Jonas Alaska (born 1988), from Åmli, Aust Agder, Norway, released his self-titled debut in 2011 on Jansen Plateproduksjon. Despite his young age, Jonas is an incredibly talented lyricist and songwriter with a characteristic sound and a strong voice. Artists like Paul Simon, John Lennon and Bob Dylan are often mentioned as references for his music, but as southern Norwegian newspaper Arendals Tidende notes: "Despite his tight trousers, harmonica, boots and guitar, he is no copycat of Dylan. Jonas Alaska has his own characteristics and his own sound, also fit for the present."
The album consists of ten original songs, ranging from heart-wrenching numbers, to ballads with captivating harmonies and up-tempo tunes with elements of Americana, folk and pop – all with an original sound, both lyrically and melodically. Alaska's lyrics often focus on themes such as love, politics and tragedy, but also the simpler things in life that everyone can relate to. The album was recorded at Cabin Recorders with Thom Hell and Even Ormestad (Jaga Jazzist) as producers and is home to the popular single "In The Backseat."