Minor Majority (Norway) was formed by Pål Angelskår and Andreas Berczelly as a studio project in the spring of 2000. The first record, Walking Home From Nicole’s, was released one year later with significant help from singer/songwriter Karen Jo Fields.In November 2001 the band saw the addition of guitarist Jon Arild Stieng and the duo went on tour for the first time in the spring of 2002. Berczelly left the band and concentrated full-time on producing, which he has done for the band ever since.
The band’s next album If I Told You, You Were Beautiful was recorded in Stieng’s house in Oslo that same summer, and was released in October. For the upcoming tour of spring 2003 keyboardist Harald Sommerstad joined, and the band was now a trio.
Prior to the Norwegian Quart-festivalen the same year, the band was extended further by drummer Halvor Høgh Winsnes (Fast Winston Doom of Tulsa Doom) and bassist Henrik Harr Widerøe. The band was complete, and in the late summer “Up For You & I” was recorded at Sommerstad’s cabin near Halden in the south of Norway. The album was released in January 2004, and was an immediate success, boasting 24 weeks on the official Norwegian albums chart, a gold record and numerous price award nominations for best Norwegian pop album of the year.
After the following tour of more than 100 gigs both nationally and abroad (France, Switzerland and Germany), the band spent the greater part of 2005 in Berczelly’s studio, and released their fourth album Reasons To Hang Around in January 2006. For it, they were awarded the Norwegian Grammy equivalent Spellemannsprisen.
2007 saw the release of their fifth album, Candy Store. After the release of the album, the band embarked on a Norwegian tour in September, followed by tours of Germany, France and Switzerland during the first four months of 2008. The band stated, in 2007, that they intend to have a pause from making music, but that they eventually will make at least one more album.
In 2009 they released their final album Either Way I Think You Know, which reached eleventh on the Norwegian charts.
After a 6 years break, Minor Majority released a new song, “I´ve Been Here Before”. A continuation of the sound they had when they paused their professional career as Minor Majority in 2010.
The Norwegian pop/rock/folk band Minor Majority has from the beginning in 2001 developed from a small indie-act to become one of the bestselling artists in Norway, playing in sold-out venues all over the country. The band is a critically acclaimed live- and album artist also in France, Switzerland and Germany and has toured extensively in these territories.
With more than 12 songs listed on national radio, Minor Majority received a gold album for “Candy Store”, Reasons to hang around” and “Up for you and I”.
Minor Majority has been nominated for Norwegian Grammy “Spellemannsprisen” twice and the independent labels award “Alarm” and won “best pop group” at Spellemannsprisen 2007 for Reasons To Hang Around.
“I´ve Been Here Before” is produced by the “Grammy Award winning producer” Roar Nilsen. Mixed by Georg Tanderø (A-ha, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Jarle Bernhoft, Satyricon, Donkeyboy, Katzenjammer) and mastered by Grammy and Pensado award winning mastering engineer Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Lamb of God, Korn, Alison Krauss & Union Station, the Black Eyed Peas, Sara Bareilles, Sick Puppies, Thursday, Saving Abel, the North Mississippi Allstars, Sister Hazel)
Minor Majority is frequently appearing on stage both in concerts and festivals.
Pål Angelskår – Vocal, Guitar
Jon Arild Nupen Stieng – Guitars, Vocals
Henrik Harr Widerøe – Bass, Banjo, Vocals
Harald Sommerstad – Keys
Halvor Høgh Winsnes – Drums
Photos: Anne Deniau