A leading voice of Scandipop’s next wave, Sigrid combines forthright lyrics with irresistible hooks. Born in Ålesund, Norway, in 1996, Sigrid Solbakk Raabe began her music career on a dare: Her older brother, a singer/songwriter, challenged her to write and perform a song at one of his shows. The then-16-year-old Sigrid accepted, and the next year she released her first single, “Sun,” and began performing at local festivals like Øyafestivalen. Her major-label debut single, the swirling “Don’t Kill My Vibe,” became an international sensation almost immediately upon its 2017 release; she was named an artist in Apple Music’s Up Next program after its success, and she released her debut EP of the same name a few months later. Her cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows,” which appeared on the Justice League soundtrack, cemented her as part of the late-2010s mope-pop zeitgeist, and her 2019 full-length album, Sucker Punch, showed how she’d honed her ability to balance festival-ready choruses with introspective yet self-affirming lyrics. Two singles from that album, “Strangers” and “Don’t Feel Like Crying,” became significant hits in the UK. Sigrid established herself as one of pop's brightest stars quickly, a font of maturity and promising songwriting savvy.