Thor Kristinsson

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Thor Kristinsson
Birth name Þór Breiðfjörð Kristinsson
Also known as Thor Kristinsson
Born (1971-06-20) 20 June 1971 (age 47)
Origin Iceland
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter
Years active 1997–present
Labels Independent

Þór Breiðfjörð Kristinsson (born 20 June 1971), also simply known as Thor Kristinsson, is an Icelandic-born singer-songwriter with a background in musical theatre. He has starred in several musical productions both in the UK and in Iceland. In 2008 he released his debut album, Running Naked.

Iceland island republic in Northern Europe

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic, with a population of 348,580 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country being home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, with most of the archipelago having a tundra climate.

Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

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Musical theatre work that combines songs, music, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance

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Thor Kristinsson started his career playing in cafés and bars in Reykjavík in the late eighties and early nineties before moving on to songwriting and session singing. His debut within the theatre was in the musical Hair in 1994 in and in 1995 he took on the role of Judas in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. [1]

Reykjavík capital and largest city in Iceland.

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxa Bay. Its latitude is 64°08' N, making it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. With a population of around 123,300, it is the heart of Iceland's cultural, economic and governmental activity, and is a popular tourist destination.

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In 1996 Thor moved to London where he studied Musical Theatre at Arts Educational Schools, London. After his graduation, Thor starred in Jesus Christ Superstar on West End and later in Les Misérables where he played a few of the major roles. On a tour around the UK Thor had the chance to play the role of Jean Valjean himself when he was understudying Colm Wilkinson in his comeback in Dublin to the role that made him famous. In 2000 Thor created the part of Jehovah in the new musical Roll Over Jehovah at the New End Theatre in Hampstead and toured the United Kingdom in 2001 playing The Phantom in Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera. In 2004 Thor appeared at the London Playhouse as the jilted lover Count Paris, in a version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, sharing the stage with stars such as Derek Jacobi, Timothy Dalton, Joanna Lumley and Dawn French. [2]

Arts Educational Schools, London independent performing arts school based in Chiswick in the London Borough of Hounslow

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West End theatre term for mainstream professional theatre staged in and near the West End of London

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<i>Les Misérables</i> (musical) musical, premiered in French in 1980, in English in 1985

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Thor has also made various appearances on Icelandic national television and radio both as a solo artist and with the band Zalka. He has appeared in several music videos and films as well as one episode of the BBC TV series All Along the Watchtower.

All Along the Watchtower is a British sitcom that aired on BBC One in 1999, about an RAF site in Scotland, it was written by Pete Sinclair and Trevelyan Evans.

In 2008 Thor released his debut solo album Running Naked with multi-award winning Canadian producer Fred Lavery. The album was made in Atlantic Canada and received a nomination at the East Coast Music Awards in 2010. Thor was selected to play at the awards. [3] [4]

Fred Lavery is a music producer, singer-songwriter, and co-owner of Lakewind Sound. He was born and raised in Cape Breton. In 1978 he released "Song For Noel". In 1981 the artist's full-length album “First Impressions” was released on Glencoe Records, produced by Paul Mills and engineered by Daniel Lanois. Singles “Little Children”, and “Forty Five Years” charted on national radio.

In 2009 Thor was chosen by Microsoft to participate in a campaign in collaboration with ReverbNation where 1000 artists, including established indie-bands such as The Lemonheads and Warren G, could offer their fans a free download of one of their songs, compensated by Microsoft. [5] [6] Thor's single "Sunny Day" was downloaded nearly 2600 times during the three months that the campaign lasted and landed in the top 80 of these 1000 songs.

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Microsoft Corporation (MS) is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface lineup of touchscreen personal computers. As of 2016, it is the world's largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world's most valuable companies. The word "Microsoft" is a portmanteau of "microcomputer" and "software". Microsoft is ranked No. 30 in the 2018 Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

ReverbNation is an online platform that provides marketing tools and industry opportunities for musicians, artists, and bands to manage their careers [3]. Since its launch, the platform has introduced a number of applications and services such as music industry opportunities, Crowd Review, Band Profile Facebook app, CONNECT, Promote It [7][8], and TuneWidget.

The Lemonheads band

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