Happy Friday everyone! I’m AJ Rempel and I’m highlighting the singer Laufey Lin Jónsdóttir!

Laufey is an artist who sings a mix of jazz-pop and bedroom pop. On April 23, 1999, Laufey was born in Reykjavík, Iceland to a Chinese mother and an Icelandic father. Her mother was a classical violinist and her grandfather, Lin Yaoji, was a violin teacher. Her mother and her grandfather were both inspirations for her love of music. Laufey has been involved with music since she was very young, she started to learn the piano at 4 and the cello at 8 years old. At 15, Laufey performed as a cello soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She also performed on Island Got Talent (the Icelandic version of America’s Got Talent) and was a finalist. In 2014, she competed on The Voice Iceland where she was the youngest competitor in the series’ history at the time.


Six years later in 2020, she released her debut single, “Street by Street”, and it charted at number one on Icelandic Radio. On April 30th, 2021 Laufey released her first EP which included “Street by Street” with six other songs. After this EP, Laufey experienced a lot of success, she performed at the London Jazz Festival in November 2021, and she was a musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Laufey released her second album, Bewitched on September 8th, 2023. This album has a song called “From The Start” which has become her most streamed song!


It’s amazing to see a resurgence in jazz! It’s so inspiring to see what Laufey has done in such a short amount of time. I can’t wait to keep listening to her!

AJ Rempel

Project Race Kids President

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