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Choir of Young Believers

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Choir of Young Believers
Choir of Young Believers performing in 2015
Choir of Young Believers performing in 2015
Background information
Also known asCOYB
OriginCopenhagen, Denmark
Years active2006–
MembersJakob Millung
Cæcilie Trier
Lasse Herbst
Casper Henning Hansen
Bo Rande
Sonja Labianca
Aske Zidore
Past membersJannis Noya Makrigiannis
Mette Sand Hersoug
Fridolin Nordsø
Nicolai Koch
Frederik Nordsø
Anders Rhedin

Choir of Young Believers was the musical project of singer, writer and guitarist Jannis Noya Makrigiannis from Copenhagen, Denmark. The band, which consisted of Makrigiannis along with a rotating cast of supporting players, has had multiple No 1 hits in their home country of Denmark and was named the "Best New Act" at the 2009 Danish Music Awards. COYB’s music combines folk melodies, orchestral instrumentation, and dark lyrics.


After the breakup of his previous band, Lake Placid, in 2006, Makrigiannis moved to the Greek island of Samos and began developing his own solo material. Upon his return to Copenhagen, Makrigiannis gathered musicians and friends to form Choir of Young Believers. The group released the EP Burn the Flag in 2007, with the single "Sharpen Your Knife" receiving heavy play on Danish Radio. In September 2008, the band released its first full length album, This Is for the White in Your Eyes, which was nominated for six Danish Music Awards and won the "Best New Act" category.

Choir of Young Believers performing at SXSW 2012 in Austin, Texas

COYB performed at the 2009 SXSW music festival, after which it was signed to US label Ghostly International who released This Is for the White in Your Eyes in North America on 18 August 2009. The next album released was Rhine Gold in March 2012. The band's third studio album, Grasque, was released on 19 February 2016.

The song "Hollow Talk", from the debut album, was used over the opening and the closing credits of the Danish–Swedish police series The Bridge (2011, 2013, 2015, 2018).

Makrigiannis died 30 December 2022 after a short period of illness.[1]


Current & Past members[edit]

  • Jannis Noya Makrigiannis: vocals, guitar, piano, bass, keyboard, percussion (died 2022)
  • Cæcilie Trier: cello, backing vocals
  • Jakob Millung: bass
  • Bo Rande: brass instruments, keyboard, backing vocals
  • Sonja Labianca: piano
  • Lasse Herbst: percussion
  • Casper Henning Hansen: drums, percussion
  • Aske Zidore: guitar, production
  • Anders Rhedin: keyboard, drums, guitar, percussion, backing vocals (until 2008)
  • Mette Sand Hersoug: violin, flute, backing vocals (until 2008)
  • Fridolin Nordsø: bass, drums, percussion, trumpet, flute, keyboard, backing vocals (until 2008)
  • Nicolai Koch: piano (until 2008)
  • Frederik Nordsø: percussion (until 2008)


Studio albums[edit]


  • 2007: Burn the Flag (EP)
  • 2007: Choir vs. Evil (EP)


  • 2007: "Sharpen Your Knife"
  • 2009: "Action/Reaction" (Ghostly International)
  • 2009: "Next Summer" (Ghostly International)
  • 2014: "Hollow Talk"
  • 2015: "Face Melting"
  • 2015: "Jeg ser dig"
  • 2015: "Serious Lover"

Tracks featured[edit]

  • 2009: "Ghostly Essentials: Avant-Pop One" (Ghostly International)
  • 2009: Numb3rs, opening and end credits for series 6 episode 1 – "Hollow Talk" from the album "This Is for the White in Your Eyes" (Ghostly International)
  • 2009:"One Tree Hill", season 7 episode 3-"Hollow Talk" plays where Haley and Nathan are arguing
  • 2010: Submarino, Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg
  • 2011: The Bridge, theme and end credits – "Hollow Talk"
  • 2014: Reign, season 1 episode 18 – Hollow Talk plays at the end of the episode.




  1. ^ Torp, Nicolai (5 January 2023). "Choir of Young Believers' Jannis Noya Makrigiannis er død". SOUNDVENUE.COM. Retrieved 5 January 2023.

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