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Lukas Graham at the Fillmore, 5 Things To Know

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The second time is certainly charmed for Lukas Graham.

The Danish group's sophomore album -- "Lukas Graham (Blue Album") -- debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified gold, as well as topping the charts in its homeland, where the album has gone seven-times platinum. The hit "7 Years," meanwhile, is up for three Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Record and Song of the Year, following multiple MTV Europe Music Awards nods.

The group has also been part of three other Top 5 hits back home with fellow Danish artists, and it keeps churning singles out of the "Lukas Graham" album. and if frontman and founder (and occasional actor) Lukas Forchhammer has his way, we'll be hearing plenty more in the future...

Forchhammer, 28, expresses nothing but gratitude for the success the band his having right now. "It's very strange to be me and the boys right now," he says by phone from St. Paul, Minn. "All along we've been like, 'Can it get any better?' Obviously yes, it could. We've got three Grammy nominations. My (four-month-old) daughter is healthy and sleeping at night. We're actually having fun on the road. You want to ask 'Can it get any better?' still, and hopefully it can.

Being from Denmark, Forchhammer and his bandmates knew the Grammy nominations were important, but it took some outside education to hammer it home. "We have our new piano man from Louisiana; He could explain to us how big it is to be nominated for A Grammy, let alone three Grammys, and two of the big ones, for our first single from our first (U.S. released) album ever," Forchhammer notes. "And our production manager (Eric 'Shakes' Gryzbowski), who's from Detroit -- so it's nice to have some Americans with us who can let us know what it means. Whether or not we win, we'll always be regarded as a Grammy-nominated act. That feels really good and surreal."

"'7 years,' according to Forchhammer, is "a very autobiographical song. It touches on a lot of emotions and considerations about life as a young man and a life on the road to fatherhood and to success and ambition and fame. What I like about '7 Years' is it's actually come true; We've conquered a lot of the stuff we want to conquer. The second half of the song is made up, but it's coming true.

Forchhammer says that fatherhood as a touring musician is "easier than I would have deemed it. It'll probably get tougher once she starts crawling and walking and gets bored being on a bus. But we'll get used to it."

Lukas Graham is already working on its second album, which Forchhammer describes as having "a darker sound" than the group's current set. "We have a lot of great songs -- some of them of course have something to do with my baby girl, some have to do with me being a family guy. My daughter won't have a grandfather, either, so knowing that started a chain reaction inside of me that will come out in these songs, too."

Lukas Graham and Hein Cooper

Tuesday, Jan. 24. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $25-$49.95.

Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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