Danish Lukas Graham Forchhammer writing songs to find strength

Singer Lukas Graham Forchhammer says the birth of his daughter Viola, now two years old, helped him re-prioritise his life.
Singer Lukas Graham Forchhammer says the birth of his daughter Viola, now two years old, helped him re-prioritise his life.PHOTO: WARNER MUSIC SINGAPORE

Danish band Lukas Graham's frontman channels his life experiences, feelings and ambitions into his songs

Danish pop-soul trio Lukas Graham's breakout song 7 Years was one of the top 10 best-selling tracks worldwide in 2016. It garnered three Grammy nominations - for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

For a track that has received so much attention around the globe, it started out as something very personal. Frontman Lukas Graham Forchhammer, after whom the band are named, wrote the lullaby-like, piano-driven tune in the wake of his father's death. It looks back on Forchhammer's own life and looks ahead to when he is 60.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2019, with the headline 'Writing songs to find strength'. Print Edition | Subscribe