg-trur-eg-har-noko-av-magien-fra-hole-med-pa-mi-reise-ut-i-verda/19.12245
  4. https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/aurora-on-her-debut-album-john-lewis-christmas-advert-and-remote-upbringing-a6930691.html
  5. https://www.vogue.com/article/music-festival-panorama-artists-aurora
  6. http://www.magasinett.no/artiklar/1190-saman-mot-toppen
  7. http://despitecolor.blogspot.com.co/2015/03/up-and-coming-designer-viktoria-aksnes.html
  8. http://www.populartv.com/music/aurora-singer-interview/
  9. https://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/aurora-running-with-the-wolves
  10. https://www.pinkvilla.com/entertainment/exclusives/exclusive-aurora-opens-her-hit-trending-song-runaway-new-album-release-plan-love-india-722267
  11. https://www.gigwise.com/news/102384/norwegian-singer-aurora-releases-murder-song
  12. http://www.nme.com/news/oasis/89530
  13. https://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/guest/aurora/6134b30ba8ff4a6c7a9a213595fdda0601a82ce1
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbPg6B2nhG8
  15. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/queendom-single/1371186705
  16. https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/forgotten-love-single/1423402736
  17. https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/music/aurora-interview-i-want-to-fight-for-everything-that-can-t-fight-for-itself-a3831146.html
  18. https://jenesaispop.com/2018/04/17/327078/aurora-adelanta-disco-queendom-busca-sea-lugar-todos/
  19. https://capricho.abril.com.br/famosos/aurora-fez-um-show-mistico-e-cheio-de-amor-no-lollapalooza-2018/
  20. http://www.idolator.com/7678380/coachella-2018-aurora-interview-queendom-sophomore-lp?adblock=1&firefox=1
  21. https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/ywxym5/norway-aurora-watch-queendom-music-video
  22. https://www.nme.com/news/music/aurora-infections-of-a-different-kind-step-1-new-album-interview-2384198
  23. http://www.liveinlimbo.com/2018/06/04/interviews/an-interview-with-aurora.html
  24. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1138569304990015494
  25. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1466743258923610117
  26. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1486309371290296332
  27. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1460312897024925704
  28. https://www.instagram.com/p/CZMZA-koCc8/
  29. https://www.bt.no/kultur/i/Ep0bdj/tanken-paa-at-noen-vil-kurere-homofili-fikk-aurora-til-aa-skrive-laat
  30. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1070740494261592071
  31. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1070739093007593473
  32. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1070738746700636162
  33. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1070738258513014784
  34. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1070738258513014784
  35. https://warriorsweirdos.proboards.com/post/37275/thread
  36. https://twitter.com/AURORAmusic/status/1070737377872764928
  37. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRz-SNbhj0c&t=211s
  38. https://warriorsweirdos.proboards.com/post/37275/thread
  39. https://warriorsweirdos.proboards.com/post/37275/thread
  40. https://warriorsweirdos.proboards.com/post/37275/thread
  41. https://warriorsweirdos.proboards.com/post/37275/thread
  42. https://www.reddit.com/r/auroramusic/comments/mwm0kx/my_hibernation_coloring_book_arrived_and_it/
  43. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qywmIPUOg8M
  44. https://www.reddit.com/r/popheads/comments/ojjh52/hello_my_warriors_it_is_aurora_here_meeep/h523afd/?context=3
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 https://youtu.be/U-D4guP4fuQ
  46. https://www.aftenposten.no/amagasinet/i/k6mB36/aurora-lover-aa-heve-stemmen-naar-verdens-ledere-moetes-til-klimatoppmoete
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