Solvei hails from Norway with Scottish, Latin and Native American roots. She grew up in a family of professional opera singers, her father was from Chicago and her mother is Norwegian. Solvei spent most of her childhood in the opera house.
Her career started as a professional dancer in Norway at the age of fifteen.
By the time Solvei turned eighteen, she had already performed in close to a thousand top selling shows and theater productions in her Native Scandinavia. A dance offer led to living in France for three years, and during that time she worked several times with Sir Elton John.
Solvei got badly injured and decided to channel her talent and energy into music.
In year 2000 she moved to Los Angeles where she built a reputation by performing regularly in the L.A. jazz venues and has won critical acclaim for her shows, as well as receiving a Los Angeles Music Award nomination and a World Music Award.
In 2006 - 07 Solvei started collaborating closely with the American Indian political prisoner Leonard Peltier, and his family. The work resulted in writing, recording and performing the song "Leonard Peltier", which has since been endorsed by Amnesty International.
A household name in her own country, as well as on the Los Angeles music scene, Solvei continues to write her own material and she has produced and released eight albums on her own label.
In 2010 the Norwegian network television station, TV Norway, featured Solvei's music and career in the 8 part documentary "YES we love Hollywood!".
An avid yoga practitioner and healer, Solvei also produces music for yoga and trance and occasionally guest performs with
", where they explore the two most ancient instruments of all - the voice and the drum.
Solvei's music is sold internationally and her music is frequently heard on KJAZZ, KPFK and KCRW as well as on international stations.