Michael Saxell (born 1 October 1956) is a singer-songwriter, composer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He was born in Helsingborg, Sweden but has spent many years on the Canadian west coast. He composed music for the Colin Nutley movie Änglagård – andra sommaren and for the soundtrack of Blådårar. He won the Swedish Grammy Award 2017 for Song of the Year.
Saxell co-wrote the Swedish #1 hit song "If I Were Sorry", the Swedish Song Of The Year Grammy Winner 2017 and winner of Melodifestivalen 2016. In December 2018 it had received more than 84 million Spotify plays and is certified 7 x platinum status in Sweden, 2 x platinum in Poland, gold status in Germany and Austria. The song placed fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest finals in 2016.
He is co-writer of the Swedish #1 hit song "Johnny G" (The Guidetti Song), performed by artist Badpojken, aka the artists' collective Michael Saxell, Fredrik Andersson and Ingvar Irhagen. The song was released mid July 2015 and achieved Swedish quadruple-platinum status within 12 months of its release and has, as of December 2018, reached over 39 million plays on Swedish Spotify. Vocalist on "Johnny G" is Frida Green.
Michael Saxell is co-writer with Craig Jacks on "Back Of A Map Of The Moon", which is included on Terry Jacks Greatest Hits release 2015 "...starfish on the beach - The Terry Jacks Collection".
Saxell grew up in the southern Swedish town of Malmö and currently resides on Österlen in Scania. He has written words and music to Scanian classics Om himlen och Österlen and När en flicka talar skånska. More than 300 of his songs are recorded by other artists. Michael Saxell has earned 24 gold, 11 platinum and 8 multi platinum Scandinavian records.
Michael Saxell received the prestigious SKAP (Swedish Composers of Popular Music) Stipendium award, honoring the memory of the Swedish songwriter and composer Evert Taube at an awards ceremony conducted at The Nordic Museum in Stockholm in May 2010.
Saxell performed on a tour of Estonia in May 2005 along with 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Tomas Tranströmer, Jacques Werup, Eva Runefelt and others.
Michael Saxell is featured as lead singer and co-writer of two songs with Keith Reid on the 2008 international release of the Procol Harum lyricist's album The Keith Reid Project - The Common Thread along with John Waite, Chris Thompson, Southside Johnny, Steve Booker, Terry Reid, Chaz Jankel and Bernie Shanahan.
Saxell composed the Lithuanian Grammy winning song of the year "Yra kaip yra" for the artist Mia in 2007 along with co-writers Christian Svensson and Sandra diAmante. The song was also the most played pop song on Lithuanian pop radio in 2007.
He is co-writer with Randy Bachman on the song Repo Man on Bachman & Turner (Album), formerly of Bachman–Turner Overdrive, September 2010 worldwide album release.
Saxell produced and wrote songs for Swedish singer Lill Lindfors' 2005 EMI album release "Här är den sköna sommar", which peaked at number 12 on the Swedish Best Selling album charts.
Michael Saxell was warm-up act for British guitar legend Jeff Beck on his 1980 Canada tour.
Saxell's co-writing partners include Randy Bachman, Eric Bazilian, Douglas Carr, Randy Goodrum, Maurizio Fabrizio, Tim Krekel, Dickey Lee, Agi Lindroth, Christoffer Lundquist, Peter McCann, Cris Moore, Craig Northey, Keith Reid, Steve Porcaro, Mikael Rickfors, Christian Svensson, Jacques Werup, and many others.