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Kate Havnevik

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Norway (2006 – present)

Kate Havnevik is a Norwegian singer and songwriter from Oslo. Her debut album, the electronica-infused “Melankton,” was released in March 2006 on iTunes and April 2006 (on physical CD) in Norway, before being licensed internationally later in the year. Havnevik has been working on three albums simultaneously - “Melankton,” “You” and an acoustic album entitled “Embla.” In a move similar to that of British singer and friend of Havnevik, Imogen Heap, Kate is releasing her albums through her own record label, Continentica Records.

Kate Havnevik trained as a classical musician, and can play the piano, the guitar and the melodica amongst other instruments, having wanted to be a classical and jazz guitarist, up until the age of 14, when she joined an all female punk rock band rehearsing and playing at Oslo’s illegally occupied club, Blitz. The experience changed her musical horizons, and lead her to pursue an interest in modern electronica mixing in organic instruments like strings and brass.

Havnevik set about working with producers to help hone her songs, the most famous of which is Guy Sigsworth, part of Frou Frou, who has also worked with Imogen Heap, Madonna, Britney Spears, and Björk. The two co-wrote and recorded many songs together, some of which were featured on “Melankton”, including “Unlike Me,” “Not Fair” and “You Again,” and some of which will be included on the second, as yet untitled project, including “Disobey,” which Havnevik premiered on her official web site. She describes “Melankton” as “dramatic, beautiful and euphoric” record, and deemed it the perfect introduction to her music, which is why it is being released first.

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