Los Angeles Music awards "Jazz Artist of the Year" nomination

 Los Angeles Music Awards Recipient Producers Choice Award nomination "Best Jazz Album"

"Tango Love" Live - Solvei McKenna

SOLVEI Press quotes:

“An amazing live performer!” – Los Angeles Times

“A beautiful voice…” – Bruce Lundvall, CEO Blue Note Records

“Remember her name!” – Tolucan Times

“This Jazzy and sultry singer keeps you in your seat!” - L.A. WEEKLY

“She will WOW you!” – Norway Rock Magazine

“A star in the making…” – E.T.

Solvei (Soulvay) is a jazz and world-beat artist with a global following. She is known for her jazz, world-beat and yoga music.  Her artist journey began as a professional dancer in Oslo at the age of 15.  Now several decades later Solvei's singing career brought her to working with such caliber artists as Poncho Sanchez and more recently, Grammy winner, Kurt Elling.

Solvei hails from Norway, where she grew up in a family of professional opera singers, her father was from Chicago and her mother from Norway. 
Solvei spent most of her childhood in the Norwegian National Opera House.  

By the age of eighteen, she had already performed close to a thousand stage performances in her native Scandinavia as a dancer and comedienne.  A dance offer led her to living in France for three years, where she worked on several occasions with Sir Elton John and other acclaimed artists, absorbing everything she could while doing so. 

Solvei got badly injured and was forced to rethink her career, so she decided to channel her creativity into music and singing. 
In 1995 Solvei moved to Los Angeles and by 2003 she had built a reputation of being a passionate performer in the L.A. jazz venues and has since won critical acclaim for her versatile shows.  

Solvei performed regularly at the long established Latin Jazz venue in Studio City, California, "LaVeLee",  alongside Poncho Sanchez, Scott Henderson, and Katia Moraes.

Solvei has received a Los Angeles Music Award nomination and a World Music Award.  In 2006-2007 Solvei collaborated closely with the American Indian political prisoner Leonard Peltier and his family. The work resulted in writing, recording and performing the song "Leonard Peltier", which got endorsed by Amnesty International and is used to raise funds for Native American Rights foundations.

An avid yoga practitioner teacher, and life coach, Solvei also produces music for yoga and relaxation.  She continues to write her own material and has recorded, produced and released eight albums on her own label, Royal Dancer Music, and one collaborative album ("Worlds Within"), with seven time Grammy nominee, Will Clipman.  Her most recent album "MOSAIQUE" is submitted for a Norwegian Grammy, 2016 (Spellemannsprisen).

In 2010 Scandinavian Network TV featured Solvei's music and career in an 8 part documentary  series.

Solvei's music is sold internationally and is frequently heard on American and international radio stations.

Solvei performs regularly in Paris at Le Caveau de la Huchette and Rome's Casa del Jazz.  Her music is inspired by her multicultural upbringing. Music is a powerful tool to heal and this is Solvei's main object, to make a difference and bring positivity and passion through music and performance.  

PBS with Solvei

 

SOLVEI's music is featured alongside "Pink Martini" in the award winning documentary "Hands of Eros", which recently won at the Milan Film Festival and won best short documentary film at Rutger Hauer's "I've seen films" Festival.  "Hands of Eros" is beautifully created by Linda Carfagno.  

Groove Guys, Groove! from Solvei on Vimeo.

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