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Sigurjón Brink, (Sjonni Brink)

 

 

Sigurjón Brink was born on August 29th 1974 and started playing music at an early age. His father was a guitarist and singer in a band and Sjonni was never in any doubt that music was the way forward for him. He was known to all his friends and fans as Sjonni Brink and founded the grunge rock group In Bloom in 1994, releasing a single and eponymous album in 1996. Among In Bloom's popular songs are "Pictures" and "Sometimes". At first Sjonni played drums in the band and actively participated in writing and arranging the music, but when the band dissolved he switched to guitar. 

 

Next Sjonni was a member of the band The Flavors who released an album called Go your own way in 2004. Sjonni wrote all the songs on the album and also most of the lyrics. By now Sjonni had left the drums behind and was lead singer and guitars of the band.

 

Sjonni's first solo album, named simply Sjonni Brink, was released shortly before Christmas in 2009. The album includes songs by Sjonni Brink and Guðmund Jónsson who plays guitar for the Icelandic band Sálin. Songs like "Brosið þitt lýsir mér leið", "Flökkuhjartað" and "Skuggaspil" can be found on the album. 

 

Sjonni was part of the band Rokk in the past few years with Palmi Sigurhjartarson, Benedikt Brynleifsson and Vigni Snæ Vifússyni who all are part of Sjonni's Friends. The band played the popular song "Love is you" which Palmi Sigurhjartarson wrote and was published as a tribute to John Lennon´s seventieth birthday.

 

Sjonni met his future wife Thorunn Clausen when both of them participated in the music and drama show ‘Le Sing‘ in the autumn of 2002. The show was a huge success and is still running. After that, Sjonni had roles in the Icelandic productions of musicals ‘Cuckoos Cabaret’,‘Footloose’ and ‘The Buddy Holly Story’. Sjonni wrote music for the 2004 stage award-winning play ‘Brim’ and acted in the 2009 award-winning German stage play ‘Woyzeck’, by Georg Büchner. The play was staged around the world, including Denmark and the United States. Both ‘Brim’ and ‘Woyzeck’ are Vesturport productions.

 

Sjonni had previously participated in Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins, the Icelandic pre-selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, co-writing his 2006 entry ‘Áfram’ and with his own composition and lyrics ‘Waterslide’ in 2010. ‘Coming home’ is a song that came to Sjonni one day as he sat playing his guitar in his home and was originally entitled ‘Countryside’. The day before the submission deadline for the competition, it had not yet been recorded and as the rules this year insisted all lyrics in the pre-selection contest be in Icelandic, he believed he had no time left to record it. His wife Thorunn convinced him that where there’s a will there’s a way and he decided to record the song after all. He asked his wife to write the Icelandic lyrics and complete the English version with him; together they managed to submit the demo recording at the eleventh hour.

 

Sjonni was scheduled to perform the compostion in the third semi-final show on January 29th 2011, but unexpectedly suffered from a brain haemorrhage caused by an aneurysm on January 17th. Tragically he died instantly at the age of only 36.