Lene Nystrom(Ex Aqua)
Date of Birth
2 October 1973, Tonsberg, Norway
Lene Grawford Nystrom
5' 7" (1.70 m)
Known professionally as Lene, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter and occasional actress, who is best known as vocalist for the Danish-Norwegian dance-pop group Aqua.
Nystrøm was born 2 October 1973. During her teenage years Lene developed an interest in performing and began her adult life as a barmaid and model. In the early 1990s she appeared on the Norwegian gameshow Casino. She left the show in late 1993. During her final appearance on the show she sang Almaz.
In 1994 Lene was spotted by René Dif singing on the Norwegian Norway-Denmark passenger ferry M/S Peter Wessel. He approached her and she became the lead vocalist for the group which was initially called Joyspeed, later re-named Aqua. The group consisted of Lene, René Dif, Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen. In their prime, Aqua managed to make the singles chart top ten in a number of countries where European pop acts would not normally succeed. She would remain with the group until 2001 when they split up due to personal differences, including a relationship between Lene and Søren Rasted.
Solo career (2002-2004)
In 2003 Lene released her first solo album, Play with Me, which performed poorly in Scandinavia, making only number 74 in the Norwegian charts. This lackluster performance did not affect her single sales. Initially "Virgin Superstar" was released to radio, followed by "It's Your Duty" (was given a full release) which peaked at number 3 in Denmark followed by 2004's "Pretty Young Thing", which did not chart. In 2004 a vinyl promo of Here We Go was released to DJs and radio, a CD promo of "Scream" was also released in very a limited number as promotion.
Play with Me features "Here We Go", a cover of a Moonbaby song which Girls Aloud also went on to cover for their album What Will The Neighbours Say?. Her album track "We Wanna Party" has also been covered by Girls Aloud on their 2008 album Out of Control. Both songs were co-written and produced by the British production team Xenomania.
Lene wrote "No Good Advice" and "You Freak Me Out" for Girls Aloud's first album Sound of the Underground. "No Good Advice" was a huge hit, cementing Girls Aloud's place in mainstream pop. Girls Aloud later covered Lene's "Here We Go" and "We Wanna Party". Meanwhile, Pretty Young Thing was covered by Tina Cousins.
Aqua Reunion (2007-present)
On 26 October 2007, Aqua reunited and promised a 25-concert tour that was to have commenced in the summer of 2008. Offers were received by the record company from locations in Denmark, Canada, United States & U.K. Aqua finally performed 8 concerts around Denmark as part of the "Grøn koncert" festival.
The group have announced that the third album will not be released at the moment, but a greatest hits album was released on 15 June 2009, which includes 16 old remastered tracks and three new songs: "My Mamma Said", "Live Fast, Die Young" and their first single in 8 years, "Back to the 80's", which was released in Denmark on 25 May 2009. Aqua have also toured Scandinavia between May and August 2009 and performed at several gigs in Germany, UK and France.(Danish) The greatest hits CD was released in North America and many European countries on 22 September 2009 and in the UK on 29 September 2009.
Aqua released their next newest single How R U Doin? in Spring 2011. Their third album, Megalomania, was released on October 3, 2011.
Lene played her first major role in the 2009 film Deliver Us from Evil under Danish director Ole Bornedal. Lene now is one of the judges for Voice – Danmarks største stemme.
During 1998 and 1999 Lene Nystrøm dated former Westlife band member Brian McFadden. She then formed a relationship with René Dif before dating Søren Rasted in 2001. She married Søren Rasted on 25 August 2001 in Las Vegas. She began her solo career, working with other bands along the way. After her final hit "I Love New York" in 2006 she settled in to complete her family. After living in London for many years, the couple moved to Denmark in 2004. They have two children: daughter India, born 6 November 2004; and son Billy, born 15 February 2006.