Norwegian pop artist Christine Ekeberg returns with “Beautiful Mess”, an acoustic song of self-acceptance. With a minimalistic piano accompaniment and Ekeberg’s expressive vocal performance, the track reminds of Adele’s new tendency towards subtle nuances in a song like “Easy On Me”.
“This is a very personal topic for me.”, Ekeberg explains. “For years I’ve strived for perfection, but that has led me nowhere. It only made me hold back songs and I didn’t dare to be me 100%.”
While the sound of “Beautiful Mess” presents a strong contrast to her latest single “Drama”, the lyrics have a certain continuity. “I tend to write about my overthinking and being way too much in my head, and this song is certainly in that category.”
Estonian producer Rasmus Laks recorded the piano and mixed and mastered the song. While the vocals were recorded at Are Sorknes in Norway, the relatability of the lyrics was crafted by Ekeberg together with songwriters Rasmus Telle and Kjersti Sleveland.
Christine Ekeberg has been active as a songwriter and performer throughout her career. A silver medal in the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and the semifinals at the International Songwriting Competition in 2020 are among her achievements.
Ekeberg is currently preparing for the release of “Beautiful Mess”, available on November the 26th via Rexius Records.
Cover art by Tanja Berkö
Photos by Christine Ekeberg (self portaits), edit Tanja Berkö
Norwegian pop artist Christine Ekeberg plays with dualism in both her sound and aesthetics. Sophisticated but always approachable, electropop but at times acoustic. A well-trained singer and pop songwriter that has spent a lot of her life on stage, Ekeberg’s vocal performance reminds of figures like Ella Henderson and Demi Lovato.
An overachiever performing artist, Christine Ekeberg has been participating in contests from an early age. She won her first talent competition at the age of 12 and performed two of her own songs at Norway’s finale of the Global Battle of the Bands in 2008. After winning this contest, she sang them at the world final at the Scala in London the same year.
2011 presented Ekeberg with the opportunity to participate in the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, winning a silver medal in all of her categories. As a member of the electronica project “Eik”, she performed at festivals like Roskilde in Denmark.
Ekeberg has also been active as a songwriter throughout her career. Her latest participation at the International Songwriting Competition in 2020 took her to the contest’s semifinals.
The Norwegian artist has also collaborated with several European EDM producers, among them Ljung (Sweden) with the song “Under Water”. The 2018 hit has reached over a million streams.
Her topliner collaboration with Ljung connected Christine Ekeberg to Gothenburg-based Rexius Records, a label she has been signed to since 2019.
The R&B-inspired single “Drama” was released at the end of 2020, earning her a feature on outlets like POPMUZIK and Caesar Live N Loud.
Ekeberg is currently working on her upcoming single “Beautiful Mess”, with a more minimalist and acoustic arrangement than its predecessor. The central themes of her new sound continue to revolve around emotional vulnerability and mental health.
Press photos and retouch: @kristineclason