Tommy Karevik | vocals
Tommy Karevik was born in November 1981 and grew up in Botkyrka, a suburb just south of Stockholm. He dedicated the early years of his life to sports like soccer and hockey after school, but the interest for music was always present. He would hear his sister Jenny singing and playing the piano in her room like if it was the sound of home. His mom was singing in a choir and his dad would pick up his old guitar to play and sing ”How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?” His dad also had a great music collection that Tommy and is friends would drewl over. Scorpions, Dire Straits, Dr Hook, Nazareth, Brian Adams, Rod Stewart, Queen… Music was everywhere in the background.
When he was 12 years old, his mom took him to see ”The Phantom of the Opera” musical in Stockholm. That made a huge impact on him and remains one of the most important single events in his life in terms of musical reference. That, and the introduction of Michael Jackson who still to this day remains Tommys absolute biggest musical influence.
In grade 10 he met Johan Larsson who was a great guitar player and were writing his own acoustic songs. Tommy was inspired and took the guitar from the wall and started writing songs in swedish. Johan also indroduced Tommy to metal via a plethora of different bands like Sonata Arctica, In Flames and Dream Theater. One of the first songs that hooked him was ”The spirit carries on” by Dream Theater.
Tommy started to practice singing to all this new music and it pretty fast shaped his own voice and ability to vocally express himself. In 2003-2004, once again through Johan Larsson, Tommy was asked if he could write and lay down some metal vocals on some demo songs from a guitar player called Stefan Lindholm. He accepted and the result was called ”Vindictiv” at the time. Vindictiv later on landed Tommy the chance to audition for a local prog metal band from Stockholm that had just parted ways with their singer at the time. It was just before the release of their first full album ”Become” and the band was ”Seventh Wonder”. Tommy was accepted as the new singer and together they started writing music and playing all the shows they could get.
In September 2010 Seventh Wonder played ProgPower USA and Kamelot was headlining the festival. Tommy was asked by Thomas to join Kamelot on stage for a song since they were facing a difficult situation. Tommy said yes and that was the start of the journey leading to him becoming the new singer of the band about one and a half years later. Outside of Kamelot, he is still a member of Seventh Wonder and can be heard on the 2 latest albums by dutch prog metal outfit ”Ayreon”.
Tommy started working as a firefighter in 2001 and continues until this day to do so.