Anna Mjöll is an Icelandic jazz singer and songwriter. She uses Anna Mjöll as her performing name; her full name is Anna Mjöll Ólafsdóttir.
Anna Mjöll was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland. She is the daughter of guitarist, composer and arranger Ólafur Gaukur and singer, model and radio program director/producer Svanhildur Jakobsdóttir. Her parents had one of the most successful bands in the history of Iceland, “Sextett Ólafs Gauks” – with their own TV show, numerous albums and constant touring. Mjöll was trained in piano, guitar and cello. She released her first CD recorded with her mother at age 19, and performed on Iceland television numerous times prior to her Eurovision appearance where she represented Iceland with the song Sjúbídú (Shoe-be-do) which she co-wrote with her father. Following her Eurovision appearance, Mjöll toured worldwide with singer Julio Iglesias for three years. In 2006 Mjöll co-wrote three songs with C.J. Vanston for the film “For Your Consideration” directed by Christopher Guest.
In 2009 Mjöll released a CD, The Shadow Of Your Smile, featuring a mix of Icelandic songs and jazz standards. The CD featured a number of notable musicians including Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Carpenter, Don Grusin, Neil Stubenhaus and Luis Conte, and was voted one of the top 5 Female Vocal Jazz CD’s of 2009 at Arnaldo DeSouteiro’s Jazz Station. In 2009 Mjöll was voted one of the top 5 Jazz singers of the year by DeSouteiro’s Jazz Station. In 2010 Mjöll released her first solo holiday CD, “Christmas JaZZmaZ”. “Christmas JaZZmaZ” features original arrangements by Ólafur Gaukur and musicians including Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Ólafur Gaukur, Don Grusin, Dave Carpenter and Charlie Bisharat, and was voted one of the top 10 Female Vocal Jazz CD’s of 2010 at Arnaldo DeSouteiro’s Jazz Station. In 2010 Anna Mjöll was voted one of the 10 best female Jazz singers of the year by DeSouteiro’s Jazz Station and Christmas JaZZmaZ was voted “Christmas CD of the Year”.
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