Dove Award-winning recording artist Solveig Leithaug is hesitant to admit that she is an internationally loved singer-songwriter and masterful guitar player. In fact, her twenty-five years of phenomenal success is not the result of a desire to “get ahead” but simply an outpouring of support from people across the globe who have connected with her music and her heart. Her gentle-yet-powerful gift for writing and communicating a song catches listeners by surprise and invites them into the joys and challenges that have refined her artistically and spiritually.
With fourteen solo recordings, including her newest release Finding Home, and three best-selling children’s recordings to her credit, Solveig consistently breaks new ground with each release. Her music is a brilliant blend of heart and art, fitting for a wide variety of events and venues of all sizes. She has served as a guest artist at official Parliament functions, national and international conferences and television broadcasts, cathedrals, prisons and inner-city outreach events. She is featured on the Billboard chart-topping Gaither Homecoming Series and her live performance of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” was featured on the Gaither Homecoming DVD entitled How Great Thou Art.
Award-winning songwriter Gloria Gaither comments on Solveig’s ministry: “Listening to Solveig singing is like the pure vibrations of an innocent soul. She bypasses our cynical scar tissue and stylistic prejudices and goes–like the laughter of a child–straight to the heart.”
An ordained minister since 1994, Solveig is a commentary writer for Thomas Nelson’s Women of Destiny Bible and contributed devotionals for Thomas Nelson’s 2012 Gaither Homecoming Bible. She currently serves as a founding board member for Compassion International Norway.
Summarizing her goal as an artist, Solveig states: “Whether performing with a band, full orchestra and choir, or alone with my guitar, my prayer has always been that my music will be an artistic bridge of hope, connecting the listener to their Creator.”
In addition to her roles as artist, musician, writer and humanitarian Solveig is first a wife to Jim, a mom and a stepmom. Her family resides near Nashville, Tennessee.