My name is Carl-Otto Johansson. I live in Kalmar on the East coast of Sweden. My passion is writing, recording and perfoming live. I am a multifaceted artist and Orphan Songs is just one of my many projects. I also make music for kids, both in Swedish and English. As part of my kids entertainment project I do music videos and live shows for kids about dinosaurs featuring my Dinosaur Songs. I am also a prominent Neil Young (solo) tribute act.
I run my own music and entertainment company and I make music full time since 2012.
I support Creative Commons and in 2011 I decided to re-license two of my albums and re-issue them under a CC license.
If you are a listener, please download and share. If you are a recording artist, please feel free to build upon my work under the Creative Commons licence. If you plan to use my music in a video or some other non-commercial project you are free to do so, but please send me a message and let me know about it. Rembember to give credit and refer to this website. Buy the album if you want to support future music making. Commercial licensing of Orphan Songs is handled by Jamendo.
Carl-Otto Johansson lives in Kalmar on the South-East coast of Sweden, and makes music under the name Orphan Songs. He was singer and songwriter in the Swedish indie band Eyedrop who released a critically acclaimed album called “You And Me Vs. The Machine” in 2002. Eyedrop split up in 2005 in the early stages of recording their second album and in the aftermath of the break-up, Carl-Otto got single custody over the songs left behind – his “Orphan Songs”.
Soon his family of melodies got bigger as he started writing new material and set out to record a solo album, a project that took years to complete. Produced in his home studio, Carl-Otto plays almost every instrument himself with occasional help from his former Eyedrop bandmates – drummer Mathias Jonsson and bassist Henrik Johansson.
The Orphan Songs debut was released in 2008. It was very well recieved by critics but failed to find a wider audience. In 2011 it was re-released under a Creative Commons license and quickly became an online success.
In 2012 Carl-Otto started making music about dinosaurs for kids. Having two boys of his own it came naturally. At first all the songs were in Swedish but in 2013 he made an English adaptation of his successful chidren’s album ‘Dinosaur Songs’, released under the name Daddy Donut. The music videos of Daddy Donut has become very popular on Youtube.