Mirel Wagner was born in Ethiopia, and grew up in peaceful conditions in Espoo, Finland. The family name leads back to a German great-grandfather. At age 7 she was given violin lessons, at 13 she switched to guitar and at 16 she wrote her first songs. After a while she dared to join open mic events in Helsinki. Jean Ramsay, an American music journalist living in Finland, came across her at one of these sessions. He was particularly convinced of her talent, raved about her in an early article and recommended her to others. So, without producing a demo and contacting record labels, she found herself sitting in a real recording studio. Aki Roukala, a photographer and friend of Ramsay offered to finance these recordings and to take care that the tapes secured a release. Over two days she recorded 12 songs straight. 9 of them can be found on her debut, which was first released in Finland in spring 2011. Her second album “When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day” was released by Sub Pop in 2014.
As of May 2016