Jill Johnson

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Jill Johnson
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Johnson in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJill Anna Maria Johnson
Born (1973-05-24) 24 May 1973 (age 48)
Ängelholm, Sweden
Genres Country, country rock, pop, schlager
Instruments Vocals
Years active1996–present
Labels Freebird Entertainment
Website www.jilljohnson.se

Jill Anna Maria Johnson (born 24 May 1973) is a Swedish country and pop singer, songwriter [1] and TV-host. [2] She performed in the Melodifestivalen 1998 contest, winning with the song "Kärleken är" ("Eternal Love"), and represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 with that song, which finished 10th with 53 points. In 2003 she entered Melodifestivalen for the second time with "Crazy in Love", which finished fourth in the final. She also hosted the final of Melodifestivalen 2005. Johnson is today one of the most successful artists in Sweden, with several Gold and Platinum records and since 2014 even hosted her own Swedish TV-show from Nashville, Jills veranda .

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Biography

Johnson in 2003 Jill johnson lida country festival sweden 2003.jpg
Johnson in 2003

Johnson is from the small town of Ängelholm in the south western part of Sweden, but the surroundings and the media compare her with the biggest stars in the music business. By the age of four, she had decided that she wanted to become an artist, an aspiration towards which she was highly encouraged by her local choir leader. As a 12-year-old, she started off as vocalist in a Country & Western band, Tomboola Band, touring in Norway and Denmark. She signed eventually with EMI-Medley in Denmark and recorded an album, produced by top producer Paul Bruun. The title-track, "Sugar Tree", became a hit in Denmark. In 1996, she had her first Swedish hit with "Kommer tid, kommer vår", a duet with Jan Johansen.

In 1998, she performed "Kärleken är" ("Eternal Love") at national contest Melodifestivalen, winning the Swedish finals and going on to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest. This established Johnson as one of the prime Swedish artists. The success was followed by the hit album När hela världen ser på and a successful tour.

In mid-1999, Johnson went to Los Angeles to look for material for her second album. At home, she worked with Andreas Carlsson (ASCAP Writer of the Year 2000), who is known for several massive hits, the biggest, so far, being Celine Dion's "That's the Way It Is". She also tried out a few local newcomers and the album Daughter of Eve was released in early 2000. It was very well received and Johnson was compared with some of the world's best artists.

In 2000, she received a Platinum-record in Denmark for the sound-track "Promise To Love" from the Danish block-buster, Eneste Ene. Later that year, Johnson started to collaborate with other songwriters such as Jenny Orenstein, Charlie Stefl, Mary Green [Biem Writer of the Year 2001]. This resulted in her receiving a publishing contract in Nashville, Tennessee. Consequently, in 2002 Johnson's album entitled Good Girl came to be with the help of producer Scott Baggett and some of Nashville's top musicians. This album secured Johnson's artistic sound and style and once again she was extremely well received by the press in their reviews where she was described as an artist of international calibre.

In the Swedish finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 she qualified at fourth place (out of 32 entries) but and her song "Crazy in Love" became a hit and received a great deal of radio play and was followed by a successful tour.

Johnson's collective Discography CD was released in late March 2003. It contains the 20 most popular songs since her debut in 1995. The CD went straight into the sales charts for best selling CDs in Sweden. The single "Crazy in Love" stayed at No 1 in the Swedish Top Charts (Svensktoppen) 12 weeks consecutively and No 2 for 15 weeks. Discography sold Gold in Sweden and Johnson also got a Grammis for this album.

The album Roots and Wings was released in November 2003, recorded and produced by Amir Aly in Sweden and by Scott Baggett in Nashville, Tennessee. Roots and Wings sold Gold in less than two weeks and Platinum a few months later.

The album Being who you are was released in Sweden in late March 2005 and sold Gold in only a few weeks.

Johnson was the host of the 2005 Swedish finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. In 2014 she became the hostess of her own Swedish musical TV-series, Jills veranda , where she brought together and performed with different Swedish and American music personalities in Nashville, the city where she also spends much time working with her own music. In 2014, she was awarded with the Swedish Kristallen-prize for "Female host of the year", due to Jills veranda. The show aired two following seasons in 2015 and 2017. In 2016 she participated in the popular musical TV-series Så mycket bättre , which was broadcast on TV4.

In 2019, Jill released the single "Is It Hard Being A Man?" among others which topped the Swedish radio charts. The same year, Jill went on a club tour, "My Remedy Tour", which visited fifteen citites and premiered on the 8th of March in Malmö. On the 18th of August 2019, Jill hosted her own episode in the popular Swedish radio show Sommar i P1.

Johnson will play the role as Camilla in the Swedish TV-series "Udda Veckor", which airs on Discovery+ during the spring of 2021. Jill's participation in the show marks her debut as an actress in a ficitv role.

Discography

Albums

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
SWE
[3]
Sugartree
När hela världen ser på
  • Release date: 10 May 1998
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
37
Daughter of Eve
  • Release date: 30 November 2000
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
59
Good Girl
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
37
Roots and Wings
  • Release date: 26 November 2003
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
5
  • SWE: Platinum
Being Who You Are
  • Release date: 23 March 2005
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
4
  • SWE: Gold
The Woman I've Become
  • Release date: 25 October 2006
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
2
  • SWE: Gold
Music Row
  • Release date: 28 November 2007
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
2
  • SWE: Platinum
Baby Blue Paper
  • Release date: October 2008
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
3
  • SWE: Gold
Music Row II
  • Release date: 28 October 2009
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
2
Flirting with Disaster
  • Release date: 7 October 2011
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
1
A Woman Can Change Her Mind
  • Release date: 7 November 2012
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
3
Duetterna
  • Release date: 25 October 2013
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Songs for Daddy
  • Release date: 22 October 2014
  • Label: Lionheart Records / Universal Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
1
In Tandem
(with Doug Seegers)
  • Release date: March 2015
  • Label: Capitol Music Group / Universal Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
1
For You I'll Wait
  • Release date: 23 September 2016
  • Label: Lionheart Records / Universal Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
3
Tolkningarna – Så mycket bättre säsong 7
  • Release date: 11 December 2016
  • Label: Capitol Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

TitleDetailsPeak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
SWE
[3]
Discography
  • Release date: 27 March 2003
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
4
  • SWE: Platinum
The Well-Known And Some Other Favourite Stories
  • Release date: 27 October 2010
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
2

Christmas albums

TitleDetailsPeak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
SWE
[3]
The Christmas in You
  • Release date: 16 November 2005
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
3
  • SWE: Gold
Välkommen jul
  • Release date: November 2011
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD
-
Christmas Island
  • Release date: 27 October 2017
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD
9
[4]

Live albums

TitleDetailsPeak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
SWE
[3]
Livemusiken från Jills veranda
  • Release date: March 2014
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
1
  • SWE: Gold
Livemusiken från Jills veranda, Nashville säsong 2
  • Release date: December 2015
  • Label: Lionheart Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
11 [5]
Livemusiken från Jills veranda, Nashville säsong 3
  • Release date: 14 December 2017
  • Label: Sveriges Television
  • Format: Music download
38 [6]

Extended plays

TitleDetailsPeak positions
SWE
[3]
Rodeo
  • Release date: 4 August 2017
  • Label: Capitol Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
11
[7]

Singles

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
SWE
[8]
1995"Shake the Sugartree"Sugartree
1996"All Kinds of People"
1998"Kärleken är" ("Eternal Love")5När hela världen ser på
"När hela världen ser på"
2000"Mother's Jewel"Daughter of Ever
"Secrets in My Life"
"It's Only You"
2001"Jump in a Car"Good Girl
2002"What's Wrong with You"
"Luckiest People"
2003"Crazy in Love"9Discography, 1996–2003
"Can't Get Enough of You"27Roots and Wings
2004"Hopelessly Devoted to You"
"God's Gift"12
2005"God Bless a Girl in Love"37Being Who You Are
"A Little Bit More"
2006"Cowboy Up"32The Woman I've Become
"Baby Don't Go"
2007"Angel of the Morning"30Music Row
2008"Jolene"
"Top of the World"56Baby Blue Paper
2009"It's a Heartache"Music Row II
2016"Open Your Heart"2 Så mycket bättre
"The Burden"93TBA
"Himlen är oskyldigt blå"75
[9]
2019"Aqualung" [upper-alpha 1] Så mycket bättre
"Are You Ready" [upper-alpha 2]
2020"Miles of Blue" (feat. Robin Stjernberg)
2020"When I Get Older"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Notes

  1. "Aqualung" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number four on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart. [10]
  2. "Are You Ready" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number three on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart. [11]

Music videos

YearVideo
1996"Kärleken är"
2000"Mother's Jewel"
2001"Jump in a Car
2006"Cowboy Up"

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References

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  2. Wigren, Helene (23 July 2020). "Maja Francis visits Jill Johnson in the program "Jill i Lilla Hult" on SVT and releases single. Listen to me!". PR&BEYOND. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Blond
with "Bara hon älskar mig"
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
1998
Succeeded by
Charlotte Nilsson
with "Take Me to Your Heaven"