• Sweden edition
 
Swede of the Week
Swede's Grammy win 'a dream come true'

Swede's Grammy win 'a dream come true'

Published: 15 Feb 2013 10:31 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Feb 2013 10:31 GMT+01:00

Jonas Myrin, a 29-year-old musician from Örebro in central Sweden, has music in his blood.

With his parents owning "the craziest record collection imaginable" and with Myrin taking lessons since the age of seven, it perhaps comes as no surprise that the Swede eventually walked away with an award at the Grammys - or as he puts it - "the Oscars of the music industry".

"It still hasn’t clicked," Myrin tells The Local on the phone from Los Angeles.

"I didn’t expect anything. When I was nominated I was completely taken aback - to win it was beyond what I could imagine. It's a dream come true."

IN PICTURES: See Jonas at the Grammy awards

He took home the prize for penning 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord), which was awarded Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. The song also won the Grammy for Best Gospel Performance.

The response to the win has been phenomenal, Myrin explains, both from back home and in Los Angeles.

"People are coming up to me, shaking my hand, congratulating me. It's weird, because I feel like I'm just beginning my career."

"I thought this was meant to happen when you turn 50," he says with a laugh.

But the feedback from Sweden has been the most surprising for the 29-year-old.

"People say Swedes aren't patriotic, but I've seen the opposite. There's been a real buzz, people have been celebrating like it's their award. It's awesome."

Myrin started writing his own songs at age eleven. His parents, who worked as missionaries, always had music playing at home and a piano was never far away.

The Swede credits his parents' love of musicians such as Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway for his own interest in gospel music.

"I really think music is for everyone, regardless of faith. It's more of a spiritual thing. This category is an honour, and it's hugely credible over here," he explains.

"It's not often a kid from Sweden wins a Grammy for gospel music. I was even told I was the first non-American to win this award."

But Myrin's back catalogue extends beyond just Christian music, as he enjoyed a successful career throughout his twenties, mostly collaborating on songs and videos behind the scenes. He teamed up with artists such as Natasha Bedingfield, Scratch (from The Roots), and Björn Yttling (from Peter, Bjorn and John).

But the singer truly went his own way in 2013 when he released his first solo album, Dreams Plans Everything.

One of the singles from the album, Day of the Battle (featured below), has already garnered over one million views on YouTube.

Fans looking for examples of his work on his home turf needn't look far either. One of his songs will be performed at Saturday night's Melodifestivalen in Skellefteå. He co-penned Must Be Love, to be sung by Lucia Piñerasas.

But what next for the soon-to-be 30-year-old Swede who already has a Grammy under his belt?

"We're getting ready for my second music video. We're starting the shoot in two weeks out here in LA," he tells The Local.

"I can't get into too many details yet, but I can tell you it will be epic. Very epic."

10,000 Reasons - the Grammy Award winning song

RELATED: A list of The Local's past Swedes of the Week

The Local's Swede of the Week is a person in the news who - for good or ill - has revealed something interesting about the country. Being selected as Swede of the Week is not necessarily an endorsement.

Oliver Gee

Follow Oliver on Twitter here

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:17 February 15, 2013 by Rishonim
A thousand congrats Jonas for your win and also to your awesome parents for introducing you to the music of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. It doesn't get any cooler than that!
Today's headlines
Opinion
'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'
The submarine hunt is now in it's sixth day. Photo: TT

'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'

Military expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that the biggest question in the Stockholm submarine hunt hasn't been answered yet - why don't we know more about the "other operations" from the last few years? READ  

The Local List
Eight things to love about renting in Sweden
Apartments in Sweden are compact. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight things to love about renting in Sweden

A housing crisis means that short-term sublets are the norm in major cities and rent regulation rules are frequently flouted. But this week, The Local's decided to look on the bright side of renting an apartment in Sweden. READ  

Business & Money
Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain
Nordea's Chief Executive Christian Clausen. Photo: TT

Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain

Swedish bank Nordea announced on Wednesday a sharp rise in third quarter profits despite the economic slowdown and major outlays for an IT overhaul. READ  

National
Knutby priest faces early release from prison
Knutby in eastern Sweden, the scene of the murder. Photo: TT

Knutby priest faces early release from prison

A former priest in eastern Sweden who was sentenced to life in prison for organizing the murder of his wife has had his sentence reduced. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

The Local speaks to one of Europe's leading security experts about why social media meant the Swedish military couldn't keep their 'submarine' search a secret and how she believes the country will ramp up its security against Russia. READ  

Interview
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
Comedian Al Pitcher has launched his new tour. Photo: www.alpitcher.com

'Swedes are funnier than they think'

New Zealand-born Al Pitcher launched his new comedy show in Stockholm this week. There wasn't a dull moment as The Local phoned up the man who has become one of Sweden's hottest comedians, while he took an eventful stroll in the capital. READ  

National
Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes
The suicide bombing took place in 2010. Photo: TT

Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes

Sweden's Security Service (Säpo) has announced that it will stop its core investigation into a suicide bombing in Stockholm four years ago. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search
The search for the missing 'submarine' is now in its sixth day. Photo: TT

Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search

A press conference on the search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters revealed that the Armed Forces would be heading into a "new phase" on Wednesday, although it remained unclear what that might involve. READ  

Lifestyle
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
The bronze replica cannon. Photo: Beth Dacey.

Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden

A replica of one of the cannons present on Stockholm's iconic Vasa warship when it sank in 1628 is being tested for the first time in central Sweden. READ  

Health
Swedish farmers contracted swine flu
Swine flu can spread between pigs and humans. Photo: TT

Swedish farmers contracted swine flu

A human strain of the swine flu virus normally only found in pigs was discovered in Sweden earlier this year, the country's Public Health Agency has revealed. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
Blog updates

21 October

Denna & den här (The Swedish Teacher) »

"?Denna? or ?den hr?? Swedish language students often ask question about different pronouns. One pronoun that especially..." READ »

 

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 5th
National
What's on in Sweden
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,007
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN