Emilia Mitiku is a Swedish singer songwriter that I first heard of through, you guessed it, Alfie Boe! To be specific, I first heard her name when she was announced as the support act for Alfie’s 2013 Storyteller tour. I found her on YouTube and immediately bought her album, I Belong To You, falling in love with the melodious jazz / pop tones of the songs. It was an absolute pleasure to watch her perform both as Alfie’s support act and duetting with him on Dimming of the Day and Angel from Montgomery. Anyone who missed her show missed out on a treat. Click here to buy Emilia’s album on Amazon.
Emilia, daughter of renowned Ethiopian singer Teshome Mitiku, grew up listening to the smoky tones of Etta, Ella, Eartha and Billie but her first brush with musical fame came via the pop world. In 1999, Emilia Rydberg as she was then known, had a world wide smash hit with Big Big World. That sound is light years away from the largely self written I Belong To You. Of this musical journey, Emilia says “These melodies were probably always there, they just took their time getting out”.
Enjoy Emilia and Alfie at the Royal Albert Hall, April 2013:
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