Meet the homeless man in Nashville with a No. 1 hit in Sweden

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — You have probably never heard the name Doug Seegers before — but that could soon change.

Seegers, 62, moved to Nashville from New York over 20 years ago to pursue a music career. However, his career stalled.

After 17 years of struggling to find work, Seegers was homeless.

Last year, Jill Johnson, a popular singer in Sweden, was in Nashville shooting a segment about struggling musicians when she heard Seegers sing.

In an interview with NPR, Johnson said she was overwhelmed by his “beautiful” and “genuine” voice.

Johnson took Seegers to a studio where he recorded his song for the show. A few days after the television show aired in Sweden, his song rocketed to No. 1 on Swedish iTunes, according to NPR.

A record deal followed soon after and remained in the top five for 10 weeks.

But we still don’t know Doug Seegers . That could change next week when Going Down to the River is released in the U.S.

Read more: NPR

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