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Venke Knutson

Venke Knutson
Live in Bergen, Norway, 2008.
Photographer: Pascual Strømsnæs.
Background information
Born (1978-10-20) 20 October 1978
Birkeland, Norway
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, school teacher
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Drums
Years active 2003–present
Labels Universal

Venke Knutson (born 20 October 1978) is a Norwegian singer. Since 2003, she has had six top 10 hits in Norway.


  • Life and career 1
  • Discography 2
    • Albums 2.1
    • Singles 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Venke Knutson was born in Birkeland, in 1978. She was the youngest of three sisters, in a musical family, and she got inspired to sing by her elder sisters.

Early in her life she lived with her family in the United States.

She joined the school choir. Inspired by two older sisters, she applied for music at the Vågsbygd skole (Vågsbygd school), when the family was about to go back home to Norway.

She used to be an elementary teacher in Norway. She was earlier married to Svenn Kåre Liodden, but they divorced. She married Thomas Wold in 2008.

She debuted in 2003 with the single "Panic", followed by her first album Scared and the singles "Scared" and "Kiss".[1]

Venke Knutson entered the qualifying rounds of the Melodi Grand Prix 2010 (the Norwegian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest) on 16 January and was voted through to the national "second chance" program, with the song "Jealous 'Cause I Love You", where she was voted through to the national final.



Year Title Chart positions Sales
2004 "Scared" 5 Norwegian sales: 30.000
2005 "Places I Have Been" 7 Norwegian sales: 20.000
2007 "Crush" 14 Norwegian sales: 10.000
2010 "Smiles - The very best of" 9 Norwegian sales: 10.000+


Year Title Chart positions Album
2003 "Panic" 10 Scared
2004 "Scared" 10
2005 "Just A Minute" 1 Places I Have Been
"When the Stars Go Blue"
(featuring Kurt Nilsen)
2007 "Holiday" 4 Crush
"Walk The Walk" 5
"Win With Your Hands Down"1
2010 "Jealous 'Cause I Love You" 5 Smiles - The very best of

1 Released as airplay singles


  1. ^ Venke Knudson - Den syngende frøken. (Norwegian), TV 2 (Norway), June 24, 2009
Preceded by
"What's In It For Me" by Amy Diamond
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
7 September 2005 – 14 September 2005
Succeeded by
"What's In It For Me" by Amy Diamond

External links

  • Official Fan Club
  • Chinese Fan-bar on Baidu
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