Maria performing in 2009
|Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen|
13 July 1984|
|Genres||Punk rock, indie rock, alternative rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar, vocals|
|Labels||Nesna Records, Waterfall Records, Mercury Records, Lava Records|
Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen ( EE-d?; born 13 July 1984), better known simply as Ida Maria, is a Norwegian musician and songwriter. Her first album, Fortress Round My Heart, was released in 2008. In November 2010, she released her second album Katla in Norway; the album was released internationally on 7 June 2011. In August 2013, Maria digitally released her third album Love Conquers All in Norway.
Maria gained considerable success in Norway in 2007 after winning two national competitions for unknown artists - Zoom urørt 2006 and Urørtkonkurransen 2007 - and playing successful shows at the annual Norwegian music industry festival By:Larm 2007 and 2008. Her singles, "Oh My God" and "Stella", were both played regularly on the Norwegian national radio station NRK P3.
Maria later expanded her popularity outside Norway, notably in the United Kingdom where she appeared on Later... with Jools Holland, was interviewed by The Times, and performed at the Glastonbury Festival. In September 2009, she released a remix of her first single "Oh My God" with punk rock icon Iggy Pop singing backing vocals.
Having performed at various festivals, including Reading, and being nominated for Best Rock/Indie Artist category at the BT Digital Music Awards 2008, Ida Maria has toured in Scandinavia, the UK, the United States and Australia. She performed her song "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2009.
Her second album, Katla, was released in Norway on 8 November 2010 and internationally on 7 June 2011.
Her fourth album was released on 18 April 2016, consisting of a collection of American spirituals.
She will compete in the Melodi Grand Prix 2018, and attempt to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song 'Scandilove'.
Maria's song "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" was used in episode 8 of My Life As Liz entitled "A Prom to Remember Part 2". It was played during the dancing sequence at the prom. The song was also included in the soundtrack of the film Lesbian Vampire Killers. Her song "Louie" is being used for some commercials for the FX TV show Louie. It was again used as the inspiration for the title of episode 12, season 6 of Grey's Anatomy
Maria's song "Keep Me Warm" was used in the season 4 finale of the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy and during some Nivea commercials during fall 2009. It has also been used in the UK drama show Skins, in series 4, episode 1.
Maria was one of the co-headliners of the 2009 Perez Hilton Presents tour. On 17 September 2009, after a Boston show, she pulled out of the tour, citing exhaustion.
Her song "Bad Karma" from Katla was used in the 2011 film Scream 4 and episodes of Gossip Girl, Teen Wolf, Royal Pains and Being Human together with the song "Quite Nice People", both from the album Katla.
In 2007, Maria sang vocals for the track "I Love You, You Imbecile" by Pelle Carlberg.
Maria has collaborated with the Norwegian rapper Joddski on two occasions, first on the track "Sannhetsserum" on his 2010 album Krig & Kjærlighet, and secondly on the track "Hold Ut" on is 2011 album Bensin På Bålet.
|"||I don't know what life's like without it, as I've always had it. As I've gotten older, I've seen that it has definitely been a bonus in terms of what I do. When I started to play guitar, I made this colour sheet for all the chords. I didn't know what they were called, but I knew exactly what colours and shades they were. So I made songs with colour palettes, which was really cool.||"|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Fortress Round My Heart||
|Love Conquers All||
|Scandalize My Name||
|"--" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Oh My God"[A]||2007||--||85||Fortress Round My Heart|
|"Drive Away My Heart"||--||--|
|"Queen of the World"||--||--|
|"I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"||2008||19||13|
|"Boogie With the Devil's Soul"||2014||--||--|
|"Scandalize My Name"||2016||--||--||Scandalize My Name|
|"I'm Gonna Tell God All Of My Troubles"||--||--|
|"--" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.|
For her first album, Fortress Round My Heart, Maria's backing band included: