Sweden's Seinabo Sey is a soulful R&B- and electro-pop-influenced vocalist and songwriter. Born in Stockholm in 1990, Sey was first exposed to music via her father Maudo Sey, an acclaimed West African musician.
After moving with her family to Halmstad, Sey enrolled at the prestigious Östergårdsskolans school, where she studied music. Academically inclined, Sey initially thought to pursue a less creative career, but by age 16 had moved back to Stockholm and enrolled in music classes at the Fryshusets Center. Influenced by such artists as Lauryn Hill
, and Alicia Keys
, Sey developed a confident performance aesthetic while at Fryshusets. After graduating, Sey began collaborating with other artists, appearing with Oskar Linnros
, Linda Pira
, Stor, and others. In 2013, she released the Magnus Lidehäll-produced single "Younger." The song caught the public's attention and gained even wider popularity with a 2014 remix by Kygo
. Also in 2014, Sey released her debut EP, For Madeleine, and made several high-profile appearances including performances at the Swedish Grammy Awards and the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. In 2015, Sey returned with her sophomore EP, For Maudo, featuring the single "Poetic." ~ Matt Collar