Grethe Svensen artist

Grethe Svensen is a Norwegian pop and soul singer with a voice often described as warm, deep and with a unique quality. From tender ballads to energetic, playful soul, her vocal command is impressive. She has released seven solo albums, toured extensively and sold more than 130.000 CDs in Norway. She has sung hard, experimental rock, taken classical singing lessons and thrilled her audience as a gospel singer. Svensen was discovered by the record company BMG when she was a soloist with Oslo Gospel Choir. This lead to her debut album “The Right To Sing” (1992), which was well received by critics and fans alike. The song “Goldmine” was used in the successful movie “Giftige løgner” (“Poisonous Lies”). The follow-up album “The Love Of A Woman” contained several singles that received heavy radio rotation, and she affirmed her position as one of Norway’s foremost pop/soul singers. The album “Your Beauty” gave Svensen a huge hit with “You Drive Me Crazy”. On the critically praised “24 Hrs” album she wrote all the material herself. “Catwalk” (1998) was an inventive project where Erik Hillestad translated German songs from the thirties into Norwegian. On the album “To små planeter” (2001) Svensen performed songs by the renowned Norwegian songwriter Bjørn Eidsvåg. In the summers of 2003 and 2004 she played Fantine in the musical “Les Miserable”, performed in an outdoor medieval amphitheatre. In 2007/2008 she had one of the leading roles in the success musical “Hallo-Adjø”. Her latest album “Maybe What You Need” (2009) contained classic spirituals as well as new material. Grethe Svensen has made her mark for her musical interpretations, and she never fails to put her unique signature on the songs she chooses.