Mari Fredriksson

Mari Fredriksson

Lead singer of the group 'Roxette'
Date of Birth: 30.05.1958
Country: Sweden

  1. Biography of Marie Fredriksson
  2. Early Years
  3. Formation of Roxette
  4. Rise to International Fame
  5. Continued Success
  6. Personal Life and Solo Ventures
  7. Return of Roxette

Biography of Marie Fredriksson

Marie Fredriksson, the lead vocalist of the band 'Roxette', was born in Ostra Ljungby in 1958, while Per Gessle was born in Halmstad in 1959. In 1978, Marie sang and played the piano in the band "Strul", while Per sang, wrote songs, and played the guitar in the band "Gyllene Tider". In 1979, EMI signed a contract with "Gyllene Tider" due to Per's witty song lyrics. Per and Marie coincidentally met during a rehearsal.

Mari Fredriksson

Early Years

In the early 80s, Per pursued a solo career after leaving the new wave group "Gyllene Tider". His talent was discovered by former ABBA manager Thomas Johansson, who was searching for songs for Frida's new album. Marie, who was also performing and writing songs, collaborated with Per in 1985. Johansson formed a duo with them using Marie's songs.

Mari Fredriksson

Formation of Roxette

In 1986, Per and Marie fulfilled their long-standing dream of working together and recorded the single "Neverending Love" under the name Roxette. The song, initially titled "Svarta Glas" (black glasses), was later translated into English. The single became a hit in Sweden. Despite advice against jeopardizing her successful solo career, Marie decided to join Roxette and started recording an album. The songs originally planned for Per's third solo album were quickly translated, and one song was written by Marie. The debut album "Pearls of Passion" was released by Christmas and gained popularity in Sweden. The album was also released in Canada and several other countries.

Rise to International Fame

In 1987, Roxette embarked on a tour in Sweden and performed in front of 100,000 people at outdoor festivals. In 1988, they released their second album, "Look Sharp!", which became a triumph in their homeland and later in the United States. In 1989, their song "The Look" reached the top of the charts in the US and 24 other countries. Another hit, "Listen To Your Heart," topped the charts in October, and Roxette embarked on a European tour. The album "Look Sharp!" sold 8 million copies worldwide.

Continued Success

In 1990, the slightly modified version of "It Must Have Been Love" became Roxette's third hit. The song was released on the soundtrack of the movie "Pretty Woman" and sold 9 million copies. In 1992, Marie released her fourth Swedish album, "Den Standiga Resan," which achieved platinum status in Sweden.

Personal Life and Solo Ventures

In 1994, Marie Fredriksson married Mikael Bolyos, whom she met in Sydney during Roxette's first world tour in 1991. In 1996, Roxette took a break, and Per wrote five songs for a new mini-album by Gyllene Tider. Eventually, Gyllene Tider released a compilation of their greatest hits. Marie also focused on her solo career and released her fifth solo album, "I En Tid Som Var," featuring songs written for films. The album achieved platinum status in Sweden. In 1997, Per released his own English solo album, "The World According To Gessle," which featured Marie on one of the songs.

Return of Roxette

In 1998, Roxette began working on their long-awaited album. After a trip to Spain in January and a summer break, they completed the album in November. In 1999, their first single from the new album, "Wish I Could Fly," became a hit in Europe. The album, "Have A Nice Day," sold over 1.5 million copies.