ERIKA

Country Sweden

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

At one time, Swedish AOR pin-up Erika Norberg was married to guitar maestro YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, this fact alone guaranteeing her international attention. However, Erika’s excellent vocals and strong sense of melody make for excellent AOR albums. Malmsteen himself graced the track ‘Emergency’ on the ‘Cold Winter Night’ album. Hailing from Skellefteå in Northern Sweden, ERIKA recorded her first album for the Lionheart label, distributed by Virgin in Scandinavia. The album featured songs co-written by the singer with Swedish songwriters Warnerbring and Almquist with the track ‘Together we’re Lost’ giving her a huge Pop hit in Sweden. Both ‘Hurting So Bad’ and ‘Heavenly’ also charted high.

Hailing from Skellefteå in northern Sweden, Erika recorded her first album for the Lionheart label. The album “Cold winter night” , selling quadruple platinum with today´s standards, featured songs written by Erika and prominent Swedish songwriters such as Bobby Ljunggren.

ERIKA’s touring band in early 1991 consisted of ex-TALISMAN guitarist Benny Jansson, ex-GLORY keyboard player Jonas Sandquist, Yngwie associate bassist Peter Roth and ex-GARBO man Peter Norstedt on drums. The ‘In The Arms Of A Stranger’ album followed, after which the singer married YNGWIE MALMSTEEN in a lavish media ceremony aboard a yacht in Stockholm harbour. The union would be short lived though and the pair soon divorced. The 1993 album ‘Lady Luck’ saw ERIKA using the talents of guitarists Göran Elmquist, Ulf Jansson and Bobby Ljunggren, bassist Häkan Almqvist and drummer Per Lindvall. The hit single from the record, ‘Lost In Paradise’, was a duet with Eurovision song contest entrant Jan Johansen.

She would marry record producer Richard Evenlind, giving birth to a son James in 1996. The following year, at Evenlind’s instigation, ERIKA changed direction toward a modern Rock chick image for her ‘Planet X’ album, catering for her burgeoning following in Japan. 

Erika bowed out in 2001, announcing her retirement in front of a live audience of 10,000 people. A compliation of her two latest albums was released in 2001 and she continued writing songs for other artist. (For example; Jan Johansson won the Swedish pre-selection for the Eurovision song contest with the song “Se på mig”. The original lyrics for the song, titled “Another night”, was written by Erika. She wrote “Ingen annan väg” , with among others Peo Thyren whos band “B.I.G” performed the song Swedish pre-selection of ESC. The song finished number two. Also, she co-wrote songs with ex-hubby Yngwie for his “Eclipse” album)

“Cold winter Night ” still today gets voted best album in various polls and Erika´s first three albums have been re-relased internationally and once again sold out ...and this from a woman who up until 2010 didn´t have an official homepage, neither My space nor Face Book. Talk about a large, devoted fanbase!

And now, finally – good things do come to those who wait; Late 2010 Erika started work on a new album with Bronco Productions/Matti Alfonzetti and her old teammate Peter Rooth.  We are humbled and ever grateful for her return!

– Cold Winter Night [1990]
– In The Arms Of A Stranger [1991]
– Lady Luck [1993]
– Planet X [1997]
– Ripe [1998]

 

 

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