Maja Kristina has no intention of fast-tracking her into the upper echelon of pop music. Raised in Sweden, inspired by the influx of strong, independently poised women currently dominating pop music, and already responsible for a wave of unshakable singles, the road to 2020 signals a peak in confidence and clarity for one Stockholm’s most enigmatic prospects of the past decade. With her debut EP enroute and a formal alliance with Republic Records in play, the young and talented artist/songwriter needs little encouragement where taking center stage is concerned. Having witnessed the ups and downs of fame through her own family life, the aspiring songwriter-turned-artist channeled a love for words and an experimental itch into her own artistic vision.
Maja Kristina now makes music with a soul focus on connecting the world. The red carpets and glamour shoots can wait – right now her main concern is bringing real feeling to the global pop landscape. Relatable, raw and emotively cleansed pop music is the name of the game, and for Maja Kristina. Driven by perfecting the art of musical self-disclosure and the explorative nature of songwriting, her music taps into real feelings, emotions and experiences that can touch the masses without attempting to cut corners.
“For me, seeing women like Julia Michaels make passionate and really empowering pop music in the spotlight has been a huge inspiration,” she admits. “It felt like it was becoming more and more possible to do something meaningful in the spotlight. There’s no trade-off between relevance and realism.”
Signing with Republic Records in 2018, her inaugural label single ‘No Fake Love’ landed to the tune of huge domestic and international support. Her follow-up single, ‘Idiot,’ written alongside Rami Yacoub, Rob Knox and her brother Simon Stromstedt, keeps with the theme of empowering pop, and acts as a precursor to the rising star’s debut EP, scoped for release in 2020.
“Now that the pieces are coming together, I feel totally confident in my vision and what I want to stand for,” explains Maja. “Early on in your career, you have a vision and aspirations, but where I am now is a place where I can feel it all coming to fruition. “Idiot” is the perfect next chapter and I am excited to show the world how my debut EP takes form next year.”
Alongside the rise of her studio work, Maja Kristina’s live presence has been a tangible opportunity for the young and rising talent, to nurture and connect with a genuinely engaged fanbase domestically.
“It’s the best feeling in the world for me,” she explains. “The live show is where you get to live and breathe the project. That’s where the energy and emotion really come out. To share that with other people at this stage in my career just feels amazing to me. It’s been a learning process, but hugely enjoyable too.”
While her debut EP already promises to be an illuminating calendar mark for Swedish pop music with international teeth, Maja Kristina’s continuous leaps and bounds show that there is a combination of talent, conviction, and character available in modern pop music that truly cannot be beaten.