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Anna Bergendahl
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Bergendahl in Melodifestivalen 2022
Background information
Birth name Anna Henrietta Bergendahl
Born (1991-12-11) 11 December 1991 (age 32)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres
Years active 2008–present
Labels Freebird Entertainment
Lionheart Music Group
Universal Music Group

Anna Henrietta Bergendahl (born 11 December 1991) is a Swedish singer and songwriter. She took part in Swedish TV4 music program Super Troupers in 2004, and in Idol 2008 where she reached the Final 5 before being eliminated.

In 2009, Bergendahl signed for Lionheart Records. Her debut album was released on 14 April 2010. Bergendahl won Melodifestivalen 2010 with the song "This Is My Life" and represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, but failed to qualify for the final. The song topped the Swedish Singles Chart on 5 March 2010.

Biography

Early life

Bergendahl was born in Hägersten, Stockholm, and raised in Nyköping and Katrineholm. She is of partial Irish descent, as her grandmother was born and lives in Ireland. Her first performance in front of an audience was in a cathedral in York when she was only eight years old.

Idol 2008

Bergendahl successfully applied for the TV4 talent show Idol 2008 with her rendition of Bonnie Raitt's "Have a Heart", which received praise from the jury consisting of Laila Bagge, Anders Bagge and Andreas Carlsson. She later sang songs like ABBA's "Mamma Mia", Py Bäckman's "Stad i ljus", "Save Up All Your Tears", "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis, "The Best" and "Over the Rainbow".

Bergendahl finished fifth in the Idol season which was later won by Kevin Borg.

In 2009, Bergendahl was approached by Kristian Lagerström and Bobby Ljunggren and asked if she wanted to record a song for Melodifestivalen 2010.

Melodifestivalen and Eurovision 2010

Anna Bergendahl participated in Melodifestivalen 2010 with the song "This Is My Life", written and produced by Kristian Lagerström (lyrics) and Bobby Ljunggren (music). The song won the final in Ericsson Globe on 13 March 2010, with 214 points. Bergendahl represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, Norway, where she became the first Swedish singer not to qualify for the final since the introduction of the semifinals in 2004 (although she placed 11th, just outside the top 10 qualifiers by a margin of 5 points). "This Is My Life'" was the first ballad to win Melodifestivalen since 1998 when Kärleken är won and was also Sweden's 50th entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.

2010–present: Return to Melodifestivalen and other projects

After Eurovision Bergendahl participated in Allsång på Skansen, Sommarkrysset, and Lotta på Liseberg. She also went on a tour and sang songs from her debut album. In 2012 Bergendahl released her new album Something to Believe In with the debut single from the new album being "Live and Let Go". In 2019, she released two new singles, "Home" and "Speak Love". She participated in Melodifestivalen 2019 with the song "Ashes to Ashes". Bergendahl competed in Melodifestivalen 2020 with the song "Kingdom Come". She placed third, scoring 107 points. The song became the second most played song on Swedish airplay and also sold platinum. During late 2020, Bergendahl released "Thelma and Louise". The EP Vera was released in October 2020 and contains five songs written by Bergendahl. By the end of the year, she also released her Christmas song, "It Never Snows in California". On 13 August 2021, Bergendahl released "Grain of Trust", written together with Peter Kvint.

Bergendahl returned to Melodifestivalen again in 2022 with the song "Higher Power". She made it to the final on 12 March 2022 and finished in last place with 29 points.

Discography

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Christer Björkman and Anna Bergendahl in Oslo on 23 May 2010

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
SWE
Yours Sincerely 1
  • GLF: Gold
Something to Believe In
  • Released: 24 October 2012
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
13

Extended plays

Title Details
Anna Bergendahl
Live from Sandkvie Studio
  • Released: 23 October 2015
  • Label: Lionheart
  • Format: Digital download
We Were Never Meant to Be Heroes
  • Released: 17 May 2018
  • Label: Freebird Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
Vera
  • Released: 9 October 2020
  • Label: Freebird Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
Merry Christmas Everyone
  • Released: 18 November 2022
  • Label: Freebird Entertainment, Warner Sweden
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
NOR
NLD
SWI
"Release Me" (Live) 2008 58 Idol 2008
"Save Up All Your Tears" 57
"Bleeding Love" 60
"Over the Rainbow" 53
"This Is My Life" 2010 1 6 93 62
  • GLF: Platinum
Yours Sincerely
"The Army"
"Live and Let Go" 2012 Something to Believe In
"I Hate New York" 2013
"Business" 2015 non-album single
"For You"
"Vice" 2018 We Were Never Meant to Be Heroes
"Broken Melody"
"We Were Never Meant to Be Heroes"
"Raise the Vibe" non-album single
"Just Another Christmas" Merry Christmas Everyone
"Ashes to Ashes" 2019 12
  • GLF: Platinum
non-album single
"Home"
"Speak Love"
"Kingdom Come" 2020 9
  • GLF: Platinum
"Thelma and Louise" 13 Vera
"It Never Snows in California" Merry Christmas Everyone
"Grain of Trust" 2021 30 non-album single
"Bottom of This Bottle"
(with Tyler Rich)
"Higher Power" 2022 17
"Demons and Dreams"
"Merry Christmas Everyone" 100
Merry Christmas Everyone
"Dance with Me" 2023 0TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that country.

As featured artist

Title Year Chart Positions Album
NOR
"For You"
(Broiler featuring Anna Bergendahl)
2014 21 Non-album single

Other charted songs

Title Year Chart Positions Album
SWE
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
(with Kevin Borg)
2008 36 Non-album single

See also

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