|Birth name||Per Erik Magnus Grönwall|
|Also known as||Erkka G|
3 December 1987 |
|Genres||Hard rock, glam metal, AOR|
|Labels||Sony Music Sweden|
Per Erik Magnus Grönwall (born 3 December 1987) is a Swedish hard rock/heavy metal singer and songwriter. In December 2009, he won the Swedish Idol television competition. During several of the shows he received standing ovations from the jury for his performances. His first single, "Higher", sold gold on digital downloads after only three days. His first album, self-titled "Erik Grönwall", was released just ten days after the finals and debuted at number one on the Swedish charts Sverigetopplistan and was certified platinum. He has also worked with seminal European arena rock group H.E.A.T. Altogether as a solo artist and band member, he has numerous top 40 hits.
Erik was born in Knivsta, a small town about 30 miles north of Stockholm. Erik started his musical career with playing the guitar in a local punk/rock band. During high school his focus went from playing the guitar to more singing. He became the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the metalband RAID from north-eastern Stockholm and played with them until summer 2008. His future as a singer really took shape for the first time as he performed the leading role as Galileo Figaro in the Queen musical We Will Rock You, doing a number of shows at Oscarsteatern in Stockholm. Aggressive, charismatic hard rock frontmen such as Paul Stanley and Freddie Mercury proved huge influences on Erik.
Swedish Idol 2009
Erik first auditioned for Swedish Idol in 2007, but he did not reach the final auditions at that time. Later, Erik has explained that he was not 100% motivated at the time. In 2009, he came back, and made quite an impression on the jury who reacted with a mix of crying and laughing after his audition singing Skid Row's "18 and Life". Erik performed several rock songs during the show; Kiss – “Shout It Out Loud”, Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills” and Queen – “The Show Must Go On”.
Immediately following Idol, Erik released his debut single, "Higher", which debuted at number one on Sverigetopplistan. One week later, his self-titled debut album "Erik Grönwall" was released, which included songs performed during the Idol shows. The album made it right into the number one spot on Sverigetopplistan. The album has been certified with platinum.
In 2009 Erik began working on his second studio album titled "Somewhere Between a Rock and a Hard Place" scheduled to be released on 2 June 2010. The lead single for the album "Crash and Burn" was released on 19 April 2010.
Following the departure of former vocalist Kenny Leckremo in 2010, Erik joined Swedish rock band H.E.A.T as lead vocalist. In 2012 they released the album "Address The Nation". It was listed number one on the rock charts and well received by critics.
|↙Other charted songs||8|
The following is a complete discography of every album and single released by Erik Grönwall.
|Year||Information||Chart Top #||Weeks on list||Sales and Certifications|
|2010||Somewhere Between a Rock and a Hard Place
|Year||Song||Chart Top #||Weeks on list||Sales and Certification||Album|
|2010||"Crash and Burn"||10||4||N/A||Somewhere Between a Rock and a Hard Place|
Other charted songs
|Year||Song||Chart Top #||Weeks on list|
|2009||"Run To The Hills (Live)"||2||4|
|"The Show Must Go On (Live)"||9||5|
|"18 and Life"||17||2|
|"Is It True"||35||1|
|"Shout It Out Loud (Live)"||49||1|
|"Hey Jude (Live)"||51||1|
Erik Grönwall (2009)