Kurt Nilsen began his artist career in the Bergen based band, Fenrik Lane, but it was not before he entered the Idol audition in his hometown it really kicked off.
His performances were breathtaking and not only did he win the hearts of the Norwegian people he went on, against all odds, to beat Kelly Clarkson and won World Idol.
His two first albums both sold to double platinum and “Hallelujah-live”, a collaboration with Alejandro Fuentes, Espen Lind and Askil Holm sold over incredible 240.000 (6x platinum) albums, 40.000 (4x platinum) DVD’s, sold out Oslo Spectrum (cap. 8500) x3 and a had total tour audience of 150.000 people.
Kurt released his 3rd solo album October 2007 and pop smashes “Push Push” and “Reality Kicks” raved the radios.
A country inspired singer-songwriter album was released April 21st 2008 – the album included the Hank Williams cover “Lost Highway” in duet with country legend Willie Nelson! “Lost Highway” and again Kurt Nilsen played a sold-out Norway tour.
The album titled “Rise To The Occasion” sold over 100.000 copies in Norway and is certified 3 x platinum. .
In 2009 Kurt Nilsen will re-united with his friends Espen Lind , Alejandro Fuentes and Askil Holm for “Hallelujah Live Vol 2” selling 80.000 (2 x platinum) albums, sold out Oslo Spektrum and 28 other gigs playing for at total of 150.000 people once more.
Kurt Nilsen did his first sold-out Kulturhus tour in spring 2010 before going in the Studio recording an Christmas album together with Kringkastingsorkestret. The album was release in November same year and sold amazingly 160.000 copies. Kurt & KORK did a live broadcasted Christmas concert on NRK1 18th December witch had over 1 million viewers.
In 2011 Kurt, some great musicians and guest artist Christel Alsos played over 30 sold-out Christmas concerts around the country.
January 2012 Kurt Nilsen performed his first song in Norwegian at NRK “Spellemannsprisen”. This song was released the same day and was the first single from the album “Inni en god periode” released exactly one year later.