Kevin Borg

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Kevin Borg
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Kevin Borg in Sweden (2009)
Background information
Birth name Kevin James Borg
Born (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 28)
Floriana, Malta
Origin Floriana, Malta
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Singing
Years active 2006–present
Labels Sony BMG (2008–present)
Associated acts Daniel Lindström, Agnes Carlsson, Markus Fagervall, Marie Picasso, Alice Svensson

Kevin James Borg[1] (born 9 June 1986, Floriana, Malta) is a Maltese pop singer who lives and works in Sweden. Borg rose to musical fame as the winner of the fifth series of the Swedish singing competition Idol in 2008. He was the third male winner and the first in the show's history to be born outside of Sweden, having moved there exactly one year before he was declared winner.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Borg was born and raised in Floriana, Malta. He discovered his love for singing as a child when he performed the lead role in the school musical "Oliver Twist". His collaboration with composer Jason Cassar has led him to participate twice in both the Maltese selection for Eurovision Song Contest [2] and the Malta International TV Song Festival [3] in 2006 and 2007. He was a resident singer in the television programme Kalamita (2006–2007). Borg has also performed songs with noted Maltese singers Claudia Faniello and Olivia Lewis.

He was also a rather talented footballer, playing for Floriana FC. Borg's grandfather, Lolly De Battista, was the first Maltese footballer to win the prestigious Footballer of the Year Award.[4]

Idol 2008[edit]

In December 2007, Borg moved to Arvidsjaur in the north of Sweden to live with his Swedish girlfriend. During the fall 2008, he auditioned for the fifth season of the Swedish singing contest Idol. Although he made it through to the final 12 live finals, Borg was not originally among the competition's front-runners. However, his strong performances caused a rapid growth in his popularity with viewers week by week. After making it to the final 2 and performing at Stockholm's Globen Arena before a live audience of 16,000 people, Borg was declared the fifth Swedish Idol on 12 December 2008, defeating Alice Svensson with 82% of the votes. Throughout the live finals, Borg had never fallen into the bottom three contestants.

TV4 received some criticism for including Borg, as he was already an established singer on Malta before his participation in Swedish Idol.

Idol performances[edit]

After Idol[edit]

2008: Debut single[edit]

After having won the Swedish Idol 2008 Borg signed a recording contract with Sony BMG. Borg's coronation song With Every Bit of Me was released one week after he had won the contest. The song was a hit in Sweden, where it debuted at no. 1 and stayed on top of the charts for two consecutive weeks.

2009: First album: The Beginning[edit]

Kevin Borg during a concert

On 4 March 2009 Borg officially released his album The Beginning in Sweden. The album reached no. 3 in the charts in Sweden and was certified gold. Borg also released his second single from the album, entitled Street Lights. The single reached no. 10 in Sweden.

The album was originally slated for release in February, but since Borg was at that time working on his music video for Street Lights the album was pushed back by a week. Borg made a nation-wide tour in the spring and summer of 2009 in Sweden.

Kevin was hand picked to perform the number one hit Single No Air Live on Swedish Television with the world famous singer Jordan Sparks.

In October 2011, Borg released his new single "Unstoppable", in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation in Sweden.

In November 2012 Borgs music single "Christmas Time" placed number one on the Maltese iTunes chart.[5]

Kevin has also widened his career as a songrwiter /producer having written and produced the hit song Mental Breaker for K-Pop group in South Korea Block B . The song written by Borg and Marcos Ubeda made it all the way to number 10 on the world albums Billboard Charts + many otgher charts.

Borg participated again in the Maltese national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö with the song "Needing You which he wrote and produced together with Simon Gribbe , Danne Attlerud, Thomas thörnholm and Michael Klauss" coming in second place.[5]

Kevin has written and composed the song Storyline co-written with Simon Gribbe and Aidan O Connor and sng by Alin Vaduva who made it until the Semi Finals of the Romanian Semi Final of Eurovision2013.

May 2013 - Kevin is working very close to the Swedish Publishing Company Starlab, who are in a collaboration with one of the biggest Company in Japan Nichion and Johnny's where he is writing and producing very intensely with many different producers and songwriters both from Japan and Sweden.[6] He writes a lot with his colleague Simon Gribbe.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2011, Kevin Borg married his Swedish fiance Sofia Lundgren in a ceremony held in Arvidsjaur.[7] And he is living in Stockholm.

Discography[edit]

Kevin Borg discography
Releases
Studio albums 1
Singles 4
Music videos 2
B-sides 2
Other Charted Songs 9

The following is a complete discography of every album and single released by Maltese pop singer Kevin Borg.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Sweden Sales and Certifications
2009 The Beginning
3
Swedish sales: 37,000

IFPI: Gold

Singles[edit]

Year Song Sweden Certification Album
2008 "With Every Bit of Me" 1 Platinum (IFPI) The Beginning
2009 "Street Lights" 10
"The Last Words" (Digital only)
2011 "Unstoppable"

Other charting songs[edit]

Year Song Sweden [8]
2008 "Lyssna till ditt hjärta" 40
"Living on a Prayer" 9
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" 25
"In The Shadows" 37
"Higher and Higher" 29
"The Way You Make Me Feel" 44
"Hot in Here" 26
"Living La Vida Loca" 33
"You're the Voice" 52

Musical participation in Malta[edit]

Malta International TV Song Festival

  • 2006: Riflessi - 4th place
  • 2007: Jasal il-Jum

Malta Song for Europe

  • 2006: You're My Dream - 8th place
  • 2007: Whenever - 4th place
  • 2013: Needing You - 2nd place
Preceded by
Marie Picasso
Idol winner
Kevin Borg (2008)
Succeeded by
Erik Grönwall

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ [3][dead link]
  4. ^ "Kevin: Jag hade aldrig sett snö | Idol | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet.se. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  5. ^ a b [4][dead link]
  6. ^ a b "december | 2013 | Sarah Tjulander | Sida 7". Blogg.veckorevyn.com. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  7. ^ ""Hoppas jag säger rätt efter prästen" | Klick! | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Kevin Borg - With Every Bit Of Me". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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