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Lene Nystrøm

Lene Grawford Nystrøm Rasted in July 2008
Background information
Birth name Lene Grawford Nystrøm
Also known as Lene Grawford Nystrøm Rasted
Born October 2, 1973 (1973-10-02) (age 36)
Tønsberg, Norway
Genres Dance-pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1994–present
Labels Universal
Associated acts Aqua

Lene Grawford Nystrøm Rasted (born Lene Grawford Nystrøm on October 2, 1973 in Tønsberg, Norway), popularly known as Lene Nystrøm, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter, who is best known as vocalist for the Danish dance-pop group Aqua.[1]



During her teenage years Lene developed an interest in performing and began her adult life as a barmaid and model.

During the Aqua days she had homes in both United States and Denmark.

The relationship between Lene Nystrom and Søren Rasted is rumored to be one of the many reasons Aqua disbanded in 2001.

Lene married Søren on August 25, 2001. After the wedding, Lene moved to live permanently in Denmark. On November 6, 2004, she gave birth to a daughter, India. The couple welcomed their second child, a boy named Billy, in 2006.

Musical career


In 1994 Lene was spotted by Rene Dif singing on the Norwegian Norway-Denmark passenger ferry M/S Peter Wessel. He approached her and she became the lead vocalist for the group which was initially called Joyspeed, later re-named Aqua. The group consisted of Lene, René Dif, Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen. In their prime, Aqua managed to make the singles chart top ten in a number of countries where European pop acts would not normally succeed. She would remain with the group until 2001 when they split up due to personal differences, including a relationship between Lene and Søren Rasted. In October 2007 they were reunited and they released a Greatest Hits album in 2009.

Solo career

In 2003 Lene released her first solo album, Play With Me, which performed poorly in Scandinavia, making only number 74 in the Norwegian charts. This lacklustre performance did not affect her single sales though. Initially "Virgin Superstar" was released to radio, followed by "It's Your Duty'" (was given a full release) which peaked at number 3 in Denmark followed by 2004's "Pretty Young Thing", another potential hit. In 2004 a vinyl promo of Here We Go was released to DJs and radio, a cd promo of "Scream" was also released in very a limited number as promotion. Lene is often mistaken for the British singer and TV presenter, Anna Kumble, who performed using the stage name "Lolly"

Play With Me features "Here We Go", a cover of a Moonbaby song which Girls Aloud also went on to cover for their album What Will The Neighbours Say?. Her album track "We Wanna Party" has also been covered by Girls Aloud on their 2008 album Out of Control. Both songs were co-written and produced by British production team by Xenomania.


Lene then turned her hand to writing pop songs for other groups, writing "No Good Advice" and "You Freak Me Out" for Girls Aloud's first album Sound of the Underground. "No Good Advice" was a huge hit, cementing Girls Aloud's place in mainstream pop, while "You Freak Me Out" appeared in the Disney film Freaky Friday. Girls Aloud later covered Lene's "Here We Go" and "We Wanna Party". Meanwhile, Pretty Young Thing was covered by Tina Cousins.

Acting career

Lene played her first major role in the 2009 production Deliver Us From Evil under acclaimed Danish director Ole Bornedal.[2]




  • It's Your Duty (2003) - #3 in Denmark, #9 in Norway
  • Pretty Young Thing (2004)
  • Here we go (2004) - only as promo DJ release
  • Hvor Små Vi Er (2005) (Benefic featuring Lene)
  • I Love New York (2005) (Lazyboy featuring Lene)


  • Queen for a Day (Luciana Caporaso & Mike Mangini) - 3.28 [It's Your Duty B-Side]
  • As Good As It Gets [Rare recording from the Play With Me sessions]
  • Pole Position [Rare recording from the Play With Me sessions]
  • Two Directions / Come on Down (1992) (Lene's first recordings)
  • Hvor Små Vi Er (2005) (Benefic Single featuring Lene)
  • I Love New York (2005) (Lazyboy song featuring Lene)


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