Monica Heldal

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Monica Heldal (born 1991 in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian musician (vocals, guitar) and songwriter. Her debut studio album, Boy From the North, was released on 4 November 2013. For the album she received two awards during Spellemannprisen 2013: Rookie of the Year and Best Pop Solo Artist. She also won the Bendiksenprisen in 2013 and was nominated for the Statoil Scholarship that same year.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Monica Heldal was born in Arna, Norway, on 24 January[2] 1991. At 16, she began to play and compose music, writing the song "Silly Willy", which was later included in her studio debut.[3]

Style and influences[edit]

Monica Heldal's musical style draws from many different musical genres, primarily folk and blues. The latter is greatly inspired by her main influence, Rory Gallagher.[3] She is well known for her use of fingerpicking technique and various complex guitar tunings, much like one of her other sources of inspiration, Nick Drake.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • Rookie of the Year (2013), Spellemannprisen
  • Best Pop Solo Artist (2013), Spellemannprisen
  • Bendiksenprisen (2013)

Discography[edit]

  • Boy From the North (2013)
  • The One in the Sun (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rønning, Øyvind (2013-11-01). "Fullendt artist i en alder av 22!". Musical reviews (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  2. ^ "Radio Rock NRK P1". Facebook. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "About Monica Heldal". monicaheldal.com. Retrieved 25 December 2014.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
No Pop vocalist award
Recipient of the Pop vocalist Spellemannprisen
2013
Succeeded by
Emilie Nicolas
Preceded by
LidoLido
Recipient of the Newcomer Spellemannprisen
2013
Succeeded by
Emilie Nicolas