Elvira Nikolaisen

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Elvira Nikolaisen
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Elvira Nikolaisen performing on 7 June 2007
at the Paradiso, Amsterdam.
Background information
Born (1980-07-16) 16 July 1980 (age 36)
Origin Moi, Norway
Genres pop
Occupation(s) Singer–songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Labels Columbia Records / Sony Music
Website www.elvira-nikolaisen.com

Elvira Nikolaisen (born 16 July 1980 in Moi) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter signed for Sony BMG. She released her debut single Love I Can't Defend in December 2005, it reached the number 3 spot on the Norwegian singles list. She followed up the hit with her first album, Quiet Exit, and a second single, Egypt Song, in March 2006. The album peaked at #2 in the Norwegian chart.[1]


Nikolaisen in Concert on 27 November 2007, at Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht.

Nikolaisen is from a musical family, her father is a church organist and her brother Emil is the vocalist and guitarist for Serena Maneesh, and her sister Hilma is the bassist for the same band. Her brother Ivar is lead singer of the Norwegian punk band Silver.[2] In 1998, Nikolaisen with her brother Emil fronted the independent band Royal. The band released one album titled My Dear on Soulscape Records and distributed through Tooth and Nail Records. While she's from a very religious family, Nikolaisen rejected her Christian beliefs at the age of eighteen. Some of her lyrics reflect the impact of this change on her life.[3]

Nikolaisen released her second album, Indian Summer in April 2008. However, she failed to repeat the success of the debut album, Quiet Exit.[4] On the latest album I Concentrate on You (2013) Nikolaisen in collaboration with the Jaga Jazzist trumpeter Mathias Eick, moves into American popular music, fulfilling her old dream to go into the great American songbook. Other contributors on this album are Ola Kvernberg (violin, viola & bass-violin), Andreas Ulvo (piano, cembalo, celesta) and Gard Nilssen (drums).[5]



Year Album Peak positions Certification
2006 Quiet Exit 2
2009 Indian Summer 13
2011 Lighthouse 25
2013 I Concentrate on You 11


Year Single Peak positions Album
2006 "Love I Can't Defend" 3 Quiet Exit
"Egypt Song" 6


  1. ^ VG-lista, official Norwegian album and single chart
  2. ^ musikknyheter.no
  3. ^ (Norwegian) Article from Vårt Land of unknown date
  4. ^ Melland, Milda C.; Camilla Bjørn (2008-07-29). "Elvira Nikolaisens plate flopper" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  5. ^ Wicklund, Erling (2013-10-03). "Nikolaisen/Eick – I Concentrate On You - Review" (in Norwegian). NRK Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  6. ^ a b "Elvira Nikolaisen discography". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 

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