When Swedish singer Léon uploaded an original titled Tired of Talking online last summer, she expected about 500 plays — not over 39 million streams on Spotify or a record deal with music’s top dog Columbia, which signs on big names the likes of Beyoncé and Adele. Set to release her debut album early next year, the songstress dropped another hit single last month: A soulful, memory-dwelling song Think About You — an evidence that her magic Janis Joplin-esque vocals are not made to be a one-hit wonder. If there’s anything we’re sure of, this assertive 22-year-old is a huge star in the making. Get in on the details:
1. Léon is her stage persona
Her actual name is Lotta Lindgren. But as it’s fairly common in Sweden, she wanted a gender-ambiguous moniker that would pop out — thus adopting herself a new pseudonym styled in all caps, LÉON.
2. Music has always been a part of her life
For all she knew, Léon started playing the cello when she was five or six, songwriting at nine and naturally, fronting a band at 17 before enrolling in a music school.
3. Her debut album is a family affair
Growing up in a family of musicians, Léon’s knack for melody and harmony runs in her veins. Her mother and uncle are both featured in the 11-piece string section of her first record.
4. Katy Perry is one of her early fans
Not long after Tired of Talking went viral on SoundCloud, pop queen Katy Perry took notice of the retro track and tweeted a supportive shout-out for the budding chanteuse.
SOTD: "Tired of Talking" by new gal Lèon https://t.co/FwCuuSBgI0 ...she's one to watch!— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 22, 2015
5. Her producer is a Swedish schoolmate
As luck would have it, Léon’s teachers assigned her to work on a songwriting project with Agrin Rahmani. Though the two were in the same class of 30 students, they weren’t in the same clique of friends. After moving past their differences, the two found common ground and never looked back.
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