Universal Records has signed Norwegian singer/songwriter Kate Havnevik, it was announced today by Monte Lipman, President of Universal Republic, and Gotti Sigurdarson, who runs Kate Havnevik’s own record label, Continentica Records.
“Kate Havnevik has quickly emerged as one of music’s most promising new innovators,”
stated Mr. Lipman. “We’re thrilled to announce that her unique sound and captivating
presence has found a home at Universal Republic. The entire company joins me in
welcoming Kate and looks forward to a successful working relationship.”
Kate Havnevik, who released debut album Melankton, on her own label Continentica
Records, has garnered both critical and popular recognition on both sides of the Atlantic and
an impressive cult following is building up fast in the States. Kate’s work has been called by
critics ‘an inspiration, and ‘one of music’s ‘best kept secrets’.
The past year has seen Kate taking America’s Music Supervisor community by storm. The
album’s opener, “Unlike Me,” was embraced by U.S. audiences when the song was featured
in acapella form – to much acclaim - in a season two episode of the hit ABC hospital drama
Grey’s Anatomy, and by the end of the year Kate was the most used artist ever to feature on
the series, as well as being the only artist to be especially commissioned to write an original
song for the show. Other TV programs that featured Kate’s music last year, was The West
Wing, The OC, InJustice, Windfall and Commander In Chief.
Melankton, so far available digitally only with no US marketing, has seen sales rising steadily
in the past months, with more than 15.000 albums and over 80.000 singles sold. Kate’s
presence on the Internet has also been steadily building, and just before the end of last year
her website had had over 7 million hits in the past 12 months alone.
Kate recently appeared on the east coast leg of the Hotel Café U.S. Tour, which featured
groundbreaking newcomers such as Cary Brothers, Joshua Radin, Matt Costa, and Jim
Bianco, among others. She will be hitting the road again in the US in the coming months.
Melankton will be released on March 27th in the USA.