Johan Skoog is a singer/songwriter from Älmhult, Sweden who is making music for a higher purpose. The lifelong musician made his international solo recording debut in 2018 with the Swedish Christmas song “Juletid Radio”. That track introduced a multi-talented artist on a mission to make a difference with his songs.
Since his debut, Johan Skoog has released three singles as well as the 2021 6-song EP, Oduglingen. His music ranges in style from quiet and contemplative folk songs to dramatic and cinematic pop ballads that showcase his impressive vocal abilities. In 2023 the singer is making his English-language debut with a gift for the people of Ukraine.
“Given By God” is the brand new single from Johan Skoog, released worldwide via all major streaming services on January 5, 2023. On the track, an ensemble of electric, acoustic and steel guitars is backed by a bass and drum rhythm section to lay down a mellow Nashville groove. Johan Skoog steps to the mic for a beautiful folk/pop lament. The song tells a melancholy yet hopeful tale of the power of love.
All royalties earned from the song’s release go to the Christian non-profit organization HOPE587, and its relief efforts in Ukraine. The initial single release is just the beginning of Johan Skoog’s plans for the song. He and HOPE587 are actively looking for industry professionals, artists, activists, religious leaders and anyone else who would like to help spread the word. The more the song is played, the more money will be raised for Ukraine
Check out “Given By God” below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Dive playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with the singer about this new project. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with Johan Skoog and get involved.
8 Questions with Johan Skoog
Where are you from?
How long have you been making music?
I think I started around 13 years old so it would be about 29 years now.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
Martin Klaman is the producer. He is making music for famous Swedish artists.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I think Josh Groban is my favorite but otherwise it is some Swedish artists.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
What inspired you to create this project?
When I decided to donate:
Many refugees came to Sweden by boat at the beginning and I decided to drive to the ferry, which is about 2 hours from here. I waited there and offered my help. It was so sad to see all these people who were completely lost and chased away from their homes.
Organizations were there and handed out food, clothes and some sweets to the children. There were so many tears in the air. Then I decided to donate my song to Ukraine. They have not asked for this. It is a very loving country and if I can do something, I will do it.
The result was this gift with hopes to be very big! But I need help spreading the song. Sing it in choirs. Play it in churches. Ask your politicians in your countries to mention the song. Ask companies to include it in advertising. Bring it to film. Play it on the street. Artists, use the song and make your own version.
These are just a few ideas. Please bring more. Support Ukraine and use the song in all kinds of contexts.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
I would like to live the music life. I want to play my music and see places.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Please help me spread the song. The more it is used, the more money comes in to Hope587 who gets the money from the song to help Ukraine.
HOPE587 is an aid organization on a Christian basis. We fight for people – the broken, the poor, the lonely and the children are important to us. Through increased awareness and actual efforts, we work to reduce poverty and make life better for vulnerable people.
We believe that a voice makes a difference and that everyone has the potential to create change, big or small. We work together with ordinary people who care about children rights, who are passionate about their ideas and who have a heart for those affected by poverty and injustice.)