The Family (songwriters)

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The Family
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Background information
  • Songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2013–present
  • Northbound Music Group
Associated acts
MembersJoy Deb
Linnéa Deb
Anton Hård af Segerstad

The Family is a Swedish songwriting and music production team consisting of the married couple Joy & Linnéa Deb and Anton Hård Af Segerstad. They have worked with artists such as Fifth Harmony, JoJo, and Måns Zelmerlöw. Together they wrote and composed the Eurovision Song Contest winning song "Heroes" performed by Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015. The song has had huge success and is the third-highest-scoring song in the history of the ESC.[1] "Heroes" also peaked at #1 in 22 countries and was certified 5X Platinum in Sweden.[2]


The trio first met in 2013 while competing with different songs in the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest (Melodifestivalen). Anton competing with the song "Begging" performed by Anton Ewald which finished in fourth place,[3] and Joy's & Linnea's contribution "You" performed by Robin Stjernberg. "You" won the Swedish ESC and went on to the finals, (also) held in Sweden, Malmö.[3] As from this point they slowly started to collaborate and in 2014 they presented their first contribution to next years ESC (Melodifestivalen) as a production-group with "Echo" performed by Outtrigger.[4]

Now working together they continued their success writing more and bigger hits. In 2016 The Family managed to get four different contributions in the Swedish ESC. -Performed by Lisa Ajax, Ace Wilder, Molly Pettersson Hammar and ISA. The Family were appointed "Songwriter of the year" in the contest.[5]

As of 2016 the Family is based in the Stockholm-based studio Northbound where they've started working more towards the US pop-market. The trio wrote and produced the first record "Top Down" on Fifth Harmony's album Reflection. They also wrote JoJo's comeback single "Save My Soul".

In 2016, "Oh Lord" was released with the British vocal harmony boy band MiC LOWRY. The song was the group's debut single and it was written by The Family, Augustine Grant and Phil Collins,[6] as the song contains lyrics and music from Collins' song "In the Air Tonight".

Songwriting discography[edit]

Below is a selection of songs written and produced by The Family.

Year Artist Title Role Notes
2012 Dada Life Feed the Dada
2013 Robin Stjernberg You Writer In 2013 the song broke a Swedish record for most played song during one day.[7] Swedish Grammy nominee for "Song of the Year" 2014.[8] 3X Platinum in Sweden.[2]
2013 Anton Ewald Begging
2014 Ace Wilder Busy Doin' Nothin' Writer Nr 1 on "the Swedish Singles chart".[9] Swedish Grammy nominee for song of the year in 2015.[10] 3X Platinum in Sweden.[11]
2015 Fifth Harmony Top Down Writer & producer First record on Reflection Album. The album hit nr 1 on US iTunes and entered at number 5 on the US ‘Billboard 200’.[12] Album certified Gold in the US.[13]
2015 Måns Zelmerlöw Heroes Writer & producer Winner of ESC 2015.[1] Nr 1 in 22 Countries. Sold 5X Platinum in Sweden.[2] Gold in Spain,[14] Norway[15] and Austria.[16] "Heroes" also peaked top 10 in 20 different countries,[17][18][19][20][21][22][23] whereas in 5 of the countries it positioned nr.1.[24][25][26]
2015 JoJo Save My Soul Writer & producer The track reached No.3 on "the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140" chart.[27] It also peaked position 33 on US Billboards "Pop Digital Songs" chart.[28]
2015 Nause This is The World I Know
2016 Ace Wilder Don't Worry Writer & producer The song is featured in the trailer for Bridget Jones's Baby.[29]
2016 Lisa Ajax My Heart Wants Me Dead Writer & producer It took part in Melodifestivalen 2016.[30] It peaked position no.10 on "the Swedish Single" chart[31]
2016 SAARA California
2016 Kim Cesarion Therapy
2016 MiC LOWRY Oh Lord Writer & producer MiC LOWRY's debut single.
2017 Lisa Ajax I don't give A Writer & producer Melodifestivalen 2017
2017 Loreen Statements Writer & producer Melodifestivalen 2017
2017 The Fo&O Love like this Writer & producer
2017 Iggy Azalea feat. Anitta Switch Writer & producer


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  6. ^ MiC LOWRY – Oh Lord, retrieved 2017-06-14
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-04-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-06-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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