Agnes Obel

Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel, born Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel October 28, 1980, took up the piano at a very young age, honing her craft amidst the strains of Bartok and Chopin emanating from the fingers of her musician mother. She later drew inspiration from the work of Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson, and it was between those two worlds that her own sound began to emerge. Citing influences as diverse as PJ Harvey and Claude DeBussy, and drawing comparisons to the likes Ane Brun, Eva Cassidy, and Joni Mitchell, Obel's 2010 debut, Philharmonics, was written (with the exception of a cover of John Cale's "I Keep a Close Watch"), performed and produced by the artist herself. Pure, austere, and remarkably poised, the pristine mix of instrumentals and atmospheric, melancholy balladry, was both a critical and commercial success, especially in her native Denmark, where the record went double platinum.

HUGE Agnes Obel news today as it's just been revealed by Music Week that her album 'Citizen Of Glass' has won the prestigious IMPALA European Independent Album Of The Year Award! Agnes joins an all-star cast of previous winners, including Caribou, Jose Gonzalez, Adele and The xx, and even ...
After a spellbinding performance at Somerset House in London last Saturday, Agnes Obel recieved 4 stars in a review from 'The Upcoming'. You can read the full review here.