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Maja Ivarsson

Background information
Born October 2, 1979 (1979-10-02) (age 30)
Åhus, Scania, Sweden
Origin Helsingborg, Scania, Sweden
Genres New Wave, indie rock
Instruments Vocals, electric guitar
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts The Sounds, Cobra Starship

Maja Ivarsson, born 2 October 1979, is lead singer in the Swedish New Wave band The Sounds.



The Sounds were formed in 1998 in Helsingborg, by childhood friends guitarist and vocalist Felix Rodriguez and bassist Johan Bengtsson, who later invited drummer Fredrik Nilsson on board. Ivarsson's striking presence and personality led to an invitation to be their lead singer. They met Jesper Anderberg during the Hultsfred Festival by chance and invited him to join their band. He plays piano, guitar, synthesizers and does back-up vocals.

Maja performing at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City on October 12, 2009

The Sounds are active on the touring circuit, including the United States. Their first tour was in the wake of their 2003 smash "Living in America" (both the song and the album), although their touring conditions were a far cry from the sheen of the video for the song. They have been to the "Southern Finland triangle" (Turku, Tampere and Helsinki) many times, but their tour in the fall of 2006 showcased them in additional inland and coastal towns. After that they went on international tour and were in Portugal in 2007. In 2008 they began a tour of Europe and North America that ended at the end of summer 2009. The band opened for No Doubt alongside Paramore in four shows in California during the summer. These proved to be a successful exposure for them as their popularity on myspace, twitter and their Street Team has increased dramatically. Most of the shows on their tour involved opening for No Doubt, while some of their headlining shows featured opening act Hey Champ. The Sounds recently finished a US headlining tour with supporting acts Semi Precious Weapons and Foxy Shazam and a tour in Europe with supporting act Matt & Kim to promote their new album, Crossing the Rubicon.

In 2002, Ivarsson collaborated with Andreas Mattson in the song "Free Free Free" which was released on the soundtrack for the German film Grosse Maedchen Weinen Nicht (Big Girls Don't Cry).

Ivarsson was featured in Cobra Starship's single and music video "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)", for the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane. The widely advertised film gave an enormous amount of publicity to Ivarsson and her band, especially in America.

Maja is featured in the song "We Are Rebels" by Alice in Videoland from their 2008 album She's A Machine!

Personal Life

She began playing the French horn at the age of 8 and at 14 she took up the electric guitar. She is also a composer and lyricist. Around the age of 8 she took up karate, Thai boxing and kickboxing. She has three tattoos: a tribal sun on the inside of her left forearm, Modesty Blaise (a sixties British comic book character) on her right outer forearm and three dots between her right thumb and index finger. The three dot tattoo is in memory of her father, who was a sailor. They symbolize having traveled the seven seas.

When asked by an interviewer in Out Magazine, Ivarsson characterized her sexuality as bisexual.When asked what kind of mates she likes, Maja replied, "I like very feminine girls. And very masculine boys. Kind of boring in a way. If I was dating a guy -- I like it almost when you can't make up your mind if they're good looking or not. I don't like pretty boys at all."[1] In previous interviews, she confirmed her status as "a member of the queer community."[2]

Ivarsson is known to be a private person when it comes to her personal life so most details are not available. She prefers to keep the focus on her and the band's music rather than their lives outside their career.



  1. ^ ""Can't Stop The Queen Of The Sounds"",, 19 December 2007,, retrieved 2007-12-19  
  2. ^ Shapiro, Gregg (June 20, 2006), Interview with Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds,, retrieved 2007-11-06  


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