Signe Tollefsen

Signe Tollefsen

 Utrecht, Utrecht, NLD

......compelling as anything you’ll find this side of Brel....Vulnerability is exposed. Characters spring to life, doomed unions are played out in a voice of considerable range.....(Piers Ford)


Was it ‘An American in Paris’? No, this is about an American in Amsterdam. But the story has elements of a fairy tale too. Picture this; an American tourist in Amsterdam gets bored with staring at the wallpaper of his hotel room and decides to take a stroll through the famous Vondelpark where a young female singer/songwriter is just finishing the last song of her ‘open-air concert’. All he hears is the last verse of the last song. Nevertheless he is very impressed and takes a recording of the young woman home. Friends and music industry professionals listen on his request to the tape and the verdict is unanimous: ‘beautiful, and an enormous potential’.

The American invites Signe Tollefsen to Los Angeles to record a number of songs in Linda Perry’s studio. Two of these recordings, You, Me & the Brewers and My Old Man are included on Signe Tollefsen’ s CoraZong debut album. You, Me & the Brewers features legendary violinist Jerry Goodman, famous for his work with The Flock and John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra.

When the half-American singer moved from the UK to Holland to study music at the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2004, she also started successfully performing for a constantly increasing and, as it turns out, very loyal audiences. As a support act for established artists Signe is very much in demand too. She shared the stage with amongst others Alela Diane, Ane Brun, David Sylvian, and former Pavement member Stephen Malkmus with whom she performed in Germany and Italy.

Signe’s music has already been noticed by well-known musicians such as famous Dutch chanteuse Mathilde Santing, who recorded Sweet Tears for her latest album. In 2006 Signe Tollefsen was both the winner of the Best Musician Award and got most votes from the audience at the Grote Prijs van Nederland, Holland’s most prestigious New Talent competition for Alternative Music. Her music is often described as “Folk Noir”.

From the first note in It Smells of You, with a beautiful contribution on pedal steel guitar from Urban Dance Squad member René van Barneveld until the very last note of This Is It, you are listening to an extremely gifted artist. This is it, but we already want more!

Van Signe-met-bloemetjes naar Signe-met-ballen, dat is in de notendop het nieuwste album Hayes van de Nederlandse/Amerikaanse zangeres Signe Tollefsen dat op 23 september uitkomt (Cavalier / V2). Sporen van haar naamloze debuut CD en haar cover E.P. Baggage klinken door, terwijl Signe haar horizon van akoestisch naar elektrisch verlegt. Wat er echter ook verandert, één ding blijft hetzelfde: als vanouds trekt ze alle registers open en put ze uit de punten van haar tenen, uit het diepst van haar longen, uit alle kamers van haar hart. Het leidde er al toe dat ze er bij de Grote Prijs vandoor ging met de publieks- én juryprijs, dat Mathilde Santing een van haar nummers coverde, dat ze op tournee ging met onder meer Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus en dat in De Wereld Draait Door tafelheer Jan Mulder zelfs volledig van zijn stuk raakte. ‘Zó bloedmooi,’ kon hij nog slechts stamelen.

Hayes is opgenomen in de studio van Linda Perry (Four Non Blondes) en Ralph Timmermans (Mindpark). Laatgenoemde produceerde het album samen met Signe en gezamelijk nemen ze ook de meeste instrumenten voor hun rekening. ‘Een magische samenwerking’ volgens Signe zelf, die leidde tot een minstens zo magische plaat, waarop ze flirtend, grommend, fluisterend of op de toppen van haar longen nog het allerkleinste haartje op je arm rechtovereind laat staan.

'Intens en meeslepend…..een dijk van een stem …prachtig' album (Heaven)

Contact: Cavalier Music Management / Bert de Ruiter Tel. +31 (0)251235420 -


Album 'Signe Tollefsen' 2009
E.P. 'Baggage' 2011
New album 'Hayes' September 2011

Set List

185 MPH
Drunk Orchestra
Speak To Me
Since I'm Leaving
Where You Been
Make Me A (Wo)man
Borrowed Song
Here's What