For some time now, the book publishing world has enjoyed the phenomenon created by the huge success of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s trilogy: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest. I’ve read all three books and liked them a lot, but I was into Scandinavian literature long before the girl got her tattoo. (In fact, I remember a paperback copy of a Norwegian book — Song Of The Red Ruby — being passed around during my teen years, but that’s another story.)
For a number of years I’ve enjoyed reading some really good mystery/thrillers written by the likes of Larsson’s fellow Swede Henning Mankell, Norwegian Jo Nesbø, and even Iceland’s Arnaldur Indridason, although some do not consider Iceland to technically be part of Scandinavia. According to Wikipedia the same is true of Finland, but both countries are commonly included, and it’s Finland that brings the subject of music into our discussion. (You knew I’d get there eventually, right?)
Janita Maria Raukko is a Finnish model turned singer and even though that’s a description that might give you pause, she’s actually managed to craft a nice singing career in the last decade or so. She moved from her native Finland to the US in her late teens, and has since been able to build a nice career as both a supermodel and a singer, with more than a half-dozen albums to her credit.