Loreen, born Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui on October 16, 1983, has firmly established herself as a powerhouse in the Swedish music scene. The talented singer and songwriter has not only captured the hearts of her homeland but has also made a resounding impact on the international stage. With a career marked by triumphs, and challenges, and a distinctive voice that resonates with emotion, Loreen stands as a symbol of musical excellence.
Born to Moroccan immigrant parents in Åkersberga, Sweden, Loreen's early life was shaped by the move to Västerås, where she grew up and affectionately calls her hometown. Her teenage years were predominantly spent in Gryta, a residential area in the city. It was in this diverse and culturally rich environment that Loreen's passion for music began to blossom.
Loreen first stepped into the spotlight in 2004 when she participated in the Swedish Idol competition under the name Lorén Talhaoui. Despite finishing fourth, her raw talent and unique style caught the attention of the public. Loreen's journey in the music industry had only just begun.
Following her stint on Idol, Loreen collaborated with the group Rob'n'Raz on the promotional single "The Snake" in 2005. This marked the beginning of her foray into the music scene, setting the stage for what would become an illustrious career. In the same year, she expanded her horizons by presenting the TV show "Lyssna," broadcast by the Swedish station TV400.
Taking a hiatus from the limelight, Loreen explored behind-the-scenes roles, working as a segment producer and director for reality TV shows such as TV3's "Värsta pojkvänsakademin," TV4's "Matakuten," and SVT's "Frufritt." However, her passion for music beckoned her back into the spotlight, and in 2011, Loreen made a triumphant return by entering Melodifestivalen with the song "My Heart Is Refusing Me." The track became a top 10 hit in Sweden, marking her comeback as a force to be reckoned with.
Her breakthrough moment came in 2012 when Loreen represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest with the electrifying song "Euphoria." The track not only secured her victory in the competition but also solidified her status as an international sensation. Loreen became the second performer, following Johnny Logan, and the first and only woman to win Eurovision twice to date.
Loreen's success in Eurovision opened new doors for her career. She continued to make waves with hits like "Crying Out Your Name" (2012) and her Melodifestivalen 2017 entry, "Statements." Beyond her music career, Loreen showcased her versatility by making appearances in various projects, including a performance in the Melodifestivalen Hall of Fame in 2020 and a cameo in the Netflix film "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" in 2020.
In 2023, Loreen made headlines once again by participating in Melodifestivalen for the fourth time with the song "Tattoo." Despite a stage invasion during her performance, Loreen emerged victorious in the competition and subsequently won the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with the track, earning Sweden its seventh Eurovision win. This remarkable achievement made her the first woman and the second performer overall to clinch the Eurovision title twice.
Loreen's journey continues with the release of her latest single, "Is It Love," in October 2023. Produced by Swedish record producer and songwriter Rami Yacoub, the single marks her first release under her new management, TaP Music. As Loreen's star continues to rise, her contributions to the music industry and her ability to captivate audiences worldwide solidify her as a true icon in the realm of pop music. With a distinctive voice that carries both power and vulnerability, Loreen's impact on the global music stage is undoubtedly enduring.