Bror Gunnar Jansson (and yes that is his real name) was introduced to the great worlds of music before he even was born. He's, together with his sister, the fourth generation of musicians in his bloodline. His father is a well renowned bass player who toured with jazz legends such as Chet Baker, Toots Thielemans and Dexter Gordon.
So Bror Gunnar grew up with music as a natural ingredient of life. He spent much of his young age at jazz club Nefertiti. He spent so much time there that he got to know both staff members, other regulars and even the musicians playing there. In fact he frequented the venue so often that even some people in the staff thought he worked there (which subsequently he did, once he was old enough). Apart from this he did all the typical things a young person interested in music would do, he went to a lot of different music schools and played in a lot of different bands and projects.
The years and the schools went by and after almost taking a bachelor's degree (he failed to write an essay) as an "individual musician" at the university of Göteborg some years ago he's been solely working with his art. He released his self-titled debut solo album (and an album with the band Serve You Right To Suffer) in 2012, which had some really good reviews, but not too much happened with it.
Then two years later he released an 8" EP on wax (on the German indie label Stencil Trash Records, limited in 49 handmade copies that sold out in one day), and signed with French label Normandeep Blues, which later that year released his second solo album Moan Snake Moan. This album was much more of a success. It was chosen for the Canal+ program "Album of the week" (Album de la semaine), it was given Coup de Coeur 2014/15 by Academie Charles Cros, Bror Gunnar was named as "the revelation of the year" in Les Inrockuptibles, 2014.
In 2015 Normandeep Blues re-released a special limited edition of Bror Gunnar's debut album for Record Store Day.
In 2017 he released both an EP and a full length album named And The Great Unknown Part I & Part II (co-produced and recorded by Christoffer Johansson (BGs previous albums) and Filip Leyman (producer and band member with Anna von Hausswolff). This release has been a success both in sales and critical acclaim. The ‘Part II’ was for a while the best selling jazz/blues album in France - with more than 5000 physical copies sold in just 3 weeks, only in France. With this album Bror Gunnar once again performed at Album de la semaine. And he was given an award from the swedish indie music prize “Manifest”.
During the summer of 2018 Bror Gunnar headed back into the studio again to work on his sixth solo release, his fourth solo album. “They Found My Body In A Bag” is a full length album where the majority of the songs have taken inspiration from real life crime investigations. Both historical cases and ongoing investigations. This album was released September 20, 2019. During 2019 Bror Gunnar could be seen and heard on national Swedish television four times, most notably in “På Spåret” one of Sweden’s most popular TV shows. In the year of 2020 Bror Gunnar released two stand-alone singles: first a version of the traditional song “Cotton-Eyed Joe” and second a newly written song called “Breathe”.
Achievements and Features
TV & movie features and appearances
Music in "The Last Days of American Crime" (Netflix), 2020
Music in "Happy" (Syfy), 2019
Music in "Bye Bye Sverige" (SVT), 2017
Music in "Damnation" (American), 2017
Music in "The Normal People", 2017
"Album de la Semaine" (Canal+), 2017 & 2014
Guest appearance in "På Spåret" (SVT), 2019
Guest appearance in "10 år med Augustifamiljen" (SVT), 2019
Guest appearance in "Babel" (SVT), 2019
Guest appearance in "C à vous" (France 5), 2017
Guest appearance in "L'Emission d'Antoine" (Canal+), 2015
Guest appearance in "Holy Mary" ViaFree/TV3, 2018
Breakthrough of the year in Swedish Gaffa awards (2020)
Kulturrådets fonogramstöd, 2019 & 2012
SKAPs bluespris, 2018
STIM stipendiat, 2017
Manifest Indie Music Prize - Singer/Songwriter, 2017
Lerums kulturstipendiat, 2017
Coup de coeur l'Academie Charles Cros, 2014
Top 3 selling jazz/blues album in France, 2019
Top 2 selling jazz/blues album in France, 2017
Top 4 selling vinyl in Sweden on the release week, 2019
France: René Gentil, Radical Production
Germany: Arthur Vaccari, PopUp Records Booking
Switzerland: Remo Camenzind, Mix Max Music
Finland: Robert Hagnäs, DP Agency
Netherlands: Arnold Wegner, Tornado Bookings