When you think of country music, tell me do you think of Sweden? Hicks (aka Miqael Persson) may have you start thinking of Sweden. Yes there have been country artists from other parts of the world but who would have thought of Sweden? He must be doing something right as he won the European Country Act of the Year in 2013.
Born in the southern part of Sweden (Helsingborg) Miqael grew up with a dream of making a living on his music. Playing in local bands he wrote music, toured and learned the chops as an artist and songwriter.
He soon moved to Stockholm to pursuit his dream of being a songwriter. His first cut with an other artist was the Swedish band Barbados that cut one of his country songs. The album went Gold and the band got a Grammy for Best Album. Since then he has picked up more Gold and Platinum albums.
In 2013 he represented Sweden at the CMA Global Show in Nashville as part of the CMA Fest week in June along with various acts from around the world and all the top American country artist.
The four songs of his that I have heard “Unreachable Dream”, “Bad Call After All’. “Mama’s Kitchen”, and “Hayride” I have enjoyed each one of them, with “Mama’s Kitchen” being one of those fun down home songs. Ice cold beer, deep-fried chicken, southern food, what more could you ask for?.
I would have never guessed Sweden!