Kim Andre Rysstad
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Kim Andre Rysstad

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Solo Albums:
"Tak hardt uti hand" 2007
"Vegen" 2011

"Den lange taushet" 2011
"Så Vidunderleg" 2012

Guest artist on selected recordings by other artists:
"Norwegian Boatsong" on Silje Nerdgaards album "Unclouded".
"Måneskinslandet" on Sigrid Moldestads album "Sandkorn".
"Et lite barn så lystelig" on Torstein Sødals album "Jul i Sør".



He has captured the hearts of the Norwegian public with his remarkable voice – a soothing, soft and reflective vocal delivery that mesmerizes his audiences..

Kim André Rysstad hailing from Rysstad village in the Setesdal valley, Norway, is a singer and performer of traditional Norwegian folk songs. Rysstad initially trained as a classical singer, but later specialised in the traditional singing style of his native Setesdal valley. He has had some of Norway’s most well-known performers of traditional music as his tutors. Kirsten Bråten Berg, Agnes Buen Garnås and Ånon Egeland, just to name a few!

In 2007 Rysstad released his début album Tak hardt uti hand – a collection of traditional folk songs and medieval ballads. The album was voted ”Solo Album of the Year” at the Norwegian Folk Music Awards in 2008, and the newspaper Vårt Land wrote “with his début, Kim André Rysstad already stands out as a timeless voice.”

In 2009 he was voted Young Traditional Folk Musician of the Year by Concerts Norway and the folk music organisation FolkOrg. Whereas Rysstad’s début album was steeped in tradition, with solo ”kveding” and medieval tunes, he is now contemplating making a crossover album in which he can draw on all his sources of inspiration, both traditional and modern. This album was released fall 2011, by Grappa. The album "Vegen" was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Awards.

Kim André Rysstad was also a participant in the "Melodi Grand Prix 2012" (Eurovision Song Contest 2012), with the song "Så Vidunderleg" ("So Wonderful"). The song did not make it to the final rounds but have gotten a lot of radio air play, and is currently A-listed on Norways biggest radio channel, NRK P1.

Kim André has collaborated with great musicians like Silje Nergaard, Anne Grete preus, Berit Opheim Versto, Kirsten Bråten Berg, Daniel Sandén-Warg, Sigrid Moldestad, Knut Reiersrud, Lasse Marhaug, Ivar Kolve, Sigbjørn Apeland, Ingebjørg Bratland, and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.