Bjorn Erik Englen was born on October 9, 1971 in the city of Vaxjo, Sweden. He started his musical career as a drummer in 1984. Despite drums being a natural choice for Bjorn, within a couple of months he switched to bass guitar. In 1993 Bjorn re-located to Los Angeles, California and in 1994 became the bass player for the multi-platinum selling band QUIET RIOT (the first Heavy Metal group to ever reach No. 1 album on Billboard).
Shortly thereafter, in the spring of 1995, he formed the group SOUL SIGN who has since then toured in the US and Europe. The current line-up includes Ted Nugent/Malmsteen vocalist Mark Boals, and is currently working on the follow up to their latest release "Life In The Dark".
In the late 90s, early 2000s and continuing Bjorn worked extensively as a sought after L.A. session bassist recording at many of the major studios, as well as performing live, with countless name artists incl. members of Foreigner, Deep Purple, Kiss, The Supremes, David Lee Roth, Dio, Ozzy, Elton John, Rainbow, Journey, Korn, Dream Theater, Whitesnake, Heart, Judas Priest, Guns N' Roses, Sweet, Steve Vai, Vixen, Buddy Guy, Alice Cooper & more. His credits to date include about 2000 live shows and well over 50 albums.
From 2004-2006 he joined forces with MSG/Survivor vocalist ROBIN McAULEY touring throughout the US, as well as recording and performing as the band BLEED. According to Bjorn "a much joyful time". The excellent line-up was co-formed along with McAuley by longtime friend guitarist extraordinaire Dave Bates.
For the next five years (2007-2012) Englen came to be the bass player for neo-classical guitar icon YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, touring all over the world incl. America, Europe and Asia in front of audiences as big as 60.000 people. This really strong version of "Rising Force" also included vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest), drummer Patrik Johansson and three superb keyboardists incl. Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater).
In 2010-2013 he also did numerous performances with Scorpions guitar legend ULI JON ROTH. Since 2011 Bjorn has been touring worldwide with guitar/keyboard virtuoso TONY MACALPINE. In 2011 he was concurrently working with three of the biggest guitar gods of all time!
In 2012 Englen became a member of The Official Dio Band DIO DISCIPLES featuring longtime Dio members Craig Goldy, Simon Wright & Scott Warren plus star vocalists incl. Tim "Ripper" Owens and Oni Logan (Lynch Mob). Managed by Wendy Dio the group has since toured worldwide with more to come.
Throughout his career Bjorn has also spent some time educating upcoming bass players and musicians through numerous clinics & master classes worldwide incl. major schools like Musicians Institute & L.A. College of Music, as well as clinics in US and Europe. He also worked as a Rock Star Counselor at the famous Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp during 2016.
In recent years Bjorn has worked closely with bands like 80s metal icons HELLION, PLENTY HEAVY and STEREO MADNESS. His latest project, power metal group, BLACKWELDER's debut album "Survival of the Fittest" has received sky high reviews everywhere and reached the top of charts. Because of the strong material and powerful, famous line-up the band has been rated the new "metal super group" by countless major magazines and websites worldwide.