Since releasing his sophomore album "Solidarity Breaks" in early 2011, Norwegian retro-soul singer/multi-instrumentalist Bernhoft has thrilled crowds around the world with his stripped-down yet amped-up one-man-band act. Largely on the strength of his looping-enhanced and wonder-inspiring live show, Bernhoft racked up 250,000 sales of "Solidarity Breaks" and earned more than three million views for "C'Mon Talk" (a beatbox-infused, acoustic-guitar-laced single that Bernhoft performed during his September 2011 appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"). With his irresistibly of-the-moment approach to classic R&B and soul, Bernhoft also nabbed the Best Artist and Best Male Artist of the Year awards at the 2012 Spellemannprisen, which are the equivalent to the GRAMMYs in Norway. Now, the former frontman of acclaimed alt-rock band Span is returning to the U.S. with an unforgettable live performance in which his ingenuity in looping magically reproduces the sound, feel, and energy of a complete band.
Along with his looping wizardry, Bernhoft offers a take on pop music that's equal parts stylish and strikingly thoughtful. "One of my main goals with my music and my shows is to get people to dance and let go and smile and be happy, but to also get them thinking at the same time," says Bernhoft. So while "Solidarity Breaks" serves up both breezy pop gems and huge-hearted ballads (including "Stay With Me," a track voted Best R&B Song on iTunes in Germany), the album maintains a mellowed-out consciousness that instantly sets it apart from the rest of the pop landscape. "It's about everything from solidarity in politics, solidarity with other humans, in society, in relationships -- or how difficult it can be to live together both under small and big conditions," explains Bernhoft of "Solidarity Breaks," the follow-up to his 2008 solo debut "Ceramik City Chronicles." Undeniably helpful in delivering that message is Bernhoft's voice, a sweetly soulful instrument that frequently finds him hailed as one of the most gifted vocalists in his homeland.
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