|Also known as||Sissel|
|Born||June 24, 1969|
|Genre(s)||Pop, Folk, Classical Music, Operatic pop|
|Years active||1986 - present|
|Associated acts||The Chieftains|
Sissel Kyrkjebø (born June 24, 1969 in Bergen, Norway), also known as just Sissel, is a Norwegian singer. Events 972 - Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces takes place Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. is the second largest city in Norway. It is located on the south-western coast of Norway in the county of Hordaland in between a group of mountains known as De syv fjell Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional is the second largest city in Norway. It is located on the south-western coast of Norway in the county of Hordaland in between a group of mountains known as De syv fjell Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure Folk music can have a number of different meanings including Traditional music: The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous Operatic pop is a subgenre of Pop music that is performed in a classical operatic style A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. A voice type is a particular kind of human Singing voice perceived as having certain identifying qualities or characteristics This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Decca Records is a British Record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Columbia Music Entertainment is a Japanese Record label founded in 1910 as the Nipponophone Company Co The Chieftains are a Grammy -winning Irish musical group founded in 1962 best known for being the first band to make Irish traditional music popular Events 972 - Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces takes place Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. is the second largest city in Norway. It is located on the south-western coast of Norway in the county of Hordaland in between a group of mountains known as De syv fjell Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional She is best known for singing the Olympic Hymn (Hymne Olympique) at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, for duets with Plácido Domingo, Charles Aznavour, José Carreras, Neil Sedaka, Warren G, Josh Groban, Russell Watson, and The Chieftains, and her participation on the Titanic film soundtrack. The 1994 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVII Olympic Winter Games were a Winter Multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1994 Lillehammer is a town and municipality in the county of Oppland, Norway, globally known for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics. Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional WikipediaWikiProject Opera#Infoboxes --> José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE (born January 21, 1941) better Charles Aznavour OC ( Armenian: Շառլ Ազնավուր born Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian (Շահնուր Վաղինակ Ազնավուրյան WikipediaWikiProject Opera#Infoboxes --> Josep Carreras i Coll (born December 5, 1946, Barcelona Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn New York) is an American pop Singer, Pianist, and Songwriter Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970 in Long Beach California) better known by his Stage name Warren G, is an American Russell Watson (born 24 November 1966) is an English Tenor who has released singles and Albums of both operatic The Chieftains are a Grammy -winning Irish musical group founded in 1962 best known for being the first band to make Irish traditional music popular Titanic is a 1997 Disaster film directed written co-produced and co-edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS ''Titanic''
Sissel is considered one of the world's top crossover sopranos. This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. Sissel's musical style runs the gamut from pop recordings and folk songs, to classical vocals and operatic arias. Opera is an art form in which Singers and Musicians perform a Dramatic work (called an opera which combines a text (called a Libretto This article is about the musical term "aria" For other meanings or uses of the word see Aria (disambiguation. She possesses a crystalline voice and wide vocal range, sweeping down from mezzo-soprano notes, in arias such as Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix from Saint-Saëns's opera Samson et Dalila, to the D flat above soprano C. This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (/ʃaʁl kamij sɛ̃sɑ̃s/ (9 October 1835 &ndash 16 December 1921 was a French Composer, Organist, conductor, and Samson et Dalila ( English: Samson and Delilah) is a grand opera in three acts by Camille Saint-Saëns to a French C or Do is the first Note of the fixed-Do Solfege. In Western Music, the expression " Middle C " refers to the note 
Sissel's combined solo record sales (not including soundtracks and other albums to which she contributed) amount to 10 million albums sold, most of them in Norway—a country with 4. 7 million people.
Sissel sang in a children's choir from the time she was nine years old, and won her first local talent competition when she was eleven. She was influenced by various musical genres; her parents were interested in country and classical music, and her brothers' interest in rock influenced her also. Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Classical music is a broad term that usually refers to mainstream music produced in or rooted in the traditions of Western liturgical and Secular music Later, Sissel said Barbra Streisand was a huge inspiration. Barbra Streisand (ˈstraɪsænd "STRY-sand" born April 24 1942 is an American Singer, Film and Theatre Actress
In 1983, she appeared for the first time on Norwegian TV with the song Evergreen in the children's program Halvsju. In 1984 Sissel appeared in the sing-along program Syng med Oss ('Sing with us') together with a children's choir. The first Norwegian song she sang with this choir was the Norwegian folktune Ung Åslaug.
Sissel sang solo on TV several times in 1984. She also appeared in several TV programs, and met Rune Larsen, who later became her first manager.
In May 1986, Sissel performed during the intermission of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was arranged in Grieg Hall in her hometown of Bergen. The Grieg Hall ( Norwegian: Grieghallen) is a 1500 seat concert hall in Bergen, Norway. That same year, her first album, Sissel, was released, which set the record for most albums sold in Norway with over 500,000 copies sold in its first run. Also in 1986, Sissel Kyrkjebø was named Årets navn (Person of the Year) by the Norwegian national newspaper Dagbladet. Dagbladet is Norway 's third largest Newspaper with a circulation of 146512 copies in 2006 15557 papers less than in 2005.
In 1987 her Christmas album Glade Jul was released. It contained several traditional Christmas carols and it broke her previous record for most albums sold in Norway. This album still holds the record for most albums sold in Norway. The initial release sold over 600,000 copies in a country with only 4. 5 million people and has since sold over 900,000. In Sweden, a Swedish version was released, called "Stilla Natt. "
In the fall of 1988, Sissel moved to Oslo for a short period to play the role of Maria von Trapp in the Norwegian version of The Sound of Music. (called Christiania from 1624 to 1878 and Kristiania from 1878 to 1924 is the Capital and largest city of Norway. Maria Augusta von Trapp ( née Kutschera; January 26 1905 &ndash March 28 1987) was the stepmother and Matriarch of The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay This production set box office records and was seen by over 110,000 people.
Sissel recorded the audio dub of the character Princess Ariel for the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish versions of the 1989 Disney movie The Little Mermaid. Norwegian ( norsk) is a North Germanic Language spoken primarily in Norway, where it is an official language Swedish ( is a North Germanic language spoken by more than nine million people predominantly in Sweden and parts of Finland, especially along the Danish ( d̥ænsɡ̊ is one of the North Germanic languages (also called Scandinavian languages a sub-group of the Germanic branch of the The Little Mermaid is a 1989 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation with a pencil test beginning on September 23, 1988 and
In 1989, she released her third album, Soria Moria, and met the man whose wife she would become, the Danish comedian and singer Eddie Skoller, to whom she became engaged to in Christmas 1991 and married on 21 August 1993. Sissel has two young daughters Ingrid and Sarah with Skoller, whom she divorced in 2004.
In February 1994 Sissel performed during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Charles Aznavour OC ( Armenian: Շառլ Ազնավուր born Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian (Շահնուր Վաղինակ Ազնավուրյան Vienna ( in Wien; see also other names) is the Capital of Austria, and is also one of the nine States of Austria. The 1994 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVII Olympic Winter Games were a Winter Multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1994  Legendary Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo visited Norway during the Olympics, where he came across one of her earlier albums. He contacted Sissel and the next day they recorded Fire In Your Heart, an English version of Se ilden lyse, the official theme song of the Lillehammer Olympics. These two versions of the song were released in February 1994 on Sissel's solo album Innerst i sjelen (Deep Within My Soul) a collection of Nordic folk songs. Innerst i sjelen, in the United Kingdom: Deep Within My Soul, is a 1994 Album from Norwegian singer Plácido Domingo invited Sissel, along with world-renowned French singer Charles Aznavour to partake in his annual Christmas in Vienna concert later that year. WikipediaWikiProject Opera#Infoboxes --> José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE (born January 21, 1941) better Legal residents and citizens To be French according to the first article of the Constitution is to be a citizen of France regardless of one's origin race or religion ( Charles Aznavour OC ( Armenian: Շառլ Ազնավուր born Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian (Շահնուր Վաղինակ Ազնավուրյան WikipediaWikiProject Opera#Infoboxes --> José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE (born January 21, 1941) better The concert was broadcast around the world as well as released as an album internationally. 
In 1995, Sissel was invited to perform at the annual Royal Variety show in London. There she performed the renowned aria O Mio Babbino Caro from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini and the Norwegian classic Vitae Lux with the choir Gli scapoli. O mio babbino caro ("Oh my dear papa" is an aria from the Opera Gianni Schicchi (1918 by Giacomo Puccini. Gianni Schicchi is an Opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, based on a story that is WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section --> Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini ( December 22, 1858
In 1997 Sissel toured the USA with the Irish group The Chieftains. The Chieftains are a Grammy -winning Irish musical group founded in 1962 best known for being the first band to make Irish traditional music popular They appeared, among other places, on The Late Show with David Letterman and in Carnegie Hall. David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American late-night Talk show host and Comedian and the host since 1993 Carnegie Hall (generally ˌkɑrnɨgi ˈhɔːl is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east Later that summer Sissel was involved in recording the soundtrack to the film Titanic, which reached #1 on the Billboard charts and sold more than 24 million copies worldwide.
Sissel had a #1 hit across Europe in 1998 with Prince Igor, a duet with American rapper Warren G on the concept album The Rapsody Overture which combined American rappers with European opera singers. "Prince Igor" is a 1997 single. The single was inspired by the Polovetsian Dances of Prince Igor Opera. Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970 in Long Beach California) better known by his Stage name Warren G, is an American The Rapsody Overture Hip Hop Meets Classic is a concept album of remixes consisting of Hip Hop and Classical genre of music which combined American rappers with European Sissel sang an aria from Borodin's opera Prince Igor during the chorus, while Warren G rapped. Borodin (Бородин or Borodina (feminine Бородина is a Russian Last name and may refer to Alexander Borodin Opera is an art form in which Singers and Musicians perform a Dramatic work (called an opera which combines a text (called a Libretto Prince Igor ( Князь Игорь, Knyaz' Igor) is an Opera by Alexander Borodin, written in four acts with a prologue
In 1999, she sang the Gaelic song Siuil A Run on The Chieftains' 1999 album Tears of Stone.
November 2000 Sissel released (in Norway only) her solo album, All Good Things, which was her first solo album in nearly seven years. All Good Things is an Album from Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø. In 2001, Sissel released All Good Things throughout Europe and Asia.
In December 2000 she was invited to represent Norway at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, where she sang "One Day" and "Weightless", both songs from her latest release "All Good Things". Each year on the date of death of Alfred Nobel, December 10th the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place in The City Hall of Oslo, Norway. All Good Things is an Album from Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø. She was presented by Jane Seymour as "the Norwegian star Sissel. Jane Seymour (1508– 24 October 1537) was Queen Consort of England and the third wife of Henry VIII. "
In 2000 she also released a greatest hits collection in Japan that included two new songs from the Japanese TV show "Summer Snow", one of which was the show's theme song. Sissel is enormously popular in Japan and has released several Japanese versions of her albums there.
In 2001 she was asked to sing a duet with the Danish goth rockers Sort Sol. Sort Sol is a pioneer rock band from Copenhagen, Denmark. The band was formed in 1977 as a Punk rock outfit originally under the Sissel sang with them on the track Elia Rising from their album Snakecharmer, released in May 2001. They also performed together on the Roskilde Festival that year. Roskilde Festival is held south of Roskilde in Denmark and is one of the four biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe (the other three being
On October 1st, 2002 Sissel released her first album in the USA, which sold over 100,000 copies in its first three months of release with almost no advertisement or marketing.  The album sold better than Decca record execs expected. Decca Records is a British Record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Their initial goal was to sell 100,000 copies in the first 9 months. Her USA album, self-titled Sissel, is largely a re-recording of songs from her Norwegian album, All Good Things with a couple of other songs such as Solitaire and Shenandoah added. " Solitaire " is a popular song written by Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody " Oh Shenandoah " (also called simply " Shenandoah " is an American folk song, dating to the early 19th century
On May 24, 2002 dressed in traditional Norwegian costume, Sissel performed her hit Lær Meg Å Kjenne at the wedding of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn. Events 1218 - The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt. 1276 - Magnus Ladulås is crowned See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (born 22 September 1971 in Oslo) is the only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja.
In late 2002 one of Sissel's concerts was filmed at the Oslo Spectrum and later broadcast in March 2003 on PBS in the United States. Oslo Spektrum is an indoor arena in the heart of Oslo, Norway. The Public Broadcasting Service ( PBS) is a Non-profit Public broadcasting Television service with 354 member TV stations in the The British Singer Russell Watson was one of her guests. Russell Watson (born 24 November 1966) is an English Tenor who has released singles and Albums of both operatic It was subsequently released as the DVD Sissel in Concert.
In December of 2002 Sissel again was invited to represent Norway at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Each year on the date of death of Alfred Nobel, December 10th the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place in The City Hall of Oslo, Norway. Here she sang Somewhere over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, and a duet with Josh Groban. " Over the Rainbow " (sometimes mistakenly known as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is a Song with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical - Fantasy film mainly directed by Victor Fleming and based on the 1900 children’s They sang The Prayer. "The Prayer" is a duet between Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli. 
Sissel released her second USA album My Heart, in March 2004, a classical crossover album, which also included two pop songs written by Richard Marx and one ballad Wait A While written by Jon Lord of Deep Purple. Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Chicago Illinois) is an Adult contemporary and Pop/rock Singer, Songwriter Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertfordshire in 1968
In the summer and fall of 2004 Sissel went on tour with The Lord of the Rings Symphony Tour. The music of the ''The Lord of the Rings'' film trilogy was composed orchestrated conducted and produced by Howard Shore.  Sissel was a featured soloist on an orchestral performance dedicated to the music from the The Lord of the Rings films. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy consists of three Live action Fantasy Epic films The Fellowship of the Ring ( 2001 At each performance, Sissel performed with a symphony orchestra and choirs with 200 musicians on stage. Howard Shore stated, "Ancient Norwegian mythology and culture had a great influence on Tolkien's work. Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award -winning Canadian Composer It is very thrilling to have the Norwegian singer Sissel perform as a soloist in The Lord of the Rings Symphony. Sissel's radiant voice illuminates this work. " When asked about the tour in an interview, Sissel raved "I love the music. It's such a wonderful feeling to be sitting in the middle of a symphony orchestra, surrounded by the beautiful voices of the choir and all those gorgeous melodies".
In May 2005 Sissel performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah on their radio and TV broadcast Music and the Spoken Word, which is featured on nearly 2,000 stations across the USA and around the world. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a 360 member all-volunteer Choir. Salt Lake City is the Capital and the most populous city of the U The State of Utah (ˈjuːtɔː or) is a western state of the United States. Music and the Spoken Word is a weekly 30-minute radio and television program of inspiring messages and music produced by Bonneville Communications with music performed by the Sissel joined the choir to commemorate the Centennial of Norwegian Independence from Sweden, which was being celebrated that year. "Sverige" redirects here For other uses see Sweden (disambiguation and Sverige (disambiguation. Sissel sang the ABBA song Like An Angel Passing Through My Room, Vitae Lux, the traditional Norwegian hymn Herre gud, ditt dyre navn og ære, and the Norwegian national anthem Ja, vi elsker dette landet! (Yes, we love this country!), with the choir. Like
In October 2005 Sissel was invited to perform on the well known temple-concert, Ninnaji Otobutai, in Osaka, Japan. is a city in Japan, located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, in the Kansai region of the main island of Honshū For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics.  She sang Pie Jesu, Sancta Maria (intermezzo from Pietro Mascagni's opera Cavalleria Rusticana), You Raise Me Up, and several other songs. Pie Jesu is a Motet derived from the final couplet of the Dies irae and often included in musical settings of the Requiem Mass. In Music, an intermezzo (pl intermezzi in the most general sense is a composition which fits between other musical or dramatic entities such as acts of a play or movements WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section --> Pietro Mascagni ( December 7, 1863 &ndash August 2, Cavalleria rusticana ( Rustic Chivalry) is an Opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti "You Raise Me Up" is a popular song in the inspirational mould The year before, Sarah Brightman was their guest on this concert. Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960 is an English classical crossover Soprano, actress songwriter and dancer This concert was aired on television in Japan. Soon afterward it was announced that Sissel would be knighted by the King of Norway to the position of Knight of the 1st Class in the Order of St. Olav for her contributions to music and as an ambassador for Norway. In February 2006, Sissel officially received her knighthood and the medal that goes with it.
In December 2006 Sissel again joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their annual Christmas concerts as the featured soloist. In four performances, she sang for more than 80,000 people in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The concerts were videotaped for PBS television, and aired in December 2007.
Sissel is currently dating her accompanist and arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand. Bjerkestrand is co-founder of Timbersound with a friend, a-ha's Magne Furuholmen. He also accompanied Morten Harket at a private party in Trondheim, in January of 2007. Morten Harket (born 14 September 1959 in Kongsberg) is the lead singer of the Norwegian synthpop band A-ha, who have released
Sissel has celebrated more than 20 years in the music industry with the release of a greatest hits album containing 40 of her best and most well-known songs. In February 2007 Sissel received the Norwegian Grammy Award of Great Honor. The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences She is the youngest Norwegian performer ever to receive this award. And in March 2007, a statistically representative sample of the Norwegian population chose her as the best female Norwegian musical artist, in competition with 15 other big names, including Lene Marlin, Wenche Myhre, Kari Bremnes, and Bertine Zetlitz. Lene Marlin (born August 17, 1980) is a Norwegian Musician. She was born Lene Marlin Pedersen in Tromsø, Norway Wenche Synnøve Myhre (born February 15, 1947, in Kjelsås, Oslo) is a Norwegian singer and actress who has had a great number of Kari Bremnes (born 9 December 1956 in Svolvær in Lofoten) is a Norwegian singer and songwriter Bertine Axeliane Robberstad Zetlitz aka Bertine Zetlitz (born April 9, 1975) is a Norwegian Pop singer. In the summer of 2007 Sissel toured Norway, Sweden, France and the USA with a band. According to Sissel this is a new concert format without a choir.
For the 2007 holiday season, PBS stations aired two concerts starring Sissel as part of the December pledge drive, one with the aforementioned Mormon Tabernacle Choir titled Spirit of the Season, released on CD and DVD in late September 2007, the other with operatic legend and good friend José Carreras titled Northern Lights, released on CD and DVD in early November 2007. The Public Broadcasting Service ( PBS) is a Non-profit Public broadcasting Television service with 354 member TV stations in the The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a 360 member all-volunteer Choir. WikipediaWikiProject Opera#Infoboxes --> Josep Carreras i Coll (born December 5, 1946, Barcelona The albums of these concerts have proven to be extremely popular, with Northern Lights reaching #10 in the Billboard Classical Crossover list, and Spirit of the Season staying firmly planted at #1 on the Billboard Classical charts for nine consecutive weeks. 
Sissel concluded an eight-city US tour in February 2008, singing selections from Northern Lights.  This is the first wing of a US tour that will last all year. The second wing covers the Central US, and starts in April.