Silje Nergaard

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Silje Nergaard
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Nergaard at Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam 2008.
Background information
Born (1966-06-19) June 19, 1966 (age 50)
Steinkjer, Nord-Trøndelag
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Pop Standards
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals

Silje Nergaard (born 19 June 1966 in Steinkjer, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz vocalist and songwriter.[1] She is also one of the best-selling jazz artists ever on the official sales chart in Norway.[2] She became known worldwide after the release of the international bestseller Tell Me Where You're Going, featuring Pat Metheny on guitar.[3]


Nergaard November 2005.
Nergaard in Berlin November 2011.

Nergaard entered the music scene at the age of 16, and her first hit single "Tell Me Where You're Going" made it to no. 1 in Japan as well as top 10 in Norway and other countries. Her album At First Light (2001) is the best-selling Norwegian jazz album ever, and entered the official sales chart in Norway at no. 1 in its first week. The album A Thousand True Stories, which Nergaard recorded with the Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands in 2008, was a great success in both Europe and Asia. Nergaard is one of the few Norwegian artists to have been commercially released all around the globe, on most continents and major music markets including Japan, Brazil, Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Nergaard has recorded and performed songs with Al Jarreau, Pat Metheny, Toots Thielemanns, Morten Harket of A-ha, and many more. She has had Tord Gustavsen and Jarle Vespestad as two pillars in her bands. Vince Mendoza received a Grammy Nomination for the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Award for the song "A Thousand True Stories" in 2011.[4]


In the spring of 2012, Nergaard released her new album Unclouded, based on recordings with her two guitarists Hallgrim Bratberg and Håvar Bendiksen. It was released on March 9 in Norway and March 23 internationally. Nergaard has written 9 new songs for Unclouded and has two covers on this album: "Human" by The Killers and The Moon's a Harsh Mistress by Jimmy Webb. For Unclouded, Nergaard has also invited the American guitarist John Scofield to contribute along with Jojje Wadenius, Knut Reiersrud, and Nils Petter Molvær, among others.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to the singer Heine Totland.



  • 1990: Tell Me Where You're Going (Sonet Grammofon), featuring Pat Metheny on the title tune
  • 1991: Silje (Princess Records), featuring Morten Harket on "Where You Are"
  • 1995: Cow On The Highway (Sonet Grammofon)
  • 1995: Brevet (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
  • 1996: Hjemmefra (From Home) (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
  • 2000: Port Of Call (EmArcy Records)
  • 2001: At First Light (EmArcy Records), featuring Thomas Strønen, Arve Henriksen and Erle Totland Nergaard
  • 2003: Nightwatch (EmArcy Records)
  • 2007: Darkness Out Of Blue (EmArcy Records)
  • 2009: A Thousand True Stories (EmArcy Records)
  • 2010: If I Could Wrap Up A Kiss (Sony Music)
  • 2012: Unclouded (Sony Music)
  • 2015: Chain of Days (OKeh/Sony)
Compilation album
  • 2004: Easy Living (Music Marketeers), VT Wonen Presents
  • 2005: Be Still My Heart - The Essential (EmArcy Records)
Live album
  • 2005: Live In Koln (EmArcy Records)[5]
  • 2006: Your Guide To The North Sea Jazz Festival (North Sea Jazz Festival), various artists - on the track «We Should Be Happier» in duo with Al Jarreau[6]


  1. ^ "Silje Nergaard Biography - Store Norske Leksikon". 
  2. ^ Alspaugh, Emmanuelle (2006-02-07). Fodor's Norway. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 52–. ISBN 9781400016143. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tell Me Where You're Going".  (feat. Pat Metheny) -
  4. ^ Mergner, Lee (2010-12-02). "Jazz-related Grammy Nominations Announced". JazzTimes. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Silje Nergaard". Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Various – Your Guide To The North Sea Jazz Festival 2006". Retrieved 2013-10-06. 

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Preceded by
Recipient of the Spellemannprisen
as This year's Spellemann

Succeeded by
Odd Nordstoga
Preceded by
Live Maria Roggen
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Trygve Seim