Norwegian Daniel Borge didn’t set out to become a musician – in fact, it was a simple twist of fate and a cancelled flight that led to an impromptu performance on Broadway in Nashville. With that one performance, Borge was hooked – and Nashville was hooked on him.
We took the time to get to know Daniel and to ask him some important questions – naturally, #whatmadeyoucountry.
Country music means to me… honest music, if I can say that. When looking back at the country music legends, many of them lived a hard life! Great lyrics come out of that. And today, most lyrics are very well-written and about everyday life.
I think the first country song I ever heard was the old church hymns. But one of the first songs that really made an impact was when I heard Garth Brooks sing “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” It left me speechless and I couldn’t hear enough of it. The first real country gig was at a bar in Fort Lauderdale before the Tortuga Music Festival was started.
The one artist that inspires me most is… Right now, I think it’s Luke Combs and HARDY. If I could only listen to one country album for the next decade, it would be any Luke Combs album – doesn’t matter which one!
Five of the most influential songs to me as a country artist:
(Also featured is Travis Tritt’s version of Blues Man, which isn’t available on Spotify to add to this playlist.)