Interview: Sonya Alden

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Sonya Alden is going to compete in the Swedish national final Meldodifestivaln one again in 2007. Earlier this year, she competed with the song Etymon (Ready) in the second semi final and she narrowly missed out on a second chance place. Nevertheless, Sonya qualified for the final as the lyricist of The Poodles' song, Night of Passion which finished in fourth place. Sonya returns singing in Swedish this time and continues to prepare her debut album, due for release in 2007.

You were born in the United Kingdom…
“Queen Elizabeth hospital St albans. The thought has struck me, you never know. I would like to at some time, and it's not impossible. It won't be at any time soon, but I wouldn't be surprised and it would be a lot of fun. At the moment though, I feel like I have my place and my role in music, and that is in Sweden, in Swedish. I don't want to confuse people. I can't see the BBC entering Eurovision in Swedish! Maybe Swenglish? I'll write in Swelish!”

Tell us about the christmas tour – Julgarlan 2006 NorlandTournia.
“11 artists, and a big orchestra it's fantastic. I'm touring with Roger Pontare, Christer Sjögren, a big star in Sweden, Charlotte Pirelli, Pernilla, Semptember, Nordman, Marcolio (popular from kids shows)…. It's great fun, and we all stay up at the hotels chatting after the show. We are mainly in the north, although we played Gothenburg too. It's sad that it's over but I'm looking forward to some sleep!”

Where are you spending Christmas?
“With my family, south of Stockholm. My mother is so loving and caring, and she just wants to look after me and my brother and Sister. They both have families too, so it'll be really cozy. We'll eat a lot of good food and play some family games. I just hope that there will be some snow. There is none yet. It's usually snowing by my birthday on the 20th, so I'm hoping. I'm going out with some friends. I usually work on my birthday so I don't get to celebrate it. Next year I turn 30, so I'll do something special. This time I'm just going for dinner…”

You are going to launch a new album?
“Yes, we're thinking that we'll launch the album in April, that's the plan. I already have a few songs written by myself to be recorded. I'm going into the studio tomorrow, and I'll be recording all January and a little in February. I can't wait. There's not a lot of time when MF starts, so we need to be as ready as possible.
The first weekend in February is the start of the competition, and in the 2nd weekend, I will be in Composer for the song by Svante Thuresson & Anne-Lie Rydé, two big stars in Sweden. The week after that, I will be competing on stage with my song.”

Is your new album going to be all in Swedish?
“Yes, it will all be in Swedish! I will never stop singing in English, but this album should be in Swedish. It will include some new songs that I've written, and also some old ones that I wrote. They've been sitting in a drawer, but suddenly, I can give them life that they deserve. Suddenly, there is a whole new picture and it is great for me to look at.”

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