Nina Persson

Swedish singer (born 1974)

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Nina Persson
Persson in 2014

Persson in 2014
Background information
Birth name Nina Elisabet Persson
Born (1974-09-06) 6 September 1974 (age 49)
Örebro, Sweden
Genres Pop, indie rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, actress
Instrument(s) Vocals, keyboards
Years active 1992–present
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Member of
Musical artist
Nina Persson at Stockholm Pride-festival, July 2009.

Nina Elisabet Persson (.mw-parser-output .IPA-label-small{font-size:85%}.mw-parser-output .references .IPA-label-small,.mw-parser-output .infobox .IPA-label-small,.mw-parser-output .navbox .IPA-label-small{font-size:100%}pronounced [ˈnîːna ˈpæ̌ːʂɔn] ; born 6 September 1974) is the lead singer and lyricist for the Swedish rock band The Cardigans. She has also worked as a solo artist, releasing two albums as A Camp[1] and one under her own name, and has also appeared as a guest artist with several other acts.


Persson made her acting debut in the film Om Gud vill which was released in 2006.

She appears on the Manic Street Preachers song “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough“, which reached #2 on the UK chart, on the album Send Away the Tigers. She also features on the 2009 Sparklehorse/Danger Mouse collaboration Dark Night of the Soul singing “Daddy’s Gone”.

Persson’s first solo album released under her own name, Animal Heart, was released on 10 February 2014 on the independent British record label Lojinx Records.[2]

James Yorkston, Nina Persson and The Second Hand Orchestra in 2023

In October 2022, Domino Recording Company posted a single by James Yorkston, Persson and The Secondhand Orchestra called “Hold Out For Love.”[3] The track was “from the forthcoming album The Great White Sea Eagle.[3] She worked with James Yorkston and Karl-Jonas Winqvist of The Second Hand Orchestra on that album in Malmo. She was touring in the UK with them in 2022 and 2023.[4]

She has said that the Cardigans may reform occasionally to play together, but there are no plans to work in a studio to create new music together.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Persson grew up in Jönköping, Sweden.[5] “I grew up in a middle-class, academic family,” Persson said in 2014. “I lived in a villa with a garden. I had two younger brothers.”[6]

She did not want to be a musician growing up, having an interest in art instead, which resulted in her attending art school.[6] “I never really strived to be a musician; I was just, sort of, recruited into this band. I was bored out of my mind in this small, safe place (Jönköping). I was like, ‘Awesome, I get to hang with fun guys.’”[6]

On 16 June 2001, Persson married American songwriter and author Nathan Larson.

Persson was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2009, and underwent surgical treatment.

After three attempts at in vitro fertilization, their son Nils was born on 30 September 2010. For several years the family resided in Harlem, New York City, but in 2015 they decided to relocate to Malmö, the former base of the Cardigans. In an interview with Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter in March 2018, Persson talked about her expatriate years, the return to Sweden and pointed out that the return to her native country was family business and did not reflect any wish to reboot her old band.[7]


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Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Animal Heart 2 14 19 120



  • 2014: “Tänk Om… Musiken Från Filmen”
  • 2015: “What if… (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack What if…)”

Collaborations and soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Main Artist Album
1996 “Autumn Waltz” Scents Scents
Desafinado Nina Persson 12 Standards
1998 “Som Glas” Fläskkvartetten Jag Ger Vad Som Helst För Lite Solsken
“Appalachian Lullaby” Shudder To Think First Love, Last Rites OST
“J’en Ai Marre D’être Bleu” Mathieu Boogaerts J’en Ai Marre D’être Deux
1999 “Is It Really Real?” Nathan Larson I Am Not Scared (Promo)
“What the Hell Are You Crying For?” Desert Blue OST
The Bluest Eyes in Texas Nina Persson Boys Don’t Cry OST
2000 “Theme From Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)” Nina Persson Randall and Hopkirk OST
“Lid” Ray Wonder A New Kind of Love
2001 Losing My Religion Nina Persson & Nathan Larson Lad De Små Børn OST
“Gold Day” Sparklehorse It’s A Wonderful Life
“Apple Bed”
“Just Because a Man Expects Me To” Nathan Larson Jealous God
“Exit Smiling” Nathan Larson & Patrik Bartosch The Château OST
2002 “Bängen Trålar” Soundtrack of Our Lives Nationalsånger
2003 “Friends” Backyard Babies Stockholm Syndrome
2004 “Dirty Love” Division of Laura Lee Das Not Compute
“Fiction” Nathan Larson FilmMusik
“Le Pont De La Tristesse” (a.k.a. “Creme Fresh (Moods)”)
“Miss You” Marit Bergman Baby Dry Your Eyes
“Prom Night” Sir Eric Beyond The Beauty of Nature EP
2005 “You Hate My Beautiful Love” Monkeystrikes You Hate My Beautiful Love
“Flyg Min Väg” Freddie Wadling Jag är Monstret
“Aviva Pastoral” Nathan Larson Palindromes OST
“Lullaby (Aviva’s and Henrietta’s Theme)”
“Up on a Cloud”
“Roaring 40’s” Christian Kjellvandar Faya
“Little Fish Theme” Nathan Larson Little Fish OST
2006 “Angel’s Fall (Sorry Angel)” Nina Persson Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground Om Gud Vill OST
“Itämaista Rakkautta (Oriental Love)”
“Black Winged Bird” The Cake Sale
2007 Your Love Alone Is Not Enough Manic Street Preachers Send Away the Tigers
“Your Love Alone… (Nina Solo Acoustic)” Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
“Vänner” Svante Thuresson Svante Thuresson och Vänner
2008 “Land of a Thousand Dances” Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power Pleasure Before Business
“Baby You Got Me Wrong” Florian Horwath Sleepyhead
“Why’d You Come in Here Looking Like That?” Jill Johnson Music Row
2009 “Electric Flowers” (w/ RZA) N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo
“Tears from a Child’s Eye” Nicolai Dunger Play
“Daddy’s Gone” Dangermouse/Sparklehorse Dark Night of the Soul
“Electraglide” Aurelio Valle Tender Parasites OST
“Lament Of Belles” Nathan Larson Lula Magazine
2010 “Brothers in Arms” Georg Wadenius Reconnection
“The Blues” Primary 1 Record Store Day 10″
2011 “Cowboys and Hobos” Nathan Larson My Idiot Brother OST
“The End of the Line” (Recorded 1997) Lars Bygden Songs I Wrote
“Jolene” Dollykollot Dollykollot
“Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man”
“The Weed Had Got There First”
“Place I Love” Nathan Larson Dark Horse OST
2012 “Make Believe” James Iha Look to the Sky
“Till Next Tuesday”
I Swung the Election The Citizens Band Grab a Root and Growl
2014 “Heat” Brothers of End Shakers Love
“Fight Song (God’s Pocket)” Nathan Larson God’s Pocket OST
2015 “Static” Ben Lee A Mixtape From Ben Lee
2016 “Come Give Me Love” Timo Räisänen Timo sjunger Ted
“Saturday” Nina Persson Hello Mark Linkous – A Tribute to Sparklehorse
“Dark Days” Local Natives Sunlit Youth
2017 “Dead for Seconds” Moto Boy NEW MUSIC
2022 “Hold Out For Love” [14] James Yorkston with The Second Hand Orchestra The Great White Sea Eagle

Other appearances[edit]

In December 2022, Persson appeared in a web exclusive [15] of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, disposing of plastic dolls by feeding them to a talking garbage can.

See also[edit]


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