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Christine Guldbrandsen is an emerging 21-year old singer songwriter from Norway with three full length releases already to her credit. Her most recent album Christine has drawn significant interest from audiences worldwide although the album uses entirely Norweigian texts. Her first two albums, Surfing in the Air and Moments, by contrast were sung in English.
Christine's life is now devoted to music. Her work is divided between studio work, concerts, events, and the day to day administration of her career. As you will find in our interview below, she participates in every aspect of her singing career, including the office work, both because she learns a lot about the business, and feels it is the right way for me to do things.
When describing her private life Christine regards herself very much as a normal girl with normal interests. Her leisure time is divided between family, friends and daily chores. Our feature concludes with reviews of her three full length recordings.
Musical Discoveries: Christine, Thank you for your time for Musical Discoveries audience. How are you doing today?
Christine Guldbrandsen: It's my pleasure! I'm doing fine, thank you! Lot's of exciting things happening, and that's great.
I was positively surprised when first time listened to your new album Christine. This is awesome with nice harmonies. How do You feel about the result?
Thanks a lot! I am very pleased with the result. I think the album has an atmosphere and expression that suits me in a great way. I really hope that the listener gets a sense of who I am musically through the album.
From where do you get the melodies and themes for all songs?
Well, to create the melodies is sometimes an easy process where the inspiration just seems to be present in the studio. Other times it takes a lot of time and hard work, but I really enjoy the process!
Have you had a look at what people say about you on the internet? The comments are endlessly -- "Christine did it again ... amazing voice ... it's so clean and soft ... she has the worlds most amazing voice ... think the world needs to open their eyes ... Christine is an angel born to earth" -- and this continues. What do you say about this?
Besides the messages I receive on my homepage, I have not read much of what people are saying about me on the internet, but I'm so grateful for all the lovely words, and so proud and thankful that the audience like my music! There's a lot of kind people out there!
How did you start your personal singing career ?
I started singing in a choir when I was three years old and met my producers when I was thirteen. We started to work together, and slowly tried to find a musical style that was mine and that suited my voice. And when I was seventeen, I was fortunate enough to release my debut album in Norway. A dream come true!
Please tell us about your musical background and education.
I have been singing all my life, or at lest most of it (smiles). Besides being fortunate enough to team up with people who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to work a lot in the studio and live when I was very young, I have been studying singing with different teachers throughout the years. But I am planning to use more time studying music in the years to come, besides focusing on my career. I think this is quite important.
How do train your own instrument, your voice?
I try to rehearse every day and I take lessons to make sure that I use my voice correctly, and off course to develop it and get a stronger expression.
Who are the artists you find yourself listening to all the time?
I listen to various kinds of music, but to mention a few: Enya, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Tori Amos, Bjørk, Eva Cassidy, Sarah Mclachlan and many more.
Music made together with known Norwegian composer Kjetil Fluge has shown to be a good choice for you. Please tell us how did you teamed up and decided for your first album Surfing in the Air?
I started working with Kjetil when I was fourteen and we used the following years to find a musical style that I felt was mine. Together we have found a mutual musical understanding that I think is the right one for me. We have been working together for nearly eight years now, and I really hope we will continue for many years to come!
If you would not sing this kind of music, then what would be the alternative ?
That's a very good question, I guess a more classical approach to my singing would have been the first choice. But then again I like to work with different musical styles, so I don`t know for shure what my choice would have been.
What kind of message or impression you want to deliver to audience with your music?
I would like to tell the audience something about my musical heritage, and also try to express some feelings about the beauty and emotions that hopefully lies in my music. I really hope my melodys and the colours that I paint on my albums gives the listener a sense of Scaninavia and Norway, both in the music and in the lyrics.
Do you have another career outside music, if this can be shared?
No, I don't have a career outside music. I try to give a hundred percent and have complete focus on what I do.
Your song "Dansekjolen" has got lot of radio play at NRK (Norwegian Radio) supporting your career. Please tell us something about your future plans. Where do we have the opportunity to see and hear Christine next ?
Well, I really would like to be able to present my music to a broader audience outside Norway. And hopefully I will be able to do so in the years to come. It's a dream that I really hope will come through! We are working hard to make that happen. At present I am doing some concerts and quite a few events in Norway. In addition I work on new material in our studio.
Thanks Christine for this excellent insight into your background and career plans!
Some will find Christine Guldbrandsen's crystalline soprano voice similar to Sharon Den Adel of Within Temptation. Indeed both voices are stunning and individually stand alone. Presently the best source for Christine's albums is her website store. We will all certainly look back in years from now at an extensive body of this artist's further recordings. Russ Elliot in New York
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