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MARIA SOLHEIM | STORIES OF NEW MORNINGS– Every Christmas I wish for a new copy book and a black felt-tip pen. I’ve had this wish since I was a teenager. It’s the best gift I can get. There is just so much potential in a felt-tip pen and some blank sheets of paper.

Maria Solheim continues to move on the fringe of the pop genre. She has often been placed in the Indie pop category, having repeatedly challenged the conventional wisdom for making a pop song.
On the album Stories of New Mornings you find both: Good pop music, spiced with special musical elements here and there that underline and reinforce the message in the music. Maria is supported by a powerful team of musicians on the album, where she and the musical arranger, Christer Slaaen, have created an album which ranges from catchy pop tunes, to tender violin sections, pleasing lyrics, surprising Latin American rhythms, fuzzy guitars and the sound of rain. If you listen very carefully, you may also hear the sound of a black magpie on one of the tracks.

– In my music I’m open about everything, and yet everything is still covered by a veil of music and lyrics. Some of the songs are stories that only I know. Feelings I had almost forgotten.  I photograph the moods with my guitar, my melodies and my lyrics.
Maria Solheim has a long career behind her. Leaving a small fishing village in Nordland county at the age of 18 to release her first album, she was only twenty when she travelled alone to Tokyo to launch her second album to an Asian audience. When 22, she released her third album, and was
asked to sing in the Norwegian Royal Castle at the baptism ceremony for Ingrid Alexandra, princess of Norway. With several nominations for the Norwegian Spellemann Music Award, she has constantly toured Norway and abroad.

On where the ideas for her sixth solo album started from Maria Solheim says:
– I wish I were in a band. That’s my earliest dream. The dream which is one of the strongest building blocks in my life so far. The dream of playing in a band which came to fullfillment. After my fourth album I was tired, and when the dream no longer was a dream it fell apart. I put my guitar away. And I thought I might never touch it again. So I took tests. Job tests on
the web. There must be something else I could dream about? The internet gave me no answers. After many years away from music new songs began to pop up in my mind. And with the songs the dream came back. Perhaps stronger than before. This dream has given life to this album.

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Discography Maria Solheim

Barefoot, 2001:


Behind closed doors, 2002:

Frail,  2004:


Will there be spring, 2006:


In the deep, 2012 (Europe 2014):


Stories of new mornings 2018 (KKV)


Maria originally aspired to be a reporter, having started working as a freelance journalist in her native northern Norway at the tender age of 14. Luckily for us, she turned her abilities for stating the truth to songwriting – in English (the better to disguise her lyrics from her parents). Love isn’t an easy topic when you’re a teenager. By the time she was 18 she had caught the eye – and more importantly the ear – of the music industry, resulting in her debut album Barefoot being released when she was just 19. Featuring some of Norway’s best studio musicians, the album started to generate opportunities for Maria, leading to a support spot with Susanne Vega and the start of what would become a tradition of successful tours in Germany.

Maria’s second album Behind Closed Doors ironically opened more of them, including a release and tour in Japan.
The album showed Maria’s continuing development as a songwriter and as the head of her own band.

With the release of her third album Frail (one that Maria has said is very close to her heart) in Scandinavia, Germany and Japan, she continued to build her considerable and ever-increasing fan base. She even garnered a royal “command performance” at the baptism of Norway’s Princess Ingrid Alexandra, second in line to the Norwegian throne.

In spite of a grueling tour schedule that included Germany, Great Britain, China, Thailand, Japan, the U.S., Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Scandinavia, Maria found the time and energy to record There Will be Spring, replete with beautiful yet catchy songs that proved to be eminently synch-able. Maria has seen her music in demand for a wide variety of projects: Films, audio books, advertisements (including a worldwide deal for ECCO Shoes) – not to mention other displays of Maria’s talents as a published book author and exhibitions of her artwork. The album opened up a new audience for Maria when it was released in France.


Following this whirlwind of activity, Maria took some time to gather her thoughts, experiences and energy – and to have a family. But even then she continued creating; the single “Rom for alle” – her first in Norwegian – was a duet with Hans Erik Husby Dyvik (AKA Hank von Helvete, former lead singer of the hugely successful Norwegian band Turbonegro) and went double platinum.

In 2012 Maria marshaled her considerable abilities in the recording of a new album, In the Deep. Produced by Nick Terry (Turbonegro, Libertines, Klaxons, Roger Sanchez, former singer with The Stone Roses Ian Brown), Maria was also joined in the studio by Henry Olsen (former Primal Scream member who has also worked with Nico, the Velvet Underground, John Cale and more), Emil Nikolaisen (formerly with Serena Maneesh) and other stellar musicians. The result was a wild record with songs that range from quiet, simple guitar-based tunes, through rock, all the way to pop.

Maria loves working together with other artist, and in 2016 she released her first album for children “Kaptein Snabelbæsj og hjertetyven” (not easily translated I am afraid).  The recording was a collaboration with singer and Children TV-host Silje Sirnes Winje. Prodused by Odin Staveland (Artist, and vocalist in the Norwegian band Vamp).

In 2016 Maria Solheim also made a new trip back to her audience in Germany, with a two week tour. This time with new songs in her backpack.

Maria Solheim is currently working on a new album. She is back where it all started, with the record company KKV (Kirkelig Kulturverksted). And some of her new songs are already on the setlist when she play live.

A new single is expected in April 2017.





For contact or booking:


In Germany:

Represented by:

Carolin Borst


For other questions, send your mail to: post@mariasolheim.no

For my German speaking friends

MARIA SOLHEIM | Stories of new mornings Erscheinungsdatum: 16. März 2018 (20. April in Germany/Switzerland/England and Benelux) (Translated by: Stephan Schulze) Maria Solheims 7. Studioalbum “Stories of new mornings” kann wie eine Variation von dem norwegischen Sänger Alf Prøysens und seinem 1971 erschienen Album “Du ska få en dag i mårå” angesehen werden. Die Lieder …

New single out soon

Hello friends 🙂 It is springtime! And it is time for new music. A new song is on it’s way. Well, it is new to you, but this is a song that has been with me for 16 years. A special song with a special story. More info soon. Until then, love Maria