Thomas Di Leva

Growing up in the medium-sized town of Gävle, Thomas Magnusson took on his mother's maiden name, Di Leva, thus creating one of Sweden's most peculiar stage personalities. Mixing an extremely flowery and theatrical stage show with smart and inventive pop, Di Leva soon won the hearts of critics. Musically, he borrowed airy synthesized harmonies from new age music, lyrical skill from singer/songwriters, and effective choruses from mainstream pop. But his new age-inspired message of kindness and universal love also spurred negative reactions, from people dismissing him as silly or fake to actual fights at concerts. Conservative religious groups also had a hard time accepting lyrics like "Everyone is Jesus". At the end of the '90s, his first ...

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