Few singers have the ability to literally enchant their audience but Isabella Lundgren does that with her incredible presence and her larger than life voice. Last Friday, Isabella Lundgren released a brand new album.
”Isabella Lundgren manages to channel the narrative force of classical jazz to her own voice and persona”, Johannes Cornell from DN quotes. ”It is about human experience, both individual and collective along with a relevance that extends at least hundreds of years both backwards and (probably) forward in time”.
"Look for the Silver Lining" is an album full of timeless songs out of the American tradition. It's a record about grief, hope and the uncertainty and suffering in a human life, but still having trust in human goodness.
”The song selection is well thought out and cohesive, in almost an obvious way. It wouldn´t be Isabella Lundgren if not - It's about finding the bright sides of life, standing up through your setbacks and it´s about singing through the rain”, Dan Backman quotes in SVD and gives the album a 5 out of 5.
Pop professor Gradvall pays tribute to Isabella in Nyhetsmorgon.
Someone who really likes Isabella's voice and interpretations is pop professor Jan Gradvall, who devoted much of his feature in TV4's Nyhetsmorgon praising the wave of Swedish jazz singers in general and Isabella Lundgren in particular:
”She really has a great voice. It is very good. You have to have her experience in able to sing that easily”.
The experience that Jan Gradvall is referring to is from the radio show Sommarprat i P1 in 2016 where she openly told her life story:
As an 18-year-old, Isabella Lundgren left Karlstad for New York where she studied and performed from 2006 to 2010. She played at a lot of legendary venues but also combined a bohemian artistic lifestyle with a destructive one.
Isabella tells about her waking up in a bed somewhere. She does not know where she is or who is lying next to her but as she gazes over empty bottles and bags, she finds a mirror and sees herself for real for the first time in a long time. She breaks up, moves home, becomes sober and starts studying to be a priest…
Watch the clip here: