Ane Brun

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Ane Brun
Ane Brun, 2017
Ane Brun, 2017
Background information
Birth nameAne Kvien Brunvoll
Born (1976-03-10) 10 March 1976 (age 44)
Molde, Norway
GenresFolk, pop, art pop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1998–present
LabelsDetErMine, Balloon Ranger Recordings, V2, Cheap Lullaby (USA)

Ane Brun (Norwegian pronunciation: [ɑːnə ˈbrʉːn]; born Ane Brunvoll on 10 March 1976 in Molde) is a Norwegian songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist of Sami origin.[1] Since 2003, she has recorded ten albums, eight of which are studio albums of original material (including a collection of duets), an acoustic album, and a covers album; she has also released three live albums, two compilations, one live DVD, and four EPs. She has lived in Stockholm, Sweden, since 2001, where she writes, records, and runs her own label (Balloon Ranger Recordings).[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Ane Brunvoll is the daughter of lawyer Knut Anker Brunvoll (b. 1945) and jazz singer and pianist Inger Johanne Brunvoll (b. Kvien 1945). She grew up in a musical family in Molde, Norway. Her younger sister is singer Mari Kvien Brunvoll (b. 1984). Her older brother is photographer Bjørn Brunvoll (b. 1973).[3][4]

In 1995, she moved to study at the University of Bergen, jumping between courses in Spanish, law, and music. In Bergen, she began writing her own material. She spent the next few years moving between Barcelona, Oslo, and Bergen while making a living working in record shops and bars.[citation needed]

Ane Brun, 2012


After playing a few minor shows and recording her first demos in Bergen in 1999, she moved to Sweden, first to Uppsala and then to Stockholm in 2001, where she started to take her musical career seriously.

Brun recorded her debut album, Spending Time with Morgan, in 2002 in both Stockholm and back in Uppsala, with engineers and producers Katharina Nuttall, Cécile Grudet, and Kim Nelson. It was released on the DetErMine label, which she formed with Ellekari Larsson from the Swedish band The Tiny. The album was released in 11 European countries in 2003 through a licence/distribution deal with V2 Music.[2]

Touring, 2002–2007[edit]

Ane Brun, Hamburg 2008.

After releasing her first album, Brun toured around Europe but soon took some time out. She had been working intensively for two years and felt somewhat burnt out and in need of a break. After a six-month breather, she started touring around Europe again and within the next year had her second album ready.[citation needed] A Temporary Dive was again produced by Katharina Nuttall and was released in 2005 throughout Europe, followed by the UK and the US in 2006, and in Japan in 2007. This album took the darker themes of Spending Time With Morgan further, through songs like "The Fight Song" and title track "A Temporary Dive", but there was also space for the lighter "Song No. 6", a duet with Ron Sexsmith.[citation needed]

A Temporary Dive was well received all over the world, picking up good reviews in magazines and newspapers from Time magazine to The Independent. She received award nominations from all over Europe too, and that year took home the Spellemannpris, the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammies, for Best Female Artist.[5]

After enjoying the collaboration on the previous few duets she had recorded, Brun was inspired to ask some artists whom she adored to sing with her on a full album called Duets. This album was released in November 2005 and besides another recording with Ron Sexsmith, it also included songs with artists such as Syd Matters and Teitur. The collaboration with the band Madrugada on the single "Lift Me" gained her another Norwegian Grammy.[5]

Brun spent much of the next couple of years touring the world in many different stage arrangements. She has played with a full band including string section, just herself and string section at times, sometimes just a cello, and one backing vocalist or three. She often ends up coming back to solo acoustic guitar performances. "There is something about the focus in playing by myself that fascinates me", she says. "There’s nothing to hide behind when I'm alone on stage and it becomes almost meditative for me when I play."[citation needed]

One of her tours was with a string quintet, recorded and released as Live in Scandinavia (2007) and featured Nina Kinert and the guitarist Staffan Johansson. It includes songs from Brun's first two albums with new string arrangements by Malene Bay-Foged.

Later work, 2008–2013[edit]

Brun at the Kulturfestival in Stockholm, 13 August 2010

In 2008, Brun released her third studio album, Changing of the Seasons, which was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson. It included string arrangements by American composer Nico Muhly (Antony and the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear, The Reader soundtrack). Later the same year came the album Sketches, which included acoustic demo versions of the songs from Changing of the Seasons. The Sketches tour featured a stripped down, sparse sound, this time touring with musicians Rebekka Karijord, Jennie Abrahamson, and Linnea Olsson; there were memorable gigs in places such as the Union Chapel in London.[5]

Back on the road, a concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall was filmed and released as an album and live DVD in 2009. Later that year, Brun organised the No More Lullabies concert to bring attention to the issues of climate justice. She assembled 24 well-known Swedish artists such as Robyn, Loney, Dear, Titiyo, and Benny Andersson of ABBA to take part in seven hours of live music and visuals to mark the International Day of Climate Action on 24 October 2009. They succeeded in drawing attention to the issue before the upcoming COP15 conference.[5]

Brun featured as one of the guests on Peter Gabriel's 2011 studio album New Blood, singing Kate Bush's part on the re-recorded version of "Don't Give Up", recorded in 2010. She was subsequently invited to perform with him as support act and back-up singer on the New Blood tour throughout 2010.[citation needed]

In late 2011, Brun released her sixth studio album, It All Starts with One, produced by Tobias Fröberg.

On 11 March 2013, Brun performed her own adaptation of Dido's Lament, from Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, at The Roundhouse in London.[6]

In May 2013, Brun released a 32-track collection of songs from her first 10 years in the music industry, entitled Songs 2003–2013, which included four new songs. In October 2013, she released a 20-track collection of covers and outtakes entitled Rarities without pre-promotion.[citation needed]


In 2015, Brun released her seventh studio album, titled When I'm Free.[7] This was followed in 2017 by Leave Me Breathless, a collection of covers of songs by diverse artists including Foreigner, Mariah Carey, and Radiohead.[8] In 2020, the artist released two albums of original material in close succession. At first intended to be a double album, they were issued separately as After the Great Storm in October[9] and How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow in November.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Brun was diagnosed with lupus erythematosus at the age of 27, and a lupus flareup in 2012 had her cancel a North American tour with Peter Gabriel.[11]


Ane Brun discography
Studio albums10
Live albums3
Compilation albums2
Video albums1


Studio albums

Year Album Peak positions Certification

2003 Spending Time with Morgan 19
2005 A Temporary Dive 1 12
Duets 2 40
  • NOR: 2x Platinum[19]
2008 Changing of the Seasons 1 48 2
Sketches 15
2011 It All Starts with One 1 67 36 159 13 1
  • NOR: 2x Platinum[18]
2015 When I'm Free 4 72 12 3
2017 Leave Me Breathless 3
75 76 5
2020 After the Great Storm 15
- -
How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow -

Live albums

Year Album Peak positions Certification
2007 Live in Scandinavia[citation needed] 11 12
2009 Live at Stockholm Concert Hall 7 5
2018 Live at Berdwardhallen
(with the Swedish RSO and Hans Ek)


Year Album Peak positions Certification
2013 Songs 2003–2013 2 6
Rarities 21 -


  • 2001: What I Want
  • 2001: Wooden Body
  • 2004: My Lover Will Go
  • 2012: Do You Remember



Main artist

Year Single Peak positions Certification Album
2004 "Song No. 6"
feat. Ron Sexsmith
A Temporary Dive
2005 "My Lover Will Go" 39
"Lift Me"
feat. Madrugada
1 44 Duets
2006 "Rubber & Soul"
feat. Teitur
A Temporary Dive
"Balloon Ranger"
2008 "Big in Japan" 3 Bonus track on
Changing of the Seasons
"True Colors" 5
"Headphone Silence" (Henrik Schwarz/DF Remix) Spending Time with Morgan
2012 "Fly on the Windscreen"
feat. Vince Clarke
2013 "Oh Love" 23 It All Starts with One
2014 "One Last Try" Do You Remember
2018 "Horizons"
with Dustin O'Halloran
Puzzle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Springa" Becoming Astrid (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Vanlig Vardag" Hocus Pocus Alfie Atkins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2019 "Into a Dream" Non-album single
"You'll Never Walk Alone"
"Mellom bakkar og berg"
"At Last"
"Silent Night Before the First Day of Christmas"
"All Is Soft Inside (From NRK HAIK for Aurora, 2019)"
2020 "Don't Run and Hide" After the Great Storm
"Feeling Like I Wanna Cry"
"Take Hold of Me"
"We Need a Mother"
"Trust" How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow
"Song for Thrill and Tom"
"Lose My Way"
with Dustin O'Halloran
"Nesten Hjemme"
with Turab
Non-album single

Featured artist

Year Single Peak positions Certification Album
2015 "Can't Stop Playing (Makes Me High)"
(Dr. Kucho! & Gregor Salto feat. Ane Brun)
"To Let Myself Go"
(The Avener feat. Ane Brun)
The Wanderings of the Avener
2020 "When I Let Go (Live in Oslo)"
(Fay Wildhagen feat. Ane Brun)
Leave Me to the Moon

Also appears on[edit]


  1. ^ "Ane Brun's post on Sami People's National Day". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Brun, Ane Biography - Norsk Musikkinformasjon". Archived from the original on 14 March 2013. (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ "Bjørn Brunvoll -".
  4. ^ Ferguson, Tom (14 May 2005). "Global Pulse". Billboard. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d "Ane Brun returns to the UK - Listen to Norway". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Baroque Remixed - Part 2". 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Ane Brun – When I'm Free". musicomh. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Album Review: Leave Me Breathless, Ane Brun". 16 October 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Ane Brun's 'After the Great Storm' Features Some of Her Best Songs". 30 October 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Ane Brun: How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow review – words and songs to live by". 27 November 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  11. ^ TOM HUIZENGA (1 April 2016). Ane Brun: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. National Public Radio.
  12. ^ a b c d e Ane Brun discography Archived March 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Ane Brun discography Archived January 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ a b Ane Brun discography
  15. ^ Ane Brun discography Archived April 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Ane Brun discography Archived April 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ a b c d e Ane Brun discography Archived March 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ a b c d e "Gold/Platinum". IFPI Norway. Retrieved 13 November 2019.(select Ane Brun in search)
  19. ^ "Gold/Platinum". IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  20. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 41, 2017". VG-lista. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  21. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 44, 2020". VG-lista. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 17 August 2018. Click on "Veckans albumlista".

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Preceded by
Sissy Wish
Recipient of the best Female Pop Solo Artist Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Marit Larsen
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Maria Mena
Recipient of the best Female Pop Solo Artist Spellemannprisen
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