Lars Eriksson (born Lars Erik Ludvig Eriksson in Karlskoga, Sweden on 1 April 1980) is a Swedish singer-songwriter who became famous for his participation in Sweden's Idol 2008. Eriksson was just one year old when his family moved to Liberia in 1981, where Lars' father worked at a mining company. Moving back to Sweden in 1984, Lars began playing piano at age 5. He started writing music at age 9 and performed at school. He learned playing the guitar at around age 16. Together with three friends, he formed the band "The Jisreels" for three years (1997–1999).