Born in 1974 in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, she was given the name Selma Björnsdóttir. She took dance lessons as well as learned to play cello at an early age. Her stage debut happened early too as she performed in children versions of Cinderella and Noah’s Ark.
After her graduation in 1995, Selma’s musical career began. She got the role as Rosalia in a production of West Side Story at the National Theatre. Due to that, she put her plans to study law on pause. After West Side Story, Grease happened… and she never looked back.
In 1999 everything fell into place for Selma. She represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest, scored a second place with the song All Out Of Luck, an international record deal with Universal, her debut album I Am was released and finally, she was awarded Performer of the Year at the Icelandic music award. Since then, Selma has been a
Six years later, she returned to the Eurovision Song Contest. If I Had Your Love however failed to qualify for the final of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest and as such Selma had to leave the competition after the semi-final stage.