At the age of one, he was adopted in Colombia by a reindeer-herding Sami family from a village in northern Sweden. And now, thirty-two years later, Jon Henrik Fjällgren is asking an important question about his journey: Is it possible to move a person’s soul?
The two-time Melodifestivalen alum will address that and many other questions in his biography, Månbarn (Moon Children).
The book will be published in Sweden by Bokus on October 13. But on Wednesday the “Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje)” hitmaker shared the cover of the book on his Instagram account, along with this caption:
“Finally we can show the full cover of my book. In five weeks it will be in stores, but you can already pre-order a signed copy…Fear, excitement and a thousand different emotions are coming.”
The book will explore Jon Henrik’s rise to fame, but also the “bullying, abuse and violence” — and accompanying mental health challenges — that have provided an unsettling background to much of his life.
The publisher describes the book like this.
“He was uprooted from his life in one indigenous population and planted into another. Despite his upbringing in Sweden and his life as a reindeer herder in the mountains, where he spends much of his time alone with his reindeer in beautiful nature, his Colombian heritage is an important part of who he is.”
“His love of music has always been there. At only fourteen years old, he held his first concert in Funäsdalen’s church, with the king and queen present. The joik has been his way of spreading Sami heritage further and an opportunity to share and spread his love for Sami music.”
“Despite his talent and joy in music, bullying, abuse and violence have been ever-present shadows in his life from an early age….Adults looked between their fingers and neither defended him nor took his side.”
“The delusion, the rootlessness and the sadness of not feeling that he belonged drove him into a very dark period where the thought of suicide was no stranger. When his friend died tragically, Jon Henrik wrote ‘Daniel’s joik’, and after that his life was never the same. He wins both [Sweden’s Got Talent] and Let’s Dance, has participated in the Melodifestivalen and Stjärnornas stjärna and has traveled the country and kingdom, supported and acclaimed, with his enchanting music.”
“But Jon Henrik’s new life in the spotlight is not just a dance on roses. Mental illness, cyber-hatred and harassment and hostility from his Sami village are part of the every day…getting rid of old shadows is not easy.”
Jon Henrik has participated in Melodifestivalen on three occasions. In 2015 he placed second with “Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje)” behind Måns Zelmerlöw. Two years later he returned alongside Aninia, placing third with “En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)”. In 2019 he placed fourth with “Norrsken”.
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