Joakim Berg

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Joakim Berg
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Joakim Berg in concert at Norrköping, 1 August 2008
Background information
Birth name Herbert Joakim Berg
Also known as Jocke Berg
Born (1970-03-16) 16 March 1970 (age 45)
Eskilstuna, Sweden
Genres Rock, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels Universal
Associated acts Kent

Herbert Joakim "Jocke" Berg (born 16 March 1970 in Eskilstuna, Sweden) is a Swedish singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer of Swedish Rock/Pop band Kent. Berg rarely gives interviews, saying in one: less is more. Berg has tended to write lyrics in Swedish because he wants to avoid the use of cliché-ridden English lyrics, which often happens when Swedish artists sing in English.[1] Kent’s lyrics arguably contributed to their career development from indie band to broad mass appeal as songs in Swedish are preferred among the slightly older population that Kent has attracted, according to an academic who has studied the band in their sociological and national context.[1]

Biography[edit]

Berg was born and grew up in Eskilstuna. He moved to Stockholm in 1993 after the founding of Kent, and has lived there since. Berg is the main songwriter, lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the band. He is the older brother of director Adam Berg, who has directed several of Kent's music videos.

Artistic Collaboration and Side Projects[edit]

Berg has written songs for Titiyo (most notably "Come Along", the third-most-played song by Swedish songwriters on Swedish radio durijng 2000-09[2]), Lisa Miskovsky and Freddie Wadling. Besides his role in Kent, he also had a side project called Paus with The Cardigans guitarist Peter Svensson. Paus released a self-titled album in 1998. In 2012 Petra Marklund (internationally known as September) released a Swedish-language record in Sweden; Berg wrote the songs Händerna mot himlen and Sanningen, The record reached the Swedish Top 10 immediately after release.

Awards[edit]

As a member of Kent, Berg has received 20 Swedish Grammy Awards. The Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet has awarded Kent with 11 Rockbjörnen awards. In 2003, The Swedish Music Publishers Association awarded Berg for the songwriter/composer of the Year.[3] In 2014 H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden awareded Joakim Berg the H.M. The King's Medal 8th size with a bright blue ribbon for his outstanding contributions to Swedish popular music.[4]

Discography[edit]

with Kent
For a more comprehensive list, see Kent discography.

Side Projects[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Johansson, Ola (2013). "Kent’s Sweden, or what a rock band can tell us about a nation". Fennia. 
  2. ^ "00-talets största radiohits" (in Swedish). STIM. 22 December 2009. Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.musikforlaggarna.se/?id=4408
  4. ^ http://www.kungahuset.se/royalcourt/royalfamily/latestnews/latestnews/medalpresentations.5.616a7aa2143c44e065fcc.html

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