Zara Maria Larsson (born December 16, 1997) is a Swedish singer. Zara received national fame for winning the TV4 talent show Talang 2008, the Swedish version of Got Talent. She had a breakthrough with her debut EP album Introducing, released in January 2013, with the single “Uncover” topping the charts in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Both the single “Uncover” as well as the album Introducing were certifiedtriple platinum in July 2013 by Universal Music Sweden. Zara signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States in April 2013. She lives with her mother, father and her one sister.
Zara Larsson was born on 16 December 1997 in Stockholm, Sweden. She has one sister named Hanna (born 2000). She used to sing as a little girl, which made her parents notice her talent. She was a finalist of the Swedish talent show Stjärnskott 2007 before appearing on Talang.
During Talang 2008 she performed three songs: “The Greatest Love of All” and “One Moment in Time” by Whitney Houston, at the audition and the semifinal respectively; and “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion at the final. She won the competition at age 10, and received the prize money of 500,000 SEK as a result. “My Heart Will Go On”, the song Zara sang at the final, was released as her debut single. Her performance in the final has received 14 million views on YouTube.
Although very little news was heard for over four years following her Talang victory, Zara signed with TEN Music Group in 2012 to release her debut EP album. The album, namedIntroducing, was revealed on December 9, 2012 through a preview of the song “Uncover” onYouTube.
The album was released on January 21, 2013, featuring five songs. “Uncover” was released as the album’s lead single; it peaked at No. 1 on both the Sverigetopplistan and DigiListancharts, as well as reaching No. 1 in Norway and peaking at No. 3 in Denmark, and on February 25, 2013 the song was certified Platinum in Sweden as a result of the song receiving over 5 million streams. The song also entered the Svensktoppen tracklists. The YouTube video for “Uncover” has received over 7 million views. In July 2013, the song was certified triple platinum in Sweden by Universal Music Sweden. At Sommarkryssetin Gröna Lund in July 2013, she also received a triple platinum award from Universal Music Sweden for her debut EP Introducing, for “sales in excess of 120.000 units in Sweden”.
On March 27, 2013, Zara’s next EP album was revealed through a preview of the song “She’s Not Me (Pt. 1)”. The EP, named Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself, was released on July 5, 2013, featuring five songs. However, the double-single “She’s Not Me” (consisting of “She’s Not Me (Pt. 1)” and “She’s Not Me (Pt. 2)”), from the album, was released on June 25, 2013.
Zara revealed on her blog on April 3, 2013, that she had signed a three-year contract with Epic Records in the United States (U.S.).