MAKING a welcome return to Finland, Swedish singer Melissa Horn is performing a pair of gigs in Helsinki and Turku, on 31 January and 1 February.
Known for her sensitive folk songs sung in her native tongue, Horn made her Top Ten hit album debut in 2008 with Långa Nätter (Long Nights). The album was a Top Ten hit and spawned the singles Långa Nätter, En Famn För Mig (No Fathoming for Me), and Som Jag Hade Dig Förut (As I Had You Before), the latter a duet with fellow Swede Lars Winnerbäck.
The daughter of Maritza Horn, a Swedish vocalist who appeared in ABBA - The Movie (1977), Horn’s follow up Säg ingenting till mig (Do Not Tell Me) dropped in 2009, expanding her audience with her recognisable voice and heartfelt lyrics and going gold in the process. Innan jag kände dig (Before I Knew You) followed on 16 September 2011 and topped the Swedish Albums Chart in its first week of release. Horn also sang Kungsholmens hamn at the memorial ceremony for the victims of 2011 Norway attacks in Utøya and Oslo.
Her latest album, Om du vill vara med mig (If You Want to Be With Me), was released in October last year and went straight to the 2nd spot on the Swedish album chart and 1st in Norway.
Having kicked off a significant Scandinavian tour in Oslo on 23 October, these mainland Finland gigs come in the midst of a 48-date long-string of dates that stretches until mid-February.