Liselotte Östblom (1992) is a jazz/soul vocalist-composer born and resident in Stockholm, Sweden. The 24-year-old is making her debut as a solo artist with the self-produced and imaginative EP A Paintbrush Unfold: A 7-track musical statement that is found immersed in both jazz and soul with clear infusions from hip hop and elements of RnB. Mixed and mastered by Dave Darlington (Bass Hit Studios New York) and released on her own label STBLM.
Liselotte is a regular performer on the Swedish scene in mainly jazz but also in other genres. She has performed at Stockholm Jazz Festival and Fasching (Stockholm), Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Apollo Theatre in New York alongside rare opportunities such as rapping her own composition for the Prime minister of Sweden and Royal Prince Daniel in October 2016 during INVESTOR AB 100th anniversary. Liselotte is a diverse artist and vocalist that through her foundation in jazz is curious to explore interesting music independent of genre and is continuously growing in her role as a composer and performer.
The rich legacy of her family, being of the fourth generation of musicians, choir-conductors and composers, Liselotte was indulged in all kinds of musical expressions from as long as she can remember. Influenced by her parents (both more or less musicians; her mum a passionate music teacher and father big band trombonist) she fell in love with jazz and the improvisational approach to music early. The free phrasing in vocalists like Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau has been her vocal heroes, while at the same time being educated in the rich choir-tradition of Sweden at Adolf Fredriks Musikklasser between the age of 10-16.
Vocal improvisation beyond genres
Her interest in improvisation really caught fire when she studied jazz at the nationally acclaimed High School Södra Latin who’s alumni range from Max Martin, Tomas Tranströmer (Nobel Prize winner) to Dirty Loops. In 2012 when Liselotte discovered vocalist-producer-rapper Georgia Anne Muldrow and gospel-scatting Kim Burrell she heard two pioneers in their own unique way that had integrated the obvious roots of jazz into their craft; the conviction that diligent study of jazz would also be Liselotte’s way to develop her own sound further. Later that same year she was accepted to the prestigious Royal College of Music in Stockholm, studying jazz performance while starting to make a little local buzz as the edgy-singer of neo-soul/rock quartet Ever Say Ever.
✮Other compositional highlights✮
As a composer Liselotte was selected for Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead in 2016, featured in the exhibition Nobel Creations at Nobel Museum, has attracted praise from the Prime Minister of Sweden for her special composition and performance of a rap for the 100th birthday of Swedish INVESTOR AB with an audience including the Royal Prince Daniel of Sweden and received a golden record as a 12-year old for her national representation in Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 with the song “Varför jag”(Marianne Records). Liselotte Östblom has also sung a duet with one of Sweden’s most famous singers Peter Jöback.
Updated November 29, 2016