Johanna Demker was born and raised in Sweden, but she moved to Norway after high school to study music and has stayed there since. She was early a curious musician and genres like jazz, soul, pop/rock and the singer-songwriter/country tradition have all together built a solid musical base for her. This has also become the foundation of the songs she eventually started to write herself. Still Johanna is not that fond of genre definitions, but rather of considering each song for itself. It’s the harmonies, the melody lines, the cords and the lyrics that fascinates her, and she likes to mix and use different ingredients in her own songs.
Her first album “Things We Do” contained the single “True Love” that was released in the summer of 2000. This became one of the mostly played songs on Norwegian radios this year, which gave her a Hit Awards-nomination in 2001. The year after, “True Love” was rerecorded into French by an artist named Jenifer, as her very first single. This version sold 2 million copies in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. This opened new doors, and Johanna worked as a full-time songwriter for several years. During these years she spent a lot of time traveling between Oslo, Stockholm, London and Paris to work with other songwriters. In 2006 Johanna Demker released a second album. “Pictures Of Me” was the first project she made for herself for several years. Looking back, she describes it as if she got lost in the pop industry for a while.
After some time she felt the need to take a step back, to find herself again and her own musical expression. She had to put the “hit industrial-writing” away for a while to be able to focus only on writing the songs she really wanted to make, without any pressure, requirements of shape, content or time. “From An Outlined Silhouette” was a result of just that. It is a more mature album, and the songs have came to existance in a very natural way, without any demands of “having to” result in an album and the songs are inspired by everyday life and the people around her.
Madness – Released 14 Feb. 2011