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Bjøro Haaland


 

"Back by popular demand for the 31th time".

 

No other artist has appeared at Norsk Høstfest so many times nor at any other festival! Bjøro Haaland is still going strong and his voice is better than ever. Bjøro first performed at Norsk Høstfest in 1982, and has been the fan favorite ever since!

 

Billing himself as "the Norwegian Cowboy", Bjøro, who hails from Kristiansand, Norway, has become an international country singing sensation. Not your typical Norwegian listening fare back in Bjøro's earlier years. Something by Edvard Grieg, the great Norwegian composer, may have been more in vogue.



Bjøro was around 9 years of age when he heard his first country music song - via a record his brother was playing. After that, he was hooked! His first stage appearance was as a teenager. The song? "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Don Gibson. When his fellow Norwegians heard him sing, they, too, were hooked!



Bjøro immigrated to the United States the first time when he was just 17. For the next six years, he worked at installing floors and then became a steelworker, playing gigs after work and weekends whenever he could.

 


He returned to Norway where he met and married his wife, Liv. Bjøro continued to perform with a band that traveled around Norway. His first big hit came with "I Love Norwegian Country". Bjøro would eventually become Norway's top-selling male recording artist of all time.



In 1984, Bjøro returned to the United States, touring the country with his band. That year he played on stage for audiences at the Grand Ole Opry. He received a standing ovation and calls for an encore. His first recordings contained just a hint of a Norwegian brogue. That has all changed as Bjøro has perfected his American-style English.



Today, Bjøro spends a couple of months on the road on this side of the ocean, then hops a plane to tour Europe and Scandinavia.