Jan Werner broke through as a national celebrity and artist in the 1994. He participated and won the national talent competition Talentiaden on NRK television with the song “The Right to Sing” and “Anthem” from Chess and received the first ever Olympic medal that was awarded the Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994.
The same year he represented Norway during the international finals of the Eurovision with Elisabeth Andreassen, where they had a sixth place with the songDuet. In 2000, Jan Werner again was part of the Norwegian final of Eurovision and this time alone. He came in second place with the song “One More Time”. Charmed won with “My Heart Goes Boom.”
Jan Werner debuted as an adult-recording artist in the 1995 with the album All by Myself, which went gold. Inner Secrets, his second album, came two years later in 1997. It sold 14 000 copies and contained some self-written compositions and a duet with Karin Krog.
The third, Music of the Night came in 1999 with interpretations of songs from musicals such as Chess, West Side Story, and Les Misérables. His fourth, Singer of Songs (2003) is the best selling with over 120,000 copies and it became his biggest seller to date. It reached second place on the national album chart. The fifth and final album, Stronger, was released after his death on 13 November 2006.