Ingrid Olava

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Ingrid Olava
Birth name Ingrid Olava Brænd Eriksen
Born (1981-03-18) 18 March 1981 (age 33)
Genres Pop , Indie
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Associated acts Madrugada

Ingrid Olava Brænd Eriksen (known as Ingrid Olava, born 18 March 1981) is a Norwegian singer and musician, best known for her debut single "Only Just Begun" from 2007 and as a backup singer for Madrugada. After hearing her live performance, EMI Music Norway invited her to play in a studio, and later signed her.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brænd Eriksen grew up in Lillehammer, where she began to play on a piano in the neighbor's basement, eventually teaching herself the song "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music.[1] She names Trond-Viggo Torgersen and Billy Joel as some of her first musical influences.[1] She went on to play with the local Ten Sing, and became a regular performer at the Felix rock cafe in Lillehammer, where she was exposed to alternative rock and punk. At 21, she landed a major role in the NRK television drama series Det Tredje Tegnet.[2]

Music career[edit]

Brænd Eriksen was 20 years old before she began singing seriously.[1] Her first gig was at Utøya, at a youth camp, but the first breakthrough was at a concert at the John Dee Live Club & Pub, in November 2004, where she warmed up for Vidar Vang.[1] "I'm pretty shy, have never asked to be booked, always invited. Vidar asked me if I could play some tunes, but I did not have many. "How many do you want me to play?" "Five or six pieces," was the reply. It was about what I had, so I went home and wrote the sixth just before the concert", Brænd Eriksen said.[1]

In the summer of 2006 Ingrid Olava played on several festivals, including the Quart Festival, the Slottsfjell Festival, Træna and KlubbØya, and was praised for several of her concerts.[3] In the fall of 2006 Sivert Høyem and Frode Jacobsen attended one of her concerts in Oslo, the result of which was that she joined a two-month tour as supporting artist for Sivert Høyem.[4]

Brænd Eriksen was also a member of the Lillehammer-based band Shit City, but left them in the 2007.[5] In the summer of 2008, she played on the Hove Festival, Træna, and Øyafestivalen[6] where she surprised with her interpretation of Leonard Cohen's classic "Take This Waltz". She has also accompanied several other Norwegian artists, such as El Cuero.[7]

She appeared in the final minute of final episode of season one of the Netflix original series Lilyhammer (2011) playing piano and singing "Back To Love."

On 9 September 2012 she announced on her Facebook page that recording sessions for her third album were to begin the following day.[8]

Record contract[edit]

After the record company EMI Music Norway heard her at a concert, they invited her to a studio with a giant grand piano, and told her to play. "At first, I played several of my own [songs]. Then I asked if they wanted to hear more. Which they did, so I continued with both my own and others' [songs]."[1] The session resulted in a record contract and the debut album Juliet's Wishes, produced among others by Frode Jacobsen of Madrugada.[9] Brænd Eriksen received two Spellemannprisen-nominations for the album, Newcomer of the Year and Best Pop Composition, for the song "Back to Love".[10] The single "Only Just Begun" was first played at by:Larm in 2007, and received acclaim from both audiences and critics.[9] According to herself, the song is inspired by "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde".[1]

In 2008, she recorded a version of "Her kommer vinteren" ("Here Comes the Winter"), originally written by Joachim Nielsen and performed by Jokke & Valentinerne. The song was an unexpected success, and was put into heavy rotation on NRK P3.[11] Brænd Eriksen subsequently made an agreement with Christopher Nielsen that all proceeds from the sales of the song would go to the Rainforest Foundation Fund.[11]

Brænd Eriksen's second album, The Guest, produced by Frode Jacobsen and Alexander Kloster-Jensen, was released in February 2010.[12]




  • "Only Just Begun" – 2007, on sale from 4. February 2008
  • "Warrior Song" – 2009, on sale from 5. October 2009
  • "Black Box" – 2013, on sale from 1. March 2013
  • "Jackie Kennedy" – 2013, on sale from 26. April 2013


Ingrid Olava has collaborated with other artists in these albums:[7]

  • Stand Up Straight- Vidar Vang & The Northern However, 2004 (vocals, choirs)
  • In Glorious Mono- Various Artists – 2006 (also wrote the texts in which)
  • Exiles- Sivert Høyem 2006 (chorus)
  • Animated People's Republic- Lukas Kasha 2007 (vocals)
  • El Cuero- El Cuero 2007 (vocals)
  • Madrugada- Madrugada 2007 (chorus)
  • El Cuero- A Glimmer of Hope 2008 (vocals)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Fossberg, Harald (25 January 2008). "Stjerneklar" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ Nyhagen, Aleksander (29 January 2008). "- Følelsene er i alarmberedskap" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Andersen, Jon Erik (9 July 2006). "Ingrid Olava" (in Norwegian). Rana Blad. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Gjerløw, Tore; Monica Helland (19 February 2008). "Platedebut med nordnorsk hjelp" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Olsen, Robin (3 October 2007). "Ingrid Olava slutter i Shit City" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Gjestad, Robert (9 August 2008). "Småpent" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Ingrid Olava (Ingrid Olava Brænd Eriksen). Retrieved 31 January 2010
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  9. ^ a b Asker, Cecilie (15 January 2008). "Magi uten merkelapp" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Disse kan vinne Spellemann:" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Rivedal, Maria (17 September 2008). "Jokkecover på A-lista" (in Norwegian). NRK P3. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Live Ingrid Olava-premiere" (in Norwegian). NRK Lydverket. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 

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