Eagle-Eye Cherry is a Swedish-American Songwriter - most famously known for the global hit record - Save tonight that sold
Cherry was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of jazz artist Don Cherry and Swedish painter/textile artist Monika "Moki" Cherry (Karlsson), half-brother of singer Neneh Cherry, and stepbrother to singer Titiyo. As children, Eagle-Eye and Neneh travelled a lot with their father. At the age of 12, Cherry was sent to school in New York, where he stayed on to work as an actor and a drummer in various bands.
His father died in 1995. In 1996 Cherry moved back to Stockholm to focus on his music over the acting career that had taken precedence in his professional life. He began writing and recording his debut album, Desireless, in his bedroom studio on an acoustic guitar. According to manager Tommy Manzi, Cherry's perfectionism made him keep the recordings under wraps until the album was virtually complete. The album became a commercial success throughout the world during 1998 and 1999. Desireless sold four million copies worldwide and was certified platinum in the United States.
Some of his best-known songs include "Save Tonight", "Falling in Love Again", "Are You Still Having Fun", "Long Way Around", "Feels So Right", "Skull Tattoo" and "Don't Give Up".
Cherry is quick to acknowledge a debt to Swedish musicians' hardwired dedication and distinct approach to pop music. "Long before I was born," the Swedish/American songsmith says, "my dad was touring and working with Swedish musicians. Then bands like Abba and Roxette made people take notice. Swedish musicians have a great work ethic and a strong pop sensibility, and simplicity. Swedes are also very comfortable with the English language...but the fact that it's not their native language lends a certain naiveté which is perfect for pop songwriting."
Swedish was Eagle-Eye's first language, and while fluent in English as well, his lyrics take a certain outsider's delight in highlighting contradictions and posing questions that are simultaneously miniscule and elemental. "I'm a perpetual outsider," he says, mischievously. "When I'm in the States I feel half Swedish when I'm in Sweden I feel half-American." Reflecting Cherry's gifts as a natural storyteller, the songs on "Can't Get Enough" establish conflicts, probing and dismantling them in a plainspoken fashion that make even the most complex notions immediately relatable. By plainly laying out fundamental contrasts in a song like "Free" ("When you hated me / you freed me to love..."), Cherry is at his captivating best -- both innocent and provocative.