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 name Stig Andre van Eijk
Born (1981-03-21) March 21, 1981 (age 36)
Cali, Colombia
Origin Norway
Genres Reggae
Pop Standards
Occupation(s) Singer
Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Website www.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.[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 with 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, he made Colombianske fredslåten, "Constructors of Peace".[3]

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]

"StiGi," as he call himself now, is 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 in Bergen.[6]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1999: Where I Belong (Mercury Records)

Collaborations[edit]

With 'The Soul Express Orchestra'
  • 2010: Time For A Change (Lill'-Bit Records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Van Eijk". Biography (in Norwegian). Norsk musikkinformasjon MIC.no. 2006-08-06. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
  2. ^ a b Grønneberg, Mari-Louise Uldbæk (2009-05-13). "Stig van Eijk advarer Alexander Rybak mot damer og dop" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
  3. ^ a b Skybakmoen, Jonas (2008-08-11). "Stig Van Eijk nærmer seg 30 år" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
  4. ^ Bakkemoen, Kurt (2012-02-24). "Stig van Eijk gjør comeback" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Kan ha tapt kvart million" (in Norwegian). NRK. 2003-09-22. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
  6. ^ Hågensen, Aina Lovise (2014-11-06). "Musikk med Stig van Eijk" (in Norwegian). Bergen kommune. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 

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