Thea Hjelmeland is a norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer, producer and artist; mixing genres in music and art. She was raised in an artist familiy in a village of the deep fjords of Norway and started playing at the age of 5. She plays guitars, mandolin, banjo, harpe, piano, percussion, charango, electronics and more. She has released two albums, «Oh, The Third..» (2012) and Solar Plexus (2014) a rich and varied palette of folk-pop intermixed with strong world music elements. She also composes music for theatre, film and dance perfomances.
Having already enchanted audiences with performances as far afield as Cuba, Germany and France, the multi-instrumentalist from Førde builds upon her own unique brand of creativity by orbiting a universe of old stringed instruments, multi-layered vocal harmonies and pulsating rhythms, over which her crystalline voice soars and sparkles. Singing tales of sorrow and longing, hopes and fears, and brimming with raw, emotional beauty. With an intense and dynamic live perfomance, the spell she casts over the audience is mesmerizing.
In 2015 she was awarded the Norwegian Grammy for best album of the year in the genre «Indie». The same year her album «Solar Plexus» received awards for to best live perfomer, best challenger in music, best regional jazz musician and her concerts had the very best reviews.
Hjelmeland is currently producing her third album with expected release autumn 2017.