According to Norwegian newspaper Verdens gang, Sissel's new album is the Christmas gift of choice this year. VG gives the album a 5 out of 6. Read the entire article by clicking here.
(posted 5. November 2001)
Sissel in the USA!!!
Sissel will perform in concert in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on December 6th with the Oslo Gospel Choir as part of the annual Norwegian Visions concert produced by the Kennedy Center and the Norwegian Embassy. Tickets go on sale October 11th and may be purchased by calling the Kennedy Center Ticket Office at 800.444.1324.
(posted 28. September 2001)
Sissel Concert Tonight
Sissel will perform in concert Tuesday and Wednesday night (4 & 5 September 2001) in the Drammen Theatre accompanied by the Norwegian Broadcast Orchestra. These special concerts will be recorded live and released as a live CD and DVD this Fall and also be broadcast on Norwegian television.
The concert will feature a retrospective of Sissel's 15-year career and include the her first big hit, Kjærlighet, which she has not sung since she was 17 years old. She will also perform songs which she has previously sung live several times, but have never before appeared on any album release. There will also be a similar concert Friday night (7. September) in the Olso Spektrum.
(posted 3. September 2001)
Sissel Concert in Bergen
Sissel will return to her hometown of Bergen, Norway for a concert on 17. November in Grieghallen, the site of many triumphs for Sissel. This is where Sissel made her Norwegian TV debut at age 14 on the regular seriesSyng med oss (Sing with us), which was broadcast from Grieghallen. Tickets are now on sale at BILLETTSERVICE (posted 18. August 2001)
Sissel to Perform at Tivoli
Sissel and the Danish goth-rock band Sort Sol will sing their duet "Elia Rising" during a concert at Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark on 23. August. Sissel is appearing as a special guest at Sort Sol's concert, commemorating the release of Sort Sol's album in Scandinavia. Sort Sol will go onstage at Tivoli at 10 p.m.
(posted 29. July 2001)
Sissel Saves Festival
RISØR: It looked as though Sissel's midnight concert at the Risør Wooden Boat Festival last night might be canceled due to heavy rains, but Sissel scared away the rain and the audience of 2,000 quickly took their seats to Sissel's first solo concert in seven years. She sang old favorites such as "Innerst i sjelen," tunes from her new album and surprised the audience with the closing number "Where The Lost Ones Go" with surprise guest artist Espen Lind. Read the entire article from Agderposten.
(posted 4. August 2001)
Sissel Nominated for hitAwards
Sissel was nominated today in Norway for the hitAwards, an international award show which is produced each year in Oslo, Norway. Sissel was nominated for Best Female Norwegian Singer. Sissel is up against Hanah, Johanne Demker and Bertine Zetlitz for this prestigious award. The last time Sissel was nominated for best female pop artist for the Norwegian Grammys she was also up against Bertine Zetlitz, who won the Norwegian Grammy in March of this year.
(posted 17. July 2001)
Sissel Has No Desire to be a Star
Sissel says in an interview with Dagbladet that she has no desire to be a star. According to this article, Sissel has now sold 180,000 copies of her album worldwide (110,000 in Norway alone). And will be released in the Netherlands in the Fall. Read the entire article. (posted 13. July 2001)
Sissel Collection in the Works
Sissel is rehearsing now for a concert appearance on 3. and 4. September 2001 in Drammen, Norway (an hour south of Oslo), which will be recorded live and released on CD and DVD.
The concert will be a collection of Sissel songs spanning her 15-year career and Sissel says she may even perform some new songs as well. Tickets for the event go on sale in August. CLICK HERE for the entire article from Drammens Tidende. (posted 12. June 2001)
Sissel at Skansen
Outside Stockholm is Skansen, the world's oldest outdoor museum, which preserves Swedish culture, nature and early life. Since 1935, Skansen has hosted "Allsång på Skansen," a music festival each Tuesday evening in the summer. This year "Allsång på Skansen" will open on 26. June 2001 with Sissel as a featured guest. Tickets are available at the park for 60 Swedish Crowns for adults and 30 crowns for children. No advance tickets are sold. The evening's program will also be broadcast on SVT (Swedish TV) on the same day at KL: 20.00 (8 p.m. Stockholm time).
(posted 11. June 2001)
Sissel to be the Godmother of "djuice"
The boat djuice. photo by djuice dragons/Jon Nash
Sissel has accepted the invitation to be the godmother of the boat djuice that will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2002, the yacht race that starts the 23rd of September, 2001.
There has been a great deal of excitement attached to who will be the godmother of the boat with which Knut Frostad and his team will compete in the world's premier yacht race, the Volvo Ocean Race (previously "The Whitbread"). It is therefore a great pleasure to announce that Sissel has accepted the honourable assignment.
Sissel is one of the most well respected and recognized artists in Norway. For the team djuice dragons it is an honour and a privilege that she has accepted the invitation. (posted 6. June 2001)
Sissel Nominated for "Bergen i Verden" Award
BERGENSAVISEN: For the second year in a row, the festival "Bergen i Verden" (Bergen in the World) will be arranged this month in Oslo, Norway to celebrate the culture of the city of Bergen, outside the city of Bergen. It consists of several days of celebration just before Norway's national holiday, 17. May, to celebrate the cultural influence of Bergensians in the world. And they give an award to someone from Bergen who has had a great influence on the world culturally. This year, Sissel has been nominated for the 2001 "Bergen i Verden" Award. The other nominated Bergensians are: Hans Wilhelm Steinfeld, Bjarte Hjelmeland, Arne Bendiksen, Arne Sandstø, Cecilie Leganger and Kjersti Elvik. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony on 11. May. The winner is expected to appear to claim the prize. Sissel has a very good chance of winning, according to Bergensavisen. (posted 5. May 2001)
MTV Nordic Refuses to Air Sissel
According to the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, MTV Nordic has refused to air the video featuring Sissel and Espen Lind in their duet of "Where The Lost Ones Go." MTV started a Nordic edition of its popular music channel in 1998 with the goal of discovering Nordic artists who were popular and play their videos throughout the Nordic countries.
According to Dagbladet, however, MTV Nordic is not representing Nordic music as much as it is presenting Swedish music. MTV Nordic is headquartered in Stockholm and it just so happens that there are 17 Swedish videos being shown on MTV Nordic, one Norwegian video for the band Briskeby, one Danish, and one Finnish video.
The article in Dagbladet does not mention the specific reasons MTV Nordic refused to play Sissel and Espen Lind's video, but it does say in the preceding paragraph that there are few Norwegian artists who are appropriate for MTV. Other reasons MTV Nordic gives for playing few Norwegian videos is that it maintains Norwegian videos are of poor quality and Norwegian music is rarely released across all Nordic countries. If MTV Nordic was serious about its goal of finding new Nordic artists and promoting them, it would help Norwegian, Danish and Finnish artists get their albums released across the Nordic countries by showing their videos.
Dagbladet asks the question whether this is discrimination on the part of MTV Nordic. The Sissel Website is of the opinion that this is in fact discrimination. Sissel's new video is definitely appropriate for MTV in the USA, so it seems it would be even more appropriate for MTV Nordic.
If you agree, and believe MTV Nordic should play Sissel and Espen Lind's video for "Where The Lost Ones Go," write them and let them know how you feel: CONTACT MTV NORDIC.
(posted 11. April 2001)
Sissel Fans Love Danish TV Appearance
Last night (Saturday) Sissel was the featured guest on the Danish TV channel DR1's "Musikbutikken" (The Music Store). Sissel was cleary the star of the show even if it had two other guests.
The show started out with an acoustic version of the song "Himlen over Himmelbjerget" from the soundtrack to the Danish children's film "Flyvende Farmor" (The Flying Grandmother). Sissel's performance was beautiful and laid back.
Sissel then performed "Better Off Alone."
Later Espen Lind joined her on "Where The Lost Ones Go" -- a very powerful performance.
The show ended with a very beautiful performance of "Weightless".
Sissel's album, "All Good Things," was heavily promoted throughout the show, and Sissel made a nice appearance, so I am sure this will help her album to sell well in Denmark.
(posted 25. March 2001, review by Mikael Bjerregaard.)
Sissel's Hong Kong Release
All Good Things (international cover)
The Sissel Website has not been able to confirm this, yet, but a Sissel fan in Hong Kong reported that Sissel's new album "All Good Things" was released in Hong Kong yesterday, 20. March 2001. The cover of Sissel's international release also has a new photo, which is much prettier than that which graced the cover of her Norwegian release.
(posted 21. March 2001)
Sissel Release in Japan
Sissel's album "All Good Things" will be released in Japan on 21. April 2001. We've known for several months that the Japanese album would include a bonus track, but we recently learned the bonus track will be titled "He's A Lot," which was written by Morten Abel. According to Abel himself, he not only wrote this song, but produced it and played the musical instruments, while Børge Fjordheim did programming. Abel and Fjordheim also co-wrote the title track of Sissel's album "All Good Things." If you read Japanese, you can find more information from the Sissel page at Universal Music Japan.
(posted 7. March, updated 13. March 2001)
The Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reports that Sissel has recorded a duet with Steen Jørgensen of the Danish hard rock group, Sort Sol (Black Sun). The track will appear on Sort Sol's new album, which will be released in Denmark on 1. April 2001. Sissel's own solo album "All Good Things" will be released in Denmark first on 19. March 2001. To read the entire article about the duet (translated into English,) click HERE.
(posted 2. March 2001)
Sissel Ingen Spellemann
Sissel just finished her performance at the Norwegian Spellemanpris (Norway's Grammys). She sang "Where The Lost Ones Go" with Espen Lind. Geir Evensen of NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Co.) said of Sissel: "Sissel's voice is just beyond!" The concert was broadcast, with many technical difficulties, live over the internet and will be on tape-delay on Norwegian television Saturday evening, 3. March. If you're in Norway, tune in to see and hear Sissel who also gave out the prize for the Year's Best Artist. Sissel was nominated in the category Pop Soloist, but lost out to Bertine Zetlitz, which was a big surprise to many. Anneli Drecker was a strong favorite in that category.
(posted 2. March 2001)
Sissel Six in Sweden
Sissel's new album, All Good Things, was recently released in Sweden and it's already #6 on the Swedish album chart in its first week on the chart.
(posted 15. February 2001)
Sissel Nominated for Norwegian Grammy
Sissel was nominated for a "spellemannsprisen" or the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy in the "Pop Music" category. She's up against some heavy hitters: Anneli Drecker, Jørn Hoel, and Bertine Zetlitz. The award ceremony will take place in Oslo, Norway on 2. March 2001 in the Oslo Spektrum. Sissel will perform a duet with Espen Lind on their hit "Where The Lost Ones Go." Editor's Note: As much as we at The Sissel Website love Sissel, our money is on Anneli Drecker. We've heard the music of all the nominees and feel Anneli is, as usual, absolutely incredible--this is Anneli's first solo album, but she's recorded five or six albums as the lead singer of the band Bel Canto, not to mention a few other duets with other artists over the years. This time around Sissel is just so-so, however.
(posted 14. February 2001)
Sissel in Danish Movie
Flyvende Farmor (The Flying Grandmother), a new Danish children's film, debuted on 9. February in Denmark and Sissel has a small role in it as Inga the female lumberjack. She sings on the soundtrack as well. The song is "Himlen over Himmelbjerget" (The Sky above the Sky Mountain).
If you can read Danish, you can visit the official Web site for the film: Flyvende Farmor (posted 14. February 2001--info. courtesy Mikael Bjerregaard)
Sissel Album in USA?
Verdens Gang - VG reports that Sissel may still release her new album in the USA, but that since her American album was trashed, there has been little talk about the USA. We have translated the VG article and you can read it here. USA Dream Still Alive (posted 15. January 2001)