Peter Jöback was born in Stockholm, Sweden on 4 June 1971. He is an experienced singer and stage performer in his native Sweden.
Peter made his professional debut in a Swedish production of “The Sound Of Music” at the age of ten. He played Kurt Von Trapp. Other appearances included “West Side Story” (as Tony), “The Jungle Book” (as Gray), “Here And Now” (as Ben), “Cavalry Maiden” (as Astahof), “La Belle Epoque” (as Morgan) and “Mio My Mio” (as Lollo). Peter played the lead role in a national tour of “Musical Express”.
Peter became well known in the Stockholm production of “Fame” as Nick Piazza. He was nominated for a Swedish Golden Mask Award for Best Actor in a Musical for this role. He also played the Teen Angel in the Swedish production of “Grease” in 1991/1992. A CD was released of this production.
Peter has had a brief foray into films when he voiced the lead role in the Swedish language version of the smash animated hit – Aladdin. He continued this arrangement in the film’s sequel as well as the Aladdin TV series.
Like many other Swedish artists, Peter attempted to break into the Eurovision Song Contest. He performed “En Sensation” in the Swedish heats of the 1990 Contest but was not successful.
In the early nineties, Peter launched a recording career. He released three singles on DoReMe Records, two in English. One of these, “This Time” was written by Peter and his brother Mikael. Peter won the Baltic Song Contest in 1992 with “This Time”.
Peter recorded about ten songs in English for an album which was sadly never released. Instead, he signed with Sony Records and recorded a duet with Towe Jaarnek, “More Than A Game”, which was the official song for the 1992 European Football Championship. Peter and Towe performed the song live at the opening ceremony in front of 2 billion people around the world.
Peter and Mikael wrote Peter’s debut self-titled album which was released on Sony Records in Sweden in 1993. The album received airplay on Swedish radio but unfortunately was not a success. It was in Swedish.
Peter’s big break came in 1995 with his casting as Robert in the musical “Kristina Från Duvemåla” by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. Peter played the role in Malmö and Göteborg as well as travelling to the USA to appear in a special “Kristina Från Duvemåla” concert in Minneapolis. A triple CD was released in 1996 and has enjoyed high sales. Peter’s single from “Kristina Från Duvemåla”, “Guldet Blev Till Sand” was a huge success. It entered the Svensktoppen chart at number 1 and stayed at the top for a record 36 weeks.
During 1997, Peter’s talents had not gone unnoticed overseas. He enjoyed a successful 8 month run as Chris in the West End production of “Miss Saigon”. In September 1997, he returned to Sweden to start work on a new album and prepare for a concert tour. The first single from the album, “En Sång Om Oss” was released in November 1997 with the album “Personliga Val” following in December. The album has sold over 100,000 copies and has been certified platinum. It reached number two on the Swedish charts. A second single from the album, “Vem Ser Ett Barn”, was released in May 1998.
Peter appeared in his own TV special on 27 December 1997 called “I Musikalernas Värld”. He sang and danced his way through songs from the album along with other songs from “Chess”, “Miss Saigon”, “Gypsy”, “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “City Of Angels”, “Grease” and “West Side Story. Guests included Tommy Körberg and Mia-Anne Dionisio (Peter’s co-star in “Miss Saigon”). Peter also interviewed Björn Ulvaeus about “Kristina Från Duvemåla”.
During 1998, Peter recreated the role of Robert for the Stockholm premiere of “Kristina Från Duvemåla” in February.
Peter took on the role of Jesus in a concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar. The concert was staged in Stockholm and Göteborg.
On 7 September 1998, Peter opened his own show at the theatre restaurant Börsen in Stockholm. The show lasted for 3 months and showcased Peter’s singing and dancing talent.
1999 was another successful year. Peter started the year by performing three concerts in Finland. He made his movie debut in “Där regnbågen slutar” (Where the rainbow ends). Peter played a character known as “The Star” and got the chance to sing a couple of numbers. Peter also returned to “Kristina från Duvemåla” for a week at Easter and a week in June when the musical finally finished.
Peter’s career keeps going from strength to strength and 2000 added some more notches to his belt. He kicked off the year by supplying the voice for the lead character in the Swedish version of the hit movie “Stuart Little”. In July, the new musical “The Witches Of Eastwick” opened in the West End with Peter playing the role of Michael, the son of one of the witches. Peter sang on two songs and was the main dancer in the showstopper “Dance With The Devil”.
In September 2000, Peter released his English pop album “Only When I Breathe” which reached the number 1 spot on the Swedish album charts and spawned three singles. Peter co-wrote three of the songs on the album. The album received a limited release in Europe but to date, has not been released anywhere else around the world.
Peter continued his role in “The Witches of Eastwick” into 2001 and his final appearance was on 30 June 2001. He managed to fit in time to reunite with the cast of “Kristina från Duvemåla” for a special concert version of the hit musical which toured Sweden in June and then he kicked off a series of concerts in July and August where he showcased material from the “Only When I Breathe” album plus a couple of surprises.
In March 2002, Peter released his second pop album in English “I Feel Good And I’m Worth It”. It debuted at number 2 on the Swedish album charts. Peter describes it as a more personal album. He wrote or co-wrote several of the tracks and even plays piano on one track. There were two singles taken from the album – “Sinner” and “She’s Like A Butterfly”.
Peter appeared in three ABBA tribute concerts in August 2002, along with other Swedish performers as well as the legendary Dionne Warwick. He performed the ABBA classic “Eagle”. Also about the same time, he returned to be the Swedish voice of Stuart Little in the animated movie “Stuart Little 2”.
2002 ended on a high note with the release of Peter’s Christmas album “Jag kommer igen till jul” (I’m coming home again for Christmas) which topped the album charts for five consecutive weeks and ended up being the seventh biggest selling album in Sweden for 2002. The album featured new songs as well as more traditional Christmas songs. Although there were no actual singles from the album, the title track reached number 10 on the listener-voted Svensktoppen chart and “Jag tror på dig”, a duet with Eva Dahlgren, received airplay. The album went platinum.
Peter also went on tour to promote the album and recorded a special concert for Swedish television.
The big announcement in 2003 was that Peter was going to play the Emcee in the Danish production of Cabaret. He rehearsed with the cast and appeared in a few performances during April and May with very positive reactions from audiences. Peter officially took over the role from 19 September until November.
In June 2003, Peter performed two concerts in Göteborg featuring the songs of Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.
Peter performed another series of Christmas concerts to finish off 2003.
Peter released two albums in 2004 much to the delight of his fans. The first “Det här är platsen” (This is the place) was a Swedish pop album released in April. Peter worked closely with songwriters Mauro Scocco and Frisk & Mattson to ensure a truly personal album, a set of songs that reflected Peter’s thoughts and experiences. The album was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. It made number 1 on the Swedish charts and was certified gold.
A few weeks before the release of the album, Peter made the news when he came out as gay on Swedish television in an interview with popular host Kristian Luuk. Reactions to this revelation were generally very positive and supportive.
Peter’s second album for 2004 came out in November. “Storybook” was a collection of standards in English. It sold well, reaching number 1 on the sales charts.
Peter also toured during 2004. A series of outdoor concerts to promote “Det här är platsen” scheduled for summer had to be postponed due to bad weather. These concerts finally went ahead in October and attracted very positive reviews. Not long after, Peter put on two special concerts to promote “Storybook” – one in Göteborg and one in Stockholm. Throughout December, Peter made guest appearances at Sissel’s Christmas concerts in Norway.
During April 2005, Peter toured Norway and played 12 concerts. Peter had success with his “Storybook” album in Norway, reaching number 3 on the Norwegian charts.
Peter joined Robert Wells’ Rhapsody In Rock extravaganza that toured Sweden during the summer of 2005.
Peter recorded the song “Som att i ett hjärta bo” for the concept album “Gerda”, a yet-to-be staged musical. This was Peter’s only released recording for 2005.
The big news in 2005 was the announcement of a Swedish production of “Cabaret” starring Peter Jöback as the Emcee and Sara Lindh as Sally Bowles. The musical opened in Stockholm in January 2006 and played most of the year, except for the summer.
Peter released a double CD retrospective of his career in July 2006 called “Flera Sidor Av Samma Man” which debuted at number one on the Swedish album charts. The album was a great success, staying at number one for eight weeks running as well as entering the Norwegian top ten. The album was certified double platinum in Sweden.
“Flera Sidor Av Samma Man” (Different Sides of the Same Man) contained two brand new songs, both released as singles – “Jag blundar i solens sken” and “Jag står för allt jag gjort”. Peter also recorded a duet with Gunilla Backman called “Du får mig i blom” that was included on her album “Nära mig”.
“Cabaret” closed in Stockholm in November 2006, reopening in Göteborg on New Year’s Eve. It ran until April 2007, with a cast recording being released on CD in January 2007. The cast recording reached number seven on the Swedish album charts.
In April 2007, Peter teamed up with indie group Laakso and released the duet “Italy vs Helsinki”. The song was a hit and Peter joined the group later that year to perform the song at Stockholm Pride.
Peter’s contract with Sony Music expired and he signed with Roxy Recordings. His first album with the new label was “Människor som du och jag” (People like you and me) which came out in September and was followed by a tour. The album spawned two singles, the very popular “Stockholm i natt” and the duet “Han är med mig nu”.
Towards the end of 2007, Peter recorded the song “Thank You” with Norwegian group Secret Garden which was included on their album.
2008 saw three tours. In March and April, Peter toured Norway and then during the Swedish summer, Peter joined Eva Dahlgren for a special tour. Peter and Eva released a single together “Himlen är inget tak” and a limited release live album that was only available through their official sites and at the concert. Proceeds from the album went to the Red Cross to buy special mosquito nets for malaria infected countries.
The final tour for 2008 was a Christmas tour and a new Christmas album. “En god jul och ett gott nytt år” was only available through the supermarket chain ICA and proceeds went to the World Childhood Foundation. The album contained four brand new songs and live versions of six songs from his first Christmas album.
2009 was an exciting year for Peter. He moved to New York and lived in the East Village. While he was there, he started work on a new album in English, “East Side Stories”, an album of cover versions of songs inspired by Peter’s experiences in New York. The first single “Sing” was a duet with Kate Pierson of the B-52s.
Peter moved back to Sweden at the end of 2009 in time for a short Christmas tour and it was announced that he would be taking part in Melodifestivalen 2010, the Swedish competition to chose its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest., with the song “Hollow”.
Peter joined his old colleague Helen Sjöholm for a series of Stephen Sondheim tribute concerts in February 2010.
Due to a popular vote, Peter made it through to the Melodifestivalen final but unfortunately did not win. This honour went to Anna Bergendahl. “Hollow” was released as a single and was a hit on the Swedish charts.
In June 2010, Peter was honoured to perform at a gala for the royal wedding between Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling. He performed “She” and joined Helen Sjöholm on “Come What May”. Both performances were very well received.
Starting in September, Peter will be embarking on a 36 date tour of Sweden, Norway and Finland. It will be an intimate concert with Peter and three musicians. It is called “En kväll med Peter Jöback” or “An evening with Peter Jöback” and promises to be a special show.