Born and raised in the rural southwest of Norway, Brooklyn-based vocalist and songwriter Hildegunn Gjedrem is emerging as a multi-faceted musical force.
Her new album "Share Your Secret" marks a stark departure from her previously jazz-centric career into a new world of smart, lushly arranged pop.
Hildegunn left Norway in 2001 to pursue a jazz studies degree at the world-famous University of North Texas, quickly rising to faculty level and conducting several vocal jazz ensembles. While in Texas, she was awarded “Best Jazz Vocalist” by Downbeat Magazine, was granted the coveted Norwegian G9alt Scholarship of the Arts, and was a finalist in the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival's Vocal Jazz Competition, judged by Al Jarreau. She was also a featured vocalist for the Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band.
Since moving to New York City in 2009, Hildegunn's talents have been employed by celebrities such as Catherine Zeta Jones, Donald Trump, Michael Douglas, and Ralph Lauren, as well as Queen Sylvia of Denmark. She has performed with some of the city's finest jazz and pop musicians, including Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra and ground-breaking instrumental ensemble Snarky Puppy.
Equally gifted as a writer, performer, studio singer, string arranger, and with an image and fashion sense as powerful as her talent, Hildegunn Gjedrem embodies the very thing the music industry is in desperate need of.