Sivert Høyem

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Sivert Høyem
Sivert Høyem at Stavernfestivalen in 2016
Sivert Høyem at Stavernfestivalen in 2016
Background information
Born (1976-01-22) 22 January 1976 (age 44)
Sortland, Nordland
GenresRock, alternative rock
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, bass
Years active1992—present
LabelsEMI, Virgin

Sivert Høyem (born 22 January 1976) is a Norwegian singer, best known as the vocalist of the rock band Madrugada. After the band broke up following the death of Robert Burås in 2007, he has enjoyed success as a solo artist and is also a member of The Volunteers with whom he released the album Exiles in 2006.

Early and personal life[edit]

Høyem at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo 2010.

Høyem is a son of forestry teacher Asbjørn Høyem and politician Jørun Drevland. He hails from Kleiva in Sortland, and attended Sortland Upper Secondary School before moving to Oslo in 1995. Whilst pursuing a music career he minored in history at the University of Oslo.[1]

Music career[edit]


Høyem rose to fame in the late 1990s when Madrugada made their Norwegian breakthrough with debut album Industrial Silence. The band members included Sivert Høyem (vocals), Frode Jacobsen (bass), and Robert Burås (guitar). After the death of Burås on 12 July 2007, Høyem and Jacobsen decided to finish recording their latest album. The album, entitled Madrugada, was released on 21 January 2008. After the release of the album the band announced they would split after one last tour. They performed their last ever concert on 15 November 2008 at Oslo Spektrum.


He has the last few years had success as a solo artist, releasing the albums Ladies and Gentlemen of the Opposition (2004), Moon Landing (2009) and Long Slow Distance (2011), Endless Love (2014) and Lioness (2016).

He formed his band the Volunteers made up of:

  • Sivert Høyem: Vocals/Guitar/Songwriter
  • Cato Salsa: Guitars/Keyboards
  • Børge Fjordheim: Drums/Shaker/Tambourine
  • Rudi Nikolaisen: Bass (Live)
  • Kalle Gustafson Jerneholm: Bass (On Record)
  • Christer Knutsen: Guitars/Keyboards

He released the album Exiles in 2006 credited to Sivert Høyem & the Volunteers. He toured with his band in May 2007 playing at festivals across Norway. In December 2009 he concluded another tour with his new band. In April 2012 in a radio interview at the "Rock Show" radio program in Greece, he clearly stated that there won't be any other album with the Volunteers.

In September 2010 Sivert Høyem launched the song "Prisoner of the road" in order to raise awareness for NRC, which is this year's recipient of the Norwegian National Telethon.

In 2015, "Black & Gold" was chosen to be the opening song of the Norwegian TV series Okkupert ("Occupied").



With the band Madrugada
Year Album Peak positions Certification
2004 Ladies and Gentlemen of the Opposition 3
2009 Moon Landing 1
2011 Long Slow Distance 1
  • NOR: 2× Platinum (60,000+)[3]
2014 Endless Love 1
2016 Lioness[4] 1
2017 Live at Acropolis – Herod Atticus Odeon, Athens 9
As Sivert Høyem & the Volunteers
Year Album Peak positions Certification
2006 Exiles 1
As Guest Vocalist


Year Single Credited as Peak positions Certification Album
2009 "Moon Landing" Sivert Høyem 2 Moon Landing
2010 "Prisoner of the Road" Sivert Høyem 1
2016 "Sleepwalking Man" Sivert Høyem Lioness
As Sivert Høyem & the Volunteers
Year Single Peak positions Certification Album
2006 "Into the Sea" 4
2007 "Don't Pass Me By" 16


  1. ^ Valle, Viggo (16 September 2011). "Sivert Høyem" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sivert Høyem discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
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  5. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 24, 2017". VG-lista. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  6. ^ Blabbermouth (10 January 2020). "ME AND THAT MAN's 'New Man, New Songs, Same S**t, Vol. 1' Album To Feature Members Of SLIPKNOT, MASTODON, TRIVIUM". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 10 January 2020.

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