Iceland: Happy Christmas from Hera

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Hera Björk, the 2010 Icelandic Eurovision representative  is set to release her second Christmas album.

The Icelandic singer has released a taster of Ilmur af jólum II on youtube, and although its release on iTunes is believed to be imminent, no date has yet been confirmed.

Ilmur af jólum II is a follow-up to Hera’s 2000 Christmas album, called simply Ilmur af jólum. Her 2000 work is a collection of Christmas songs in Icelandic and was much acclaimed upon its release.

To support her new release, Hera Björk will be giving a concert in Reykjavik’s Grafarvogur Church this coming 8 December. Looking forward to it because it will be wonderful, the star wrote on twitter of her forthcoming performance.

Hera Björk has had a rich and varied career which has seen her involved with the Eurovision Song Contest for a number of years. Her 2006 album, Hera Björk, saw her cover Alvendansen, that year’s Norwegian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest by Christine Guldbrandsen, albeit in the Icelandic language. The following year, Hera competed in the Icelandic Eurovision preselection, where she was knocked out at the second semi-final round with the song Mig dreymdi. In 2008, she sang backing vocals for Euroband, when they represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. And she was back again the following year when the contest was held in Moscow as a backing vocalist for Yohanna, whose song Is it true? took second place.

In 2010, Hera Björk represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in her own right. Her song, Je ne sais quoi, finished in 19th position.

As well as her efforts on behalf of her native Iceland, Hera Björk competed in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2009. Her song, Someday, came second to Believe again by Niels Brinck, which had been co-written by Ireland’s Ronan Keating.

You can listen to a taster of Ilmur af jólum II here.

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