Maria Louise Joensen (born January 21, 1985 in Copenhagen, Denmark), professionally known as Aura Dione, is a multi-platinum selling Danish recording artist of Faroese, Spanish, French and Danish origin. In 2008 she released her debut album, Columbine. The album spawned the hit single "I Will Love You Monday (365)" which reached number one in Germany, achieved over 80 million video views and was certified platinum. After winning the European Border Breaker Award in 2011, Aura won Best Female Artist and Hit of the Year for Geronimo in the Danish Music Awards 2012 and Female Artist of the Year in 2013; she is one of Denmark's top two female recording artists and one of Germany's top three.Now living in LA, Aura is currently in the studio recording new material with some of the world's most prestigious producers. Her new album is set for release in 2014 and will be the first release available outside central and Eastern Europe.Early life (1985–2006)Aura Dione was born Maria Joensen on January 21, 1985 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her Faroese/French mother and Danish/Spanish father introduced her to music, and the first song was written when she was as young as 8 years old. Her parents were hippies and sailed around of the oceans of the world with her as a child until the 7-year-old was given residence on Bornholm. Here she began her schooling and was enrolled as a teenager in high school, but in the middle she chose to move to Australia where she sought inspiration from the Aborigines. This resulted later in the song "Something From Nothing".Columbine and international breakthrough (2007–2010)She debuted in summer 2007 with the single "Something From Nothing", but has also gained success with the track "Song for Sophie" - both from the album Columbine, which was released in 2008. The single "I Will Love You Monday" a No.1 hit in Europe, where it was issued in an expanded version titled "I Will Love You Monday (365)".Before the Dinosaurs (2011–present)Aura released her second international studio album "Before the Dinosaurs" on November 4, 2011. The first single release "Geronimo" was produced by David Jost and went straight to the #1 in the official German Media Control Charts. In the very same year Aura Dione won an European Border Breakers Award for her international breakthrough. Aura Dione recently released the second single "Friends" of her international hit album Before the Dinosaurs. The song is written and produced by Dione, David Jost and Rock Mafia and recently reached the official German Radio Charts #1. "Friends" is Dione's third Radio #1 single.