Sofia Karlsson (singer)

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Sofia Karlsson
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Background information
Born (1975-03-25) 25 March 1975 (age 46)
Enskede, Sweden
Pump organ,
Years activec. 1998–present

Sofia Karlsson (born 25 March 1975 in Enskede, Sweden) is a Swedish folk singer.[1]


Sofia Karlsson grew up in Enskede, Stockholm. She attended the folk music department of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. From 1998 to 2002 she was a full-time member in Swedish folk music act Groupa. In 2002 she released her debut solo album Folk songs.

In 2005 she made her public breakthrough with her second album Svarta ballader (Black ballads). The album contains her interpretations of the Swedish poet Dan Andersson. The album was in the charts for more than a year and has to date sold 60,000 copies. It was rewarded with Swedish as well as Danish Grammys.

After touring the country for two years she released her third album Visor från vinden (Songs from the loft) with its collection of classical songs sung in Swedish, but written by poets and musicians such as Baudelaire, Dan Andersson, Marianne Flodin, Mikael Wiehe, Alf Hambe, Inger Hagerup, Carl Michael Bellman, Peps Persson, and Evert Taube. The album also contains Lars Forssell's free version of Boris Vian's "Le Déserteur".


Folk Songs

Peggy Latkovich, writing on Rootsworld, describes Karlsson as "an artist who deals in nuance and delicate shadings", adding that her voice "has the smoky overlay of Sandy Denny and the expressive phrasing of Niamh Parsons". Rootsworld describes Folk Songs as understated, with "exquisitely subtle performance". Rather than being traditional Swedish folk music, Karlsson and her band produce "meticulously wrought, emotionally satisfying works of art".[2]

Svarta ballader

Göran Holmquist wrote in Helsingborgs Dagblad that "With its fingertip-light arrangement, she manages to bring Dan Andersson's poetry about dreams, breakup and longing into the present."[3]

The review site gave the album 10/10, writing that "Sofia Karlsson has built a bridge to my childhood experience of Dan Andersson. The romantic, primaeval forest's loneliness and longing for closeness."[4]

The review site ended its review with the words "Svarta ballader is hereby designated as 2005's best Swedish ballad and folk music album."[5]


Svarta ballader won Karlsson the Swedish "Grammy" prize in the category "Song of the Year" 2005.[6][7]

In 2006, Karlsson won the "folk/world music" prize at the Swedish Manifest Gala, where the jury said that "With an alloy of Swedish song tradition, folk music precision and playful genre-borrowing, Sofia Karlsson's album has made Dan Andersson indispensable for another generation."[8]

In 2008, Karlsson won the  [sv].[9]

In 2009, she won  [sv].[10]


  • Folk songs, 2002
  • Svarta ballader (Black ballads), 2005
  • Visor från vinden (Songs from the loft), 2007
  • Söder om kärleken (South of love), 2009
  • Norr om Eden (EP) (North of Eden), 2010
  • Regnet faller utan oss (Rain falls without us), 2014
  • Stjärnenätter (with Martin Hederos), 2015
  • Guitar Stories (with Mattias Pérez and Daniel Ek), 2019
  • Jul i folkton (Christmas in folk style), 2005
  • Folkjul (A Swedish Folk Christmas), 2007
  • Dreamers' Circus (EP) (with Dreamers' Circus), 2010


  1. ^ MTA Production: Sofia Karlsson. Retrieved 27 May 2010 (in Swedish)
  2. ^ Latkovich, Peggy (2002). "Sofia Karlsson". Folk Songs. RootsWorld. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  3. ^ Holmquist, Göran (12 February 2005). "Svarta ballader" (in Swedish). Helsingborgs Dagblad. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  4. ^ Dahlgren, Peter (6 March 2007). "Starkt. Brusande. Varmt". Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  5. ^ Eriksson, Bengt. "Svarta ballader". Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  6. ^ Karlsson, Sofia. "Biografi". Sofia Karlsson. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Sofia Karlsson". Boka Artist. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Vinnare 2006". Manifestgalan. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Ludvika – Sofia Karlsson får årets Dan Andersson-pris" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. 2 May 2008.
  10. ^ "Ane Brun och Sofia Karlsson får pris". Svenska Dagbladet. 12 November 2009.

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