1992 Sissel – Gift Of Love

Gift of Love is the first English album of Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø. Neil Sedaka sang “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” with her. According to Neil Sedaka, when he first heard Sissel, he was speechless and had never been so excited with a female voice in the past thirty years. The first singer who brought him with that type of feeling was Barbra Streisand.

Sissel Kyrkjebø ; born 24 June 1969), also simply known as Sissel, is a Norwegian soprano.

Sissel is considered one of the world’s top crossover sopranos, her musical style ranges from pop recordings and folk songs, to classical vocals and operatic arias. She possesses a “crystalline” voice and wide vocal range, sweeping down from mezzo-soprano notes, in arias such as Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix from Saint-Saëns’s opera Samson et Dalila, to the F natural above soprano C. She sings mainly in English and Norwegian, and has also sung songs in Swedish, Danish, Irish, Italian, French, Russian, Icelandic, Faroese, German, Neapolitan, Māori, Japanese, and Latin.

She is well known for singing the Olympic Hymn (Hymne Olympique) at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway; for duets with Plácido Domingo, Charles Aznavour, José Carreras, Neil Sedaka, Josh Groban, Bryn Terfel, Mario Frangoulis, Russell Watson, Brian May, Diana Krall, Warren G and The Chieftains; and her participation on the Titanic film soundtrack.



1 The Gift Of Love 4:09
2 If 2:39
3 Breakaway 3:49
4 Need I Say More 3:12
5 Dream A Little Dream Of Me 3:26
6 Moonlight 3:39
7 Here, There And Everywhere 2:38
8 Miracle Song 4:21
9 Solitaire 3:37
10 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do 4:01
11 Calling You 4:38
12 More Like You 4:20


Bass Abe Laboriel
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Dean Parks
Keyboards John Schreiner
Sax David Koz
Percussion Mike Fisher
Background Vocals Joseph Williams
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Lou Pardini

Other Musicians

10 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Vocals Neil Sedaka

12 More Like You

Piano Jeff Lorber



Producer – Oli Poulsen
Executive-Producer – Arne Svare, Jens Hofman
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Oli Poulsen
Arranged By (Strings) – John Andrew Schreiner, Oli Poulsen
Choir – Oslo Gospel Choir
Concertmaster – Pavel Farkas
Conductor (Oslo Gospel Choir) – Tore Aas
Conductor (Strings) – Stan Endicott
Coordinator (Production Coordination In LA) – Jolie Levine
Copyist – Rob Barret
Engineer (Oceanway Studios) – Bill Schnee
Engineer (Rainbow Studio) – Erik Aunskog
Engineer (Schnee Studios, Assisting) – Jim Champagne
Engineer (Schnee Studios) – Bob Loftus, Oli Poulsen
Mixed By – Oli Poulsen
Mixed By (Assisted By) – Peter Mark

Cover (Cover Design) – Cucumber
Photography By (Cover Photos) – Jaqueline Fluri
Photography By (Session Photos) – Harrison Funk

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Stageway Records A.S.
Copyright (c) – Stageway Records A.S.
Published By – Billy Steinberg Music
Published By – Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Published By – EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
Published By – Screen Gems
Published By – EMI Music
Published By – Randor Music (London) Ltd.
Published By – Pardini Music
Published By – Nelana Music
Published By – MCA Music
Published By – Victor Cook Music
Published By – EMI Music Publishing
Published By – Edition Freiheit
Published By – Northern Songs Ltd.
Published By – Maclen Music Ltd.
Published By – Aldun Music Inc.
Published By – Neil Sedaka Music
Published By – Boodle Music
Published By – See This House Music
Recorded At – Bill Schnee Studios
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At – Rainbow Studio
Mixed At – Puk Recording Studios
Pressed By – DanDisc