9. juni 2016

England

So, I read about this Liv Austen girl in the newspaper here in Norway. She lives in London, writes songs, tours and is pretty much doing what I’m doing. AND she’s originally from my home town. We went to the same school and know a lot of the same people. But we have never met.  What are the odds, right.

So I wrote her on Facebook. Asked if maybe she knew some people that she could share my music with. We chattet for a while,  and then she invited me over to come see her in London. She was like : » and I can fix us some gigs too». I was like «yeah..that sounds cool».

So I booket tickets and went to England.

First of all..she was the best host. Made me feel really comfortable! «Thank you, Liv» <3 And what an artist she is. This charming girl got what it takes!  We traveled around England and played nice venues. I also met some wonderful people. Both people from the audience and the other performers. I have to mention this one guy . Robbie Cavanagh. He completely blew my mind.  His songs are amazing and he’s got the voice  like a soft summer breeze.  Promise me.. Check him out 🙂

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Me and Liv enjoying a glass of wine <3

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Westney, Liv Austen and me at The Bluebird Sessions in Essex

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20. mars 2016

«A gourmet kitkat»

 

 

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This is a photo from when we recorded my album. I brought some «Norwegian stuff» over to the states. (Aquavit, Kvikk Lunsj). You know.. making sure we all had good vibes in the studio;)

In Norway this is famous for being the easter chocolate! When we go cross country skiing, we always bring oranges and this chocolate.  The american musicians thought this tasted like a «gourmet kitkat» . And I thought that was so funny! 😀

HAPPY EASTER, EVERYONE!!

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25. november 2015

12207695_10153739929641613_1340794627_n During my stay in Nashville I had several meetings with this fella. Stephen L.Betts is a writer for ROLLING STONE COUNTRY, and he has written an english (and improved) version of my bio. Check it out 😀 (He’s also gonna review my album!!)

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Although it’s some 4,300 miles from her picturesque home in the quaint Norwegian village of Biri to the fabled streets of Music City, singer-songwriter Hege Øversveen has made the journey from Norway to Nashville several times. With each trip to the country-music capital she has established a foothold that finds her becoming one of Music City’s most promising new artists, while continuing to build upon the stardom she has rightfully achieved in her Norwegian homeland, where she was hailed by one critic for her ability to «balance Hank Williams’ cryin’ with Sheryl Crow’s punch.»

Born into a musical family, at 7 years old Hege attempted to learn the violin and later the piano, but admits she lacked the necessary patience those instruments took at the time. Still, she longed to perform, as evidenced by her stage debut, a school performance at age 8. For her impassioned rendition of Celine Dion’s «Think Twice,» Hege’s first «band» was a CD player. It wasn’t until she was 20 that she took up the guitar and finally found the musical pieces falling into place. Before long she was writing her own songs and performing them in public.

Whether it’s an intimate concert with the audience a few feet from the stage, or a vast festival setting, Hege’s songs, which freely straddle the melodic borderline between country, rock and pop, are delivered with a fearless authority on stage. Oozing with attitude when she’s got her father’s old Telecaster at her fingertips, or stripping the music down for an intimate, acoustic session, it’s her passion for connecting with an audience that has helped the singer win fans from all over the world.

In her native land, Hege earned a second-place finish as a 2012 contestant on the televised singing competition, The Voice – Norges beste stemme. Participating in Norway’s version of the worldwide hit series, The Voice, Hege performed songs by Keith Urban, Gavin DeGraw and Beth Hart, as well as her own original tune, «Where Did I Go Wrong.» When it was all over, she was the top-ranking female contestant.

In May 2013, Hege released her first full-length album. You Don’t Know Me was a commercial and critical favorite with Norway newspaper Klassekampen singling it out as one of the best Norwegian albums of the year. In 2014, she appeared on Norway’s highly rated, long-running musical-variety series, ​​Beat for Beat.

As her trips across the globe to Nashville have increased, so has Hege’s experience as a live performer in one of Music City’s most daunting settings: the tightly packed, hear-a-pin-drop listening rooms where singer-songwriters careers can turn on a dime. But thanks to her confident, energetic (and, yes, ballsy) approach to performing and songwriting, Hege has quickly gone from inhabiting the stage to commanding it, thanks to the eclectic material on You Don’t Know Me. Whether she’s pouring out her fragile heart in a tender ballad, like the chill-inducing «Rainy Days,» coaxing a smile with the bouncy «I Think I’m in Love,» or seriously amping up the energy with the country-rocker «Love Me Everyday (Till I Die),» Hege has fans on both sides of the world anxious to hear what comes next. And what’s next is a brand-new album set for release in 2016. After that, there’s no telling what will follow, but it will certainly be worth paying attention.

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23. november 2015

That’s pretty cool. Fate!

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For the last couple of years, I haven’t been sure which road to take next. I (of course) had a goal to record a second album. And I knew that the producer had to be a songwriter/musician. But what studio…which producer. I worked and worked and weeks, months, years went by so fast. And to be honest I wasn’t feeling super inspired. Then suddenly sparks came back, and I knew what I wanted to do.

My visit to Nashville in February 2015 was such an inspiration. I had the time of my life.  My friend Bob Saporiti ( Reckless Johnny Wales) had just finished recording his album. He was going out to the studio one day, to mix with his producer, and asked if I wanted to join. I said yes, and so I entered «The Sound Shelter». Here I got introduced to his producer Brett Ryan Stewart. For hours they were working on mixing, and even tho I had exquisite company in both Denise (the photographer of these photos) and Patrick (the studio apprentice), it was kinda tedious. (lol). But then the guys took a break. So, me and Brett started talking. I immediately liked his energy and he showed interest in me and my story. We even found out he knows people in Norway! We became Facebook friends, and continued talking. Then, several months later, I just knew that he was gonna produce my next album. It’s weird, but when I have my mind set on something, when I get «that feeling», I just do it. (that’s why I hate NOT having my mind set on things). After a few years not knowing what I was gonna do next… I knew!

So I asked him if he wanted to record with me, and he did. So we started working. I sent him all of my songs (old & new ones) for him to get to know my music. One morning this past summer I woke up to this looong email from him. He told me what he was thinking about the songs, my voice and what direction he thought would be cool. Without telling you what he wrote, he was SO spot on, and I was really happy. He understood me. He simply said all the right things, without even knowing it. That’s pretty cool. Fate!

October 2015 I went to Nashville to start the recording prossess. It has been a true blast. I can not wait for you guys to hear what we’ve been working on for the last few months!

Now I wanna share some beautiful pictures, taken during our sessions.

Man, life is a journey…! And I trust my gut. Even tho it’s not always easy, my experience is :» Things happen for a reason and down the road things work out how they’re suppose too.»     Photographer: Denise Fussell (Fussell Graphics)

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4. oktober 2015

Jeg sto der å tenkte: » Herrlighet, for en ære. Dette er virkelig episk!»

I går kveld opplevde jeg noe stort! Sammen med en knippe av norges «underholdningsbukett» overrasket jeg selveste Ivar Dyrhaug i hans aller siste Beat for Beat innspilling. Jeg sto der å tenkte: » Herrlighet, for en ære. Dette er virkelig episk!»
Utover kvelden fikk han flere sanger, varme taler og alt han fortjener 

Meg og Ivar Dyrhaug

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4. juli 2015

Hakkebakkeskogen på Gjøvik 2015

Hakkebakkeskogen spilles i Bassengparken på Gjøvik. Dette var det niende året, så dette er en veletablert forestilling som har flere tusen besøkende hvert år.

Fra jeg var liten har jeg  alltid hatt en liten skuespiller i magen. Og for å være helt ærlig så har jeg håpet å få være med på dette;)  I år ble jeg spurt! Og de fikk et jublende ja!  Og det har vært så lærerikt og enda morsommere enn jeg hadde forestilt meg. Det er ganske så forskjellig fra det å stå på scena og synge mine egne låter. For å nevne noe så har jeg sloss med Mikkel Rev, blitt heist opp i et tre (og da altså sunget en hel sang mens jeg dinglet oppi der med en paraplyen i hånda) og vært på et koselig kaffebesøk hos Morten Skogmus hvor vi danset linedance og sang&spilte en trall. Mye moro.

For en herlig gjeng å jobbe med, for en regissør ( Morten Joachim) og for en deilig følelse å ha en slik liten sommerjobb hvor man er ute heele dagen (det trengte jeg). Å spre glede til barn og voksne. Det er selvfølgelig krevende å spille så mange forestillinger på rappen.. Men ingen dag var lik og når man ser øynene til de forventningsfulle barna og har så gode kollegaer, så glemmer man hvis man er litt sliten.

Dét jeg syns er ekstra morsomt med Hakkebakkeskogen på Gjøvik er at det faktisk er like morsomt for de voksne som for barna.  Og det er ingen enkel oppgave. Men Norsk sceneskrekk (som gjør dette år etter år) har virkelig funnet sin helt egen greie.

Stort sett hvert år får de besøk av Torbjørn Egner’s egen datter Turid Egner. Og hun er ei kul dame som digger sin fars historie med en ny og litt freshere vri! 😉  Det var kjempekoselig å få hilse på henne!

Her kan dere se litt bilder fra forestillingen:

 

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Bakergutt, Klatremus og Bestemor Skogmus

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Mikkel rev og Morten Skogmus.

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Bakemester harepus     

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Bamsemor og bamsefar                                                                                                                                 10515155_10206142073963591_5237167105399483466_o

De søteste søte ekornbarna <3

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10. april 2015

Konsert med Vingrom sangkor i Kulturhuset Banken

Lørdag 11.April skal jeg gjøre to ting jeg aldri har gjort før! Bandet og jeg skal nemlig spille konsert i Lillehammer kulturhus,  og et sangkor skal være med på flere låter. Dette er en konsert jeg har sett fram til lenge!!! Tidligere i år spurte Vingrom sangkor meg om vi skulle gjøre en konsert sammen. De ville rekruttere nye folk til koret, og tenkte at et samarbeid med meg kunne gjøre susen. Dette har vært et kjempe spennende prosjekt og folk har vist interesse. I morgen braker det løs og jeg er SÅ spent! Halleluja!

Et entusiastisk Vingrom sangkor på øvelse!                                                               
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7. mars 2015

Anmeldelse av akustisk turné :D STAS!

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22. januar 2015

Tilbake til Nashville etter over tre år….. Mye har skjedd!

For omtrent fire år siden så forandret livet mitt seg! Etter å ha blitt kjent med noen amerikanere på en festival i Danmark, ble jeg invitert over til Nashville for å spille inn min første Ep. Jeg hadde aldri tenkt på å dra til for å spille inn. Det var bare noe som skjedde. At jeg grep den muligheten, er det lureste jeg noen gang har gjort!

Den gangen var jeg ganske så fersk i gamet. Og hadde kun skrevet noen få låter. For at produsenten min nedi der skulle få et innblikk i hva jeg dreiv med, så fikk jeg broren min til å filme meg mens jeg sang&spilte. (takk for tålmodigheten, bror <3 ) Det er egentlig littegrann flaut å tenke tilbake på… Men det gjorde jommen meg susen! Han kalte det til og med «sjarmerende» han..! Amerikanere asså!!

På den tiden så hadde jeg spilt noen få konserter med band, og hadde ikke megapeiling på hvordan alt dette fungerte. Men alikevel så hadde jeg gjort meg opp en mening om hvor jeg ville. Vi spilte inn i et EMI-studio på selveste Music Row. Den gangen visste jeg ikke HVOR STORT dette egentlig var!!! Det vet jeg nå!  Darren(produsenten) og bandet tok fatt på låtene mine, og jeg ble blåst av banen. Jeg hadde ikke turt å drømme om at sangene jeg hadde skrevet i sofaen min på Biri kunne bli så tøffe!

Da jeg kom hjem til Norge ville folk ha meg til å spille både her og der. Og siden da har jeg igrunn bare spilt. Og kan ramse i fleng om spennende ting jeg har fått gjort. Og det er egentlig i en mimrestund som dette, at jeg klarer å reflektere over alt jeg har opplevd. Det ble en pangstart og jeg kjenner meg heldig!

Men det ble etterhvert også en tyngre vei og gå. Etterhvert som man holder på får man større og større krav til seg selv. «Konkurransen» er hard, og man må ta mange tøffe valg.  Men jeg kommer aldri til å glemme hva produsenten sa til meg første gangen vi dreiv i studio: «No matter what you do, Hege. Always stay true to yourself!». Det er noe jeg lever etter. Stol på magefølelsen, gjør DIN greie og følge hjerte! Selv om jeg selvfølgelig kan tvile på mye, så er dette noe jeg tviholder på!  Og om ting er tøft, så er jeg så heldig at jeg har gode venner, en ærlig familie, gode kollegaer og hjertelige fæns!

Om noen få dager drar jeg nok engang til Nashville. Og det blir såå spennende. Jeg har ikke vært der på over tre år, og mye har skjedd siden sist. Jeg gleder meg til å besøke de som hjalp meg å gjøre dette mulig! Takke dem for at de trodde på meg. Denne gangen har jeg ingen planer om å spille inn. Men derimot skrive ny musikk, møte bransjefolk, kanskje ratt spille på noen scener rundt om i byen. Og ikke minst samle litt inspirasjon. JEG GLEDER MEG!

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29. september 2014

Herr Nilsen 11.Oktober

Konserten på Herr Nilsen i fjor ble et skikkelig høydepunkt! Nå gleder jeg meg vilt til å ta med det dritbra bandet mitt for å rocke scenen igjen.  11.Oktober der asså. Sees a! 1402380_10151684428851541_1205840016_o

Billetter kan forhåndskjøpes på billettservice.

http://www.billettservice.no/checkout/event.php?eventId=435225&l=NO&EVNT=435225&STAGE=1&C=

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