Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965), known as Björk (/ˈbjɜːrk/; Icelandic: [ˈpjœr̥k]), is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, producer, DJ, and actress. Björk was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. When Björk was 11 her father, Guðmundur Gunnarsson, died and Björk also lost her mother to a heart-attack at age 12
She began writing songs by the age of 13 and started performing in clubs when she was 14. Björk gave her first public performance at a school talent show, singing “Aeroplane” by the Boomtown Rats. Björk’s music career began when she was 18 with her band, Kukl (“Sorcery” or “Magic”). Björk contributed vocals to 808 State’s album 808:88:98 and played in club gigs around Europe.
Björk received particular attention when she shook her shaved head on stage at the 1992 ICA conference in London. Björk’s first solo album was Björk (1993). Her work as an actress include starring roles in the films Dancer in the Dark, The Juniper Tree, and Drawing Restraint 9.