photo by Marie Sjøvold

photo by Marie Sjøvold

 
 

Once upon a time in zialand...

… there was Chicago and Steely Dan and Miles Davis and The Stylistics and Whitney Houston and the soundtrack to Out of Africa and Billie Holiday and Keith Jarrett and Maria Callas and Alf Prøysen.

There was growing up on Greenland and in Norway and joining a gospel choir at 14 despite believing she couldn’t really sing. There were early piano lessons and living in an abandoned brothel before moving to LA where she ended up working with musicians such as Marcus Miller (Miles Davies) Chris Botti (Sting) Tal Bergman (B.B.King, Rod Stewart) Deron Johnson (Seal) and Kristian Dunn (El Ten Eleven). Songs from her first record Same Girl Once was used in the US hit TV show Felicity and played on KCRW.

Then shit happened and ZIALAND relocated to Australia where she stopped listening to music but continued making it. This resulted in plenty of studio time with musicians such as Greg Sheehan (the Black Arm Band, Circle of Rhythm), Mark Punch (Kasey Chambers) and Danny McKenna (Jeff Lang, Mia Dyson).    

After ten years of snakes in the ceiling and music and beaches and art and colorful people and being a mama and learning to mix and writing more music , ZIALAND returned to Norway where she released her second self-produced record The Light Below independently in 2014. The majority of the music was recorded in an old stone church in Balmain, Sydney, as well as in a house in Darlinghurst that once belonged to one of the most infamous madams and female crime bosses in the 1930’s. 

Upon returning to Oslo, ZIALAND met the British producer, musician and songwriter John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Nine Inch Nails) whom she co-wrote two songs with for his recent project ‘Black Needle Noise’ – Wild Stone and Treasured Lies, released early 2017.

Currently ZIALAND is working with LA super producer David Sardy, lending her voice to the score of the upcoming fantasy thriller movie BRIGHT, set to be released on NETFLIX on the 22. of December 2017.

15th of  December ZIALAND released her first single Landslide from her upcoming record UNBRIDLED & ABLAZE which will be out this spring in 2018.