Jonas Alaska is the performance alias for Norway's Jonas Aslaksen, an indie pop singer and songwriter inspired by the singer/songwriter era of the '60s and '70s. Born in Åmli in 1988, the multi-instrumentalist studied music in England at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. His eponymous debut album of spirited folk-rock arrived in 2011 and not only reached number five on Norway's album chart but earned the artist three Spellemann nominations -- that country's equivalent of the Grammys -- in the categories Best Songwriter, Best Male Artist, and Newcomer of the Year; he won the latter. His sophomore album, 2013's If Only as a Ghost, outdid his debut by one spot on the charts and brought the singer continued comparisons to Paul Simon, with whom he shares a similar vocal tone. Offering more electronics, grittier guitar work, and continued wily songcraft, 2016's Younger was Alaska's first to be written on electric instead of acoustic guitar. ~ Marcy Donelson
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