Agnes in 2012.
|Birth name||Agnes Emilia Carlsson|
|Also known as||Agnes|
|Born||6 March 1988|
|Genres||Pop, dance, R&B, electropop|
|Labels||Roxy, Copenhagen Records|
Agnes Emilia Carlsson, known mononymously as Agnes (born 6 March 1988 in Vänersborg, Sweden), is a Swedish recording artist. She rose to fame as the winner of Idol 2005, the second season of the Swedish Idol series. She was then signed to Sony Music, through which she released her self-titled debut album, Agnes, and follow-up, Stronger, both of which topped the Swedish Top 60 Albums Chart. In early 2008, it was announced that Agnes had parted ways with her record label, and was now signed to small independent label Roxy Recordings. Released on 28 October 2008, her third album, Dance Love Pop, reached number five in Sweden, 70 in Austria, 38 in France, 45 in Switzerland and 13 in the United Kingdom. With 200,000 albums sold worldwide this is her most successful album, 50,000 albums were sold in France, 40,000 in Sweden. Its first two singles, "On and On" and "Release Me" became international hits, reaching the top-ten in charts worldwide. "Release Me" topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs and peaked at three in the United Kingdom, selling over 900,000 copies worldwide.
Agnes has cited Stevie Wonder as her inspiration and has often mentioned Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson as her inspiration in music.
Life and music career
Agnes Carlsson was born in Vänersborg, Sweden on 6 March 1988 as the youngest of four siblings. Her father was an environmental engineer, her mother a nurse and social worker. Agnes started taking violin lessons and joined a choir at a young age, later saying even though “I hated singing in the choir because my voice didn’t fit; you have to listen to the others and not stick out too much”. She sang solo in front of a live audience for the first time whilst still at school. However, it wasn’t until she was 16 that she first had one-on-one singing lessons. Agnes also sang in the Vänersborg choir named 'Voice', citing legendary American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder as her inspiration.
Agnes Carlsson discography
- Agnes (2005)
- Stronger (2006)
- Dance Love Pop (2008)
- Veritas (2012)
- Agnes Live Tour (2006)
- Stronger Tour (2007)
- The Dance Love Pop Tour (2009)
- Clubland Live 3 Tour (2009)
- The U.S. Club Tour (2010)
- Veritas Summer Tour (2013)