Elize Ryd is a Swedish vocalist, songwriter, artist and entrepreneur. She has been active as a multi-talented performer since 2004. She is mostly known for her work with Kamelot and for being a founding member of Amaranthe.
Elize’s voice can be heard on many albums, as through her collaborations with Takida, Gus G, Dreamstate, Smash Into Pieces and Timo Tolkki. She has also competed in the Swedish Melodifestivalen in 2015 with the song One By One.
Besides going on tour with Amaranthe and with Kamelot, she is yearly on tour with Raskasta Joulua.
Elize was born into a family of musicians, her mother listened and performed many types of music including pop, punk and blues. Her father and brother loved metal and her sister loved musicals and grunge music. Elize started to sing at a very young age, she performed in public for the first time when she was 4 years old. From the beginning it was obvious that she had a unique talent, during her childhood she was influenced by everything from Walt Disney to Heavy Metal.
At the age of 13 she attended and won a talent show in Gothenburg as the youngest participant. The first price was a record deal, but since she hadn’t turned 15 yet she couldn’t receive the prize. But she got a scholarship for the most promising singer and a spot in a Musical called “Brödupploppet”, that was played 76 times at Exercishuset in Gothenburg. She then received another scholarship award in 2003 when she graduated from High School (a preliminary education for musical artists).
In 2007 Elize graduated from Performing Arts School in Gothenburg. She got the role as “Charity” in the musical Sweet Charity at Lorensbergsteatern as thesis.
After that she got a job as a performing artist in the high-class Cabaret Lorensberg on Park Lane, Gothenburg. She worked there for 2 years and performed in 300 shows.
At the age of 16 Elize started to work extra as a backup singer in a recording studio outside of Gothenburg. She also sang in a girls group called Trinity at the Volvo Trucks Event and worked 3 years with On Stage (2009-2011) where she sang and danced behind Swedish and International artists at arenas around Sweden.
In 2003 she put her vocals on Falconers third and fourth album. Shortly after she sung the duet Fade Away on Dreamland’s debut album Future is Calling.
In 2006 Elize met Olof Morck and his band Dragonland, he asked her to put her voice on Cassiopeia on his upcoming album called Astronomy. After that they became close friends.
Elize and Olof worked together to record different material, write songs and also tour as guest vocalists for Kamelot, they then started to work on a project. They put out 3 demos on MySpace that quickly got recognition and a great response. This led to interest from managers and record labels, the group realized that they had created something unique together and decided to start a real band.
Amaranthe’s debut album, was released in April 2011. Swedish newspapers praised them as a band able to conquer the world. Their unique and new sound, where Elize’s voice stands out for it’s pop-ish, warmth, energy and purity as a contrast to the hard riffs played by Olof was soon acclaimed worldwide. The album Amaranthe was the 84th most played album on Spotify in the whole world in all genres. Elize along with the band received two gold records for the singles Hunger (2012) and Amaranthine (2013). Amaranthe also won the prize of Breakthrough of the year in 2012 at Bandit Rock Awards. In 2013 they released their second album called The Nexus, and in 2014 Elize won Rock and Role Model at the Bandit Rock Awards, on the 15th October 2014, on Elize’s birthday, Amaranthe released their third album Massive Addictive.
Elize has worked since 2010 as a touring vocalist for Kamelot. In 2012 she appeared on their album Silverthorn together with Alissa White Gluz on the song Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife), she also appeared on the tracks Veritas and Falling like the Fahrenheit.
Elize is the main character in Timo Tolkki’s metal opera Avalon. Other parts on this project are sung by Sharon Den Adel from Within Temptation, Russell Allen from Symphony X and Simone Simons of Epica. Elize and Timo recorded a music video for the song Enshrined in my Memory in 2013, directed by Patric Ulleaus.
In 2013 she sung Julen Är Här together with Tony Kakko from Sonata Artica on Raskasta Joulua’s album released by Spinefarm Records. The album sold Platinum in Finland after just a few weeks. On the second album Elize sings Ave Maria together with Marco Hietala from Nightwish. They made a stunning performance live in Finland’s biggest Tv channel YLE TV 1.
On the same album she also performs a cover of Himlen i min Famn. The album sold double platinum in Finland, Elize also performed on the third album called Ragnarock Juletide which includes all songs from Raskasta Joulua album 1, but sung in English and the biggest show was performed at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki – the biggest arena in Finland.
In February 2014 Elize made her debut in Swedish television as one of the competitors in the popular Tv show Så Ska Det Låta on SVT1.
Elize performed in Melodifestivalen 2015 together with Rickard Söderberg. Elize wrote the song One By One together with Jimmy Jansson, Sharon Vaughn and Karl-Ola Kjellholm.
In 2015 Elize became the face of Proactiv+ skincare program on Swedish Television SVT3 and SVT6.
In October 2016, Amaranthe released their fourth studio album Maximalism . This took the band on tours around North America, Asia and Europe.
2017 continued with Elize and Amaranthe touring Europe and also make their first show in Brasil and also appear in Argentina with Delain and Tarja.
2018 started with a song Elize and Jonas Thander composed called Delirium, which was performed by Isabell Otrebus and entered into the final top 10 to compete to represent Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Amaranthe released their 5th album, Helix the first with new band member Nils Molin on 19 October 2018
Elize, the same as previous years will also join the tour of Raskasta Joulua in December for a selection of shows in Finland.
2019 is looking like an exciting year with the Helix world headlining tour starting after touring alongside Powerwolf in Europe.