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Born on 24 April 1960, Icelandic musician and songwriter Friðrik Karlsson studied classical and jazz/rock guitar and had success with the group Mezzoforte in 1983 with the U.K. top 20 hit, ‘Garden Party’. He contributed to the soundtracks of musicals such as ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and to that of movies such as ‘Evita’ and ‘Hercules’. His TV work includes accompanying singers Madonna, José Carreras and Tom Jones. Karlsson has also appeared on albums and singles from Boyzone and Cliff Richard, among others.

Karlsson moved back to his native Iceland, after living in London, where among other jobs he worked as a session musician playing guitar in the musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. He has released numerous new-age and relaxation music albums known as ‘The Feel Good Collection’.

In 2014, Karlsson also played guitar during the Before The Dawn live shows, which were recorded and released as Before The Dawn in November 2016.