The Norwegian pop/rock/folk band Minor Majority has from the beginning in 2000 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 also a critically acclaimed live- and album artist in France, Switzerland and Germany and have toured extensively in these territories.
Minor Majority have released six studio albums: Walking Home From Nicole’s (2001), If I Told You, You Were Beautiful (2002), Up For You & I (2004), Reasons To Hang Around (2006), Candy Store (2007), Either Way I Think You Know (2009).
Their 7th studio album Napkin Poetry will be released January 11th, 2019.
Minor Majority (Norway) was formed by Pål Angelskår and Andreas Berczelly as a studio project in 1999. The first record, , was released two years later with significant help from singer/songwriter Karen Jo Fields. In November 2001 the band saw the addition of guitarist Jon Arild Nupen Stieng and the duo went on tour for the first time in the spring of 2002. Berczelly left the band and concentrated on full-time producing, which he has done for the band on many occasions.
The band’s next album 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 in 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 January 2006. It reached number 2 in the Norwegian charts. For it, they were awarded the Norwegian Grammy equivalent: Spellemannprisen.
2007 saw the release of their fifth album, which reached number 3 in the Norwegian charts. After the release of the album, the band embarked on a Norwegian tour in September, followed by tours of Germany, France, The Netherlands, Lithuania 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 Minor Majority released their sixth album , which reached number 11 in the Norwegian charts. It was followed by extensive touring in Norway and Europe.
After a 4 year break, Minor Majority appeared live in front of a sold out Sentrum Scene in Oslo where they performed their breakthrough album Up For You & I in it’s entirety. The concert was followed by a sold out tour of Norway.
In 2016 the band released a new song: I’ve Been Here Before You.
On October 12 th Minor Majority will release their new single: Another Year.
Their 7th studio album Napkin Poetry is due January 11th, 2019. It will be followed by an extensive tour.
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