Heidi Hauge is a 34 years mother of 4 children from Norway, who was discovered in a local bar in her hometown of Skien, where she sang with her husband each weekend. This resulted in a record contract with the Norwegian label Showtime Records who released her first CD album "Country Time" an album that is soon expected to go Gold in Norway. After releasing and seeing the results of the successful sales on "Country Time", her label "Showtime Records" released 2 more CD albums in a short period of time. These CD albums were "Country Rose" and "Country Girl" Both albums have already sold Gold in Norway.
"Showtime Records" have now started to prepare launching Heidi in Europe, and plan to release her albums in Denmark and Sweden next year. All three albums are made up of covers of well known, country songs, past and present, and also include some tracks recorded in her native language.
As I received all three at the same time, I will review them together. On the latest album, "Country Girl," 4 out of the 14 tracks are in Norwegian, leaving a standard 10 tracks in English. On "Country Rose," 2 out of 11 are in Norwegian, while on "Country Time" the amount of tracks in English drops to 7. While this is fine for a home release, I do feel that at least 10 tracks need to be in English if they are going to push Heidi in Europe. Heidi has a very likeable voice and handles the English language well as she turns in excellent covers of country classics like, Buffy Sainte-Marie's "I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again," ..........her current single that is climbing the European charts as I write............Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miners Daughter," Tammy Wynette's "I Don't Wanna Play House" and Kitty Wells "Honky Tonk Angels," to more modern chartbusters like the Harlan Howard/Max D. Barnes penned "Don't Tell Me What To Do" and the wonderful, "Blue Rose Is," both originally recorded by Pam Tillis. Add to these, fine covers also of Donna Fargo's "A Song I Can Sing," the much, maybe, over covered "Blanket On The Ground," the Kevin Welch penned "That'll Be Me" and John Prine's excellent, "You Got Gold," these plus the 4 Norwegian tracks make up "Country Girl," a fine album that is deservedly gaining much airplay across Europe and beyond.
Heidi is already one of the best selling artists in her native Norway, of any music style, and I predict that she is also going to be a big hit with continental D.J's and Country music fans, after the release to Europe of these three fine albums. Heidi Hauge can certainly count herself among the the best Country music talent that Norway has produced and that has included such fine artists as, Bentè Boe, O.J. Hanssen and Arne Benoni. Heidi Hauge will definitely find a place on the Metro Country playlist!