Mark Read speaks about the new version of “Same Old Brand New You”, Ben Adams talks about songwriting, and Christian Ingebrigtsen shares the secret behind “Wonder of the World”.
By Michael Hartmann. March 25, 2022. Updated April 3, 2022.
I talked with Mark Read at Vulkan Arena in Oslo. He told me about the new version of Same Old Brand New You:
This is the original video from 2000:
Ben Adams – a man of many talents.
I talked to Ben about his projects besides a1:
Did you know that Ben Adams also plays classical music? One Beautiful Morning is an EP with four hauntingly beautiful pieces for piano. My favorite is Into This Air. Which one will be yours?
He also collaborates with other artists. Here and Now is a beautiful duet. He sings with British actress and singer Joanne Clifton.
Follow Joanne Clifton:
Ben wrote Titans, a pop song for the Norwegian songwriter contest Melodi Grand Prix. It was performed by Norwegian singer Vilde:
Here, she is on TV:
One of my favorite Ben Adams videos is this one:
Together with Chris Wilkins, he wrote the 80s-inspired musical Eugenius. It premiered in 2016 at the London Palladium. Back in 2019, Adams told me how fun it was to enjoy the show together with the audience. -It’s nice to sit amongst all the people and enjoy it.
Listen to our conversation here:
And here’s a piece of great music from Eugenius!
Related story: A message from Ben Adams.
Christian Ingebrigtsen shares the secret behind “Wonder of the World”.
I spoke with Ingebrigtsen about his song Wonder of the World. What inspired him to write the song?
Here’s the spectacular performance on Norwegian TV:
Like I said in my conversation with Christian, Wonder of the World is on my personal top ten list of Christian’s best songs. Here’s the music video:
Another favorite song is a beautiful ballad called Someone to Live For. This song showcases Christian’s talent for songwriting.
Someone to Live For is part of Christian’s studio album Got to Be. You can listen to the song here:
And here is my review:
See the video here:
Come on, Batman! This is one of my favorite live performances: Take On Me from The Big Reunion Live Concert in 2014. It’s a1 at its best!
Update, April 8:
Mark Read has made a beautiful aCapella cover of Ed Sheeran’s Photograph.
Stay tuned for a new video interview with Mark Read. I talked with him about the beautiful songs he made during the pandemic; Where Were You (When The World Stopped) and Smile Again.
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Michael Hartmann is a Norwegian music blogger based in Oslo. Connect on Instagram.