Winona Oak

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Winona Oak
Johanna Ewana Ekmark

(1994-10-08) 8 October 1994 (age 24)
Umeå, Sweden
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2018–present
Musical career
Associated actsThe Chainsmokers

Johanna Ekmark, also known as Winona Oak, is a Swedish singer-songwriter. She is best known for her collaborations with What So Not and The Chainsmokers for the songs "Beautiful" and "Hope".

Early life[edit]

Oak was born in Umeå in north-eastern Sweden, but grew up in the central-southerly locality of Mora. She graduated from Moragymnasiet in 2013,[1] and later moved to Stockholm.[2]


In February 2018, Oak collaborated with What So Not for the single "Beautiful",[3] which won Best Independent Dance/Electronica/Club single at the AIR Independent Music Awards in July 2019.[4]

In October 2018, Oak signed to Neon Gold and Atlantic.[5]

Oak was featured on The Chainsmokers second studio album, Sick Boy (released December 2018), in the song "Hope". For the music video of the song, Oak appeared in "dressed in a tan trench coat and red flannel shirt".[6]

On December 10, 2018, Oak released a music video for her cover of the song "Don't Save Me" by Haim, via Neon Gold and Atlantic.[5]



As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Don't Save Me"[7] 2018 Non-album singles
"He Don't Love Me"[8] 2019

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(What So Not featuring Winona Oak)
2018 Non-album single
(The Chainsmokers featuring Winona Oak)
63 75 Sick Boy


  1. ^
  2. ^ "The Chainsmokers drop heartfelt 'Hope'". Dancing Astronaut. 2018-12-16. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  3. ^ "What So Not Introduces Winona Oak With "Beautiful"". NYLON. 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  4. ^ "AIR Awards:2019 AIR Awards Winners Announced!". AIM. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Winona Oak Signs to Neon Gold/Atlantic Records, Debuts Video For 'Don't Save Me' Cover: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  6. ^ "The Chainsmokers Complete 'Sick Boy' Album With 'Hope' Featuring Winona Oak: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  7. ^ "Don't Save Me – Single by Winona Oak". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  8. ^ "He Don't Love Me – Single by Winona Oak". iTunes. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  9. ^ "Discographie Winona Oak -". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  10. ^ Desk, TV News. "WHAT SO NOT Reveals New Single BEAUTIFUL Feat. Winona Oak and Via Nylon". Retrieved 2018-12-26.

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