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Aurora Aksnes (born 15 June 1996), known mononymously as AURORA, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer. Her debut EP Running with the Wolves was released through Decca Records in May 2015[1], receiving widespread approval from online music blogs and national press. Later the same year she provided the backing track for the John Lewis Christmas advert, singing a cover of the Oasis song "Half the World Away". This cover appears as a bonus track on the deluxe version of her debut studio album, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, which was released worldwide on 11 March 2016.

Early Life Edit

Aurora Aksnes was born on 15 June 1996 in Stavanger, Norway. She has two older sisters, Miranda, a make-up artist [2], and Viktoria, a fashion designer.[3] She grew up in Os, a municipality in Hordaland close to Bergen. She began creating melodies at the age of six, and began writing lyrics at the age of nine. "Running with the Wolves" was written in this early stage of her life.

Career Edit

2012-16: All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend Edit

Aurora's first track "Puppet" was released in December 2012, followed by her second, "Awakening" in May 2013. Her first single signed to her labels Glasjgcghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkdddvb

rs" was released in November 2014, and "Runaway" followed in February 2015. "Runaway" achieved success in the UK on streaming service Spotify, reaching one million streams after just six weeks. The track was also received positively by various online music blogs and national press such as the NME. Her next single, "Running with the Wolves" was released in April 2015 and received attention from national BBC stations Radio One, Radio Two and 6Music[4]. The excitement surrounding the young songstress propelled her onto the festival circuit and she appeared at renowned summer festivals such as Way out West[5], Wilderness[6] and Green Man Festival[7]. Aurora's sixth single, "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" was released in September 2015 and has received continued support in national press, on national radio and popular online music blogs[8]. She has played a sold out headline show in London and supported Of Monsters and Men at Brixton Academy in November 2015[9]. Aurora recorded a cover of the Oasis track "Half the World Away" for the 2015 John Lewis Christmas advert[10]. Her next singles, which came after "Half the World Away", were released in January 2016,"Conqueror" and "Warrior". A music video for "Conqueror" was uploaded the following month. Her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend was eventually released on 11 March 2016, receiving generally positive reviews from critics. After releasing it, she went on to embark on her European tour, making a number of visits to the UK in between. She featured in British band Icarus' song "Home" and released a cover of David Bowie's Life on Mars.

On 14 March 2016, Aurora made her American television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing "Conqueror". Aurora soon after performed the track on Conan[11]. On 25 July 2016 she performed her cover of "Life on Mars" on The Howard Stern Show. The following night on 26 July, she performed "I Went Too Far" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Discography Edit

Albums Edit

Extended Plays Edit

Singles Edit

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Awards And Nominations Edit

Year Organization Award Work Result
2015 EBBA Awards '16 Album of the Year: Norway Running with the Wolves Won
2015 EBBA Awards '16 Public Choice Award Aurora Nominated
2016 Spellemannprisen '15 Årets Nykommer (Newcomer of the Year) Aurora Won
2016 Spellemannprisen '15 Gramo scholarship Aurora Won
2016 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Norwegian Act Aurora Nominated
2016 GAFFA-Prisen Årets Norske Album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend Won
2017 Spellemannprisen '16 Popsolist (Pop Solo Artist) Aurora Won
2017 Spellemannprisen '16 Årets Album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend Nominated
2017 Spellemannprisen '16 Årets Musikkvideo (Music Video of the Year) "I Went Too Far" Won

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References Edit

  1. https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/04/aurora-announces-debut-ep-titled-running-with-the.html
  2. http://www.magasinett.no/artiklar/1190-saman-mot-toppen
  3. http://despitecolor.blogspot.com.co/2015/03/up-and-coming-designer-viktoria-aksnes.html
  4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/tracks/n3pgb4
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20150925115745/http://www.wayoutwest.se/en/line-up/aurora/
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20150925124631/http://www.wildernessfestival.com/programme/aurora/
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20150925093141/http://greenman.net/artists/aurora/
  8. https://www.gigwise.com/news/102384/norwegian-singer-aurora-releases-murder-song
  9. https://jajajamusic.com/2015/11/of-monsters-and-men-tour-london-highasakite-aurora/
  10. http://www.nme.com/news/oasis/89530
  11. https://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/guest/aurora/6134b30ba8ff4a6c7a9a213595fdda0601a82ce1