Keven Eknes

Following the trend of having the first professional gigs as a early teenager, I debuted my original EP “Extraterrestrial” at 19, and won prestigious awards: PwC Award; G9Alt Award x2; Helgåleiren Guitar Idol; Tom Wilhelmsen Stiftelse x5; Sandnes City Honorary Recognition 2014 in support of my career.

As a quintessential musician, I was also a university drop-out at Paul McCartney's LIPA, desiring to chase the “American Dream” starting at Berklee College of Music in 2014. After being offered both the European Tour and the Writing&Composition Scholarship, I became a division award-winner the following year for “Outstanding Musicianship” as selected by faculty, and in 2016 was one-third of the recipients of the prestigious Artist's Diploma (A.D.) among the 950 graduates, closing with a packed arena concert.

My journey as a full-time guitarist since have been ranging from recording lead guitar for National Geographic and Liam Ferrari to performing 1000s of shows in multi-million dollar productions and national tours as well as performing at Gardeball (King of Norway's Ball), being selected by Smoky Mountain Opry as their “Best Male Performer” nominee for the IAAPA Brass Ring Award.

Coincidences brought me to my current home in Nashville, TN, and after capturing a rare but steady union gig (AFM 257) in town, I now have a chance to focus on my artist brand with the freedom to handpick what side- projects to take on.

Awards

PwC Talent Award (Regional, Rogaland) 2013 City of Sandnes Honorary Recognition Award 2013 G9alt Talent Award 2014/16 Tom Wilhelmsen Stiftelse Endowment Grant 2012/13/14/15/16 Berklee College of Music World Tour Scholarship 2014 Berklee College of Music Writing and Composition Scholarship 2014 Berklee College of Music Performance Division Award / Outstanding Musicianship 2015 Nominee for IAAPA Brass Ring Award / Best Male Performer - Fee&Hedrick, Smoky Mt. Opry 2017 Nominee 2018 Breakthrough Shredder Award / Masters of Shred 2018


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