Jarle Bernhoft

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Jarle Bernhoft
(Bern/hoft)
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2011 Bernhoft2 Harry Wad.jpg
Bernhoft at Nobel Prizes concert 2011 (photo by Harry Wad)
Background information
Also known as Bern/Hoft (solo work 2011 onwards)
Rod Hot (in Green Granadas)
Born (1976-06-21) June 21, 1976 (age 38)
Norway
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts Explicit Lyrics
Span
Green Granadas
Website www.bernhoft.org

Jarle Bernhoft (born on June 27, 1976), also known as Bern/hoft, is a Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and lyricist.[1] Bernhoft is from Nittedal in Norway, but currently lives in New York. His best known songs are "Streetlights", "Shout" (a Tears for Fears cover), "Choices", "C'mon Talk"[2] and "Stay With Me". He has also been in a number of bands, notably Explicit Lyrics and Span.

In June 2014 he appeared for the first time at the Glastonbury Festival and was featured by BBC One in a special performance of his song "Wind You Up."[3]

With bands[edit]

in Explicit Lyrics

Hailing from Nittedal, Bernhoft attended Rud Upper Secondary School in Bærum where he joined the musical scene.[4] Jarle Bernhoft, alongside Fridtjof "Joff" Nilsen, were members of Explicit Lyrics. Within a span of three years, the band released three albums, Fleshpulse (1996), Flow (1997) and Lipshave (1998).

Span
Main article: Span (band)

After the breakup of Explicit Lyrics, Bernhoft, a vocalist and songwriter, and guitarist Nilsen joined drummer Fredrik Wallumrød and bassist Vemund Stavnes to form the band Span. After two EPs, Baby's Come Back (2002) and Found (2003), SPAN had two successful albums, Mass Distraction (2004) and Vs. Time (2005). The band broke up in 2005.[2]

Other collabrations

Bernhoft has contributed on a number of recordings and concerts with mostly Norwegian artists, such as Hanne Hukkelberg, Dadafon, Bigbang and The Køhn/Johansen Sextet.

He also played in the band Green Granadas using the stage name Rod Hot.

Solo[edit]

He released his first solo album Ceramik City Chronicles on September 1, 2008. In January 2010, Bernhoft released a double live album called 1:Man 2:Band, where one half is a recording from his solo show at a jazz café in Oslo (Kampen Bistro), and the other half is a recording from his concerts in Rockefeller and Molde Jazz Festival with a full band.

His second solo album, Solidarity Breaks, was released the next year in January 2011. It topped the VG-lista,.[5] the Norwegian Albums Chart for a total of seven weeks (in July, August and September 2011). The album was credited to Bern/hoft rather than his full name Jarle Bernhoft. He was also credited as Bern/hoft in his 2014 follow-up album Islanders that also topped the VG-lista chart in May 2014.

In popular culture[edit]

In September 2011, Bernhoft appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after producers of the show found his video on YouTube. While on the show he played his song "C'mon Talk".[6]

In July 2013, and again in June 2014, he was featured as a musical guest on "Conan" on TBS.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

With Explicit Lyrics
  • 1996: Fleshpulse
  • 1997: Flow
  • 1998: Lipshave
With Span
With Børre Dalhaug's «Bigbandblast»
Solo (studio)
Year Album Credited to Peak positions
NOR
[9]
DEN
[10]
FR
[11]
2008 Ceramik City Chronicles Jarle Bernhoft 4  –  –
2011 Solidarity Breaks Bern/Hoft 1 29 64
2014 Islander Bern/Hoft 1 23  –
Solo (Live)
Year Album Credited to Peak positions
NOR
[9]
2010 1:Man 2:Band (live double album) Jarle Bernhoft  –
2011 Walk With Me (Live at Chateau Neuf) Bern/Hoft 1

Singles[edit]

With Span
  • 2001: "Missing in Stereo"
  • 2002: "Oh My Way Down"
  • 2003: "Papa"
  • 2004: "Don't Think the Way They Do"
  • 2005: "Cut Like Diamonds"
Solo
  • 2008: "Streetlights"
  • 2008: "Sunday"
  • 2009: "Fly Away"
  • 2011: "C'mon talk"
  • 2011: "Choices"
  • 2012: "Stay with me"
  • 2012; "Shout" (Peak FRANCE: #187)
  • 2014: "Come around" (Peak FRANCE: #181)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography, Universal records (in Norwegian)". 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Jarle Bernhoft Biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  3. ^ "BBC iPlayer - Glastonbury - 2014: Metallica". Bbc.co.uk. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ Craig, Elin Reffhaug (29 April 2014). "Hvalstrand-klar Bernhoft: – Tiden i Bærum var viktig for meg". Budstikka (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Top Album List". week 31 (August) 2011. 
  6. ^ Berhoft to "The Ellen Show" (in Norwegian)
  7. ^ "Bernhoft @ TeamCoco.com". Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  8. ^ Gorseth, Olav (2004-09-22). "Dødelig presist - Storbandplate produsert lag på lag" (in Norwegian). Bergens Tidende. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  9. ^ a b "Jarle Bernhoft / Bern/Hoftdiscography". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jarle Bernhoft / Bern/Hoftdiscography". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jarle Bernhoft / Bern/Hoftdiscography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Karpe Diem
Recipient of the Spellemannprisen
as This year's Spellemann

2011
Succeeded by
Kaizers Orchestra