Rolf Eikeland is a respected Canadian Christian singer/songwriter playing 70s classic rock and blues influenced by Clapton, Allman Brothers,The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Listen for strong melodies and lyrics about life, love and faith. Rolf’s Christian...
Rolf Eikeland is a respected Canadian Christian singer/songwriter playing 70s classic rock and blues influenced by Clapton, Allman Brothers,The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Listen for strong melodies and lyrics about life, love and faith. Rolf’s Christian beliefs are prevalent in the lyrics, but he does not wish to be stereotyped as a gospel singer. “I respect artists in that tradition and buy and enjoy their music, but the Contemporary Christian or Gospel genre is too narrow for what I want to do with my music,” Rolf says. “Once you become a “Christian artist” you’ve lost a big part of the audience this band wants to reach. Just like a painter who is a Christian does not paint pictures of Jesus all the time, I write and sing about whatever I think is relevant, and often from a Christian perspective." The band plays mostly secular events, hoping to take the message to others than the traditional Christian audience. "The response has been positive”, Rolf says.
Rolf has spent the last twenty years in the Toronto area but was born and raised in Stavanger, Norway. There is still a serious and somber Scandinavian somewhere on the inside, but also a bit of a crazed Viking. The multi-national culture in Toronto has made its mark too. Maybe that’s why his music is so varied.
The band have many gigs lined up in and around Toronto this summer. Rolf says he feels blessed to have band members that are both friends and good musicians. “Without them the new CD would not be a reality”. Check out iTunes, Amazon or the band's website www.fruitfulrecords.com to buy the CD.
Emigrant with a message by Norwegian newspaper CD review Translation from Norwegian newspaper:The Rolf Eikeland Band: "Island of truthScore: 4 out of 6There are people in the music industry that think the internet or downloading is the root of all evil,...
Emigrant with a message by Norwegian newspaper CD review Translation from Norwegian newspaper:
The Rolf Eikeland Band: "Island of truth
Score: 4 out of 6
There are people in the music industry that think the internet or downloading is the root of all evil, but the internet does also have a positive side. In Canada sits an emigrated Siddis who reads the CD reviews in Aftenbladet. His own music is not distributed in Norway, but can be downloaded from all the larger online stores or ordered through the band's website Fruitful Records.
The 45 year old has settled in the music metropolis of Toronto and is focusing on Christian rock. That is, the kind of Christian rock that if you don't listen to the lyrics, you could have heard from root rock bands influenced by Tom Petty and David Gilmour. If you want to compare Eikeland with someone in his own niche, then Larry Norman is the name. He also lists the following influences: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Andrae Crouch and Nurk Twins. Pretty varied in other other words.
This is his third release following "Narrow Road" (1993) and Love Is (1997). Eikeland has a message he wishes to communicate, but is not depending on that to make the music work. With a powerful voice he handles bar blues, ballads and rock. He knows how to handle a guitar and the band is weathered and experienced from other places than just the Christian rock scene.
Best tracks: "Back to the altar", "Island of truth", "Loss and hope" and "Waiting for the storm".