The line was out the door and down the block for the international sensation, Bernhoft, last night in Los Angeles. Where West Hollywood ends and Beverly Hills begins, there is a gem of a venue known as The Troubadour, where hundreds filled the sidewalks waiting for their chance to witness what many had only witnessed on YouTube.
Jarle Bernhoft, known on the music scene as “Bernhoft”, won worldwide attention when he posted a video of his original composition “Cmon Talk” on YouTube in 2011. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Norway, Bernhoft’s one-man show has garnered almost 4 million views on this video alone.
The floor of the Troubadour was packed with trendy youth by the time A2D: According to Drea veteran Brandyn Burnette reached the stage to perform songs from his upcoming EP “The Couch Surfing Chronicles” (to be released Fall 2014 by Warner Brothers Records). Burnette expertly set the tone of the show, leaving the audience primed for more outstanding music.
When it was time for Bernhoft to take the stage, the lights dimmed, and a chant from the crowd arose: “Bernhoft! Bernhoft! Bernhoft!”, and out came the performer in his signature hipster glasses that YouTube fans have come to adore. Dressed in black jeans and a plain, black cotton shirt, Bernhoft presented himself with the attitude that his music was the focal point of the show, and encouraged the audience to pay full attention to his musical lineup.
Seated atop a mini-stage, surrounded by two keyboards, two acoustic guitars, a ukulele, two microphones, soundboards, and a number of pedals, Bernhoft began his set with his new song “Wind You Up”, which released in funky music video form last month.
Reminiscent of the style of two-time Grammy award nominee Imogen Heap, who also is known for her live mixing performances, Bernhoft blasted through his set with charm and pristine execution. His vocal range, bluesy guitar solos, and mixing precision left the crowd amazed, while the artist’s beats and lyrics set the audience into constant motion.
“Cmon Talk” of course came out the crowd favorite, but Bernhoft’s acoustic performances of “Hold On” and “Stay With Me”, performed on guitar and keys, respectively, brought a hush in the room that spoke of the captivating elements of Bernhoft’s performance. Whether mixed in great detail or stripped down, Bernhoft’s songs have the strong musical foundation to stand on their own, and imprint themselves in the minds and hearts of all who listen.
Bernhoft’s new album “Islander” will be available in the US on June 23rd. A special preview of the album is available exclusively at USAToday.com.
For more on Bernhoft, and for links to his social media, please visit www.bernhoft.org.
Check out “Cmon Talk“, the video that made Bernhoft a YouTube sensation.
Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.