Icelandic-Chinese artist, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Laufey has won the 2024 GRAMMY for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” for her critically acclaimed work, ‘Bewitched’. In her acceptance speech, she expresses gratitude for the honor bestowed upon her.
Laufey has unveiled a video of her enthralling performance of “Valentine” from her Manila concert in 2023 to celebrate her triumph. Timed perfectly for Valentine’s Day, this fan-favorite rendition also commemorates Laufey’s sold-out shows in Manila on May 28 and 29, 2024, where she will enchant audiences with ‘A Night At The Symphony’ alongside the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fans can witness the magic of Laufey’s live performance of “Valentine” by following this link: Valentine Live in Manila.
“Valentine” soared to the top of the Spotify Jazz Chart upon its release as a single in 2022, marking the beginning of a series of achievements for Laufey. Her album ‘Bewitched’ debuted in 2023, becoming the highest-charting jazz debut in Spotify history. Tracks like “From The Start” garnered international acclaim, propelling Laufey onto ‘The Bewitched Tour’, where she mesmerized audiences in cities like Manila, Singapore, and Taipei.
The GRAMMY win crowns a monumental year for Laufey. In addition to her first GRAMMY win, she graced the Premiere Ceremony stage with a performance of her viral hit “From The Start” and accompanied Billy Joel on cello during his rendition of his latest single. Laufey’s momentum continues with ‘Bewitched: The Goddess Tour’, her highly anticipated world tour, which sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale.
Laufey, pronounced lāy-vāy, endeavors to bridge the gap between the past and present, blending influences from jazz legends and classical maestros with a contemporary perspective. She aims to make jazz and classical music more accessible to her generation through her music. Raised between Reykjavík and Washington, D.C., with regular visits to Beijing, Laufey’s musical journey began with her father’s jazz record collection, which ignited her passion for music.
In 2020, while studying at Berklee College of Music, Laufey released her debut single “Street by Street,” which quickly rose to the top of Icelandic radio charts. Following the success of her ‘Typical of Me’ EP, Laufey received the honor of Best New Artist in Jazz and Blues at the Icelandic Music Awards and even hosted her own show on BBC Radio 3/BBC Sounds. With over 12 million monthly listeners across all platforms, Laufey’s influence continues to grow.