Marit Larsen

Marit Larsen

Marit Larsen in Nuremberg, December 2015
Background information
Birth name Marit Elisabeth Larsen
Born (1983-07-01) 1 July 1983
Origin Lørenskog, Norway
Genres Pop, Folk, Pop-Folk, Acoustic
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Harmonica, Glockenspiel, Zither, Tambura, Domra, Celesta
Years active 1996–present
Labels Atlantic (1998–2002) (M2M)
EMI (2004–13), Warner (2013–15) (Nordic countries)
Sony (2008–15) (other countries)
Håndbrygg Records (since 2016)
Associated acts M2M, Marion Raven, Thom Hell, Milow, Teitur Lassen, Garness

Marit Elisabeth Larsen (born 1 July 1983) is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. She began playing violins at age of 5, and played it until the age of 8. She gained international fame during her teenage years as a member of the pop duo M2M with childhood friend Marion Raven.[1] She then pursued her own music career releasing her solo debut album, Under the Surface, in 2006. Her second album, The Chase, was released in Norway in October 2008.[2] The third album, titled Spark was released in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland on 18 November 2011 and Germany, Austria, Switzerland on 16 December 2011.[3] Her fourth studio album When the Morning Comes was released on 20 October 2014. Larsen toured in its support within Norway with her own concerts, played songs from the album in Germany and Switzerland at public festivals and was the opening act at two of Johannes Oerding's concerts in November 2015.


M2M and early solo career

Marit Larsen was born in Lørenskog, Norway.[4] She became friends with Marion Raven at age five, and they formed their own band when they were eight, naming it "Hubba Bubba" after their favourite bubblegum.[5] They released a children's album, Synger Kjente Barnesanger, under the band name "Marit & Marion". The album was nominated for a Spellemannprisen award when they were both 12-years-old.[6] They later decided to shorten the band name to M2M. Atlantic records signed them to a worldwide contract in 1998.[7] Their debut single, Don't Say You Love Me, was both a critical and commercial success, was their debut album, Shades of Purple. Despite critical acclaim, their second album, The Big Room, did not perform as well commercially, and the duo broke up the year of its release.

After the breakup of M2M, Raven set off on her own solo career, while Larsen took time off to go to school. Fan interest was reignited in 2004 and early 2005, as Larsen made several appearances in Norway, showing off a darker-haired image and new music with increased instrumental and lyrical scope. In October 2004, Larsen performed three original songs, titled "This Time Tomorrow", "Recent Illusion", and "Walls", on NRK radio, showcasing her skills at both guitar and piano. Larsen also performed live at the highly anticipated by:Larm concert in February 2005.

2005–2007: Under the Surface

In fall 2005, Larsen recorded her debut album, "Under the Surface", with her new record label, EMI. The first single, "Don't Save Me", made radio impact on 3 January 2006, and quickly climbed into the top ten on many Norwegian charts and playlists. After the physical single release on 6 February 2006, "Don't Save Me" jumped to No. 1 on the official Norwegian singles chart in its second week of availability, and then spent five consecutive weeks in the top spot.[8] The second single released from the album was the title track "Under the Surface". Both the single and its accompanying video were released in Norway in May 2006 and within a month the single became the most widely played track on Norwegian radio. After debuting at #19 the single peaked at #6 and spent 16 weeks inside the Norwegian Top 20. "Only A Fool" and "Solid Ground" were the third and fourth singles released, respectively. Her then-boyfriend, the musician Thom Hell, was one of the musicians on the album. Her father Geir Tore Larsen plays cello on the album. Under the Surface, which was released in Norway on 6 March 2006, contains 11 songs, most of which were written individually by Larsen. Touted as "what many people consider to be the most eagerly awaited album of 2006" (according to Norwegian magazine, Plan B), the record debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the sales chart in Norway. On 31 March 2006, it became official that, after just three weeks of sales, "Under the Surface" became a certified gold record in Norway, selling over 20,000 copies.[9] In late 2006 and early 2007, "Under the Surface" won Larsen other accolades, including the award for Best Norwegian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and the Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) awards for Best Female Artist and Best Video ("Don't Save Me"). After Larsen's Spellemannprisen victories in January 2007, the album crossed the 40,000 copy mark, qualifying it for platinum certification. It was later announced in May 2007 that the album had reached double platinum status.[10] In addition, Larsen was the most played artist on NRK P3 radio in 2006, with her three singles ("Don't Save Me", "Under the Surface", and "Only A Fool") being played collectively more than 880 times.[9]

Concurrently with the release of "Under the Surface", Larsen participated in the "Lyd i mørket" charity concert series in early March 2006. She began a Norwegian club tour in late April, headlining concerts for the first time in her career. She then played in music festivals across Norway during the summer, and held a second Norwegian club tour starting in October 2006.

"Under the Surface" was released in India and Thailand in late 2006, and in November, "Don't Save Me" began to be played on MTV Asia. Larsen also began making international appearances, performing at special events in Germany and Spain in September 2006, India in October 2006, and France in January 2007. She appeared in the United States at South by Southwest in March 2007. On 2 May 2007, Right Bank Music announced that Larsen would be managed by them for a possible release in the U.S.[10]

2008–2010: The Chase and "If a Song Could Get Me You"

Larsen and Dierks Bentley at Nobels Prize in Oslo 2008

Larsen's second solo album, The Chase, was released in Norway on 13 October 2008 and in Sweden on 19 November 2008. Like "Under the Surface", it was well received by critics; in December, it was named as the top album of the year by Dagbladet reviewers.

The first single from The Chase, titled "If A Song Could Get Me You", shot to No. 1 on the Norwegian singles chart in its first week of sales in August 2008, and was later nominated for the Spellemannprisen award as Hit of the Year. The second single was "I've Heard Your Love Songs" (released 27 October 2008), and another song from the album, "Steal My Heart", was used in the soundtrack of the Norwegian movie "I et speil, i en gåte" ('‘Through a glass, darkly'’).

Early 2009, Larsen joined Jason Mraz as an opening act for his European spring tour.[11] She was invited by Mraz when they met each other during the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2008.

Larsen released "If A Song Could Get Me You" as her first single outside Norway. It was released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Iceland. In Germany and Austria it became a number-one single. In Switzerland it peaked at No. 2. The song also peaked at No. 19 in Iceland.[12]

In November 2009, Larsen started her first German-Swiss Tour.

On 24 November, Verdens Gang, a Norwegian newspaper made a list of the best Norwegian songs of the past decade 2000–2009. "Under the Surface" was judged as the best song of the decade, making her 1st place on the list.[13] Her song "If A Song Could Get Me You" came in 4th place and her album "Under the Surface" gets 2nd place for the best album of the decade.

Marit recorded a duet with Belgian singer/songwriter Milow titled "Out of My Hands". The song was originally contained in Milow’s album “Coming of Age” released in 2008 in Belgium. The duet version featuring Marit was released on 12 February 2010 via Milow’s MySpace page and Marit’s YouTube page.

In July 2010, Marit Larsen released the remake single of "Don't Save Me".

2011–2013: Spark

January 2011 Larsen recorded the song "Vår Beste Dag" (Our Best Day) in her native language for the NRK. Released only in Norway, it became another #1 smash there.

On 1 August, Marit Larsen started to record her 3rd solo album at Propeller Recordings.

On 7 October Marit Larsen announced that the album will be called Spark including 10 new tracks. The album was released in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark on 18 November. In Germany, Switzerland and Austria the album was released on 16 December. The first single, "Coming Home" had premiered on NRK P1 and on her Facebook page on 15 October. The music video had premiered on Verdens Gang's website on 12 November.

Her song "Coming Home" was played on Philippine radio stations and sometimes to be on the "Most Wanted Songs Of The Week", reached to be on top for four consecutive weeks. On 16 December "Coming Home" was also performed by Marit Larsen on the finals of Idol Norge while Marion Raven was one of the judges on the same show.

2014–present: When the Morning Comes and Joni Was Right

On 14 July 2014, Marit Larsen made the premiere of the single "I Don't Want to Talk About It" from the album When the Morning Comes on NRK P3 radio. The single was released on 4 August 2014. The album, which climbed to No. 1 in Norway, was released in the Nordic countries on 20 October 2014. In Germany, Switzerland and Austria it was released on 27 March 2015. In the USA When the Morning Comes was released through iTunes on 29 January 2016.[14]

Between 14 January and 14 February 2015, Marit Larsen played nineteen concerts on her "When The Morning Comes Tour" in Norway.[15]

In January 2016 Marit Larsen announced that she will release new material in April 2016.[16] She also announced that she will release her new material on her own, independent label (Håndbryggrecords), and will continue to release music independently in the future.[17] The EP, entitled Joni Was Right, was released on 1 April 2016.[18] It contains five tracks and is available on iTunes and other online music stores.[19] On 9 September 2016 the EP Joni Was Right pt. II, which contains five tracks, was released on iTunes and other online music stores.[20] [21] On 9 September 2016 Marit Larsen also released a CD and a vinyl record called Joni Was Right I & II, where the ten tracks of the two EP releases were combined.[22][23] The CD release of Joni Was Right I & II entered the Norwegian album charts at #36 on 16 September 2016.[24]


Studio albums

Year Album Chart positions Certification
2006 Under the Surface 3
  • NOR: 2× Platinum
2008 The Chase 1
  • NOR: Platinum
2011 Spark 2 57 36
  • NOR: Gold
2014 When the Morning Comes 1 71 53
2016 Joni Was Right I & II[25] 36[26]

Compilation albums

Year Album Chart positions Certification
2009 If a Song Could Get Me You 7 3 2 10
  • AUT: Gold
  • GER: Platinum
  • SWI: Gold

Extended plays

Year Extended play Chart positions
2016 Joni Was Right 36
Joni Was Right, Pt. II


Year Single Chart Positions Album
2006 "Don't Save Me" 1 Under the Surface
"Under the Surface" 6
"Only a Fool" 14
2007 "Solid Ground"
2008 "If a Song Could Get Me You" 1 The Chase
"I've Heard Your Love Songs"
2009 "Addicted"
"If a Song Could Get Me You" (Remake) 19 1 1 2 5 If a Song Could Get Me You
2010 "Under the Surface" (Remake) 64 38
"Don't Save Me" (Remake) 48 63
2011 "Vår beste dag" 1
"Coming Home" Spark
2012 "Don't Move"
2014 "I Don't Want to Talk About It" When the Morning Comes
2015 "Faith & Science"
"Please Don't Fall For Me"
"Traveling Alone"


Year Single Chart Positions Album
2010 "Out Of My Hands" (with Milow) 7 25 44 19 21 Milow
"Oh My Sweet Carolina" (with Milow) Milow
2012 "God natt" (with Vinni) Oppvåkningen
2014 "Take Everything Back" (with Sondre Lerche, Kato Ådland, Sylvie Lewis) The Sleepwalker

Covers and unofficial releases

"Dancing In The Dark"
"Dear Someone"
"Fix You"
"Four Five Seconds"
"I Love You Always Forever"
"I Think It's Gonna Rain Today"
"I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll"
"My Boyfriend's Back"
"My Oh My"
"Walls (October Month)"

Music videos

Year Title
2006 "Don't Save Me"
"Under the Surface"
2009 "If A Song Could Get Me You"
2010 "Under the Surface" (Re-Release) [Version 2]
"Out Of My Hands" (with Milow)
"Don't Save Me" (Re-Release) [Version 2]
2011 "Coming Home"
2014 "I Don't Want To Talk About It"
2015 "I Don't Want To Talk About It" (Re-Release) [Version 2]
"Traveling Alone"
"Shine On (Little Diamond)"
2016 "Running Out Of Road"
"Morgan, I Might"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2006 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Norwegian Artist Won
Spellemannprisen Best Video "Don't Save Me" Won
Spellemannprisen Best Female Artist Won
Spellemannprisen Best Song "Under the Surface" Won
2007 Norwegian Alarm-awards Best Pop Act Won
2008 Spellemannprisen Best Female Artist Nominated
Spellemannprisen Hit Of The Year "If a Song Could Get Me You" Nominated
2009 Norsk Artistforbund Honorary Award Best Artist Award Won
Radio Regenbogen Award Hörer-Preis Won
VG Newspaper Award Best Norwegian Song of the Decade "Under the Surface" Won
2010 Echo Music Award Best International Rock/Pop Female Artist Nominated
Echo Music Award Best International Newcomer Nominated
Gammleng-prisen Best Pop Music Won
2011 Music Export Norway Award Best Artist Won
Spellemannprisen Best Female Artist "Spark" Nominated
Spellemannprisen Best Composer Nominated
2012 MUSIK FACH-Award Best Album 2012 "Spark" Won
2014 Spellemannprisen Best Composer Nominated
Spellemannprisen Best Lyricist Nominated


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  3. Marit Larsen releases "Spark"
  4. Marit Larsen's personal biography
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  27. "VG-lista - Topp 40 Album uke 37, 2016". VG-lista. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
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Preceded by
Ane Brun
Recipient of the best Female Pop Solo Artist Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Susanne Sundfør
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