Maria Jane Smith and Victor Thell, collectively known as Smith & Thell, met one another as young teenagers at a local music event in their hometown of Helsingborg in Southern Sweden. Since then, they have spent their time establishing themselves as one of Sweden's most sought after songwriter and producer duos. They have contributed as writers on songs for major label artists that have combined to be streamed over 500,000,000 times already. After deciding to launch their own artist project, Smith & Thell, they submitted their original song “Statue” to be considered for Sweden’s prestigious Denniz Pop Awards. With a panel led by multi-platinum producer Max Martin, the jury selected Smith & Thell as the “New Artist of The Year” which is the same honor that was given to international superstar Tove Lo the year prior. Their debut album "Soulprints" was released in May 2017 which included singles "Statue (The Pills Song)", "Row" and "Toast". The album has already been streamed over 20 millions times.