Sigrid: Inside the making of a modern pop icon

Ben Homewood

Sigrid Solbakk Raabe is sitting at the piano in her family home in Ålesund, Norway.

Outside the small, white wooden house, which was built in 1903, snow blankets the garden and the air is heavy with cold. The street’s tallest Blodbøk beech tree glints in the fading light.

The nervous teenage musician plays covers, hits by Ellie Goulding, Adele and Coldplay, her rasping voice finding its way around lyrics she doesn’t always understand, as her fingers dance across the keys.

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