Stig Van Eijk

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Stig van Eijk
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Van Eijk at the Melodi Grand Prix show
May 8, 2010.
Background information
Birth nameStig Andre van Eijk
Born (1981-03-21) March 21, 1981 (age 38)
Cali, Colombia
OriginNorway
GenresReggae
Pop Standards
Occupation(s)Singer
Songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Websitewww.nordicrecords.no/forside/artister/stig-van-eijk

Stig Andre van Eijk (born March 21, 1981 in Cali, Colombia) is a Norwegian singer, composer and lyricist. Stig van Eijk served as an ambassador for soul and reggae music and sold more than 250 thousand records worldwide. His music has reached a large audience and he has performed on scenes in countries such as England, America, Portugal, Colombia, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Israel, Spain and Australia. [1][2]

Career[edit]

Van Eijk at the Melodi Grand Prix show May 8, 2010.

Van Eijk is known for his Eurovision career. In 1999 he won the Norwegian final of Melodi Grand Prix with the song "Living My Life Without You", which he wrote and performed on the TV-show. On stage he had dancer and singer Belinda Braza. In the European final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, he came in 14th, after gaining 35 points. He is the first ever black man to represent Norway.[3][4]

The album, Where I Belong, which was released the same year, went platinum (over 30,000 copies) and reached number 6 on the VG-list Top 40 in Norway. In 2000, he was named this year's male artist (Hit awards). In 2001, Stig also made a peace song for his mother country, Colombia. The song, "Constructors of Peace",[3] was recorded with the symphony orchestra of Bogota, and he went there, performing the song on different concerts and television shows.

In 2001 Van Eijk opened «B: Underground Club» in Bergen. This club was a live concept with a house band playing reggae, soul and funk, and the guest appeared. In 2003, he made the song "Once In a Lifetime" that won "Idol" in South Africa, performed by Heinz Winckler. The song was a hit in South Africa and became double platinum (100,000 copies).[5]

Stig van Eijk was a long time known as front figure in the reggae band "The Soul Express Orchestra".[1] They released their debut album Time For A Change produced by Isak Strand at Knott Records in 2010.[2] For the last couple of years he has also been working with music in a kindergarten, schools and other culturestages in Norway.[6]

In 2013 Stig released his album "Presentation". The albums content reflects all of his influences from different genres experienced through his career, but with the main foundation of reggae and soul.

In 2015 Stig and his girlfriend, Beate Helen Thunes, released a new childrenproject called Trollala. This is a musical adventure which was introduced to the public in 2015. Through music and learning creates the troll. Children are motivated to go to the mountains to meet Trollala and hear the music. In addition, Trollala a vision of the children to learn at the same time as they play. Trollala has released music and had various performances around in Norway. Christmas performance "Trollala and Christmas that disappeared" have been played two years in Bergen. On the later date the project will be released as illustrations and Audiobooks.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1999: Where I Belong (Mercury Records)
  • 2013: Presentation (Nordic Records)

Singles[edit]

  • 1999 Living My Life Without You
  • 1999 Breakout
  • 2002 Growin´Pains
  • 2002 Once In a Lifetime
  • 2007 Constructors Of Peace
  • 2010 Come
  • 2010 Beautiful feat. Cesca
  • 2010 En God Dag feat. Akeron
  • 2010 Beautiful feat. Cesca
  • 2011 Let's Make a Change feat. Beate H.Thunes
  • 2011 Live For Today feat. Kingsley Anowi
  • 2012 Never Say Never
  • 2013 Always A Solution
  • 2013 Down To Earth feat. Haisam
  • 2013 No 1. feat DZ Dioniziz.
  • 2014 Gonna make it feat KastAway (U.S)
  • 2014 Ordinary Day
  • 2016 What she said feat Frank Nitt (U.S)
  • 2017 Like a freak feat. 2ugly2hold
  • 2017 Without Faith feat. Nuno Barroso (Portugal)
  • 2017 Vinteren er kommet – Trollala
  • 2017 Words unsaid feat KastAway (U.S)
  • 2018 Faith in us
  • 2018 Rainy Town feat. Black Ballroom
  • 2019 Ser på


Collaborations[edit]

  • 2010: The Soul Express Orchestra Time For A Change (Lill'-Bit Records)
  • 2015: Trollala, den underlige vidunderlige (Good Vibes Entertainment)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Van Eijk". Biography (in Norwegian). Norsk musikkinformasjon MIC.no. August 6, 2006. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Grønneberg, Mari-Louise Uldbæk (May 13, 2009). "Stig van Eijk advarer Alexander Rybak mot damer og dop" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Skybakmoen, Jonas (August 11, 2008). "Stig Van Eijk nærmer seg 30 år" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Archived from the original on September 9, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Bakkemoen, Kurt (February 24, 2012). "Stig van Eijk gjør comeback" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kan ha tapt kvart million" (in Norwegian). NRK. September 22, 2003. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Hågensen, Aina Lovise (November 6, 2014). "Musikk med Stig van Eijk" (in Norwegian). Bergen kommune. Retrieved December 28, 2014.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Lars A. Fredriksen
with "Alltid sommer"
Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
1999
Succeeded by
Charmed
with "My Heart Goes Boom"