Jan Sparring (1930 - 1992) was a Swedish christian singer with a background in opera. During his childhood he lived in different children's homes and youth care centres after his father had died. When his mother married a new man, Jan could live with them. But he was often beaten up by his stepfather and the safe home he had longed for was nowhere to be found. In his teens he was introduced to drugs, alcohol and, to some extent, criminality. This eventually led to some time in youth prison. Some years later he straightened up his life. He got married and became father to three children.