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Jon Henrik Mario Fjällgren (born 26 April 1987) is a Colombian-Swedish-Sami singer and jojkare, an interpreter of Sámi Joik and winner of the Swedish Talang Sverige 2014 competition in 2014 broadcast on TV3.[1] Upon winning the competition he released the music album Goeksegh.

Jon Henrik Fjällgren
Jon Henrik Fjällgren 2014-05-18 001.jpg
Fjällgren in 2014
Background information
Birth name Jon Henrik Mario Fjällgren
Also known as Colombiano
Born (1987-04-26) 26 April 1987 (age 30)
Cali, Colombia
Genres Traditional joik music
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2014–present
Website www.jonhenrikfjallgren.se

Contents

BiographyEdit

He was born in Cali, Colombia.[2]

At a very young age, he lived in an Indian village and later moved to an orphanage from which he later became adopted by a family from Sweden. He 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]

He started singing local traditional songs when he was 14. He gained exposure when he sang in the presence of the King and Queen of Sweden who were attending church services at Funäsdalens Church.[5] When he was 16 he released an album titled Onne vielle.[5]

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)" featuring Aninia on 25 February 2017, which coincided with the release of his second full album titled Aatjan goengere.[12]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
SWE
[13]
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
[14]

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[15]
"Daniel's Joik" 2014 27 Goeksegh
"Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje)" 2015 8
  • GLF: Platinum
Goeksegh - Jag är fri
"En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)"
(featuring Aninia)
2017 12
[16]
Aatjan goengere
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

ReferencesEdit

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

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