NORWAY – Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen 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.
On Amazon there is a free sale for her new single titled “Scandilove“. The official sale dues on January 15th coinciding with the date Norwegian national broadcaster announces the list of participants for 2018 MGP. The song duration also attracts attention as it is 3:05 minutes suitable for Eurovision.
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.
Maria is reported to experience synesthesia, which leads her to see colours when she hears music. She said: “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.”