Name: Gun-Marie Fredriksson
Date of birth: May 30, 1958
Height: 167 cm
Born in: Össjo, grown up in: Östra-Ljungy.
Family: Her father Gösta died in 1981, her mother Inez died in 1998, sister Anna-Lisa died in 1966. Brother Sven Arne, sisters Tina and Ulla-Britt.
Married with: Mikael Bolyos since May 21st, 1994.
Children: Inez Josefin (born on April 29, 1993), Oscar Mikael (born on November 26, 1996).
Short biography: Marie moved to Halmstad in the end of the 1970’s, after she has been introduced to Stefan Dernbrandt, her later boyfriend. In the fall of 1978, the group Strulpojkarna was formed. The members were Martin Sternhufvud on electric guitar and vocals, Stefan Dernbrandt on drums, Lennart “Lelle” Nilsson on bass. Marie joined Stefan’s band and that was where she met Per Gessle for the first time. Per and Mats “MP” Persson were joining one of Strul’s rehearsals.
In 1981 Marie was asked to sing with Gyllene Tider, Per Gessle’s band. They recorded the song Ingenting av vad du behöver. This was actually the first time Marie and Per were recording a song together.
In 1982 Marie’s new band MaMas Barn – newly formed with the members Marie Fredriksson and Martin Sternhufvud – recorded a complete album in Stockholm. In November 1982 their album was released. It sold about 1,000 copies.
In the spring of 1985 Marie did her first solo tour. Her album “Den sjunde vågen” became a big success. So she started her second tour in 1986 which even had to be extended due to its enormous success.
In 1987 she recorded her new album “Efter stormen”. The album sold about 50,000 copies in about two weeks after its release. This meant also that she had reached a number one position for the first time. She decided to tour again – her third tour.
In 1989 she released the single “Sparvöga” which was written as the main theme for a Swedish TV series. No album followed, but her international breakthrough with Roxette and the album “Look Sharp” and the first number one single in the USA: “The Look”.
In 1991 the album “Joyride” was released and became a huge success nearly everywhere. The album was followed by a tour and a personal crisis of Marie. But towards the end of the “Join the Joyride”-tour she met the Swedish musician Mikael Bolyos, who was on a trip around Australia and visiting some members of the band during Roxette’s time in Sydney. They soon were engaged and within a year Marie became pregnant.
Inez Josefin Bolyos was born on April 29, 1993. She was named after Marie’s mother – Inez, but is called Josefin. About one year later Marie and Mikael were married in Östra Ljungby – May 21, 1994. Only 40 guests had been invited to this small wedding which was declared as “family celebration”. Not even her musical partner Per Gessle and his wife Åsa had been there.
In 1996 Marie released her fifth solo album “I en tid som vår”. On November 26th she gave birth to her second child Oscar Mikael.
In 2000 Marie released a “Best of”-Album called “Äntligen – Marie Fredrikssons Bästa 1984-2000” featuring two new songs “Äntligen” and a duet with Patrik Isaksson “Det som var nu”. Her album became the best-selling album in 2000 in Sweden, the tour she finally decided to do was a big chance for fans from all over the world to see Marie live again.
Two years after having been diagnosed with a brain tumour she released her first album in English in 2004 – “The Change”. Half of the songs are written by her husband Mikael and both of them used the work with the new album to cope with Marie’s illness.
Only two years later Marie released another album “Min bäste vän”, a cover album featuring the single “Sommaräng”, a song originally sung by John Holm.
And even Roxette is back. In autumn 2006 the new single “One Wish” and the new compilation “Roxette – The Hits” has been released, followed by a small promotion tour through Sweden, Germany and the UK and some TV appearances.
In 2008 Marie joined her first tour in Sweden – the Stjärnklart gala. She toured several cities and decided to go on with Roxette afterwards. She joined Per Gessle on stage in Amsterdam and Stockholm during his Party Crasher-tour and Roxette will be back on stage in autumn, doing the “Night of the Proms”, a tour in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.