|Origin Kalmar, Sweden|
Name Helena Josefsson
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Record label EMI
Music group Sandy Mouche
Years active 1996–present
|Birth name Helena Marianne Josefsson|
Born March 23, 1978 (age 37) (1978-03-23)
Labels EMI, Elevator Entertainment
Role Singer · helenajosefsson.com
Albums Dynamo, Kyss Mej, White Lucky Dragon
Similar People Arash, Thomas Troelsen, Jesper Mortensen
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Helena Marianne Josefsson is a Swedish singer, songwriter and activist. She is the lead singer in the band Sandy Mouche and has been singing in Per Gessle's projects since 2003 (including Roxette, Gyllene Tider and Gessle's solo albums). In February 2007 she released her first solo album, Dynamo. Josefsson also participated as backing vocalist in various musical projects, mostly Swedish. In 2016 she recorded a jazz-covers album with Swedish trio Kontur, as well as cooperated with Roxette's bass guitarist Magnus Börjesson in a "jazz electronique" project.
- Helena josefsson nas nag
- Helena Josefsson Christoffer Lundquist Broken Angel Doldisar frontar Live in Malm 12 April 20
- First groups and Sandy Mouche
- Backing vocals
- Solo albums and other projects
- As background singer
Helena Josefsson & Christoffer Lundquist - Broken Angel (Doldisar frontar Live in Malmö 12 April 20
Helena Marianne Josefsson was born in Kalmar, Sweden on March 23, 1978. Her parents, Per Olof and Margareta, divorced when Helena was seven years old, and she and her sisters moved with their mother to a village called Björnstorp (outside of Lund, Skåne County, southern Sweden) when she was ten. Helena has four sisters (Charlotta, Sofia, Hanna and Carolina). She is left-handed and can play keyboards, tambourine and harmonica. Helena married Martin Nilsson (a.k.a. Martinique Josefsson), her longtime boyfriend, in 2003; they live in Malmö and became the parents of a boy, Charles-Didrik, on November 8, 2008.
Helena's thoughts on life and her career;
- "What do you want to become when you grow up? Either a troll or an artist!, I replied to that question at 7 years of age. When I think about it, trolls and artists do have rather much in common. What I wanted, and still try to achieve, is the sense of liberty, being part of nature, getting room in the city, finding a spot for mushrooming. That it is all right to be the way one is and still being able to receive love. Being an artist and composer is probably one of the few lifestyles where one can be a troll simultaneously!"
- "When you are born, you are complete but then shell after shell is added as protection against dangers around. Or society forces you to take different parts, needs and patterns you don't really need or want. Then one can spend the rest of one's life finding and removing the bad shells, and saving the good ones, one by one. At least that's what I want to do"
In 2012 Helena graduated from the University of Copenhagen with an optometrist diploma. In between touring and recording sessions she works in one of the optic stores in Bjärred (near Malmö, south Sweden), where she currently resides with her family. On 31 May 2012 her second child, a boy named Cornelis was born.
First groups and Sandy Mouche
Helena began to play in some groups of Lund and Malmö at High School.
Her first band was Plastic Soul (firstly called "Jive with Clive"), with Helena Josefsson (singer), Johan Duncanson (guitar), Fredrick Whitling (lead-guitar and keyboards), Olof Martinsson (bass) and Per Blomgren (drums). Between 1996 and 2000, they took part in club gigs and indie Summer festivals and released some singles ("Uneasy", 1999; Love poems, 2000). Johan and Per began a new successful project, The Radio Dept.
Helena also took part in two non long-lasting projects. In 1999, she played and recorded two promo E.P.'s with Magnus Tingsek and their band ewing.1. Between 2000 and 2001, Helena was the lead singer of Dan Bornemark's rock band, The Good Mornings, recording an album (The Good Mornings, 2000).
In the fall of 2001, during a holiday trip to Crete (Greece), Helena and her boyfriend Martin Nilsson started the band Sandy Mouche with their friends, the Blomgren brothers (Per -drums- and Ola -guitar) and Danyal Taylan (bass until 2004). So far they have had gigs in Sweden and France promoting their songs, that have been released in Sweden, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia and Japan: an E.P. (Sandy Mouche, spring 2003), some promo singles ("Cherry pie", 2003; "C'est pas juste and Papillon", 2004), three digital singles ("Une histoire", "In the sand" and "Spiderweb suit", all in 2005) and two albums (White Lucky Dragon, September 2004; and ... and poems for the unborn, January, 2006). The song, "Spiderweb suit", written by Helena, features in the film New York Waiting (directed by Joachim Hedén, 2006). Sandy Mouche played together in a gig in Malmö in 2010.
Josefsson has been doing backing vocals for a lot of Swedish and some foreign artists: The Ark, Righteous Boy, Swan Lee, Justin Winokur, Gyllene Tider, Doug Wyatt, Junior Senior, Andreas Johnson, Sebastian Karlsson, Hideki Kaji, The Margarets, Metro Jets, Brainpool, Pelle Ossler, Air Bureau, Stockfinster, District 1269, Fredo and Arash Labaf.
Many of these collaborations have been recorded in the most famous studios of Scania: Tambourine Studios and Gula Studion in Malmö, owned by Eggstone's and The Mopeds's members respectively, and the Aerosol Grey Machine Studios in Vollsjö, owned by Brainpool's member Christoffer Lundquist.
In 2003 Josefsson took part in the recording of Per Gessle's Swedish solo album Mazarin as a backup singer. Gessle's Mazarin project actually became a defined solo band, with Gessle (vocals and guitar), Clarence Öfwerman (keyboards), Christoffer Lundquist (bass), Jonas Isaakson (guitar), Jens Jansson (drums) and Josefsson (vocals). They have released another three albums since Mazarin, both in Swedish and in English, Son of a Plumber (2005), En händig man (2007) and Party Crasher (2008). Josefsson's voice become more prominent in Gessle's latest album, Party Crasher, as she sang leading vocals in some songs. They also toured Sweden during the Mazarin Sommarturne (2003) and the En händig man Sommarturne (2007), and around Europe for "The Party Crasher Tour" (2009).
Solo albums and other projects
On February 28, 2007, Helena Josefsson's first solo album, Dynamo, was released by EMI and Per Gessle's own company, Elevator Entertainment. The album, produced and mixed by Christoffer Lundquist at Aerosol Grey Machine Studios during 2006, was backed by the singles "By Your Side", "Never Never (My Dynamo)" and "Where Does the Unused Love Go?" Dynamo spent two weeks on the album Swedish Charts reaching #23 as the highest position.
Helena Josefsson toured with her own band in 2007 in order to promote Dynamo in Sweden and Germany. Since September 2007, she has been working in a new solo album. Helena Josefsson released her first single in Swedish, Fen & Jag, in October 2009. She also released a new video with her song Kyss mig, in February 2010.
In late 2015 she released an album Happiness together with jazz trio Kontur and toured Sweden to support the CD. The tour premièred in Malmö in south Sweden. Swedish newspaper "Skånska Dagbladet" reviewed the release concert and gave it 3 our of 5. The play of the Kontur band was however noted and praised. South Swedish newspaper "Sydsvenskan" also dedicated an article to this event.
Helena has also taken part in some live bands playing famous covers of other artists.
Sandy Mouche albums
As background singer
Recordings at Aerosol Grey Machine Studios, Vallarum
Recordings at Tambourine Studios and Gula Studion, Malmö