These days, Sondre Lerche lives in Brooklyn, sells out gigs and fills his songs with uniquely touching lyrics and chord progressions. But when he was a boy growing up in Bergen, Norway, this sort of success seemed completely unlikely – literally a world away. And when he got a taste of his future, he held on tight: “The first time I felt a response from the crowd it was intoxicating,” he tells us. “It still is. It’s probably something I should see a shrink about.”
Here, in the first episode of Rolling Stone‘s “Journeys” series, the singer-songwriter explains how it all came together, going back to his first classical guitar lessons and his mother’s suggestion that he should learn to sing. “I first started trying to write songs,” he explains, “and I guess I realized quickly that no one else was gonna sing those songs for me.” Watch the mini-doc to see the 32-year-old artist recount his favorite memories from open mics and opening nights with Elvis Costello.