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Sondre Lerche

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Bergen, Hordaland, Norway (2000 – present)

Sondre Lerche Vaular (born 5 September 1982) is a Norwegian and . His professional career began in 2000 and over the course of the following years, Lerche and his band, the Faces Down, became beloved critical and commercial successes in their native homeland. Later, Lerche would attract international praise and recognition, becoming one of the most internationally renowned and popular Norwegian artists. Lerche is known for the various eclectic styles invoked by his music, which often changes radically from album to album.

Born in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway, the young Lerche was heavily influenced by the 80’s music emanating from his older siblings’ rooms. Compelled by a defining fascination for bands such as a-ha, The Beach Boys, and Prefab Sprout, Lerche began formal guitar instruction at age eight. Not satisfied with the lessons at school, Lerche experimented with original tunes on his own accord, eventually penning his first song, “Locust Girl” at the age of fourteen. While still underage, Lerche held acoustic performances at the club where his sister worked; Lerche was eventually discovered by Norwegian producer Hans-Petter “HP” Gundersen.

While under Gundersen’s mentorship, Lerche was exposed to diverse music genres, including psychedelia, 60’s pop, and mainstream Brazilian music, broadening his appreciation for eclectic music styles. Around this time Lerche was also introduced to Oslo-based manager Tatiana Penzo, resulting in a recording contract with Virgin Norway. With steadily growing popularity in his home country, he recorded his debut album in 2000.

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