Mira Craig: “Hold On Be Strong was actually the first song I ever wrote at the age of 15.”

Mira Craig is a popular Norwegian RnB singer who debuted as an artist with the single “Boogeyman” back in 2005. Eurovision audience knows her as the one who composed the Norwegian Eurovision entry at Eurovision Song Contest 2008 “Hold On Be Strong” performed by Maria Haukaas Mittet (née Storeng). She also competed at MGP 2010 with “I’ll Take You High” where she got eliminated in the second round of the second chance. Mira has been nominated for several Spellemann Prizes, the Alarm Prize and the MTV Europe Music Awards. Throughout her career, she has worked with major international artists and producers, and has played for over 100,000 people at home and abroad. “We Still Here” is the first single on her upcoming album.

Hello Mira, we could say that you are a well known and experienced with Melodi Grand Prix based on your previous experience what’s your favourite memory from the show and what made you decide to return to MGP?

– My favorite moment was winning in Norway and the trip to Eurovision!

If I am not mistaken your first TV performance was in the show “Midt i smørøyet” where you sang  “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston when you were 12 years old since then started performing and writing songs. Is there any song you are still saving from those years which is unreleased but you’d like to release it? 

-No not completely, I got the job in Midt I Smørøyet by singing Im Your Baby tonight by Whitney Houston at the audition, in the show I sang other song and had a new song and video every week. Haha no, I did not write those songs and they were for a children’s show 😉 “Hold On Be Strong” was actually the first song I ever wrote at age 15.

Can you tell us what was the idea behind “We Still Here” given the fact that you are the author of it and what does the song mean for you?

Most of my songs have multiple meanings to them and I like when the people listening find there own meaning to the songs, and maybe in 5 years when they hear the song again they will hear it in a different light with another meaning. To me it has both a personal and spiritual meaning.

You mentioned that at the performance a lot of dancing will be involved, can you reveal us more about your plans for this Saturday?

-Yes, Costumes and dancing. I don’t want to reveal too much but I really hope people like the show and feel it is a good and powerful one;)

Melodi Grand Prix has long history, 62 years have passed from the first edition, What is your favourite song which competed at the stage of MGP and tell us why did you choose it?

I like many of the songs. I had a Eurovision cassette when I was little from the year 1986 so I like a lot of the songs that year. I think my favorite so far is “Hold On Be Strong” hihi

What do you do when you are not creating music and singing?
– Making outfits, or producing music videoes😉 I love being creative!

What are your plans after Melodi Grand Prix 2022?

-I will keep releasing my 7th album!

Thank you so much for your time
Mira. We wish you the best of luck at Melodi Grand Prix. You can listen to “We Still Here” on Spotify or below


Don’t forget to vote for your favourite at the first semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2022!

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