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Overview (3)

Born in Jönköping, Jönköpings län, Sweden
Birth NameNina Elisbet Persson
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Wonderfully talented vocalist and lyricist, primarily with Swedish band 'The Cardigans'. Persson was born on September 6th 1974 in Orebro, Sweden. Always interested in music (she plays harmonica, some guitar, piano and drums), she joined The Cardigans in 1992. The band had formed in Jonkoping, Sweden after guitarist Peter Svensson met the extremely tall Magnus Sveningsson playing in a hardcore group. The two were heavy metal fans but had tired of this and decided to form a pop band. They knew Persson from Art College and the line-up was completed by keyboard player Lars-Olaf Johansson and drummer Bengt Lagerberg.

Signed to the Stockholm label, `The Cardigans' debut album `Emmerdale' (1994) (named in tribute to the British television show Emmerdale Farm (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

Spouse (1)

Nathan Larson (16 June 2001 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (3)

The Cardigans loved the game Gran Turismo so much that they named their fourth album after it.
Started her solo career as "A Camp" in 2001.
Son Nils, born on September 30, 2010. Father is her husband Nathan Larson.

Personal Quotes (9)

"When I met Nathan, I told my tour manager he was too good-looking for me. I don't have a history of dating good-looking men. I've always complained that girls don't get male groupies, and now I've married the first groupie I've ever had." (on her first impression of husband, Nathan Larson)
I can [be funny in English] after a while.
We [she and husband Nathan] were going door to door asking people to vote for Obama. I'd tell them all about the good work he was doing, but that because I was Swedish I wasn't able to vote myself. However, they were, and I insisted that they should. I encountered a lot of enthusiasm.
It [Jönköping, where her atheist family stood out among the many born-again Christians] was very, very religious. Suffocatingly so. [At 14, to her parents' bafflement, Persson was baptised.] I still don't really believe in God, but I like the aesthetics of religion a lot. Do I pray? Only when I want something.
I'm not saying I was a slave [when my request to go off and do something else for a while was rejected by my fellow Cardigans bandmates], but I was being restricted. It upset me.
We [The Cardigans] were a machine. [because the world tour accompanying Gran Turismo took almost three years, she was able to spend little time with Nathan Larson who she recently hooked up with] And that, when you consider it, is crazy. When you are 18 to 25, fine, you can spend all your time with your band, as that's all you have. But when you get older, you want to spend time with the people who matter.
I was very fucked-up throughout the entire recording [of Gran Turismo]. I remember finding a dead bat in the woods near the studio one day. I took it back, nailed it to the wall, and sang every word to the bat, and to nobody else.
[on A Camp's album Colonia] I was inspired by the history of savagery. The human urge to rape, conquer and pillage has always fascinated me, and lyrically it makes for some terrific metaphors that can work in all sorts of ways, both personal and political.
I was called ridiculous things, like the Ice Queen. And if I smoked a cigarette or wore leather pants, the media went wild. It was crazy, stupid. Suddenly I represented this group that, creatively, I had little to do with. I never felt as if I deserved the fame - which was probably very Swedish of me. People were saying I was hot-looking, cute, but I never was. I never had groupies, unlike the rest of the band. Men were scared to approach me, which bummed me out because I would have loved some more, you know... When I finally did bag myself a boyfriend, it was pretty much a catastrophe. He was with me only because I was famous, but he was terribly jealous of me, and always insecure. We lasted a year somehow; a horrible time. I was successful, making a lot of money, and I enjoyed none of it.

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