John Martin (singer)

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John Martin
John Martin at Sommarkrysset
John Martin at Sommarkrysset
Background information
Birth nameJohn Martin Lindström
Born (1980-08-22) 22 August 1980 (age 41)[1]
Stockholm, Sweden
OriginStockholm, Sweden
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2010–present
Associated acts

John Martin Lindström (born 22 August 1980) is a Swedish singer and songwriter. He is best known for his collaborations with the Swedish House Mafia. Since 2010, he has collaborated with Tinie Tempah and released his debut single "Anywhere For You", written alongside music partner Michel Zitron. On 3 April 2014 Lindström appeared on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge covering Haim's "If I Could Change Your Mind".

Early life[]

Raised in the southern suburbs of Stockholm, with his mother, father, and older brother, his father encouraged him and his brother to pursue motorsport, but Martin and his brother turned to music instead. At 13, Martin bought a guitar, formed a band, and began playing Nirvana covers. Martin began singing at 15 when the band's singer quit right before a show, and he decided that he liked it. He performed in various musical venues in his hometown.[2]

Music career[]

2010–12: Breakthrough with Swedish House Mafia[]

In 2010, John Martin was discovered by Swedish House Mafia member Axwell. He recorded the vocals for and co-wrote the group's 2011 song, "Save the World".[3] The song reached No. 10 in the UK singles chart and peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs in the United States.[4] In 2012, Martin went on to collaborate with Avicii and co-wrote the song, "Fade Into Darkness", alongside Michel Zitron.[5] Later in the year he recorded another song with the Swedish House Mafia, which he and Zitron also co-wrote called "Don't You Worry Child". The track scored Martin's first UK No. 1 single,[6] and also earned Martin and the trio a top 10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 6.[7]

2013: Collaborations[]

In 2013, Martin and Swedish House Mafia were nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording with "Don't You Worry Child" for the 2013 Grammy Awards. He was nominated alongside Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo, Skrillex, Avicii and Al Walser with the award going to Skrillex.[8] 2013 also saw John Martin record vocals for Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash's single "Reload", in addition to providing guest vocal for Tinie Tempah's single "Children of the Sun" which again was co-written by Martin. Trevor Guthrie had also been asked to feature on the song however John's vocals were deemed stronger.

2014–2015: Debut lead singles[]

Martin released his debut lead single, "Anywhere For You", on 30 March 2014.[9] The song became a UK top 10 hit,[10] and certified platinum in Sweden.[11] Martin's second single, "Love Louder", was premiered in the summer of that year. The song, originally thought to be a David Guetta track which missed out on his album Listen, saw release on 1 September under the credits "Love Louder (Style of Eye remix)".[12]

2015 saw a very quiet release program for John Martin. His first track came from providing uncredited vocals to the song "In My Blood" from the album Forever by Swedish DJ and producer Alesso.[13] Martin's second and final 2015 release saw him co-write "Together" with vocalist Ella Eyre. The single, released 17 May, featured on Eyre's 2015 album Feline.

2018: Vcation[]

On 27 July 2018, John Martin along with Michel Zitron launch a new music project called "Vcation". This was followed by the duo's debut single under this name entitled "Lay Low".[14][15] Their second single, "When We Went Gold", was released on 21 September 2018.[16] Vcation's first song of 2019 was released on 18 January and was called "Whiskey and Cola".[17]



As lead artist[]

Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Anywhere for You" 2014 38 35 [A] 34 7 Non-album singles
"Love Louder"
(Style of Eye remix)
(with Gryffin)
2020 TBA
"Wherever You Go"[24]
(with Alok)
2021 Non-album single
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

As featured artist[]

Single Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
"Save the World"
(Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin)
2011 4 31 5 15 37 6 26 33 10 Until Now
"Don't You Worry Child"
(Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin)
2012 1 1 5 4 2 9 5 7 2 1
  • GLF: 9× Platinum[34]
  • ARIA: 7× Platinum[32]
  • BEA: Gold
  • BPI: 3x Platinum
  • BVMI: 3× Gold[35]
  • IFPI AUT: Gold[36]
  • IFPI DEN: 3× Platinum
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum[37]
  • RMNZ: 2× Platinum
(Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash featuring John Martin)
2013 5 20 56 89 66 70 3
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
  • BPI: Silver[33]
Non-album single
"Children of the Sun"
(Tinie Tempah featuring John Martin)
47 6 Demonstration
"Now That I've Found You"
(Martin Garrix featuring John Martin and Michel Zitron)
2016 70 76 73 Non-album singles
"Higher Ground"[38]
(Martin Garrix featuring John Martin)
2020 80 51 68
"Won't Let You Go"[39]
(Martin Garrix and Matisse & Sadko featuring John Martin)
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other appearances[]

Title Year Credits Other artist(s) Album
"Fade into Darkness" 2011 Songwriter Avicii Non-album single
"Together" 2015 Ella Eyre Feline
"In My Blood" Lead vocals Alesso Forever

Releases under an alias[]

As VCATION (with Michel Zitron)[]

Title Year Album
"Lay Low"[40] 2018 Non-album single
"When We Went Gold"[16]
"Whiskey and Cola"[17]
(featuring klei)
"Stairway to the Sun" 2020 TBA

Awards and nominations[]

Grammy Awards[]

Year Category Work Outcome Ref.
2012 Best Dance Recording "Save the World" Nominated [41]
2013 Best Dance Recording "Don't You Worry Child" Nominated [42]

Grammis Awards[]

Year Category Work Outcome Ref.
2012 Best Single "Save the World" Nominated [43]
2013 Best Single "Don't You Worry Child" Nominated [44]
Best Composer N/A Nominated
2014 Best Single "Reload" Nominated [45]

See also[]

  • Swedish pop music
  • Swedish popular music


  • A ^ "Anywhere for You" did not chart on the Belgian Flanders Ultratop, but it did chart at number 20 on the Ultratip chart, the top 100 songs which have not made the Ultratop 50.


  1. ^ Sveriges befolkning 1990, CD-ROM, Version 1.00, Riksarkivet (2011).
  2. ^ Exclusive Interview with the voice behind Swedish House Mafia and Avicii: John Martin | Elektro Archived 2012-11-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Bericht auf "mn2s" Archived 2012-06-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Save The World by Swedish House Mafia - Music Charts".
  5. ^ "Interview mit John Martin auf """. Archived from the original on 1 December 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Swedish House Mafia score UK No.1 single". 14 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart".
  8. ^ "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". 30 April 2017.
  9. ^ "iTunes – Music – Anywhere For You – Single by John Newman". iTunes UK. January 2014.
  10. ^ "JOHN MARTIN - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company".
  11. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista".
  12. ^ ""Love Louder (Style Of Eye Remix)" from Love Louder (Style of Eye Remix) - Single by John Martin on iTunes". 1 September 2014.
  13. ^ Sebbedb (27 April 2015). "Alesso ft. John Martin - In My Blood (Live) (also knows as Palladium/Collioure)" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "Songwriters Behind Swedish House Mafia Hits Launch New Project VCATION & Debut Single "Lay Low"".
  15. ^ ""Don't You Worry Child" Singer John Martin Launches New Project Alongside SHM Hype". 25 July 2018.
  16. ^ a b
  17. ^ a b "Whiskey & Cola". 18 January 2019.
  18. ^ a b Peak positions in Sweden:
  19. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography John Martin". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 19 November 2012.
  20. ^ a b Peak positions in Belgium:
  21. ^ Chart Track GFK Ireland
  22. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  23. ^ (Click "search all records" and view 21 February 2014. Then click "visa" on "Anywhere For You")
  24. ^ Dancing Astronaut Staff (6 November 2021). "Alok, John Martin tap into musical bliss on new single, 'Wherever You Go'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 10 November 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  25. ^ Peak positions in Austria:
  26. ^ Peak positions in Denmark:
  27. ^ Peak positions in Germany:
  28. ^ Peak positions in the Netherlands:
  29. ^ Peak positions in Switzerland:
  30. ^ Peak positions in New Zealand:
  31. ^ "Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound" (in Swedish). Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  32. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  33. ^ a b "Certified Awards" (enter "Swedish House Mafia" into the "Keywords" box and then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  34. ^ "Swedish House Mafia Feat. John Martin – Don't You Worry Child" (in Swedish). Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  35. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: Swedish House Mafia" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  36. ^ "Austrian certifications – Swedish House Mafia" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  37. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Swedish House Mafia)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  38. ^ Goldenberg, Ross (14 May 2020). "Martin Garrix celebrates birthday with release of 'Higher Ground' featuring John Martin". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 27 May 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  39. ^ Goldenberg, Ross (10 December 2021). "Martin Garrix, Matisse & Sadko, and John Martin hold the progressive house crown on 'Won't Let You Go'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 20 December 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  40. ^
  41. ^ "Awards Nominations & Winners". 30 April 2017.
  42. ^
  43. ^ "2012 Archives".
  44. ^ "2013 Archives".
  45. ^ "2014 Archives".

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