The first singles from Larsen's solo debut, "Don't Save Me" and "Under the Surface," hit the Norwegian airwaves in early 2006, soaring into the Top Ten and securing Larsen's place as one of that year's strongest Norwegian pop artists. Under the Surface sold double platinum in Norway, and the songwriter went on to win two Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammys) on the strength of that release. The Chase followed in 2008, led by a strong single titled "If a Song Could Get Me You" that became her first worldwide release. A compilation also titled If a Song Could Get Me You appeared in 2009. Favoring singles, it included six tracks from Under the Surface and seven from The Chase.
Featuring the Norwegian number one "Vår Beste Dag," her third studio album, Spark, arrived in 2011, a year that also saw her lend vocals to countryman Sondre Lerche
's eponymous LP. The self-produced When the Morning Comes followed in 2014 and topped the charts in Norway, also earning Larsen Spellemannpris nominations for music composition and lyrics. That year, she also appeared on the soundtrack to the thriller The Sleepwalker, singing "Take Everything Back" with English chanteuse Sylvie Lewis
, a song she co-wrote for the film with Lewis
, and Kato Ådland.
In a departure from prior records, her April 2016 EP, Joni Was Right, offered acoustic, folk-styled fare. Her first independent release, it also marked the debut of own record label, Håndbrygg Records
. She followed it up with Joni Was Right II that September, and the collection Joni Was Right I/II was issued on CD and vinyl formats. ~ Margaret Reges & Marcy Donelson, Rovi