Marion Ravn Biography
Marion Ravn (Marion Elise Ravn) is a Norwegian singer and songwriter born on 25th May 1984 in Lørenskog, Norway. Raven formed the pop duo M2M with Marit Larsen, though they ceased performing together in 2002.
Her father is a teacher and has an older brother and two younger sisters. Her surname is of Norse origin, with Ravn meaning Raven, which she adopted as her stage name Marion Raven as well as her trademark raven logo.
Marion Ravn enjoyed singing from a young age, sometimes writing lyrics for the songs she sang. At the age of 5 she joined the gospel choir in a local church. At the age of 7 she joined the St. Laurentius choir, which has many historical links in Lørenskog, and was started in 1965 by, and is still being run by her vocal coach for several years, Kjell Walther Christensen.
At the age of eight she began playing the piano and took piano lessons from Sif Anna Lisa Ødegård, married to Kjell Walther Christensen. She also attended ballet lessons, as well as performing ballet on stage.
She recorded a children’s musical titled, “Vettene Vinner” (Vettene Wins), with the musical group, “Vettene”, meaning “small trolls that protect nature”, and was part of the group’s record “Vettene på gamlespor” (Vettene on Old Tracks). At age 10, Raven acted in stage productions of Bugsy Malone and The Wizard of Oz.
Marion Ravn M2M
At the age of 10 together with her friend Marit Larsen they released an album with children songs on EMI Norway. The album even ended up being nominated for a Norwegian Grammy. At the age of 14 Marion and Marit, now under the name “M2M”, signed with Atlantic Records and had big success in the US, Asia, South America and Scandinavia. They released 2 albums that sold over 2 million copies
Marion Ravn Solo Career
Marion Ravn was later signed as a solo artist by Atlantic Records, she released her first solo album on Atlantic Records in the US with success in countries like Japan where her song “Break You” was #1 for weeks.
In the fall of 2010 Marion was a judge on the Norwegian “X Factor” and 2011 she appeared as Norwegian “Idol” judge. Winter 2013 she is one out of seven artists on the Norwegian TV-success “Hver gang vi møtes”.
April the same year Marion released her 2nd solo album, “Songs from A Blackbird”. This album went to #3 on the Norwegian sales chart, the 2 singles “The Minute” and “Driving” raved the radio stations for months and Marion toured Norway for her first live solo tour. June 10th 2014 Marion releases her new single “In Dreams” in Norway. This song is from the upcoming album “Scandal” that is set for release September 22nd in Norway.
An international version of “Song from A Blackbird” is set for release world wide on digital platforms (download/streaming) August 8th 2014. Germany, Switzerland and Austria will release the album physically (CD/LP) the same day. Physical release date for other countries will be announced later.
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First single out is “The Minute” and release date is July 25th 2014.
They scored a modest hit for the first Pokemon movie, but disbanded in 2002. In 2005, Raven released her first solo album, Here I Am, with Atlantic Records. It included songwriting credits from Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Art Alexakis (of Everclear), Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace) and his wife Chantal Kreviazuk (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Mandy Moore), as well as Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. Songwriting credits also went the other way, as she wrote songs for other singers, including Lindsay Lohan and Pixie Lott.
She also duetted with Meat Loaf on his 2006 track, “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” and released Set Me Free in 2007, which included a mix of songs from her debut and a few new tracks. She served as judge for the Norway versions of The X Factor and Idol before recording Nevermore in 2009, which was never released due to label disputes. Almost eight years after her debut, she released her official second album in April 2014.
Marion Raven and Marit Larsen
In 1994, the ten-year-old Raven recorded a collection of children’s songs for EMI Norway with her friend Marit Larsen. The pair went on to form M2M in 1998, a doe-eyed addition to an overstuffed pop scene reigned over by Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Marion Ravn Alder – Age
Marion was born on 25 May 1984 in Lørenskog, Norway.
Marion Ravn Height
Marion stands at a height of 5 ft 7 inch (1.7 m).
Marion Ravn Gift/ Kjæreste/ Husband
She was married for two years to Andreas Wiig a professional snowboarder. The couple got divorced in 2015.
Marion Ravn Meatloaf
In the summer of 2006 Meat Loaf released the song “It´s all coming back to me now” from his album Bat out of Hell 3, where Marion was his duet partner. She toured with both Meat Loaf and Pink around the world in 2007.
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Marion Ravn Album
- Here I Am 2005
- Heads Will Roll 2006
- Set Me Free 2007
- Songs from a Blackbird 2013
- Scandal Vol. 1 (2014)
- Scandal Vol. 2 (2015)
Marion Ravn Songs
- Break You
- Here I Am
- 13 Days
- Let Me Introduce Myself
- End of Me
- Good 4 Sex
- For You I’d Die
- Heads Will Roll
- Six Feet Under
- Gotta Be Kidding
- All I Wanna Do Is You
- For You I’ll Die
- Set Me Free
- In Spite of Me
- At the End of the Day
- There I Said It
- Thank You
- Get Me Out of Here
- Little by Little
- Surfing the Sun
- Falling Away
- Spit You Out
- End Of The Day
Marion Ravn Interview
How did you girls meet and explain the meaning behind M2M
Marion Ravn: We met when I moved to a new neighbourhood and my mum saw Marit playing outside our house. She went outside and asked her if she wanted to play with me and she did, we were only five. We started a band in school when we were 8 and had a kindergarten tour. The M2M stands for Marion 2 Marit.
Congratulations on the album The Big Room, How would you describe the new album to a non-M2M listener?
Marion Ravn: Ahh, it’s organic pop music, pop melodies with real guitars and drums, people can identify and relate to our lyrics.
When you finish recording, who do you play the record to and really value their opinion?
Marion Ravn: The producer, the A&R the management and our friends, they are the audience and I value their thoughts.
Have you had any formal training in music? And explain M2M’s writing process
Marion Ravn: I went to piano lessons. I also play guitar but I stick to the piano, Marit plays lead guitar. I write independently, as well as with Marit, and we have also collaborated with songwriters. I usually have a lyric idea, take it to Marit then she grabs her guitar and we work it from there. I also write ballads about my friend’s miserable love lives. Our songwriting is in fact a reflection of our personal lives, well parts of it.
What’s the quickest song you have ever written?
Marion Ravn: Ahh. ‘Eventually’ the bonus track as we were both in love whilst in Chile, sitting on top of this waterfall. It was soo romantic, we wrote ‘Eventually’ in a couple of hours after that.
Are you still based in Norway? How supportive is the music industry in Norway of M2M?
Marion Ravn: Yes, still based in Norway. The music industry is supportive but the media isn’t. It’s very hard, but if you go and sell 20 million albums, they change their tune and we become the media darlings. The papers and media are hard people to please. Is it hard to win over critics when they look at an 18, 17 year old? Just a “manufactured band”
What parts of the world has the M2M phenomenon taken off?
Marion Ravn: Asia. Very big in Thailand, Indonesia and various parts of Europe. We’ve also got a following in America.
What do you love most about being in the music business?
Marion Ravn: I love the feeling I get when I am on stage looking down at the fans and everyone is singing your songs. We were recently in Malaysia and we were performing in front of 30,000 people. They were all singing a song ‘Girl In Your Dreams’, the first song that I ever wrote. It’s crazy seeing people on the other side of the world knowing your material.
What are some of the pressures that you both feel?
Marion Ravn: It’s a lot more hard work that what people think. We recently travelled 8 countries in 34 days and worked every day. We didn’t have a day off , we’re working on the plane while we were flying from place to place. But it’s all part of the job, it’s fun and you get use to it.
Best music business advice you have been given?
Marion Ravn: Be yourself and be proud of who you are and follow your dreams, don’t be afraid of anything.
Who would you like to work with? Who wouldn’t you like to work with?
Marion Ravn: Shakira, she is very cool and Paul McCartney, I would love to write a song with him or have him write a song for me. He is awesome. And I wouldn’t like to work with someone who would make me do stuff that I didn’t want to do.
What are your thoughts on digital on-line music?
Marion Ravn: I think it is good on line as you get your music to a lot of people, but it’s bad that you get to download it for free cause record companies and artists don’t get the money and both need the money to develop.
What’s next for you guys? I hear that you are touring with Jewel? How did that come about?
Marion Ravn: We had a show in New York and Jewel came and watched our show and she thought we were really good live and the tour is all around The States and we can’t wait.