A Norwegian rock star never forgets his Chesterfield roots

Rock star Harley Hanson lives in Norway but is from Chesterfield and afger a troubled start in life is helping youngsters to stay on the staright and narrow
Rock star Harley Hanson lives in Norway but is from Chesterfield and afger a troubled start in life is helping youngsters to stay on the staright and narrow
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With three albums and a USA tour and two pacemakers under his belt one man pays homage to the life he lead before he was famous as it shaped who he was.

Harley Hanson, 35, grew up in Brimmington and went to Netherthorpe school but after a life of drugs and illness he has turned his life around to prove there is always time to make positive changes.

He said: “I came from a broken family after my dad left when I was 10, I became a problem child and was kicked out of school.”

Harley then moved to Spain where he worked door security but started taking and selling steroids and had brushes with the law.

He then moved to Norway and got caught up in a dangerous motorcycle gang.

In 2009 his heart failed and he needed to be fitted with a pacemaker. “It was then I realised I needed to turn my life around,” he said.

“I wanted to start over and not waste my life on drugs.”

Harley had always been musical and was signed by Nordic Records and recorded his first album.

Since then he has had two more albums an American tour and went to university and now with a degree in child psychology he helps out roubled teens in Norway.

“For me it was simple, I made some bad choices because there was no one to guide me when I needed it most and I don’t want to let anyone else fall through the cracks.

“This is your typical bad boy gone good tale but what I want to do is inspire people that you can be at rock bottom but that is not the end.

“I made my self so ill with the drugs I had taken it was ruining my body but I have turned it around and something positive has come out of it all.”
His 3-year-old daughter, Melody, has also brought a change in his attitudes and Harley even wrote a song for her called Heroes and Fairy Tales which he wanted to explain the importance of life to her in just three minutes.

Harley said: “I like to come to England at least once a year to see my friends and family who have never given up on me, I am in such a better place in my life now and I never want to forget my dark times as it has made me who I am.”

Harley’s new single From Darkness which explores his journey to find himself is out now.