“Sacred Night” – Full Album Digital and CD Release!


Our new album is out on all platforms!

“Sacred Night” with Cathrine Iversen & Secret Garden! Perhaps some of these songs will become new Christmas favourites and hopefully, a part of your future traditions. That would be a wish come true for us. 

This is the first time Secret Garden has made a Christmas album. The recording is a collaboration with Cathrine Iversen, who is the soloist on all songs. The Christmas songs are new, original songs by Rolf Løvland, except the 500-year old “I Know a Rose Tree”.

The album contains a mix of English and Norwegian lyrics. When Universal Music Norway learned about the album, they decided to release it internationally. “It feels surreal,” says Cathrine. “This started as a local Christmas project in my hometown without any plans of a recording. Now it’s being released throughout the world digitally and on CD!”

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“Sacred Night” – Our 1st Christmas Album … Single release today

Dear Friends!

We are proud to announce our first ever Christmas album! “Sacred Night” is a very special collaboration with our long-time band member and friend Cathrine Iversen. The album is a collection of original music by Rolf Løvland and the 500-year-old favorite “I Know A Rose Tree”. The title track of the album, “Sacred Night” was released  Thursday, November 5th.

 
Listen to the single, “Sacred Night” – HERE

You can also Pre-Order the CD HERE !!

Strength – Homespun Lockdown Version

Last year we released ‘Strength’ on our album ‘Storyteller’. Somehow this song took on a new relevance in light of the challenging times we now find ourselves in.

Here is Espen Grotheim singing a stripped down, home version. Let’s be strong for each other.

 

 

New Release: 25th Anniversary of our Eurovision Win

Dear Friends!

We hope that you are all safe and managing to hold strong during this unprecedented time in history. We’ve decided that we won’t let it stand in the way of us celebrating triumphs in our lives. So, in that spirit, we have exciting news for you!

2020 marks the 25th Anniversary of our Eurovision win in 1995. So, we are celebrating with a new Secret Garden collection! “Nocturne: The 25th Anniversary Collection” is set for release next Friday, May 8th. The album will be a retrospective collection of our music, alongside new acoustic performances, and musical rarities.

Opening with and named after the plaintive, evocative Eurovision-winning ‘Nocturne’, the collection spans our whole career. Our music has always been about storytelling, ‘stories without words’ if you will. This collection tells a story that’s spanned 25 years.

The retrospective wouldn’t be complete without the original and first ever recording of “You Raise Me Up”, a song that we recorded for the first time with Brian Kennedy singing in 2001, and which now stands alongside over 1,000 others, in 40 different languages.

For us our music is all about chemistry. It’s as if we have our own invisible musical bond between the two of us, the band and you!! It’s always been like that from day one. We feel the 25th anniversary of that bond _is_ worth celebrating! … and we truly hope that you will celebrate with us.

Here’s the brand new solo piano version of our track “Adagio”

And, you can pre-order the album HERE

 

A Lock-Down Video Greeting From Secret Garden

Dear Friends,

We wanted to check in again with you in this uncertain and difficult time in the world. We’re all in this together and we need to take care of each other. All of us in Secret Garden felt that the way that we could best do our part was to send you some music to soothe your soul and raise your spirits! Remember, this too will pass.

It’ll be awhile until we can play concerts, but until then, here is our lock-down performance of “Flow” from each of our homes in Norway and Ireland.

We sincerely hope that our music can be positive force in your life “these days”. Enjoy, Stay Calm and Stay Safe!!

More Words to Our Fans in These Trying Times

Thank you to All of You, for the great responses you gave us to our video, “Reflection”, last week.
We were so inspired by you, that we decided to make a new video this week.

So, here is our ‘lock-down entertainment’ for you inspired by the season, “Serenade to Spring”.

To Our Fans in These Trying Times

We can’t travel and can’t perform during these strange times.
The only way to keep musical sanity is by sharing with you here cyber space.
We’ve recorded “Reflection” – Fionnuala in her home in Dublin and Rolf in his in Norway.
It’s the “Just the Two of Us” version – filmed on cell phones and edited into a little pastiche.

Enjoy and Stay Safe & Healthy and together we’ll make it through this. Rolf & Fionnuala

Words For Our Manager Barry Matheson

Dear Friends,

The following are personal letters from each of us to our dear but now departed manager Barry Matheson. We wanted to share them with you as he was, for over 20 years, as much an integral part of Secret Garden off-stage as we are on-stage.

Barry Matheson Fionnuala Sherry og Rolf Løvland. Foto: Tom Egil Jensen / VG / NTB

Fionnuala’s words

This month we made our final farewell to our manager, friend and partner Barry Matheson. Barry fought a long battle with cancer and his strength and determination helped to delay its outcome for the past 3 years.

As our manager for 21 years, Barry opened many doors and opportunities that we could never have imagined. Nothing was an obstacle for him and his huge belief in us and his amazing ability to never take no as an answer meant that we were the first Norwegian signed act to travel the globe as much as we have done. Everybody loved Barry and to travel with him was an experience in itself. By the time we would board our plane he already was on familiar names and terms with the ground staff, ensuring our very overweight baggage was on board! – and throughout the flights, his charm continued with the crew. On arrival, he would always know every detail of the local record company staff and promotion team just ensuring a safe and easy passage for us all.

Traveling with Barry was fun and hassle-free and still now when there have been flight delays or cancellations we wish we could call him as Barry could fix anything, and in the process was a soothing and caring presence that took all the stress away.

Apart from his natural charm Barry was incredibly well dressed for every occasion, Beautifully tailored suits, shirts pocket handkerchiefs with a briefcase full of any emergency items you might need. It was always lovely to watch him work a crowd or a reception, he could be spotted from afar as been the most well dressed and vivacious person in the room. He was so outgoing and fun that we could hide behind him when we were exhausted from performing.

As a friend and partner, there was nothing we could not call Barry about, and at any time of day or night 7 days a week, Barry never switched off – he was always there for us. When my father died in 1996 it seemed that Barry quietly stepped into that role, guiding me throughout the years, being at the other end of the phone whenever I needed to talk, being a mentor and best friend. For my 40th birthday, Barry bought me a diamond bracelet, which I treasured so much and wore it continuously. So much so that due to wear and tear it eventually broke and I had it remodeled into my now wedding eternity ring. I love that wedding ring which is a constant reminder of Barry, and a lovely comfort and memory every morning when I put it on.

Barry understood the importance of family and relationships enjoying his time with his amazing wife Berit, siblings, children and grandchildren all that he was so proud of. He encouraged me always to have time with my family and kept up with the minutiae of all of our everyday lives even though he had such a busy schedule.

Barry was very much recognized as a hugely important influential person within the Norwegian Music industry not to mind his chair role of Rotary International, that it’s hard to believe he could also be our partner and manager in Secret Garden. His capacity was endless.
For us to lose Barry after all these years is like a wheel has come off.
He was our partner, best friend and manager and his loss is immense.
He has gone but will never be forgotten.

Bless you Barry and Thank you.
Fionnuala

 

Rolf’s Words

We’ve always been close to Barry – nearly every day for two decades. He was the “total” manager caring about every aspect of our professional lives – and far beyond. Maybe the past couple of years, after Barry retired due to illness, I realized how much I depended on him. His knowledge and experience were priceless; his energy and ambition inspired us to be our best; his respect for everyone and his gentleman-like demeanor always made us proud of him. So we realized more than ever how dear he was to us when he was no longer there.

Last year we released our album ‘Storyteller’ and in the booklet, we wrote a special dedication:

”A special thank you to Barry Matheson for being our manager for the past 20 years. It’s been a journey of extraordinary guidance and fatherly care for us – both professionally and personally – now coming to an end by this album. We can never thank you enough. We dedicate this album to you with our deepest gratitude and love”.

Thank you from bottom of my heart Barry,
Rest in Peace.

Rolf

BARRY MATHESON, SECRET GARDEN’S LONGTIME MANAGER HAS PASSED AWAY

Barry Matheson t.v. , Fionnuala Sherry og Rolf Løvland. Foto: Tom Egil Jensen / VG / NTB

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our manager, partner and dear friend Barry Matheson. Over 20 years of love support and guidance . We miss him so very much.

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Posted November 29th, 8:39 am

Secret Garden

Here’s a video from the recording process of ‘Mary’s Lament’. It’s a re-recording of our Christmas song from 2011. You can find & enjoy the whole song on our YouTube channel 🙌

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Amo a música de vocês.Meu sonho é assistir ao vivo uma apresentação de vocês, mas, moro no Nordeste do Brasil e ñ tenho condições de ir até vocês. Sempre escuto as músicas belíssimas que vocês tocam, fazem bem pra minha alma. Tenho 70 anos, mas faz tempo que acompanho vocês

This song is amazing. And those vocals…my goodness. I've never heard anything more angelic!

Cuidem- se pra terem muita saúde e continuarem alegrando a vida de muita gente, Fionnuala Sherry e Rolf Lovland. Abraços!

Quite beautiful and so spiritual! I love it❣🎶

Love it!

I love this song so much!

Cathrine has an Amazing voice….

Once again, thank you so so much. I also hope you guys would have full of joy and those who are under pressure could move on as i did.
Listen to a song from Secrect Garden.

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Posted November 28th, 3:29 pm

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«De har laget årets beste nye juleplate»

«They have made the best Christmas album this year»
-Aftenposten

www.aftenposten.no/kultur/i/lEKbPk/julealbum-en-god-blanding-nostalgi-patos-og-melodi

Thank you! 🙏🏼
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«De har laget årets beste nye juleplate» 
«They have made the best Christmas album this year» 
-Aftenposten 
https://www.aftenposten.no/kultur/i/lEKbPk/julealbum-en-god-blanding-nostalgi-patos-og-melodi
Thank you! 🙏🏼
#RolfLøvland Fionnuala Sherry Cathrine Iversen Official

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Vackert❤

I love it. Plus I enjoy hearing singing in a different language.

This is a beautiful Christmas album!

So beautiful. Have been a fan of your music for years. Best so far.

It's indeed beautiful. And though I don't understand Norwegian, I like that some tracks are using it. Benefit of it is that I can even play them the whole year and no one in my home will notice that I'm playing Christmas music in the summer 😁

Vi bara älskar den!!

Thanks

👏👍🥰

Lindos!

👍

I am so glad Rolf didn‘t take his own prediction too seriously, when he said that the seasonal Winter Poem would be as close as Secret Garden would ever get to a Christmas album😉 Sacred Night is a brilliant album! I love it, especially Sacred Night. Cathrines beautiful voice, clear as a bell, fits perfectly. This album is one of the few highlights in this strange year. Thank you and take care of yourselves!

Divina músicas pra alma

Just ordered three copies.

Aleg Bouwman…. ehhh….

Dette må jo være flere øyne på terningen enn SG tidligere har fått til sammen i den avisen? 😂

Hvor kan man få kjøpt den? Platekompaniet (på nett) har den ikke på lager, og det finnes ikke lenger platebutikker i mils omkrets….

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Posted November 21st, 3:26 pm

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Have a listen to the track ‘Mørketid’ (‘Winter Darkness’) from our new album! The line “to overcome the darkness” took on a double meaning this year ♥️
The whole song can be found on YouTube: youtu.be/xI4KnLSU4vs
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期待来中国演出

The whole Sacred Night release is a masterpiece. I’ve even been inspired to learn Norwegian!😀. Cathrine Iversen’s voice is incredible and all who are involved in making this wonderful piece of work should be commended.

This is so lovely, gentle and peaceful. Thank you

Why no English lyrics available on the CD sleeve, not even the song titles ?

Secret Garden never disappoints❤🎶🎶🎶🎶

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Música belíssima

Terrible mouth masks🥱 why????

Beautiful.

Top!

Amo!❤

Bella melodía!

Bent Høie

💖 these songs and music. Especially the violin 🎻

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Posted November 16th, 12:17 pm

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Thank you @applemusic for supporting our new Christmas album “Sacred Night” 💝
Click to listen on Apple Music: 1UMG.lnk.to/SacredNight_albumFP/applemusic
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Thank you @applemusic for supporting our new Christmas album “Sacred Night” 💝
Click to listen on Apple Music: https://1UMG.lnk.to/SacredNight_albumFP/applemusic

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Quando vem para o Brazil ?

Colleen Roberts

Will it be on Amazon?

I've been listening to this album so many times. Thanks for a great album!

Posted November 15th, 10:06 am

Secret Garden

Watch the video of ‘Sagnet om Julerosen’ (‘The Legend of the Christmas Rose’) with authentic footage from the studio recording 🎥💙
The full video (with subtitles) can be enjoyed on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h43KOBLEbNs

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Terrible not working mouth mask.The sound is beautiful

Vakkert! 🤗

I love her voice as much as I love Fionnuala and Rolf❣
I could listen til eternity!

It’s a beautiful album!

So Beautiful 🌹

Can’t wait for the album’s arrival!

Lee S Richardson

So beautiful!

Nydelig

❤️

Gorgeous voice!!❤

Simply beautiful, a gorgeous pure voice ❤️❤️

Beatiful

Beautiful music.

Sanaol

Nydelig❤️

👏👏👏

Vakkert😁

Beautyful voice ❤❤ I love SG

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