Solveig Whittle originally graduated from a hoity toity university with an engineering degree and became an assembly language programmer at AT&T. She then moved into the world of business and got her MBA at night school in Chicago (at another hoity toity university). A westward move to Seattle landed her a job as a software product manager at Microsoft.
After leaving the tech industry to have her third child, she decided to become certified as an elementary school teacher. While in a class about teaching art and drama, however, she realized that what she really loved even more than teaching third graders was writing and performing music. Plus, the truth was she had never actually stopped writing and performing music from the age of 6 on.
Solveig is now the lead vocalist, lyricist, and business side of the pop/folk duo Solveig & Stevie, whose other member is studio musician and producer, Stevie Adamek. Stevie was originally signed by Scepter Records (See Band) and then Columbia Records (Bighorn). He also composed for and performed with the iconic Seattle band, The Allies, one of the first to have a music video on MTV (Emma Peel).
Not content with being a hobbyist musician, Solveig is combining her marketing and business expertise with her love of music to make a name for herself as a thought leader in the world of indie music marketing.
She regularly contributes articles on the music industry and music marketing to music marketing and industry websites, blogs and podcasts. She also guest lectures to music students at the Art Institute of Seattle. After discovering social media in 2010 and Twitter in 2012, she worked her way into becoming an instructor at the University of Washington in their Professional and Continuing Education certificate program for Social Media.
Before beginning her songwriting and performing collaboration with Stevie in 2010, Solveig was the lead vocalist for the Seattle folk-pop band Shades of Red, which released two CDs, December Sunday (2008) and Absolution (2011 – produced by Adamek).
Solveig & Stevie released their first CD together, Zombie Lover, in 2013, and their second CD, Fire and Other Playthings, in 2014. They also write and record music for events, for other musicians, and for television and film licensing. Their song Little Bird, from the Fire and Other Playthings album, was nominated in 2014 for an award in the Best Female Vocal category of the HMMAs (Hollywood Music in Media Awards).
Solveig began performing in college singing covers by James Taylor, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt with Velvy Appleton of indie folk band Spark and Whisper and Dave Eresian of the Brazlian samba-funk band Nobody from Ipanema. As a tech marketer with various large tech companies in the 1990s, she sidelined in several corporate bands, including one of the first techie “Battles of the Band” ever held. While at Microsoft, Solveig played in a band with guitartist and software guru Jim Allchin. She has also collaborated on several songs with former Heart guitarist, now solo artist, Roger Fisher, who has a cameo appearance on Shades of Red’s Absolution album. Solveig and Stevie also collaborate regularly with other Seattle musicians Don Wilhelm (The Daily Flash), Gary Shelton, and Jerry Battista (Dusty 45s/ Davanos). Solveig and Stevie have also collaborated with singer-songwriters Kevin Jones (East River Studio) and Elizabeth Butler (Running Home Records), and producer Danny McCarthy (Silver Scrapes/League of Legends and Fracture/Discovery Channel) and hip hop artist UltraLOVE.