Jon Henrik Fjällgren

Jon Henrik Mario Fjällgren (born 26 April 1987) is a Swedish-Sámi singer and jojkare, an interpreter of Sámi joik. He was the winner of Talang Sverige 2014, the Swedish version of Got Talent.[1] Upon winning the competition he released the music album Goeksegh. He has participated in Melodifestivalen three times, in 2015 he placed second, in 2017 he placed third, and in 2019 he placed fourth.

Jon Henrik Fjällgren
Fjällgren in 2019
Fjällgren in 2019
Background information
Birth nameJon Henrik Mario Fjällgren
Also known asColombiano
Born (1987-04-26) 26 April 1987 (age 33)
Cali, Colombia
OriginMittådalen, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2014–present
Websitewww.jonhenrikfjallgren.se

BiographyEdit

Fjällgren was born in Cali, Colombia.[2] At a very young age, he lived in a Native Colombian village and later moved to an orphanage. Fjällgren later was adopted by a Swedish Sami family, and became part of a siida community in Mittådalen, a reindeer foraging area where he worked as a reindeer herder.[3] Fjällgren has revealed in several interviews that he was bullied as a child because he had darker skin and was a Sami. The bullying stopped as he reached teenaged years.[4]

Fjällgren started singing local traditional songs when he was 14. He gained exposure when he sang in the presence of Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia who were attending church services at a church in Funäsdalen.[5] When he was 16, he released an album titled Onne vielle.[5]

CareerEdit

At the age of 26, he took part in the Swedish Talang Sverige 2014 competition and won over viewers with his interpretations of traditional Sami songs.[6] He auditioned with a moving rendition of "Daniel's Joik" dedicated to his best friend Daniel, who died from diabetes.[7] After winning the competition and prize money of 1 million Swedish kronor, he released his studio album Goeksegh on 19 May 2014, based primarily on materials he had performed during the contest.[8] According to a statement he gave in an interview on Colombian TV, he started a diabetes foundation with the prize money in honor of his deceased friend, Daniel.[7]

On 31 May 2014, he performed at the "Saepmie Welcomes Festival" a festival of Sámi culture that coincided with the ConIFA World Football Cup held in Östersund.[9] In July he performed his winning song in Allsång på Skansen which was broadcast on SVT.[10]

Fjällgren participated in Melodifestivalen 2015 in the third semifinal with the song Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje), and made it to the final in Friends Arena.[11] In the final he placed second after the jury and televoting results.

He participated again in Melodifestivalen 2017 with the song "En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)" alongside Aninia on 25 February 2017, which coincided with the release of his second full album titled Aatjan goengere.[12] He won Let's Dance 2018 broadcast on TV4. He participated in Melodifestivalen 2019 with the song "Norrsken".[13]

His three songs: Daniel's Joik, Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje) and Norrsken have all appeared in Stockholm/Åre's bid films to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
SWE
[14]
Onne vielle (limited edition)
  • Released: 2005
Goeksegh 6
Goeksegh - Jag är fri
  • Released: 28 February 2015
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
1
  • GLF: Gold
Aatjan goengere
  • Released: 3 March 2017
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
15
[15]

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[16]
"Daniel's Joik" 2014 27 Goeksegh
"Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje)" 2015 8
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
Goeksegh - Jag är fri
"En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)"
(with Aninia)
2017 12
[17]
  • GLF: Platinum
Aatjan goengere
"Norrsken" 2019 7
[18]
TBA
"The Avatar"[19] 2020
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fjällgren tar jojken till Friends Arena". Sydsvenskan. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Nu ska 'Talang'-jojken ta honom till Colombia". Aftonbladet. 3 March 2014. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Jon Henrik Fjällgren". Archived from the original on 24 November 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Talang-Tobbe i tårar – efter sorgsen samejojk". Aftonbladet. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Jojkare tävlar i Talang i Sverige". Sveriges Radio. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Jon Henrik Fjällgren vann "Talang Sverige"" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Reviva la emisión 32 de Los Informantes" (in Spanish). Caracol Television. Archived from the original on 14 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Talang-vinnaren Jon Henrik Fjällgren släpper skiva". Sveriges Radio. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Dagen efter succésegern – Jon Henrik Fjällgren släpper skiva". OP.se. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Jon-Henrik hyllade sin döde vän på "Allsång"". Expressen. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Jon Henrik Fjällgren och Isa är i final i Melodifestivalen 2015". svt.se. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Jon Henrik Fjällgren". Jon Henrik Fjällgren. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  13. ^ Dahlander, Gustav (27 November 2018). "Artisterna i Melodifestivalen 2019: Hela listan – så blir deltävlingarna". Gustavs expertblogg (in Swedish). SVT. Archived from the original on 27 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Jon Henrik Fjällgren discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 3 October 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2017. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  16. ^ "Ola discography". swedishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 3 October 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 3 October 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  19. ^ "The Avatar - Single by Jon Henrik Fjällgren". Apple Music. Retrieved 3 May 2020.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Simon Westlund
Winner of Talang Sverige
2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent