Thor Fjellvang was born in Brevik in Telemark, Norway, in 1958. Both his parents were Salvationists. At the age of 10, he was playing the organ and later the piano in the meetings at the corps.
At fourteen years old, he played in the first local Christian pop–group, called The Messengers. One year later he was invited to participate in Joyfriends. The great inspiration was The Joystrings, along with The Imperials and other gospel groups.
Thor arranged most of the music for Joyfriends. This group toured Scandinavia, espe- cially Sweden and Norway, and made two records.
When Thor and his wife attended the Salvation Army (SA) Training College in 1979, he took a short break from the music groups. He became a music teacher at the SA Training College in 1983, and established the Norwegian Salvationists Band (NSB). This group became popular in Norway, and toured Iceland, Faraos, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, and Australia (1987), and were nominated “The Christian Artist of the Year” three times in Norway.
Thor was responsible for the music for the annual Salvation Army television show in October 1995. He then started a big band, a gospel choir, and the M–Band (Mannssambandet in Norwegian), which have had continued success for the last 19 years. The list of records, TV–shows, and tours all over the world continues to be extensive.
When The Salvation Army established the recording studio, “FA Studio”, Thor became the central arranger, composer, producer, and musician. From 1997 until 2011 he was managing the thrift stores for The Salvation Army in Norway. He was the Territorial Music Secretary in 2002, and was instrumental in starting up Baby Song Ministry in Norway.
Thor Fjellvang is still writing music, and has contributed four of the melodies in the most recent SA Songbook in Norway.