“Conjuring the raw sound of Richie Havens and Sly Stone with the spirit of Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones, Bernhoft is so obviously a star that it feels only a matter of time before he breaks stateside.”—Los Angeles Times
“Islander features Jill Scott on guest vocals and captures echoes of Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, but Bernhoft transforms these sounds into something fresh.”—NPR’s “World Café”
“Part of the fascination is that he’s a one-man band with an unusual approach to building songs…but what sets him apart from the Keller Williamses of the world is the fact that Bernhoft crafts unapologetically mainstream tunes in the vein of Lenny Kravitz
or maybe [Robin] Thicke.”—The Village Voice
Islander, which reached #1 in Norway, is Bernhoft’s third full-length album as a solo artist. The album was recorded on England’s Isle of Wight and produced by Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, Devendra Banhart). Watch Bernhoft play Islander track “Come Around” on “Conan”
Jarle Bernhoft is an experienced singer, composer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist and looping one-man-band.
Ever since the debut album “Ceramik City Chronicles” (2008) Bernhoft and his distinctive style has been noticed in Norwegian music industry, but it really started when he released his second album, “Solidarity Breaks” (2011).
The album gave Bernhoft the opportunity to perform on many major TV shows in Europe and the USA and it was awarded with two Spellemannpris awards in 2012 (Norwegian Grammys) for both “Best male artist” and “Artist of the Year.”
Berhoft third studio album, “Islander”, was released in 2014. It is inspired by Swedish pop, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone’s pioneering soul, and Carole King’s intricate folk rock. The album was nominated to a US Grammy for best R’B album and he was the first non American artist nominated in this category. .
“When I wrote most of the songs on “Islander” I had many references to boats, water and bridges. It was almost as if I said: Hey, jump on board. I’ll take you on a tour and the next hour you will hopefully not have to think about any problems. It’s the kind album I wanted to make, an album where the songs are uplifting and might give the listener a new kind of hope, “says Bernhoft.
In conjunction with the release of “Islander” has Bernhoft toured and performed at numerous festivals in Norway, Denmark, England, France, Germany and the USA.