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.