Maria Jane Smith and Victor Thell, collectively known as Smith & Thell, met one another as young teenagers at a local music event in their hometown of Helsingborg in Southern Sweden.
Since then, they have relocated to Stockholm and spent their time establishing themselves as two of Sweden’s most sought after songwriter & producer combo. Together they’ve contributed as composers on songs for major label artists (including Molly Sanden, Tungevaag & Raaban, Danny Saucedo and Samir & Viktor) that have combined to be streamed over 300,000,000 times already (in Scandinavia alone) in the last 12 months.
After deciding to launch their own artist project, Smith & Thell, they submitted their original song ‘Statue’ to be considered for Sweden’s prestigious Denniz Pop Awards. With a panel led by multi-platinum producer and singer Max Martin, the jury selected Smith & Thell as the 2015 New Artist of The Year which is the same honor given to international superstarTove Lo in 2014.
‘Statue’ is a strong, hopeful anthem about ripping the metaphorical bandages off your emotional wounds and letting your real feelings out. The song was initially released at the end of 2015 in Scandinavia only, but made its world debut after hitting 1,000,000 streams on Spotify.
The duo chose to write about this subject matter for very personal reasons since at age 13, Maria tragically lost both her parents. “We’ve all gone through sorrows in life, where you often suppress the pain you´re feeling with pills that are sometimes forced on you by doctors,” Smith says. “But for my emotional pain, it wasn’t the best solution and in order not to end up as a lifeless “statue” I chose to face my emotions without medication – to feel my highs and lows – and see that sorrow and loss can be beautiful too.” She continues“There is a line in ‘Statue’ that best summarizes my (and so many others) situation: ‘I needed love, but got a doctor.’”
The songs message has already resonated with fans as the duo receives messages every day thanking them for being so open and honest about the issue of “over prescribing” which millions of people are affected by all around the world.