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Ole Børud

Ole Børud Norwegian singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer, and audio engineer

Norwegian singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer, and audio engineer
Ole Børud
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Quick Facts

Intro Norwegian singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer, and audio engineer
Is Jazz musician Musician Composer Guitarist Bass-guitarist Singer Songwriter Record producer Drummer Audio engineer
From Norway
Gender male
Birth 6 December 1976, Hamar Municipality, Norway
Age: 43 years
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Mother: Anne Marie Børud
Father: Arnold Børud
Siblings: Thomas Børud
Pop music
Pop rock
Yacht rock
Contemporary christian music
Gospel music
Christian metal
Progressive death metal
Extreme metal
Progressive metal
Doom metal
Death metal
Blackened death metal
Black metal
Soul music
Choral music
Smooth jazz
Bass guitar
Drum kit
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Ole Børud (born December 6, 1976) is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, and engineer known both for his solo recordings and as a member of the band Extol. Børud, son of Norwegian gospel singer Arnold Børud, began performing music at age five as part of Arnold B. Family, a group which would compete in the Melodi Grand Prix three times. At age twelve, he released a Christian children's music album. He later started playing in hard rock and heavy metal bands, first in the two-man project Schaliach and later for Extol and, briefly, the hardcore punk band Selfmindead. Since the early 2000s, he has also recorded several solo albums in West Coast, pop, funk, and jazz styles: Chi-Rho (2002), Shakin' the Ground (2008), Keep Movin (2011), Someday at Christmas (2012, in collaboration with Samuel Ljungblahd), Stepping Up (2014), and Outside the Limit (2019). He re-joined Extol in 2012, and in 2016 he co-founded a heavy metal side-project, Fleshkiller. Børud has also performed for Torun Eriksen and Sofian and collaborated with Larvik Stroband and the Oslo Gospel Choir, and has contributed to two hymn compilations, Takk, gode Gud, for alle ting: 20 sanger fra Barnesalmeboka and Søndagsskolen Synger (both in 2008). He has regularly appeared on various Norwegian television shows, including Det store korslaget and Stjernekamp, and in 2017 provided backing choral vocals in Jowst's performance of "Grab the Moment" in the 2017 Eurovision contest.

Musical career

Arnold B. Family

Born in Hamar, Norway, Børud started his musical career at the age of five years as a singer in his family's Christian pop group Børud-gjengen, later renamed Arnold B. Family. Highly popular within Norway, Arnold B. Family participated three times in the national finals for the Eurovision Song Contest, landing in the top ten all three times. The group took second place in 1995 for its song "La oss feire livet" ("Let Us Celebrate Life"). In 1988, at age twelve, he made a solo debut with the Christian children's album Alle Skal Få Vite Det!. Børud has said that he no longer remembers much about the recording sessions. Almost thirty years later, in 2017, his niece Lisa Børud sang the song "Kjærligheten seirer" ("Love Wins") from the album when she competed in the talent show Stjernekamp.

Heavy metal and hard rock

In the 1990s, Børud ventured into heavy metal, teaming up in 1995 with Peter Dalbakk to form a short-lived doom metal project called Schaliach, for which he played guitar, bass and drums. The group released one album, Sonrise, in 1996, and was noted for its "huge" sound, Metallica-influenced guitar style, and strong classical influences, which were likened to a "metal symphony". He joined Extol in 1996, where he played guitar and bass and provided background signing. Extol performed a highly technical mixture of death metal and progressive metal, incorporating other extreme metal styles as well as hardcore punk, orchestral music, jazz, and folk music. After recording two albums with the group, Burial, Undeceived, he left to further pursue his solo career in 2001, but briefly rejoined the group to record its third album, Synergy. In 2012, he rejoined the group, which reformed as a trio, and helped record its fifth, self-titled release. In the early 2000s, he also served for a brief period as a guitarist for the hardcore punk band Selfmindead. On February 12, 2016, Peter Espevoll of Extol announced that Børud had formed a new side-project, Fleshkiller, with his former Schaliach bandmate Dalbakk. Børud himself later announced that drummer Andreas Skorpe Sjøen also joined the band. In January 2017, it was announced that Dalbakk left the band and was replaced by Elisha Mullins. The first studio album, Awaken, debuted September 15, 2017. Børud also was featured as a vocalist and guitarist on the progressive death metal band Cognizance's single "Malignant Domain", released August 22, 2019.

As a solo artist

B.Chi-Rho featured a pop rock sound and consisted of covers of various Christian music performers such as Whiteheart, Dogs of Peace, and Rebecca St. James. However, Børud considers his subsequent release, Shakin' the Ground, his true solo debut, as it was the first featuring original music. In 2009, he was featured along with Samuel Ljungblahd and Miriam Gardner on the Joakim Arenius and Praise Unit three-track single "The Mission Field", from the album of the same name. In 2011, he released Keep Movin, which peaked at no. 27 on the Norwegian charts and no. 15 on the Swedish charts. A single was released for that album in 2011 as well, "She's Like No Other". That same year, he performed live with Sante Fe and the Fat City Horns, a concert which was later released on DVD in 2013. In 2012, Børud was featured on the song "Get Ready" by INC the Choir on the album Higher. He also appeared in 2013 on the Lars-Erik Dahle album Step into the Water for the song "Barrytown", and with his father, Arnold, on the Rune Larson song "All Shook Up" from the album Tidens Gate. Later that year collaborated with Samuel Ljungblahd for a stand-alone Christmas single, "Mary's Boy Child", released on November 8, and on December 23 the pair released a full Christmas album, Someday At Christmas. The album charted at no. 39 in Norway and no. 13 in Sweden. That year Børud also released a best-of compilation, The Best. His next studio release was Stepping Up, released on November 24, 2014, which was accompanied by the single "Maybe". On March 8, 2017, Lars-Erik Dahle, featuring Børud, released a remixed version of "Barrytown" — "Barrytown [Waveform Five Mix]" — as a single. Also that year, Ljungblahd and Børud collaborated once again for the Christmas single "O Holy Night", released on November 10. On January 18, 2019, Trine Rein featured Børud on her single "Where Do We Go". His latest studio album, Outside the Limit, was released on September 20, 2019. Three singles have been released for Outside the Limit: "Good Time", released on November 16, 2018, "Fast Enough", released on February 1, 2019, and "Outside the Limit", released August 28, 2019.

From Shakin' the Ground onward, Børud adopted a Westcoast style that mixes together funk, r&b, and soul, and Stepping Up is described as jazz pop in the vein of Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder. Outside the Limit was thought to hearken back to the 1970s and was compared to Chicago, Donald Fagan, Nikki Corvette, Al Jarreau, Phil Collins, Bruno Mars, Toto, and even Daft Punk. Other noted influences include Quincy Jones, George Duke, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Prince. Børud himself stated in one interview that his influences "could be a lot. Anything from Death to Yes to Steely Dan to Jason Falkner and so forth." Per Albrigtsen of Østlands-Posten called Børud one of the foremost artists in the funk and soul genres.

Børud has also performed for Torun Eriksen and Sofian, and collaborated with Larvik Stroband and the Oslo Gospel Choir. Also, in 2008, he collaborated with Kåre Conradi and Ingelin Reigstad Norheim along with girls from the Jeløy Church's Children's and Youth Choirs to release Takk, gode Gud, for alle ting: 20 sanger fra Barnesalmeboka, a compilation album of 20 hymns. The same year, he collaborated on another hymn compilation, Søndagsskolen Synger, with Ann Kristin Wenneberg, Marianne Bondevik, Hans Esben Gihle, and Voxkids. He appeared on the show Det store korslaget on Norway's TV 2 in 2010, and in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Børud sang in the backing chorus for Jowst's song "Grab the Moment". In 2018, he competed in Stjernekamp, during which he performed a duet with Lisa Børud. He was eliminated in the show's semi-finals. On April 13, 2020, Børud was featured along with Kine L. Fossheim on the single and music video "Together We Stand". The song was released by Gospel Explosion, a choral project led by Leif Ingvald Skaug. As a result of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, Leif began holding online choir rehearsals, in which individuals from 70 different countries participated. Many of these choral members then collaborated long-distance to create the song.


  • Alle Skal Få Vite Det! – 1988
  • Chi-Rho – 2002
  • Shakin' the Ground – 2008
  • Keep Movin – 2011
  • Someday at Christmas (with Samuel Ljungblahd) – 2012
  • Stepping Up – 2014
  • Outside the Limit – 2019

Additional recording credits

Work Artist Released Credit
Burial Extol 1998 Engineer
Undeceived Extol 2000 Producer, mixing
Chi Rho Ole Børud 2002 Producer
"If I Ever Needed" Stephan Christiansen 2003 Producer
Emmy & Ella Emmy & Ella 2010 Producer, programming, instrumentation
Keep Movin Ole Børud 2011 Producer, mixing
"Barrytown" Lars-Erik Dahle featuring Ole Børud 2013 Engineer
Extol Extol 2013 Engineer, post-production
"Sommer'n Er Her" Mathias & Pernille featuring Oliver 2016 Producer
"Barrytown [Waveform Five Mix]" Lars-Erik Dahle featuring Ole Børud 2017 Engineer
Awaken Fleshkiller 2017 Producer
"Chopin" Hege Bjerk 2018 Producer
"Broken People" Commandment 11 2020 Composer, Lyricist
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 19 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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