In recent years, she has made great success as a solo artist, and has become one of Norway's leading composers and songwriters.
At present Larsen lives in New York, and has spent the winter 2016 writing, producing and completing brand new material, which will bring the audience even closer to Larsen.
2016 was the year the artist also marked another shift. Larsen no longer has a big record label in his back. She has created her own label, and is for the first time in her career completely independent.
"When she now takes the quartet into the church room at Vang, we can promise a unique music experience," explains Haftor Skjelstad during the pilgrimages to Opdalingen.
"Winning the Edvard Prize is just so incredibly good. I'm still very proud of this release. "Joni was right" was a workman, a first-time project for my record company and a true love child at the same time. Seeing a rewarding, exhausting and unbelievably fine year summarized and celebrated in this way makes me warm and humble. Thank you very much, says Marit Larsen in a press release.
The prize consists of a trophy by Bruno Oldani, a diploma and 50,000 kroner.
Larsen has a solid understanding of what musical heritage she as a composer manages, and can therefore take a measured and elegant grip. Examples are the seamless and well-placed tactical shift in the song 'Bluebelle Mountain' and the rhythmically delayed
This album dares, and will, go against the current of the present and the moment's party. Larsen emphasizes the maturation of life, its recognitions and perhaps most importantly: the continuation.
When the song "A stranger song" hangs in loose air, and when the text phrase "Broken hearts can keep on beating" stops the progress of "Winter never lasting forever", then we will go beyond what we do not know. Exploring the stranger as a source of development is not the mainstream of popular music, but this is where Larsen emerges as a solid pop artist.
«The album" Joni was right I & II ", basically consisting of two separate EPs, is a brave pop project with a jewelry box of songs in the back mirror. Expressing a direct comparison with previous masterpieces has not only a large fall height, it can also quickly become an insurmountable obstacle.
The stubs are many, and the way down in the ditch of half-copies is dangerous short. Not so with Marit Larsen. She instead shows us new ways and new views in a well-known and iconic musical terrain. In "Joni was right I & II" Larsen shines as an unusually reflected songwriter with a high degree of self-esteem.