Stina Agustsdottir, also known as Stina August, was born and raised in Iceland, but has lived in Iceland, Denmark, England, Canada and now resides in Stockholm, Sweden.
From singing in choirs as a child, lending her singing voice to an Icelandic cartoon on national TV and dancing ballet 20 hours per week, it is safe to say that Stina has always had a love for the performing arts. However, before starting a career in music, she took an unexpected detour and finished a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Iceland. After graduating and founding an IT-startup, she realized that there would be no escaping that burning urge in her heart to sing and stand on stage. She therefore started studies at the Singing Academy in Reykjavik, alongside working as a quality manager at a software company. She later moved to London, England and took singing lessons at Vocaltech, exploring pop music and getting interested in singing jazz. She then moved to Montreal, Canada where she decided to focus solely on music. Stina was accepted to Concordia University, where she studied jazz for three years under the guidance of teachers like Madeleine Theriault, Jeri Brown, Dave Turner, Sheila Jordan and many more. While studying, Stina started bands, had a standing weekly gig at a jazz club for a year and toured with renowned Cirque du Soleil star, Francesca Gagnon before releasing her first solo album in 2007, a collection of jazz standards and songs recorded with some of the best jazz players in Canada. Stina's second solo album, Concrete World (2008), is a collection of songs written by Icelandic singer-songwriter Johann G Johannsson. The songs on the album were chosen by Stina out of Johann's vast catalog of originals and all the arrangements and many of the lyrics were created by Stina and producer Maury LaFoy (Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden, k-os). She then moved on to become lead singer and songwriter of pop/rock band Nista and electronica duo AXXE (Mile-End Records, Rural Route Records, Nylo Music), still keeping her jazz roots fresh with regular gigs and recordings. Amongst Stina's achievements in her career she has been voted as one of the top ten local jazz acts in Montreal, twice. She has performed at the Reykjavík Jazz Festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival and regularly performs in Iceland and Sweden with well known Icelandic and Swedish jazz musicians (Max Schultz, Petur Östlund, Sigurdur Flosason, Einar Scheving etc.) Stina released her third solo album in December 2016, Jazz á íslensku (Jazz in Icelandic), that is a collection of jazz standards and folk songs in jazz arrangements with lyrics in Icelandic. Jazz á íslensku got nominated as best album in blues and jazz at the Icelandic music prize 2016. Currently Stina is working on her next original solo album and performing regularly in Sweden and Iceland as a solo artist and with Björkologi (Björk songs in jazz arrangments).
"All eyes were on singer Stina Agustsdottir. Seldom have I seen a singer of such a young age, command the stage with such presence and power. Great phrasing and a sound all her own."
- Ross Porter, C.M.
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