CajsaStina Åkerström

CajsaStina was born on august 16th 1967 at Södersjukhuset, Stockholm. She's the daughter of folk ballad interpreter Fred Åkerström and named after "Fredmans första epistel" (C. M. Bellman).

Together with her father Fred she performed at an early age in many different contexts such as; Konserthuset in Stockholm 1980 with songs by folk ballad poet Fritz Sjöström and at the folk ballad festival in Västervik 1979. During her school years she played flute, piano and had vocal lessons. After her fathers death in 1985 CajsaStina put music to one side. Later she moved to Lund where she studied archaeology. In her spare time she learned, little by little, to play the guitar and started composing her own songs.

In connection with an archaeological dig as an employee at Kalmar Läns Museum she came in contact with a reporter and was offered to participate in a radio show. In 1991 she made her live radio debut with her own material and went on to gradually switch to music as a full time occupation.
Her debut album "CajsaStina" was released in 1994 and became a breakthrough both musically and commercially with 130.000 copies sold. The same year she faced an audience as part of Rocktåget with Magnus Uggla, Just D and Orup.

1996 saw the release of her second album "Klädd för att gå". Simultaneously she was writing songs for other artists such as Ann Kristin Hedmark and Lill Lindfors.
After the third album "Cirklar" (1998) CajsaStina took a break from her solo recordings, started painting, wrote a book and started collaborations with other artists, amongst those were; Åsa Jinder ("Av längtan till dig", a no.1 in the Swedish chart) and Finn Kalvik ("Tröstevisa" and "Lilla vackra Anna").

In the autumn of 2001 the compilation album "En bit på väg - CajsaStina Åkerströms bästa" was released. The following autumn CajsaStina released her fourth solo album "Picknick". In 2003 CajsaStina, along with Stina Ekblad, participated on the album "Huset med de arton rummen" (Linx Music/Verbum Förlag) containing texts by bishop emeritus Martin Lönnebo put to music and arranged by Stefan Jämtbäck. The same year she was a guest artist on Jämtbäcks solo album "I verkligheten". A couple of years of songwriting and touring follow for CajsaStina along with a gradual emancipation från the Metronome/Warner Music Sweden AB label which she had been signed to since her -94 debut.

In the summer of 2004 CajsaStina started her own record label Calimba Records AB and the summer of 2005 saw the release of the first production on this label; the CD "De vackraste orden - Tio visor" (distributed by Virgin/EMI), on which she for the first time spent an entire album interpreting other composers songs, it was an immediate success in the charts and went gold (30.000 copies) in 3 months.

The autumn of 2006 saw the release of the companys second production; "Kärleken finns överallt" featuring a string of self composed pop songs along with the beautiful ballad "Om du behöver mig" (original: "If ever you need me" text & music: David Halley) translated by Finn Kalvik and herself.

During june 2007 'Visor från förr och nu' was released as a follow-up to 'De vackraste orden - Tio visor'. The album sold gold in Sweden.

2008 CajsaStina was a guest on Stefan Andersson's album "No 90 Kleist."
2009 The CD "Sånger om dej och mej" (distribution Lionheart/Universal) with Jack Vreeswijk as a guest on a couple of songs.

2010 debuted CajsaStina as a writer - in September was the book "Du och jag, farsan" (You and me, Dad) published on Norstedts Förlag. That same year visited CajsaStina troubadour and songwriter Torgny Birch on his album Atlantis - a tribute CD to Gustaf Frödings honor on the occasion of the poet's birth 150 years ago.

In June 2011 was the album "Songs from near and far" released

In spring 2013 VAX RECORDS released a concert CD with me by the name of "Balladen om Eken. En kväll i Ruben Nilsons anda".