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Tove Styrke

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Umeå, Sweden (2009 – present)

Tove Styrke is the stage name of the singer, songwriter, model and pianist Tove Anna Linnéa Östman Styrke (born 19th November 1992 in Umeå, Sweden). She was a contestant on Swedish Idol 2009 and ended up in third place. After Idol 2009, she started a solo career as an electropop singer and songwriter. She is best known for the hit singles “White Light Moment” and “Call My Name”.

Her father, the musician Anders Östman, scored a Swedish number one hit in the 1970s. He opened a music store after he stopped touring. Anders Östman introduced Tove to guitar when she was a child, but she preferred the piano, being encouraged by her piano teacher grandfather.

Her mother Anna, a former dancer and ballet instructor, is the manager of a ballet academy and enrolled her in dance classes at an early age. Tove has a younger and an older sister. Tove Styrke began performing as a vocalist in a local jazz band in her high school years. She also modeled for various publications.

Styrke was discovered by Anders Bagge during his tour for Swedish Idol 2009. On this competition, she performed songs by Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, The Killers, The Sounds, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, U2, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Katy Perry, Sandi Thom, Eurythmics, Russ Ballard, Ted Gärdestad and Bobby Darin. She finished third in the competition, after Calle Kristiansson and the winner Erik Grönwall.

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