In Norway, where the musical diet consists almost entirely of white rock&roll, an artist such as Ole Børud is indeed a welcoming spice. With one leg planted in American West Coast / AOR music, and the other in soul and funk, his solo debut original studio recording album entiltled "Shakin' The Ground", will shake the country’s musical fundament, and most importantly, the dance floor. The album, however, is not merely a defining musical moment on these latitudes: "Shakin' The Ground" sounds unique by any standards, and showcases an abundance of musical qualities that are rarely heard these days.
Ole Børud is far from a newcomer in the Norwegian music scene. Few artists are as widely experienced. Starting his singing career at the age of five, Ole appeared on his first record already the year after. From the age of sixteen, he has been a full-time musician, both singing and playing guitar, with numerous bands and artists in a variety of genres and settings. Ole has toured every continent, and starred on almost twenty album releases, ranging from the gospelgroup Arnold B Family to Extol, the internationally acclaimed Christian metal band from Oslo in Norway. His musical résumé also includes national luminaries as Sofian and Torun Eriksen, and he has shared the stage with international artists such as Andrae Crouch.
Besides hard working with the band Extol, Ole released a solo project CD " Chi-Rho" featuring 10 CCM (Contemporary Christiain Music) tunes originally performed by Whiteheart and Rebecka St James in 2002. In June of 2004, Ole left Extol because he would like to pursue his versatile music activities and for the past years before releasing this album, Ole has been working as a session musician/singer in Norway.
"Shakin' the Ground" is Ole Børud’s true debut as a solo artist. His music is a result of his diverse background, and is just as exciting. Close harmonies and sophisticated arrangements bears proof of his love for late 70's or early 80's West Coast / AOR music, whereas the rhythms are deeply rooted in funk and R&B. The album is in many ways a musical encounter between west coast sunshine and a gritty east coast urbanity, where you can hear inspiration from artists as different as Steely Dan and D´angelo. But what really gives the album its distinctive stamp, is Ole Børud’s incomparable voice: As crystal clear as it is funky, it leaves a unique personal signature, carrying the tunes with nerve, heart and soul. With some of the best Norwegian musicians in the band, the stage is set for one of the most groundshaking musical experiences of the year.
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