Southern Girls consists of Helga Hægeland, Nina Munksgaardand Lene Tønnessen. We
all live in Kristiansand, in southernNorway, where we have been active in the local music milieu.All
three of us have released CDs individually, and we have also performed as backing singers and soloists in numerousconcerts and
recordings. Four years ago, we formed a trio, and quickly gained a loyal and enthusiastic following, giving concerts and performing at festivals
around Norway. We also recorded a few singles that received national airplay in Norway. This is our first CD as a trio. Check out our home page at www.southern-girls.info
- This has been an exciting cooperation with our
producer,John Beland. He has been in Norway twice to superviserecording sessions; first in November 2012, then in June 2013. He
is known all over the world as a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers. But he has also worked with many famous artists, including Linda
Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristoffersen, Garth Brooks,Elvis Presley and Waylon Jennings (seewww.johnbeland.com). We were greatly honored whenhe travelled all the way from Texas in order to attend our release concert in
Kristiansand on September 27th this year.
- This is a country-pop/rock CD. Lene has
written three new songs, and John Beland contributes four. It has been exciting and rewarding to have worked together on this music. We sing
a lot of harmonies, and our vocals become more attuned as time goes by. We always have agreat time performing together.
We have also included some of the most professional and well-known musicians in
our region on our team:
- Per Elias Drabløs plays the bass. He
is an associate professor at the University of Agder with a Ph.D in music. At the present time, he is touring with SecretGarden.
- Erik Gunvaldsen plays the guitar. He is a professor of music at the University of Agder, and
he has played incountless bands and for many soloists, among othersMarquee Band and Soultrain.
- Dene O’Neill plays the drums. Like the other members, he is a well-known musician
in our region, having played in a number of bands and with several soloists.
- Vidar Bøe plays
keyboards. He is a skillful musician with a long career as a teacher and performer, having alsoworked
with, among many others, Marquee Band andSoultrain.
- Kjetil Møen plays
the guitar. He has a national reputation as a very competent musician.
This group contributes with professional
performances in our concerts and on this recording. Thank you so much!
We hope that this CD will convey to the listeners our own joy for music. We love performing together. If you enjoy listening to it, please
recommend it to family and friends. We are convinced that you are in for a big surprise. The feedback we have received thus
far is overwhelming.
The CD has been recorded both in Norway and in the UnitedStates. John Beland has
worked with backing arrangements inTexas; vocals have been added in Norway; Frank Basil has recorded the drums
in California; and the mastering was done by Bill Douglas in Colorado. To make music together on different continents is not as challenging
as it once was.
The CD is called A Little Bit of This - a Little Bit of That. If
you want to buy it, please contact us: