Alexander Rybak’s Collaboration in the MGP Song “Over the Sea”


“Over the Sea” sailed through the fourth semifinal to win a place in the grand final of the 2020 Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix, (the national selection show of the Eurovision Song Contest).

Singer Magnus Bokn teamed up with songwriter/producer Joakim With Steen (aka JOWST) and Alexander Rybak to write the song. Bokn performed in the semi-final for Western Norway on Saturday, February 1st. While it was Alexander who played the violin on the recorded released version, it was Manuela-Ruth Ötves who joined Magnus on stage with the violin in the semifinal performance. “Over the Sea ” now will advance to the Grand final in Trondheim on 15th February.

Alexander’s contribution of the violin melody beautifully compliments the song . “Over the Sea” features elements from folk, show, rock and pop. Mirroring the nature of the sea, the song displays both serenity and strength throughout its journey.

“Over The Sea” and was released at midnight on 27th January 2020.
Find the song here on various platforms

Magnus, it’s funny how “Over The Sea” is the soundtrack to my hopes and dreams these days.❤️ @jowstmusic is a stellar composer, and your beautiful voice deserves to be heard all across Europe (that’s why I’m writing this in English🤗). I’m honored to have my 🎻 on your track, and I will be mentally supporting you tomorrow! 🛌🍿📺
Skal stemme påræ azz 🥳 #eurovision#nrkmgp#melodigrandprix

Alexanders Instagram Account rybakofficial

The song has received good reviews in the media, read here the reaction in Dagbladet who scored it 5 on the Dice.

It is captivatingly quiet acoustic folk ‘n’ pop-driven, which gets fine propulsion of violin, guitar and simple rhythms
– a song Ed Sheeran could have had a hit with.

Dagbladet 26-01-2020
Magnus talks about the song with WiWiBlogs

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