Seinabo Sey

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Seinabo Sey
Seinabo Sey 2014.jpg
Seinabo Sey in 2014.
Background information
Born (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 27)
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Soul, pop, electropop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Labels Universal Music Group, Virgin Records[1]
Associated acts

Seinabo Sey (born 7 October 1990) is a Swedish recording artist.

Early life[edit]

Seinabo Sey was born in Södermalm, Stockholm,[2] on 7 October 1990. She is of both Swedish and Gambian ancestry.[3] She moved to Halmstad, Sweden, at the age of eight, and attended Östergårdsskolans music program for musically gifted teenagers.[4]

Sey was inspired musically by artists such as Alicia Keys and Beyoncé early in life. She grew up in Halmstad, Sweden, surrounded by artistry and creativity. Her father Maudo Sey was a renowned musician in The Gambia and Senegal, West Africa. Her mother is Swedish. In an interview, Sey recalled being nine years old and watching MTV, which led her to become obsessed with music and singing. Sey wanted to study at Yale as an adolescent, being inspired by the character Rory Gilmore on the television show Gilmore Girls. She took academic steps towards that dream, enrolling in an International Baccalaureate program in Halmstad, Sweden, although at the age of 16 she ended up changing course, moving to Stockholm to attend and later graduate from Fryshusets esthetics program with a concentration in soul music.[5]

In an interview Sey noted: "I was really academically tracked... I loved to sing but I could never fathom singing by myself. I tried to push away the whole music dream and thought I had to do something more in line with that, like becoming a lawyer or something, until I was around sixteen. But then I realised I couldn't really live in that small town so I moved to Stockholm and started music school".[6][7][8][9]


After Sey started working with producer Magnus Lidehäll she released her debut single "Younger", followed by "Hard Time" and "Pistols at Dawn".[10] The singles, which were described as soul pop, received much attention and accolades in Sweden and abroad.[11] Kygo, a Norwegian musician, remixed "Younger", releasing it in Norway and the United States. This version, known as "Younger (Kygo Remix)", peaked on the Norwegian VG-lista chart (for seven consecutive weeks) and on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. On 16 April 2015, "Younger" was featured on BBC Radio 1 as their Track of the Day.

In 2014, EDM duo Galantis used a sample of Sey's single "Hard Times" in a song that appears on their self-titled EP titled "Friends (Hard Times)".

Sey performed at the 2014 Swedish Grammy Awards and at Allsång på Skansen in Stockholm.[12][13] In October 2014, Seinabo Sey released the critically acclaimed EP For Madeleine, dedicated to and named after her mother.[14] The EP was produced by Magnus Lidehäll and written by, among others, Salem Al Fakir, Oscar Linnros and Vincent Pontare, along with Seinabo Sey herself. That same month, she performed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.[15] She also performed at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize concert.[16]

On March 30, 2015, Sey released her second EP, the four-track For Maudo, dedicated to and named after her father, Maudo Sey (sv). Repeating the success of For Madeleine, the EP received favorable reviews and widespread critical acclaim in Sweden and abroad. For Maudo was produced by Magnus Lidehäll, and one Swedish review described the EP as a "weightless and spellbinding" crossover between soul and modern pop. Another review described the EP as being composed of "exceptionally beautiful music".[17][18][19][20][21][22]

On October 23, 2015, Sey released her first album, called Pretend. The album contains 16 tracks, including "Younger" and "Hard Time".[23] In November 2016, the album's titular track "Pretend" was the featured music in the season 6 Girls trailer.[24]

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • 2014 - Breakthrough of the year - 2014 Swedish Music Publishers Prize[25]
  • 2015 - Best Newcomer - 2014 Swedish Grammy Awards[26]
  • 2015 - Soul/R&B artist of the year - 2014 Kingsize Awards[27]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
  • Released: 23 October 2015
  • Label: Sweden Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
4 29


List of singles as a lead artist, with selected details and chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Younger" 2013 14 54 32 12 1 Pretend
"Hard Time" 2014 [A]
"Poetic" 2015 [B]
"I Owe You Nothing"[40] 2018 66
(featuring Jacob Banks)[40]
"Breathe"[43] [D]


  1. ^ "Hard Time" did not enter the Swedish singles chart, but peaked at number seven on the Swedish Heatseeker chart.[37]
  2. ^ "Poetic" did not enter the Swedish singles chart, but peaked at number six on the Swedish Heatseeker chart.[39]
  3. ^ "Remember" did not enter the Swedish singles chart, but peaked at number seven on the Swedish Heatseeker chart.[42]
  4. ^ "Breathe" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 12 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[44]


  1. ^ "Virgin Records - Virgin Records shared Seinabo Sey's post. - Facebook". 
  2. ^ "Seinabo Sey". Sveriges Television. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  3. ^ SAXELBY, RUTH. "Seinabo Sey Is Singing Herself Into A Better Person". The FADER. 
  4. ^ "Halmstads Musikklasser - Halmstads kommun". Archived from the original on 2014-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Seinabo Sey utvecklades och hittade scensjälvsäkerhet på Fryshuset Fryshuset". Fryshuset. 
  6. ^ "Seinabo Sey om att vara modeintresserad i en småstad". 
  7. ^ "Hellre primalskrik än fint polerat". DN.SE. 
  8. ^ Collins, Andy. "Seinabo Sey". 
  9. ^ Selby, Jenn (11 July 2014). "Who is Seinabo Sey? Introducing the Swedish-Gambian singer inspired by her dual identity". The Independent. 
  10. ^ "Seinabo Sey". Billboard. 
  11. ^ "Seinabo Sey, "Hard Time"". The Hairpin. 
  12. ^ "Google". 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "LYSSNA: Seinabo Sey – For Madeleine EP". NÖJESGUIDEN. 
  15. ^ "Seinabo Sey - Dramaten". Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Seinabo Sey". Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Archived from the original on 2014-12-28. 
  17. ^ Arpi, Agnes (27 March 2015). "Seinabo Sey - For Maudo". 
  18. ^ "REC / Seinabo Sey "For Maudo"". Expressen Bloggar. 
  19. ^ "Seinabo Sey - For Maudo". NÖJESGUIDEN. 
  20. ^ "SKIVRECENSION: Kärnfullt, viktlöst och trollbindande av Seinabo Sey - Musik - Recensioner - Musik - Nöjesbladet - Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet. 
  21. ^ "Seinabo Sey med 'For Maudo'". DN.SE. 
  22. ^ "Seinabo Sey — For Maudo", Kritiker.
  23. ^ "Seinabo Sey - Pretend". Discogs. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  24. ^ "'Pretend' featured in Girls". Universal Music Publishing Scandinavia. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  25. ^ "Seinabo Sey prisad av Musikförläggarna". Archived from the original on 2015-04-06. 
  26. ^ "Alla Grammisvinnarna 2015". DN.SE. 
  27. ^ "Vinnarna på KINGSIZEGALAN 2015 – se listan här!". - Svensk hiphop rap musik dans kläder artister tv. 
  28. ^ a b "Seinabo Sey discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Seinabo Sey discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  30. ^ "Seinabo Sey – Pretend". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  31. ^ a b c "Seinabo Sey". IFPI Norway. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  32. ^ "Seinabo Sey discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  33. ^ "Seinabo Sey - Younger". Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  34. ^ "Seinabo Sey discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  35. ^ "Seinabo Sey – Younger". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  36. ^ "Seinabo Sey "Younger"" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Swedish Heatseeker Chart – 2 July 2015". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  38. ^ "Seinabo Sey – Hard Time". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  39. ^ "Swedish Heatseeker Chart – 30 October 2015". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  40. ^ a b "I Owe You Nothing / Remember – Single av Seinabo Sey på Apple Music". iTunes Store (SE). Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  41. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  42. ^ "Swedish Heatseekers Chart – 23 mars 2018". Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  43. ^ "Breathe – Single by Seinabo Sey". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  44. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 18, 4 maj 2018". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 4 May 2018. 

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