Gemma Warren
Jazz musician Laufey is nominated for the 2024 Nordic Council Music Prize for the album “Bewitched” (2023).


Laufey (born in 1999) is a true supernova that has taken Icelanders – and the world – by storm with her swift ascension to fame, born out with infusing post-war jazz with an effortless, contemporary sheen.  


The most streamed Icelander on Spotify by far, the combination of a God-given talent, hard work, and efficient, modern marketing, has managed to charm music fans from different generations and with different tastes. Laufey, now 25, has a degree from Berklee and is as comfortable in an evening gown playing a cello with a symphony orchestra as she is making flippant TikTok videos with indie star Beabadoobee.  


She has been involved in programming for the BBC, appeared on Jimmy Fallon and Tiny Desk, and recently picked up a Grammy for her latest effort, her second full album, Bewitched


There she continues – ever more confidently – to sculpt her unique take on classic jazz. Her voice, deep and timeless, is soothing, while the music alludes both to jazz legends and to stars like Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones, both of them acknowledged for their contemporary take on the music of yore.