SHIRLEY CLAMP – LITTLE BY LITTLE
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
Could there be any better New Year gift for schlager-fans than brand new single from Shirley Clamp? Brand new dance single in English! Recently Shirley was working on her shape hard after she’s got envolved in advertising company, she has obviously got quite thinner and looks gorgeous being ready to come back on the stage with a fresh stuff.
Her new single “Little By Little” was written by Oscar Holter and Jakke Erixson and it’s definitely Shirley you’ve never heard before – much dancier and modern than old good Shirley-schlagers from previous albums, but it’s still purest pop in its best with catchy guitar riffs in verses and shiny exploding choruses. Single is officially out on January 9th but you can already check it online. (source: Swedish Stereo Blogspot)
ABOUT SHIRLEY CLAMP
Shirley Clamp’s career began as a backing singer for various singers and groups, including Antique during their Eurovision Song Contest 2001 performance to name one. She started her solo career in 2003, when she took part in Melodifestivalen 2003 with the song “Mr. Memory”. Finishing in 6th place in her semifinal, she lost the chance to qualify for the final. Her big breakthrough came in Melodifestivalen 2004 with the song “Min kärlek” (My love) composed by Ingela “Pling” Forsman. She came fourth in the last semifinal and went on to take second place at Andra Chansen, the “second chance” semifinal, thus qualifying for the final. There she was the first artist on stage, and ended 2nd, behind Lena Philipsson’s immensely popular winner, “Det gör ont”. “Min kärlek” won the National Finals Song Contest. A little later, in May 2004, Shirley released her first studio album, Den långsamma blomman (The Slow Flower).
In 2005 she tried once again to win Melodifestivalen, with the song “Att älska dig” (“To love you”). Shirley won the first semifinal, but in the final in Stockholm, she ended 4th. Her second studio album, Lever mina drömmar (Living my dreams) was released in April 2005. A year later, she released Favoriter på svenska, a special covers album, containing songs with lyrics in Swedish, such as Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” (“När kärleken föds”). Clamp appeared at Melodifestivalen again in 2009 with the song “Med Hjärtat Fyllt Av Ljus.” She placed last in the first semi-final, but eventually received a Swedish #1 single with the song. She was also a commentator for SVT during the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.
Shirley returned to Melodifestivalen in 2011 with “Shirley’s Angels”, alongside Vera Prada and Jessica Marberger, with the song “I Thought It Was Forever.” The trio competed in the third heat and advanced to Andra Chansen, where they were knocked out in the fourth duel against Pernilla Andersson.