Paal Flaata

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Paal Flaata
Paal Flaata at stage in 2016
Paal Flaata at stage in 2016
Background information
Birth namePål Flåta
Born (1968-04-08) 8 April 1968 (age 53)
Skien, Telemark
OriginNorway
GenresPop music, country music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsS2 Records
Associated actsMidnight Choir

Pål Flåta (born 8 April 1968)[1] is a Norwegian vocalist, known from the band Midnight Choir and as a solo artist.

Career[edit]

Flaata was born in Skien, Norway. He started his career in the Skien band Memphis News and has since then been involved in Paal & Pål Band with Pål Jensen, Carsten "Kesh" Holt, and Vidar Busk. In the early 1990s, Flaata traveled to Oslo along with two other musicians. There, they played hillbilly music on the street and were called the Hashbrowns. Then the band got a record deal, and went to the US to record an album. Hashbrowns was then transformed to Midnight Choir. Flaata was in the forefront of Midnight Choir, until the band was dissolved in 2004, and was involved in the outlet of five albums plus a compilation.

He debuted as a solo artist in 2002 with In Demand and continued as a solo artist after the dissolution of Midnight Choir. They were nominated for the Spellemannprisen 2012 for the album Wait by the Fire in the class Country.

In 2008, Flaata also participated on the children's record Magiske Kroker & Hemmeligheter produced by Linn Skåber and Jacob Young, with the song "Fredag".[2] Other artists who participated were Simone Larsen, Maria Haukaas Storeng, Egil Hegerberg, Venke Knutson, Alejandro Fuentes, Julius Winger, Live Maria Roggen, Jørn Christensen, Alexander Rybak, and Andrea Bræin Hovig.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He was married 20 July 2013, to Stine Sollie Flåta (b. Sollie 1988).[3]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • 2002: In Demand (Universal Music)
  • 2005: Rain (S2 Records)
  • 2006: Christmas Island (Grammofon)
  • 2008: Old Angel Midnight (Wilma Records)
  • 2012: Wait by the Fire - Songs of Chip Taylor (Rootsy)[1]
  • 2014: Bless Us All - Songs of Mickey Newbury
  • 2016: Come Tomorrow - Songs of Townes Van Zandt

Collaborations[edit]

Within Midnight Choir
  • 1994: Midnight Choir (Fjording)
  • 1996: Olsen's Lot (S2 Records)
  • 1998: Amsterdam Stranded (S2 Records)
  • 2000: Unsung Heroine (Glitterhouse Records)
  • 2002: Selected Songs (S2 Records)
  • 2003: Waiting for the Bricks to Fall (S2 Records)
  • 2005: All Tomorrows Tears: The Best of Midnight Choir (S2 Records)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paal Flaata Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Diverse Artister: Magiske Kroker Og Hemmeligheter – Sanger Av Linn Skåber Og Jacob Young" (in Norwegian). Platekompaniet.no. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  3. ^ Johannessen, Bjørn (22 July 2013). "Paal fikk sin Stine" (in Norwegian). Telemarksavisa. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Midnight Choir Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 19 November 2013.

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