Morten Harket

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Norwegian singer and musician, born 14 September 1959 in in Kongsberg, Norway. Father of Tomine Harket.

As the vocalist for a-ha, Morten Harket was considered as just another '80s MTV pretty boy. Born in Kongsberg, Norway, on September 14, 1959, Harket learned how to play piano at the age of four; raised on classical music, Harket was oblivious to rock and pop artists until he was 16.

Harket originally wanted to become a priest; however, when he joined the rock group Bridges, he had to quit his theological studies to find time for his band. In 1983, Harket formed a-ha with Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, harmonica, vocals) and Paal Waaktaar (bass, guitar, piano, vocals).

When a-ha released the video for "Take On Me" in America in 1985, critics tossed darts at Harket's pin-up looks, dismissing him as a Simon Le Bon clone. However, a-ha's debut album Hunting High and Low was much more diverse than "Take On Me" suggested, and Harket spilled his pain with a high-pitched falsetto over a bed of acoustic guitars and electronics long before Thom Yorke of Radiohead reaped awards and platinum albums for doing it.

Harket's stunning vocals finally acquired critical acclaim with a-ha's second album, Scoundrel Days, in 1986. In 1987, Harket's voice could be heard in the James Bond adventure The Living Daylights; a-ha peformed the film's theme song.

In addition to his work with a-ha, Harket has recorded three solo albums, Poetenes Evangelium, Wild Seed, and Vogts Villa. In 2000, Harket's haunting vocal work on a-ha's Minor Earth Major Sky mesmerized critics, drawing comparisons to Neil Young, the Verve, and R.E.M.
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Albums

Morten Harket - Kamilla Og Tyven (Originalmusikken Fra Filmene Til Penelope Film A/s) album art Ragnar Bjerkreim, Morten Harket Ragnar Bjerkreim, Morten Harket - Kamilla Og Tyven (Originalmusikken Fra Filmene Til Penelope Film A/s) (Album) MTG Music, MTG Music Norway 1992 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Poetenes Evangelium album art Morten Harket Poetenes Evangelium (Album) Kirkelig Kulturverksted Scandinavia 1993 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Wild Seed album art Morten Harket Wild Seed (Album) Warner Bros. Records Chile 1995 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Vogts Villa album art Morten Harket Vogts Villa (Album) Norsk Plateproduksjon Norway 1996 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Letter From Egypt album art Morten Harket Letter From Egypt (Album) Polydor, Universal Music Group Malaysia 2008 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Out Of My Hands album art Morten Harket Out Of My Hands (Album) We Love Music (3), Island Records, Universal Music Group Argentina 2012 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Brother album art Morten Harket Brother (Album) Universal Music Group Europe 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PRO-CD-6451 Morten Harket - Can't Take My Eyes Off You album art Morten Harket Can't Take My Eyes Off You(CD, Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO-CD-6451 US 1993 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - A Kind Of Christmas Card album art Morten Harket A Kind Of Christmas Card (Single, Maxi) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Spanish Steps album art Morten Harket Spanish Steps (Maxi, Single) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Heaven's Not For Saints (Let It Go) album art Morten Harket Heaven's Not For Saints (Let It Go) (Single) Arista Europe 1996 Sell This Version
IDCDPR 612 Morten Harket - Herre I Drømmen album art Morten Harket Herre I Drømmen(CD, Single, Promo) Norsk Plateproduksjon IDCDPR 612 Norway 1996 Sell This Version
IDCDPR 611 Morten Harket - Tilbake Til Livet album art Morten Harket Tilbake Til Livet(CD, Single, Promo) Norsk Plateproduksjon IDCDPR 611 Norway 1996 Sell This Version
9362-43679-2 Morten Harket - Los Angeles album art Morten Harket Los Angeles(CD, Single) Warner Bros. Records 9362-43679-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
MTG-CDS 072 Morten Harket - Jungle Of Beliefs album art Morten Harket Jungle Of Beliefs(CD, Single) MTG MTG-CDS 072 Norway 1999 Sell This Version
SKP 2010-2 Morten Harket - Gildas Prayer album art Earth Affair feat. Morten Harket Earth Affair feat. Morten Harket - Gildas Prayer(CD, Single, Car) Skip Records (2) SKP 2010-2 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Kamilla Og Tyven album art Morten Harket Kamilla Og Tyven (Single) MTG Music Norway 2005 Sell This Version
602517548107 Morten Harket - Movies album art Morten Harket Movies(CD, Single) Universal Music Group, Polydor 602517548107 Norway 2007 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Darkspace (You're With Me) album art Morten Harket Darkspace (You're With Me) (Single) Polydor, Universal Music Group Greece 2008 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - I'm The One album art Morten Harket I'm The One (Single) We Love Music (3) UK 2012 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - Lightning album art Morten Harket Lightning (Single) Universal Music Group Norway 2012
Morten Harket - Scared Of Heights album art Morten Harket Scared Of Heights (Single) We Love Music (3), Island Records, Universal Music Group UK 2012 Sell This Version
MH 3 Morten Harket - Burn Money Burn album art Morten Harket Burn Money Burn(CDr, Single, Promo) Wrasse Records, Hump Head Records MH 3 UK 2012 Sell This Version
Morten Harket - There Is A Place album art Morten Harket There Is A Place (Single) Compass Point (2) Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2013
Morten Harket - Do You Remember Me? album art Morten Harket Do You Remember Me? (Single) Wrasse Records UK 2014 Sell This Version

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streamautic

streamautic

May 9, 2018
As the vocalist for a-ha, Morten Harket was considered as just another '80s MTV pretty boy. Born in Kongsberg, Norway, on September 14, 1959, Harket learned how to play piano at the age of four; raised on classical music, Harket was oblivious to rock and pop artists until he was 16.

Harket originally wanted to become a priest; however, when he joined the rock group Bridges, he had to quit his theological studies to find time for his band. In 1983, Harket formed a-ha with Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, harmonica, vocals) and Paal Waaktaar (bass, guitar, piano, vocals).

When a-ha released the video for "Take On Me" in America in 1985, critics tossed darts at Harket's pin-up looks, dismissing him as a Simon Le Bon clone. However, a-ha's debut album Hunting High and Low was much more diverse than "Take On Me" suggested, and Harket spilled his pain with a high-pitched falsetto over a bed of acoustic guitars and electronics long before Thom Yorke of Radiohead reaped awards and platinum albums for doing it.

Harket's stunning vocals finally acquired critical acclaim with a-ha's second album, Scoundrel Days, in 1986. In 1987, Harket's voice could be heard in the James Bond adventure The Living Daylights; a-ha peformed the film's theme song.

In addition to his work with a-ha, Harket has recorded three solo albums, Poetenes Evangelium, Wild Seed, and Vogts Villa. In 2000, Harket's haunting vocal work on a-ha's Minor Earth Major Sky mesmerized critics, drawing comparisons to Neil Young, the Verve, and R.E.M.
DerBaq

DerBaq

December 6, 2012
I love his music!
Lizbr

Lizbr

June 5, 2011
Wonderful music

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