Finnish R&B singer Jonna hit it big in 2002 on the Finnish reality show Popstars, and within a year had released a debut album that got up to #7 on the Finnish charts. She joined the LDS church less than a year later, instantly making her the most visible Mormon in a country where only 2.4 percent of the population belongs to a church other than Lutheranism.
She recently spent over a year in L.A. gathering inspiration and writing an upcoming English-language album, due out later this year (watch the music video for the debut single, Puppets, which she recently performed in Finnish finals for the Eurovision Song Contest).
I had a chance to Skype it up with Jonna, and we chatted about her unique vocal style, what it’s like to be a pop star and a Young Women’s president, and why Eurovision is so bad at promoting good music (my words, not hers). Continue Reading →