Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen was born and raised in the small town of Nesna in Nordland county, Norway, Europe. She currently lives in Nesna, Norway.
Ida Maria gained considerable success in Norway in 2007 after winning two national competitions for unknown artists - Zoom urørt 2006 and Urørtkonkurransen 2007 - and playing successful shows at the annual Norwegian music industry festival By:Larm 2007 and 2008.
Her first album, Fortress Round My Heart, was released in 2008. Her singles "Oh My God" and "Stella" were both played regularly on Norwegian national radio station NRK P3.
Ida Maria later expanded her popularity outside of her native country, namely in the United Kingdom, where she appeared on Later... with Jools Holland, was interviewed by The Times, and performed at the Glastonbury Festival.
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Having performed at various festivals, including Reading, and being nominated for Best Rock/Indie Artist category at the BT Digital Music Awards 2008, Ida Maria has toured in Scandinavia, the UK, the U.S. and Australia.
Ida Maria's song "Keep Me Warm" was featured in the season 4 finale of the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy and during some Nivea commercials during the Fall of 2009.
Ida Maria's song "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" was featured in episode 8 of "My Life As Liz" entitled "A Prom to Remember Part 2." It was played during the dancing sequence at the prom. Her song "Louie" is being used for some commercials for the FX TV show Louie (TV series).
The song "Oh My God" was one of the first songs confirmed to be featured in Rock Band 3. Her song "Oh My God" was featured in the trailer for "It's Kind of a Funny Story."
Ida Maria was a co-headliner at the 2009 Perez Hilton Presents tour. On 17 September 2009, after a Boston show, she pulled out of the tour, citing exhaustion.
Her second album, Katla, was released on November 8, 2010 in Norway. And internationally in June 7, 2011. Her song "Bad Karma" was featured in the 2011 films Scream 4 & Bad Teacher.
-----Ida Maria is reported to have the neurological phenomenon of synesthesia which, in her case, means she envisions colours when she hears music.