I Live For Melody

If you enjoy the work of songwriter/producer Jonas Thander - and, though he'd be to modest to say it, everyone who hears it, does - you can thank Stevie Wonder. The Linköping, Sweden, native started playing sax at age 8 (and even spent a decade studying it at the prestigious Kommunala Musikskolan), it wasn't until he discovered Stevie at 14 that his love affair with melody really began.

After high school, Jonas continued his sax education at the Royal School of Music, Stockholm. But after two years, he realized what the spark he’d felt when he first heard Stevie’s music had been trying to tell him: ”Jonas, you want to write yourself. And produce.” And so, ever since, that’s what he’s been doing, virtually 24/7, holed up in his Stockholm studio like a humming hermit.

Jonas still plays sax a lot, mind you, as a session and touring musician, for acts like Jason Mraz, Ronan Keating, Bonnie Tyler, Lene Marlin, Howard Jones, Marit Larsen, Martha Wash, Yohanna, Kurt Nilsen, Chris Norman (Smokie), Lene Meyer-Landrut, Haddaway, Darin, Danny Saucedo, Margaret Berger, Rasmus Seebach, September, Jedward, Lisa Miskovsky, Veronica Maggio, Sarah Dawn Finer, Loreen, Agnes, Eric Saade and approximately 152,195 more.

But his true love is songwriting.

During the past few years he has written and produced music for Disney, X-factor winners, UEFA football opening ceremonies etc.

What’s next? Who knows?

Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.

Stevie Wonder

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