|Date of Birth||6 September 1974 , Jönköping, Jönköpings län, Sweden|
|Birth Name||Nina Elisbet Persson|
|Height||5' 6" (1.68 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
Signed to the Stockholm label, `The Cardigans' debut album `Emmerdale' (1994) (named in tribute to the British television show Emmerdale (1972) showcased Persson's sweet voice and Svensson's winning way with a tune. Much attention was focused on Persson's undoubted attractiveness, some interviews airbrushed the other band members out entirely. Persson found this sort of exposure discomfiting, being promoted as a pin-up was undermining to her real musical ambitions. The next album, `Life', with several re-recordings of 'Emmerdale' songs, was a satirical riposte to the first album and saw the band more in a more avant-garde direction with arrangements and artwork. It broke `The Cardigans' into new markets -they were especially popular in Japan - and sold one and a half million copies worldwide.
With `First Band on the Moon', released in 1996, the band developed into a more complex, darker animal, the songs were about heartbreak, infidelity and despair. The album also contained Persson's first solo writing credit, the plaintive `heartbreaker'. After being featured in Baz Luhrmann Romeo + Juliet (1996), the song `Lovefool' rocketed the band to international stardom. However it was unrepresentative of the album and though it helped it go gold in America many critics branded them saccharine soft-pop on the basis of 'Lovefool'. Annoyed by this inaccurate description, the band reappeared in 1998 as a souped-up rock beast with 'Gran Turismo'. The video for `Favourite Game' featured a tattooed Persson in a Thelma & Louise (1991) esque role as a criminal on the run. It was the band's most consistent album to date, with several tracks written by Persson individually. It spawned the European hit singles `My Favourite Game' and `Erase/Rewind' and sold 2.5 million copies worldwide, however it failed to make a dent in the American market.
After touring and promoting the album, the band decided to take a hiatus. In 1997 Persson had formed the experimental indie act `A Camp' with Swedish musician Niclas Frisk. `Cardigans' business occupied Persson for the next couple of years, however in 2000 they reconvened. Long a fan of alternative singer / songwriter Mark Linkous of `Sparklehorse', she got him in for production duties and her boyfriend `Shudder to Think' guitarist Nathan Larson. Their catchy, melodic lead-off single `I Can Buy You' was released in September 2001. The self-titled album, 'A Camp' (2001), was a wonderful piece of work, showcasing both Persson's lyrical and vocal talent as well as her own musical affinities. She brought this musical influence and lyrical confidence to the next `Cardigans' album, `Long Gone Before Daylight'. The album chronicles Persson's disillusionment, disappointment and her ultimately finding love with Nathan Larson (who she married on June 16th 2001). Under-promoted and not commercially successful, it is `The Cardigans' most accomplished album.
Persson has just finished work on 'The Cardigans' 6th album 'Super Extra Gravity'.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: GW Phillips
|Nathan Larson||(16 June 2001 - present) (1 child)|