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José González


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Gothenburg, Sweden (2003 – present)

José González (born 1978 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist (of Argentinian extraction). In 2003, he released his debut album, Veneer, in Europe. The album has since been released in the UK, on April 25, 2005, and in the United States on September 6, 2005. González is also a member of the Swedish band Junip, along with Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn.

The song Crosses, from Crosses EP and the later Veneer, appeared on the finale of the second season of the popular American television comedy-drama The O.C.. His cover of Heartbeats (also from Veneer) was used in a popular Sony BRAVIA TV commercial featuring coloured bouncing balls in San Francisco and an episode of Zach Braff’s Scrubs

His song Far Away was also prominently featured in the Rockstar video game Red Dead Redemption.

His trademark sound is solo guitar with soft melody. His work, although mostly original, does include acoustic covers of great hits such as Love Will Tear Us Apart, Born in the U.S.A., and Teardrop.

González is one of three members of the band Junip

González also appears in the Zero 7 album The Garden, in which he sings on three tracks and on a re-worked version of Crosses.


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  • EDFort

    Amazing talent.

    Yesterday 7:51am Reply
  • ollyh18

    I probably love Junip as much as his solo stuff, but I still really want another solo album from him.

    16 Apr 11:31pm Reply
  • madboy

    Oh wait, yes, thanks for reminding me of Junip... such a great band!

    3 Apr 11:16pm Reply
  • madboy

    he has a new-ish song??? must listen

    3 Apr 10:58pm Reply
  • DuelingViolins

    Most excellent tunes!

    25 Feb 6:52am Reply
  • asiskasis

    how can someone be PERFECTION?

    31 Jan 8:20pm Reply
  • cesardpb10

    Step Out es IN CRE Í BLE

    26 Jan 7:20pm Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    love his solo work and his work with Junip

    20 Jan 3:57pm Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    he does a swell job on covering songs

    9 Jan 1:20am Reply
  • backslashh

    "He has an odd name for a white guy born in Sweden, though." - He has Latin-American roots.

    4 Jan 6:11pm Reply
  • damesdee93

    Step Out <3

    3 Jan 3:19pm Reply
  • calsimon

    Stay Alive

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • innovativename

    Zaphbot: Seems he's focusing on Junip (the band he plays and sings in), they released an album in 2013 so they are pretty active, check them out if you haven't already, if you like his solo stuff you should like them aswell.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SteeleDream And here's the link!

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JustinYoeh

    OMG, brand new song!

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Zaphbot

    Last album was released in 2007... will there ever be a new one? What happened to him?

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • RosyInRealLife

    Anyone know the title of the Jose Gonzalez Track featured in the trailer for the Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • caro_g

    well yeah, his parents are argentinian.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Beojiko

    I normally am not a fan of singer-songwriter stuff, but his work is pretty good. He has an odd name for a white guy born in Sweden, though.

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Anabel_arg

    His music is so enjoyable. It's not for everybody though, just for those who appreciate real music that makes you dream and has the power to connect you with your deepest emotions.

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
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