This lecture is part of a bigger project, that includes writing a book about my life and creating new music. At the same time I’ve made the most important decision so far in the 44 years I’ve been alive and in the 20 years I’ve been an artist. I’m taking control. I’m taking control of what is my life. I’m turning the ship around, travelling in the direction my heart wants and desires. I’m taking back my life, leaving people draining me of energy behind. I’m free! I mix my stories with private pictures from my career and play my guitar while I sing my own songs about things I’ve done and gone through myself.
I’ve had an amazing career as an artist, selling 6 million records around the world and receiving 19 gold and platinum awards. This makes me on of Sweden’s best selling solo artists of all times. “A pioneer of her genre”, the famous Swedish cultural and radio personality Anna Charlotta Gunnarsson calls me.
But I also want to tell the story about the person behind the artist and what the life as an artist is really about, behind the glamourous scenes and posh pictures from celebrity parties. What’s hidden behind the wide smiles, the shining surface and the chart hits? I want to show the enormous amount of work behind what the audience gets to see. I want to tell anyone listening about the bankruptcy, the trials, the parasites, the working hours, performance anxiety, the mean reviews, about being nervous and about being able to dry your tears while you’re entering the stage with a warm smile. But more than anything, I want to tell you how you act to not become bitter – and how I found love.