I was quite happy when I recently discovered that Swedish singer-songwriter, Anna Ternheim, will be making her official American debut with her self-titled EP, a six-song collection scheduled for release by Decca Records on October 30, leading up to her full-length debut for March 2008.
The songs on this EP, while not necessarily new to fans already familiar with Ternheim’s catalogue, are the perfect assortment for those about to be introduced to her.
The 29 year-old Ternheim has become a cherished, award-winning songwriter in her native Sweden, known for her captivating songwriting and the mood she seems to channel into each performance. She learned how to play the guitar at a very young age and began writing her songs. She would eventually find herself in Georgia, where she formed a band and began playing at local clubs. Upon her return back to Sweden a couple of years later, she began working on her first album, Somebody Outside, which saw its release in 2004.
Somebody Outside seemed to immediately earn Ternheim praise, many becoming entranced by her clear, captivating voice and soft, calming music, many of which carry dark overtones. The album quickly earned the singer a Swedish Grammy Award for Best Newcomer. She was also nominated for three others.
Ternheim’s follow-up, Separation Road arrived two years later and earned the songwriter an additional two Swedish Grammys (one for Best Lyricist and Best Female Artist). Separation Road featured much of the same stark beauty at her debut, but only further cemented the talent that this young singer-songwriter has to offer.
For her self-titled EP, Ternheim chose two songs from Somebody Outside (the fan-favorite, ‘My Secret,’ and ‘I’ll Follow You Tonight’), two songs from Separation Road (the uplifting ‘Today Is A Good Day’ and the beautiful ‘Lovers Dream’) and two tracks from prior EP releases (including a soft and moving cover of David Bowie and Iggy Pop‘s ‘China Girl’).
Anna Ternheim is also scheduled to perform at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon.