Instruments: Vocals, Piano
Genre: jazz, pop, singer/songwriter
Territories: Europe excl. DE, CH, NO
Rebekka Bakken is a fantastic, unique and unmistakably Nordic singer, whose pure, bell-like voice soars from the highest heights to the most sensual lows.
The Norwegian vocalist is also a storyteller. 'As soon as there are words, it is all about the lyrics. As singers, we are only the delivery girls',
she has been quoted as saying - a gross understatement in her case. She has mastered the art of putting the spotlight on the song itself, letting it
shine in colourful light, while never hiding behind the song. Whether Rebekka Bakken sings her own songs, or songs by Ludwig Hirsch or Tom Waits, rock
music or intimate ballads, whether accompanied by jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, a rock band, or a big band, her iconic voice is immediately recognisable.
It goes right under the skin, into the belly and head and directly to the heart. During any concert, Bakken provides her audience with plenty of goose
bump moments to savour.
Things You Leave Behind: (latest record, SONY 2018)
Love it, change it or leave it - the three options with which gurus and calendar poets show us the way out of any possible misery. On her new album "Things You Leave Behind" Rebekka Bakken opts for all three of these possibilities: she loves life so much she experiences it in constant change and lets go of whatever wants to leave. The passage of time and things - elemental for her songs. "The last years have brought a lot of changes to my life, a lot of scary chaos," says the singer-songwriter. "My tour agent died, I have a new booking and a new label. I moved back to Norway, I have a new guy, and last but not least a child! It was a time of change. For me, this shows in this album, which is breaking down images and situations and expectations. There is no relying on anything when there is chaos, and that's when the good stuff starts to happen for me. The less ideas I have about what things are supposed to be, the more comes to the surface. "
"Things You Leave Behind" presents Rebekka Bakken as an extraordinarily mature singer and songwriter. The album title marks both a new beginning and a retrospective and stands for music that experiences its future in the here and now. It is her personal liberation and a general slap in the face of critics and other unconscientious objectors. "The world has changed - and I'm not ready for it," says Rebekka Bakken. A few years ago, the Norwegian, who found her own voice in New York at the end of the nineties, moved back to Manhattan. "I'm looking for things to confirm myself. I wanted to co-vibrate with people around me and meet people like me, but everybody was drinking green organic juices and green tea. Soho with her Birkenstocks and not making noise. I always felt strange and weird, but rarely so much. "
Out of this mood, this irritation, the new songs emerged. Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time", the cosmopolitan Norwegian only sings her own songs - stylistically
very different and yet connected by voice and the fixed rootsy instrumentation. You're looking for expressive spoken words à la Tom Waits ("Dance For
You"), emotional gospel ("gospel"), rocking blues ("Black Shades"), melancholic country ("Sound Of Us"), a pinch of ragtime ( "Charlie"), or atmospheric
vintage pop, as the deeply sad ballad "True North" or the wonderfully dramatic "Shelter", on this fantastic album. The music of this self-produced
effort is lyrics: honest, unadorned and direct, recorded in a real studio, as analogue as you want it to be, with her longtime band. The title track
already reflects the experiences and observations of a woman who knows what she wants with lines like "You know that I'm Norwegian, I like my men on
ice" - with music that you want to hear and over again.
"An album is the result of a maturity," Rebekka Bakken says. "Looking at life from more angles, with more depth." The older you get the less serious you take yourself That's it! I invent people. I make up people. I just love me and I love to imagine more ways to live life. "Rebekka Bakken lets us share in all of this as exciting and as never before on this truly magnificent album.
2018 Things you leave behind, (Sony Music Germany)
2016 Most Personal (Universal Music Germany )
2014 Little Drop Of Poison (Universal Music Germany)
2011 September (Universal Music Germany)
2009 Morning Hours (Universal Music Germany)
2006 I Keep My Cool (Universal Music Austria)
2005 Is That You? (Universal Music Austria)
2003 The Art Of How To Fall (Universal Music )
"A voice that leaves you speechless"
- Süddeutsche Zeitung
"A siren. Whoever hears them is lost. Erotic right up to the tips of your hair. "
„Schön, emotional, entspannt - das ist die Musik. Warten Sie nur ab, bis wir anfangen, von der Sängerin zu schwärmen!“
"Fragilität hat noch selten so viel Kraft gebündelt",
- Oberösterreichische Nachrichten
"die Gesangssensation des Jahres"