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Sharon den Adel (born 12 July 1974) is a Dutch singer and composer, best known as the lead vocalist and one of the main songwriters in the Dutch symphonic metal/rock band Within Temptation. She has been a performing musician since the age of 14, and was a founding member of the band Within Temptation, along with Robert Westerholt, in 1996. She sings in a mezzo-soprano range, though she has a light and lyric vocal quality for that range.
Born Sharon Janny den Adel in Waddinxveen, South Holland, Netherlands on 12 July, 1974, she traveled extensively in her youth, living in at least ten different countries, including Bali and Indonesia. From the age of 14, she performed with various bands, including a blues rock band called Kashiro, before joining with Robert Westerholt in 1996 to form a band called The Portal, though the name was changed to Within Temptation before their debut recording.
Den Adel and long-term partner Robert Westerholt have three children together (daughter Eva Luna, sons Robin Aiden and Logan Arwin), and they currently live near Hilversum, Netherlands. Den Adel was pregnant with their first child, Eva Luna (born 7 December 2005), during The Silent Force tour. On 22
Anita Doth (born 28 December 1971, Amsterdam) is a Dutch singer, best known for her participation in the Eurodance group 2 Unlimited.
Anita Daniëlle Doth was born in Amsterdam to Rolf and Lydia Doth. In 1991 she finished her education and landed her first steady job in an administrative position at a police station.
Together with Ray Slijngaard, she formed the group 2 Unlimited. In the early 1990s, Ray Slijngaard (the soon-to-become techno-rapper of 2 Unlimited) had been asked to write rap lyrics for a tune written by Belgian producers J.P. de Coster and Phil Wilde. Ray also wrote a chorus to be sung by a female vocalist, for which he asked Doth to sing the lyrics.
The demo was presented to de Coster and Wilde, leading to Doth joining 2 Unlimited. Doth sang the choruses for the majority of their songs; however there were some B sides, and one successful single, "Nothing Like the Rain", where she sang close to all the lyrics. The band became an instant success in Europe and throughout the world. Their hits included songs such as "Get Ready For This", "Maximum Overdrive", "No Limit", "Tribal Dance", "The Real Thing", "Twilight Zone" and "Workaholic". After sixteen music videos,
Judith Katrijntje "Trijntje" Oosterhuis (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtrɛiɲcə ˈoːstərˌɦœys]; born 5 February 1973) is a Dutch pop and jazz singer.
Judith Katrijntje Oosterhuis was born on 5 February 1973, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Trijntje Oosterhuis is the daughter of theologian and former Catholic priest Huub Oosterhuis and violinist Jozefien Melief of the Amsterdam Promenade Orchestra.
In 1990 she formed the band "Total Touch" with her brother Tjeerd Oosterhuis and, in 1991, they participated in the Grote Prijs van Nederland, the most important amateur musician contest in the Netherlands. Trijntje got the opportunity to tour with Candy Dulfer in 1994 after collaborating with her on the album Big Girl. Originally the tour was supposed to last six weeks; however, it became a two-year tour around the world.
Total Touch was offered a record deal in 1995 and the debut album Total Touch was released in 1996. The first single Touch Me There became a summer hit and went Platinum, selling over 100,000 copies in its first month - despite only peaking the Dutch charts at #14. The next album This Way became their first #1 album and was equally successful, although the album was not well
Signe Tollefsen (English: /ˈsɪɡnə ˈtɒləfsən/) is a United States-Dutch singer-songwriter, settled in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her music has been described as Folk Rock.
Growing up in Utrecht, the Netherlands, as the child of an American father and a Dutch mother, Signe Tollefsen started to sing at the age of 7. She went to the "Kathedrale Koorschool Utrecht", the choirschool in Utrecht (other members were Colin Benders, better known as Kyteman). She composed her first songs on guitar at the age of 14, inspired by artists such as Janis Joplin, Edith Piaf, and Paul Simon. At 15, she moved to the UK to finish high school ( European School, Culham) and studied classical singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. She eventually gave up classical song, for studies in philosophy at the University of Hull, when she started singing her own songs in public at Hull's infamous underground club "The Adelphi". She moved back to the Netherlands to study medicine, but gave up and started studying at the Amsterdam Conservatory with René van Barneveld ('Tres Manos', the Urban Dance Squad). In 2005, she played with Stephen Malkmus ('S.M.', Pavement) in Italy and Germany.
In December 2006 she won
Desiree Rollocks (also known as Daisy Dee, born September 4, 1970) is Dutch singer, actress and TV host, especially well known in the German-speaking world.
Born on Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, on September 4, 1970, she came to Europe at the age of 8. Her mother is from the Netherlands and her father is half African, half Spanish. Apart from her mother tongue Dutch, she learned to speak English, German and Spanish fluently.
Having finished school, she considered studying interior decoration. Jobbing at a discotheque known for live events, one evening a band broke off their performance after a single song. When the audience angrily demanded more, Daisy grabbed the microphone and gave her best. Her performance not only impressed the audience, but also executives of a record company who happened to be there. So she started working with a number of different projects, which made it high into the Billboard dance charts, like "This Beat is Technotronic" and "Crazy" (six weeks number 1 in the U.S. dance charts). In 1998, together with Toni Cottura she founded her own production company Booya Music, featuring artists like Nana, the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and her brother Pappa Bear. In
Glennis Grace (born as Glenda Batta, June 19, 1978, Amsterdam) is a singer from the Netherlands who in 2005 won the national selection in the Netherlands for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 for the nation. Grace's song was the ballad My Impossible Dream, but she did not advance the semifinal. She was discovered after she won a Dutch TV talent show where she performed Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time". In April 2011 she reached the top of the Dutch singles chart with a rendition of "Afscheid", originally made famous by Volumia!
Georgina Carolina Verbaan (born 9 October 1979) is a Dutch actress and singer. Verbaan is best known for her recurring role in soap opera Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden. She has also appeared in various Dutch films, including Costa!, Volle maan and Oogverblindend.
Verbaan was born in The Hague, Netherlands. She joined a musical group in her hometown, Zoetermeer, in 1990, at the age of 11. In 1992, Verbaan started attending a theatre school in The Hague. She graduated from mavo (high school) in Zoetermeer.
Verbaan joined the cast of soap opera Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden in 1997, at the age of 16. She played the recurring role of Hedwig Harmsen from 1997 to 2000, growing increasingly popular and famous during her tenure on the show.
Verbaan left the show in 2000, seeking to pursue an acting career. She appeared in the Dutch film Costa! in 2001. Costa! was a nationwide commercial success, attracting over 200,000 visitors. Verbaan sang the film's theme song.
Verbaan had a cameo in English-language, Dutch film Soul Assassin in 2001. She made a major appearance in Dutch film Volle maan in 2002, but the film was a commercial and critical failure. Verbaan had the lead role in 2003 film
Edsilia Francisca Rombley (born February 13, 1978) is a Dutch singer. She participated in the Soundmixshow in 1996. She represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1998 and 2007.
Edsilia Rombley was born on February 13, 1978 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Her parents were from Aruba and Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles).
The career of Edsilia Rombley started in 1995, with Gracia Gorré, Karima Lemghari and Susan Haps in the group called Dignity. The name Dignity stands for Dignified Individuals Giving New Insight To You. A year later the singles "Talk To Me" and "Hold Me" from the compilation album "No Sweat" entered the charts.
In 1996, Edsilia won the final of the European Soundmix Show with an imitation of Oleta Adams' song, "I Just Had To Hear Your Voice". In 1997, her international reputation was established thanks to the profit of the European Soundmix Show, in which she sang the same song. That year she left Dignity and released her first solo single "Baby It's You". In 1997 she recorded her first album "Thuis" which was in assignment and exclusive for Douwe Egberts.
In 1998, Edsilia competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham, United
Stevie Ann (born Anna Stephanie Struijk in Roggel, June 24, 1986) is a Dutch singer-songwriter.
Stevie Ann started making music at a very young age. From the first moment she learned how to play the guitar she started writing songs. In the summer of 2005 her debut album Away from Here was released. The album contains twelve tracks, all written by Ann.
The song The Poetry Man, released in December 2005, and gained airplay on a number of major Dutch radio stations. It is her highest charting single to date, peaking at #21 on the Dutch Single Top 100.
In her short career, Ann won several awards. In November 2005, she received an Essent Award, an award for young and promising Dutch artists. In February 2006, she won a Zilveren Harp (Silver Harp). Ann was also named best new artist at the Dutch 3FM Awards.
In October 2006, Stevie Ann started a tour running until January 2007. During November 2006 she played the opening of James Morrison's concerts in the Netherlands.
Laura Fygi (born 27 August 1955 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch singer.
For the first eight years of her life, she lived with her parents in South America. She is the daughter of a Dutch father (a manager at Philips) and an Egyptian mother.
Between 1984 and 1991, Laura Fygi was a member of one of the most popular Dutch girl-bands, Centerfold, known for their hit "Dictator". During performances, the ladies dressed themselves in sexy lingerie. They had hits in the Netherlands and all over Europe. They were big in Japan.
In 1991, the ladies of Centerfold stopped performing and Laura (together with Rowan Moore) started a band called The Backlot. After one performance in Dutch theatre Paradiso, an album was expected, but Mercury Records had already asked Laura to make a solo album. This first album of hers was called Introducing, produced by Ruud Jacobs. On this album, she was accompanied by famous Belgian musician Jean "Toots" Thielemans. Most of the songs on the album are jazz.
Corry Brokken (born 3 December 1932, Breda) is a former Dutch singer.
Brokken won the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest, representing the Netherlands singing "Net als toen" ("Like it used to be"). The melody was composed by Guus Jansen and the lyrics were written by Willy van Hemert.
She participated in the 1956 contest (performing eighth out of field of fourteen) singing "Voorgoed voorbij" ("Over for good"), with music and lyrics by Jelle de Vries, and in the 1958 contest (where she tied for last place) singing "Heel de wereld" ("The Whole World"), with music and lyrics by Benny Vreden. John Kennedy O'Connor's book, The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, notes that Corry is the only singer ever to have finished both first and last in the contest.
In 1976, Brokken served as the presenter of the contest, and in 1997 she announced the results of the Dutch vote for that year's contest. By that time she was no longer active as a singer: she ended her musical career in 1976 to study Law and in 1988 she became a judge.
Tess Gaerthé (born on 21 August 1991 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands), better known as just Tess, was the Dutch representative at the 3rd Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. Singing "Stupid", she finished in 7th place with 82 points.
Tess was born in the VU Amsterdam Hospital on 21 August 1991 at 1:05 PM, half an hour after her twin brother Joel.Tess was born with her arm around her head.At night, she would sleep with her arm around her head during the first months of her life.Tess and Joel had many nannies during their childhood because both of their parents worked.
Since the JESC, apart from still going to school with an integrated pop/jazz education, she came out with additional singles. "First Kiss" won the award for longest noted artist for 26 weeks in the Kids Top 20. She was asked by Jetix/Dolfinarium to write and sing the title song for the popular TV series Spetter (Mijn allerbeste vriend) and following this came the request to sing the Dutch version of the main duet of High School Musical 2, by Disney. This duet, "De stem van mijn hart", she did together with Thomas Berge. Tess now performs jazz and pop with Tess and the Rhythm Chiefs in Belgium and the Netherlands. Her
Kizzy Yuanda Constance Getrouw (born on 14 March 1979) is a Dutch actress, singer-songwriter and television host. She performs under the artist name Kizzy McHugh. She became a household name in the Netherlands Antilles with a hit songs and TV shows. In the United States she is best known for hosting TV shows on both The Gossip Swapp on XY TV and CN8.
Kizzy was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, to a Surinamese father and an Antillean mother (Sint Eustatius). At the age of four, her family moved to the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Starting at the age of nine, she had lead roles in various televised musicals and plays, and won numerous talent competitions including De Soundmix Showand The European Caribbean Talent Contest in 1995. In the following year won the National Song Festival thus she became the representative of the Netherlands Antilles at the Caribbean Song Festival in Barbados, finishing in second place. Moreover, she performed at award shows, beauty pageants and sang the National Anthem for presidential and big sports events, including The Caribbean Olympics and the Andruw Jones Awards.
Kizzy's career took off in 1997 with the success of the hit album Lamu-Lamu, which
Lisa Lois (born 22 June 1987 as Lisa Hordijk) is a Dutch singer who rose to prominence after winning the second season of talent show X Factor. In 2009, she changed her stage name to Lisa Lois and released her debut album Smoke.
Lois was born in Wageningen, Netherlands. She studied at the Rock Academy in Tilburg and at the Utrecht-based Herman Brood Academy.
After winning the X-Factor, she released her debut single, a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" as 'Lisa'. The single went straight to number one in the Dutch Top 40. "Hallelujah" went double platinum within one month, selling over 100,000 copies as of today and becoming the best-selling single of 2009 in the Netherlands. Her second single "No Good for Me" written by Pixie Lott and Phil Thornalley was released on 13 November 2009. Two weeks later her debut album Smoke was released. Lisa's third single off of the album is "Promises, Promises" written by Pixie Lott, Martin Sutton and Chris Neill.
Aafje Heynis (born 2 May 1924, Krommenie) is a Dutch contralto. In 1961, she was awarded the Harriet Cohen International Music Award. A tea rose, hybridised by Buisman 1964, was named after her.
As young as aged four she sang in the child choir and together with her father at the harmonium. On the advice of Jan Mienes, the conductor of the choral society in her native town of Krommenie she auditioned for teacher Jo Immink in Amsterdam with an arrangement of the "Pilgrims' Chorus" from Wagner's "Tannhauser". After that from 1946 to 1949, her singing teacher was Aaltje Noorderwier-Reddingius and was given good advice by Laurens Bogtman, the great oratorio singer.
She quickly established her reputation, to begin with in the field of oratorio. With her performance in Brahms' Alto Rhapsody with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Eduard van Beinum, she attracted wide attention. She performed many concerts in churches, Lieder recitals, and numerous performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. For the Philips label she made a whole series of recordings of works by Brahms, Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn.
However Aafje Heynis showed a particular preference for Gustav
Anneke van Giersbergen (born 8 March 1973) is a Dutch singer and musician. She is the former lead singer of the Dutch progressive/alternative rock band The Gathering which she departed in August 2007. Since then, she has been involved in a solo project called Agua de Annique which also included her husband & drummer of the band, Rob Snijders. She now performs under her own name with her husband & other members. She has also worked with Lawn, Farmer Boys, Ayreon, Napalm Death, Novembers Doom, Moonspell, Globus, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Giant Squid, Devin Townsend, Anathema and Within Temptation.
Van Giersbergen was born in Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands. By the age of 7, she participated in soundmix contests, and, at the age of 12, joined her school choir, and later joined her first rock band.
She has played with several bands before becoming part of the duo Bad Breath, who played a mix of blues, jazz, folk and funk. She joined The Gathering in 1994, and she is most notable for her work with them.
In 1998, she sang on the Ayreon album Into the Electric Castle, a concept album telling the tale of an alien entity 'kidnapping' 8 human souls from different times. Anneke portrayed an
Patty Brard (born Petula Louise Brard in Sorong, New Guinea/Indonesia, on March 25, 1955) is a famous Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) entertainer. She is a TV personality and a singer notable as a member of the girl group Luv'. For three decades, she has often hit the headlines of the tabloid press.
In the late 1970s, Luv' scored a string of international hit records such as "You're the Greatest Lover", "Trojan Horse", "Casanova" and "Ooh, Yes I Do". The group reunited in 2005. Since 1982, Patty has been active on television as a host/presenter of Candid Camera-like TV shows such as Bananasplit and Gaan met die Banaan as well as the 1985 edition of the San Remo Festival and the 2001 version of Big Brother. Inspired by the success of The Osbournes, she was involved from 2003 to 2006 in reality television shows that featured her life, the most popular being Patty's Posse. In recent years, she was often invited on famous talk shows (Jensen!, Mooi! Weer De Leeuw, De Wereld Draait Door...). Her funny participation in the ice skating competition Sterren Dansen Op Het IJs was a highly covered event in early 2007. She hosted the entertainment news program Shownieuws between February 2007 and May
Mathilde Santing (born Mathilde Eleveld, 24 October 1958) is a Dutch singer .
Santing was born in Amstelveen, The Netherlands. She started receiving national attention in 1981 after she appeared in a Dutch television programme called Sonja Op Maandag, hosted by Sonja Barend.
Over the last 25 years she has released a steady stream of albums, making her a fixture in the Dutch music scene.
In the 2006/2007 theatre season she appeared in the role of Glinda in Joop van den Ende's production of the musical The Wiz.
On 27 April 2007 Mathilde Santing was knighted by Queen Beatrix (Order of Oranje-Nassau).
The ranks in this table are from the Dutch Album Top 20/50/75/100.
The ranks in this table are from the Dutch Top 40.
Hind Laroussi Tahiri (born December 3, 1984), known professionally as Hind, is a Dutch singer.
Hind Laroussi Tahiri was born on December 3, 1984 in Gouda, Netherlands. She has a Moroccan father and a Dutch mother.
When Hind was eight years she sang and acted in public for the first time. Shortly thereafter she started taking singing lessons. At her high school she performed in numerous music shows. Her talent did not go unnoticed; she received an invitation to sing during the TMF dancemasters party of the year in Germany. All this resulted in a role in Tracks, a contemporary theatre group. Singing, dancing and cabaret lessons followed. At national level Hind came to the fore when she participated in the Soundmixshow 2002, and took part in the finals, where she imitated Vanessa Williams. Hind also took part in the first edition of the talent show Idols in 2003, finishing in third place. She also performed with the Arab Orchestra of Nazareth from Israel.
Hind, who sings R, pop and fado, is not afraid of experimenting with different musical styles in different languages such as Arabic and Portuguese. One of her ambitions is to star in a major role in a musical. While her Idols
Patricia Anglaia Margareth Paaij (born April 7, 1949), best known as Patricia Paay, is a Dutch singer, radio host, glamour model and television personality. In the Netherlands, she is well known for her musical career, which spans over four decades. She is also regularly featured on Dutch television and in Dutch tabloid media.
She met Adam Curry and retired from music in the Netherlands in the mid-1980s to set up home with Adam in the U.S. and help develop his career. She now lives in the UK. Their daughter Christina Curry lives in Los Angeles whilst her ex-husband Adam now resides in Austen, Texas. Paay sang many of the popular music remixes under the Stars on 45 brand name and was a member of the spin-off act Star Sisters, alongside sister Yvonne Keeley.
On 20 May 2009, the Dutch weekly gossip magazine Story published an interview with Patricia Paay saying that she will divorce after 20 years of marriage.
Being Dutch and popular in the Netherlands, perhaps Mrs. Curry-Paay's best known release there (English language) was her 1977 cover of the Robert Knight hit, co-written by Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden, and made famous by Love Affair in 1967, 'Everlasting Love'; from her album, The
Ellen ten Damme (born October 7, 1967 in Warnsveld, Gelderland) is a Dutch actress and singer.
She was born in Warnsveld, and was raised in the village Roden.
She made her film debut in 1991 with The Tears of Maria Machita directed by Paul Ruven. She also starred in the lawyer drama Called to the Bar. Further movies roles included All Rigid and No Trains No Planes.
She released five albums of which 3 are in English. Her last two albums are in Dutch. Kill Your Darlings (1995) I Am Here (2001) Impossible Girl (2007) Durf jij (2011) Het Regende Zon (2012)
Except for her own studio work, she also contributed to movie soundtracks such as Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie)
Dutch avantgarde filmmaker Cyrus Frisch directed her music video Stay.
Pia Douwes (born on August 5, 1964) is a Dutch musical theatre actress who is very successful in Europe. She is best known for having created the title role in the German-language musical Elisabeth.
Douwes was born in Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands, as Petronella Irene Allegonda Douwes, to an arts dealer and a social worker, and is the grandniece of Doris Day. Initially Douwes wanted to become a nurse for mentally handicapped children, then she danced in a disco when she was 19 years old and realised that she wanted to dance. She went to London and searched for a dance school in the Yellow Pages. She chose the Brooking School of Ballet. Without any prior dance education, she auditioned (with a sprained ankle) and was accepted. One year later she attended a musical workshop with Susi Nicoletti and Sam Cane in Vienna. Cane is said to have told Douwes' father at that time: "If she doesn't become a star, I'll hang myself!"
In 1986, she got her first small part in the German-language premiere of Little Shop of Horrors in Vienna. More small parts followed, and in 1987 she got her first part in a larger production, as an Swing in Cats in Amsterdam. With this production she
Esther Hart (born Esther Katinka Hartkamp on 3 June 1970 in Epe, Gelderland) is a Dutch singer. She entered BBC TV's A Song for Europe contest in 2003 with the song "Wait For Moment". She withdrew from that contest as participating for two countries would not have been acceptable for both BBC and NOS. She opted for participating in Nationaal Songfestival, the Dutch heat of the Eurovision Song Contest, and won. Her song, One More Night was placed 13th in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest. She read the Dutch results at Eurovision 2008.
Elise van der Horst, better known as EliZe, is a Dutch singer.
Growing up in Bussum, EliZe shared her mother's passion for singing. As an eight year old she was selected to sing in a children's television show, Kinderen voor Kinderen ("Children for Children"), in which she performed for six years.
After starring in the national TV show Kinderen voor Kinderen (Kids for Kids) between age 8-14, she joined "Non Stop", a teenage choir, and participated in two amateur productions of the musicals Chicago and Les Misérables.
In 2004, EliZe recorded an album in Denmark. The songs were written and produced by Peter Hartmann and Jan Langhoff, who also worked with Aqua. The first single, "Shake", was released in 2004 in the Netherlands. Though the song received the title "Dancesmash!" by Radio 538, the single was a modest hit by peaking at number 32 on the Dutch Top 40. "Automatic (I'm Talking to You)", the second single, was released in 2005 in the Netherlands and also earned the title "Dancesmash!" shortly after its release. The song became her signature song, peaking at number 7 there and becoming her best-selling single to date. It is also the first song that has ever charted outside the
Marike Jager (born February 4, 1979 in Amersfoort) is a Dutch singer-songwriter, guitarist and television presenter.
She grew up in Leusden and learned to play the guitar while backpacking through Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South Africa. There she wrote her first song 'Lizzy'. When she got back in the Netherlands she went to the stages, quickly winning the 'Studenten Songfestival in Maastricht (songfestival for students in Maastricht). Soon after she also won the Sky Radio Talentenjacht (Sky Radio Talenthunt), the demopoll by the Brussels Studio and the prestigious 'Grote Prijs van Nederland' 2003 (Grand Prix of the Netherlands) in the category singer/songwriter. After winning the Grote Prijs, she meets Henk Jan Heuvelink. He plays the wurlitzer, harmonium and the piano. Together they regularly play at festivals, in theaters and on the radio. In 2008 drummer Nicky Hustinx joins the band.
The Beauty Around (2006)
In the summer of 2005, Marike records her first album The Beauty Around. It was released on 15 May 2006, on her own record label, Morning Coffee Records. It is distributed by V2Records. The debut lives up to everyone’s expectations. Marike is awarded the Essent Award
Elisabeth Dorathea List, generally known as Liesbeth List (born December 12, 1941) is a Dutch singer, stage actress and television personality. She became popular during the 1960s and frequently collaborated with Ramses Shaffy. She also sang Jacques Brel's chansons in Dutch translation.
She was born in Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia), as Elisabeth "Elly" Dorothea Driessen. Her parents were separated in 1942, when during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, her father was forced to work in coal mines. List and her mother were sent to one of the many camps set up exclusively to contain Dutch occupants of Indonesia; such camps were known under the Dutch nickname "jappenkamp" (Jap-Camp). The circumstances in which List and her mother lived in the camp were very hard on her mother, who developed depression. Four years later, the Netherlands freed the East Indies of the Japanese occupation and List and her mother were set free. They were reunited with their father and husband, but a few weeks later, List's mother committed suicide. List and her father returned to the Netherlands, where her father remarried. His new wife, however, frequently clashed with
Birgit Schuurman (born 1 July 1977 in Utrecht) (artist name Birgit) is a Dutch rock singer and actress.
Schuurman was born in Utrecht and raised in Bunnik as the daughter of a Dutch father and a Chinese-Surinamese mother; she's the younger sister of Katja Schuurman. Schuurman started her singing career several years before her graduation. Her first attempt to break into the music business was with some unsuccessful R and Dance projects. She also sang in the band Jeunes Turcs alongside her older sister Katja in 1995.
After a short break in her musical career, she released some singles in 1999 which were more successful. A Little Famous and Maybe the Wine were minor hits and enabled her a certain degree of fame. Also, in the same year, she featured in the video Onderweg by Abel and started to present a television program on Fox Kids. Her final breakthrough followed in 2001 with her song "I Know", and the corresponding album Few Like Me.
Birgit combined her own dates with a Marlboro-sponsored tour of Lenny Kravitz-covers only. Continuing in this direction, 2002 saw her recording a cover-version of the Skunk Anansie-classic Weak for the soundtrack of the movie Liever verliefd; it did
Lenny Kuhr (born 22 February 1950 in Eindhoven) is a Dutch singer-songwriter.
In 1967 she started a singing career in the Netherlands, performing songs in the French chanson tradition. In 1969 she represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest with her own composition De Troubadour (lyrics by David Hartsema; orchestra conducted by Franz de Kok). She was one of the four winners that year.
In the early seventies Kuhr was more successful in France than in her home country. She topped the French charts in 1972 with the song Jesus Christo and performed in the shows of Georges Brassens.
In 1980 she had her biggest hit in the Netherlands: Visite, a song she performed together with the French group les Poppys. She has been releasing records ever since, though without major chart success.
1982 saw Kuhr host the Nationaal Songfestival, the Dutch national heat for Eurovision.
Lenny Kuhr converted to Judaism. She is married to Rob Frank and has two daughters from an earlier marriage, who live in Israel. For a while, she lived in Israel herself.
Willeke Alberti (3 February 1945, Amsterdam, Netherlands) (real name: Willy Albertina Verbrugge) is a Dutch singer and actress, the daughter of entertainer and singer Willy Alberti.
Willeke Alberti started her career at the early age of eleven in the musical Duel om Barbara and she recorded her first single in 1958 together with her father. During the 1960s, she was a well-known singer in the Netherlands and had at least one #1 hit with "De Winter Was Lang" ("The Winter Was Long"), however there was no official Dutch chart at the time. Willeke and her father had a television show between 1965 and 1969. Her singing career from 1970 onwards is less active, however Alberti still releases singles and albums at an irregular interval and plays minor roles in television programs and movies.
From 1964 to 1974 she was married to musician Joop Onk, and they had a daughter. She married John de Mol in 1976, and they had a son, Johnny de Mol. The couple divorced in 1980, and Alberti married a third time, with football player Søren Lerby. Another son was born from that marriage. Søren Lerby and Willeke Alberti separated in 1990.
In 1994, she represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song
Floor Jansen (pronounced [flɔr ˈjɑnsɛn]; born 21 February 1981, Goirle) is a Dutch soprano singer, who was the lead singer of the symphonic metal band After Forever which disbanded in 2009, and is the current singer for ReVamp.
Jansen was sixteen when she joined Apocalypse (the name of the band After Forever in its early days) in 1997. Three years later the band released its first album, Prison Of Desire. Floor's ability to sing both classical and rock music have made her reasonably popular in the metal scene. She took sole charge of After Forever's lyrics and vocal melodies since the departure of Mark Jansen (no relation) in 2002. Prior to this, up until the Decipher album, the two would write together.
Floor started studying music at the Dutch Rock Academy in 1999 and entered the conservatory three years later. She studied Musical Theatre and one year of Opera. Later on, she started teaching performing in her own course called Wanna be a Star?!.
Floor plays the guitar, piano and flute and has completed several years of music studies, and has a Dramatic Soprano vocal range.
Three albums by the Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen include guest vocals
Ilse Annoeska de Lange (born 13 May 1977) is a Dutch country and pop singer, better known as Ilse DeLange (American spelling).
Ilse Annoeska de Lange was born on May 13, 1977 in Almelo, Netherlands. She started her career at the age of 8 as a lip-synching artist, which won her several contests. De Lange drew greater attention after switching to a live repertoire in both regional and national talent shows in Hilversum (the Dutch city where most TV-programs are recorded). This helped her book some live-performances on national television. She formed a duo with guitarist Joop Liefland, who introduced her to country music.
In 1994 Ilse performed at the Dutch Country Music Awards. Despite positive reviews, nothing happened with her career. She did get in touch with representatives of Warner Music but it took several years of negotiation before Warner Music decided to offer Ilse a contract. In 1996 DeLange joined the popgroup Wij where the group released the single "De Oorlog Meegemaakt" ("Experienced The War"). However the single did not chart the Dutch Top 40.
In 1998 while a member of the group Cash On Delivery, she traveled to Nashville, U.S. to record her debut album World Of Hurt
Simone Johanna Maria Simons (born 17 January 1985) is a Dutch mezzo-soprano singer and the lead vocalist of symphonic metal band Epica.
Simons is a coloratura mezzo-soprano with a four octave range. Her highest studio recorded note is C#6, heard in Son of Seasons' Fall of Byzanz and Epica's Twin Flames. The tone of her voice could be described as lachrymose. She is capable of belting high notes in a mixed voice, but typically makes use of her more familiar, classical sound. As Simone has stated numerous times, she is a mezzo-soprano; however, she can often be heard singing comfortably within the alto range. Her bright timbre and the coloratura properties of her voice make classifying it into one particular fach difficult.
Marike Groot (born 1968 in Zwaag, North Holland) is a Dutch singer. She started her career in the mid eighties as the singer for punk band The Grabbits, with whom she recorded the EP Aliens. From 1989 to 1992 she was the vocalist of Little Mary Big, which transformed into Visions of Johanna and later Johan. With Little Mary Big, she reached fourth place at the Grote Prijs van Nederland, an important music competition in the Netherlands. She later joined The Gathering, and she sang on their first album Always..., released in 1992. She was soon replaced by Martine van Loon. During the 90's and 00's, Marike Groot remained active in music, both as a singer and a guitar player, playing in bands like Battle and Mae West. Currently, she fronts Wonderlust and plays with Beatles cover band The Weavils.
Astrid van der Veen (born 26 February 1986 in Emmeloord, The Netherlands) is a Dutch singer. She is currently believed to live in Enschede.
Astrid recorded her first solo album Beautiful Red in 2000, which is re-released as a special edition in 2006. She produced the album herself, and it is described as "alternative easy listening pianomusic". In 2005, she released a second solo album called Seamless Borderline, which was made available on the website of her current band, theEndorphins. Right now Astrid is working on her third solo-album.
She is especially known for being the singer on Arjen Lucassen's Ambeon project, which released one album (Fate of a Dreamer) and a single (Cold Metal), both in 2001. The Cold Metal song was also featured on the Ayreonauts Only project (2000).
Astrid's old official website (in Dutch) is no longer accessible since 2005, but all official information about her was available on the theEndorphins website. Her merchandise is also available on this website. Unfortunately, as of December 2008, this band's website seems to be inactive.
A translated version of Astrid's old website, made by a fan, was accessible on astridvanderveen.nl. It does however not
Dominique Rijpma van Hulst (born 7 September 1981) is a Dutch singer known by her stage name Do ( /ˈdoʊ/). She is best known for singing the vocals of DJ Sammy's worldwide top 10 hit in 2002-2003, "Heaven", a cover of the 1980s hit by Bryan Adams.
She has released two albums, Do and Follow Me.
Do was born Dominique Rijpma in 1981 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Although she had been singing throughout most of her childhood, Dominique Rijpma never considered a music career. Her father is a popular tennis coach by the name of Willem-Jan van Hulst. She was a gifted tennis player and at the age of 15 started preparations to compete in Wimbledon, but was forced to end her tennis career early because of an injury.
Her first musical performance in café Old Dutch in Valkenswaard led to a record label deal with Sony Music BMG.
On 7 July 2007, Do married Marc Verschoor in Barcelona, Spain.
Before she even released a single, she was a supporting act for the tour of 5ive and Montell Jordan in the Netherlands. The first single Do released was the song Real Good. Although the music video was played a lot on the Dutch music channel TMF, it was not a hit song in the Netherlands. Later in interview she
Katja Römer-Schuurman (born February 19, 1975) is a Dutch actress, singer, television personality and occasional VJ.
Katja grew up in Bunnik as the eldest daughter of a Dutch father and a Chinese-Surinamese mother; she has one younger sister, Birgit, who is an actress as well.
Schuurman made her acting debut in 1992 on the television series Uit de school geklapt. Two years later she resurfaced in the RTL soap Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (GTST) as Jessica, the eldest niece of one-time angry neighbour Govert Harmsen. Katja immediately rose to fame.
With two other characters from GTST she formed the spin-off girl group Linda, Roos & Jessica. Their debut single "Ademnood" (English version: "Turn Your Love Around'") topped the Dutch charts in late 1995.
The only disappointment in this successful year was the release of De Zeemeerman (The Merman); it failed to draw people to the cinemas and was voted the worst Dutch movie ever made.
Katja continued to release singles with both LR and on her own. She had hits with Maar nu heb ik er een, Wereldmeid, Totaal Verkocht and Lover or friend.
In 1999 her last GTST-scenes were shown while LR called it a day; their farewell single was aptly
Rania Zeriri (born January 6, 1986 in Enschede, Netherlands) is a Dutch singer.
Rania Zeriri grew up in the Netherlands as daughter of a Dutch mother and an Algerian father who left the family when she was still very young. After finishing school with a General Certificate of Secondary Education (Mittlere Reife) she moved at the age of 17 to Salamanca to study Spanish. Later she acquired a hotel animation diploma and than worked mainly on Ibiza and Fuerteventura where she also started to perform as singer in hotels. After she reached the Top 10 of the fifth season of the German television contest Deutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS) she resigned from her job and moved to Gronau-Epe in Germany to live with her mother.
Zeriri was born with holes in her vocal cords. Her dark voice is the result of an operation which was necessary in order to close the inborn holes using laser treatment. This caused her difficulties to sing high notes and in the falsetto register.
Rania Zeriri gained national recognition as contestant and 'Top 5' finalist in the 2008 German "Idol" version Deutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS) broadcasted by RTL. She finished in fifth place.
After the DSDS show
Sylvia Kristel (born 28 September 1952) is a Dutch actress, model and singer. Her most famous role is in the French film Emmanuelle.
Kristel was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, as the daughter of Piet and Jean-Nicholas, who ran an inn in Utrecht. In her 2006 autobiography Nue she claims to have been sexually abused by an elderly guest at the hotel at the age of nine, an event which she has refused to discuss in detail. Her parents divorced when she was 14 years old after her father left home for another woman. "It was the saddest thing that ever happened to me", she says of the experience of her parents' separation. She has a younger sister, Marianne.
Kristel began modeling when she was 17. She entered the Miss TV Europe contest in 1973 and won. She speaks Dutch, English, French, German and Italian. She gained international attention in 1974 for playing the title character in the softcore film Emmanuelle which remains one of the most successful French films ever produced.
Kristel found herself typecast as Emmanuelle and often played roles that capitalised upon that image, most notably starring in an adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981) and a nudity filled biopic of World War
Maud Mulder (born 17 November 1981 in Nijmegen, Netherlands) is a Dutch singer who rose to popularity after placing second in Idols Netherlands 2, the Dutch version of Pop Idol, shown by RTL 4. She is also a professional field hockey player with hoofdklasse side NMHC Nijmegen.
On 12 March 2006, Mulder participated in the national Dutch Song Contest finals. However, the jury considered the three songs she performed to be without any potential for the Eurovision, since they were like many of The Netherlands' previous (unsuccessful) entries. Apart from that, her vocal performances were weak due to an inflammation of the throat. Maud became third out of three, only just beat by rock band Behave. Female drum-group Treble won with a large share of the televotes the ticket to Athens.
Top 27: White Flag by Dido
Top 10: Just Like A Pill by Pink
Top 9: Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours by Stevie Wonder
Top 8: Don't Say That You Love Me by Trijntje Oosterhuis
Top 7: Blame It On The Boogie by The Jackson 5
Top 6: Afscheid by Volumia!
Top 5: This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan
Top 5: Dancing In The Street by Martha & The Vandellas
Top 4: Making Whoopee by Frank Sinatra
Top 4: Are You Gonna
Henriette Heichel (born November 13, 1953 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch singer that was a member of the German pop group, Dschinghis Khan.
Henriette Heichel was born as Henriette Strobel as the daughter of the dentist, Helmut Karl Strobel and the housewife and secretary, Catharina Jeanette Strobel. She went to school at Middelbare Meisjes School at the Groen van Prinstererschool in Amstelveen. She soon married fellow Dschinghis Khan member Wolfgang Heichel.
In the Moskau music video, she was the one wearing red.
Marie-Jose van der Kolk (born September 16, 1974) also known by her stage names Loona and Carisma, is a Dutch singer, songwriter and dancer. She is most noted for her collaboration with DJ Sammy, and performing as a duo under the stage name of DJ Sammy feat. Carisma.
She was born on September 16, 1974 in in IJmuiden, Netherlands.
When Marie danced on Mallorca she met DJ Sammy. She wanted to be a singer, Sammy gave her a chance to sing, they started recording songs under the name DJ Sammy featuring Carisma with "Life is Just a Game", which was their first hit (in 1996). This single was followed by "You Are My Angel", "Prince of Love" and "Golden Child". All of those songs were put together for their debut album Life Is Just A Game.
In the Summer of 1998. Marie came up with a new project called Loona, produced also by DJ Sammy. The first single was a cover of Paradisio's song "Bailando" and it became the summer song of 1998 in Germany, reaching the top of the German charts. By Autumn, it was followed by another single "Hijo de la Luna" (a cover of the Spanish band Mecano) which also reached number 1 on the German charts. The next release was her debut solo album called Lunita, which
Marie-Claire "Amber" Cremers (born May 9, 1970, Ubbergen, Gelderland, Netherlands) is a Dutch-German singer, songwriter, label owner and executive producer. She is best known for her hits "This Is Your Night," "If You Could Read My Mind," and "Sexual (Li Da Di)."
Amber's music career took off when one of her demos, "This Is Your Night" gained interest from Tommy Boy Records. Soon after its release as a single, it became one of the most successful songs of 1996 and 1997. A full length album soon followed. It included two more hit singles, "Colour Of Love" and "One More Night."
In 1999 Amber released her second (self titled) album which garnered the most mainstream attention thus far. The first single "Sexual (Li Da Li)" achieved success in the US Billboard charts as well as charting across Europe. The album also included the single "If You Could Read My Mind" by Stars On 54 (a collaboration with Ultra Naté and Jocelyn Enriquez) which was featured on the soundtrack to the movie '54'.
In 2000, Amber released the album 'Remixed', which contained remixes of all her previous singles, including "If You Could Read My Mind." It also included a non-album track "Taste The Tears" which had
Sita Vermeulen (born June 8, 1980), known by the mononym Sita, is a Dutch pop singer. She rose to fame in the early 2000s as part of pop group K-otic. After the band disbanded in 2003, she had a brief solo career before turning to television, where she would be featured primarily on children's television and was a candidate on the Dutch Dancing With The Stars. Since 2009, she has been hosting the Dutch Disney Channel.
Sita's career started in 2001 when she entered in the Dutch television show Starmaker, which was a talent show intended to create a band. During the show, Sita became a member of a band which was called K-otic. Partly due to the popularity of the show, the band scored a few hits. In December 2001, Sita left the band to have a solo career, releasing "Happy", her first solo single. In January 2002 her first solo album, also called Happy, followed.
In 2002, Sita released Happy in the United States, and "Happy" as a song was also included in the soundtrack of The Wild Thornberrys. As a consequence of her being involved in that movie's album, she received some coverage on the Nickelodeon. Within Europe, she became more known in 2003 when she had the hit song "Le Chemin"
Jelka van Houten is a Dutch actress of film, stage, and television, though she is perhaps best known for being the sister of fellow actress Carice van Houten. She is currently nominated for a Gouden Notekraker; the judge's who nominated her have said that "her surprising début holds a lot in store for the future". Van Houten also received praise for her stage debut as Olga in the musical Turks Fruit, for which she won a Johnny Kraaijkamp Musical Award.
Her upcoming projects include the film Zomerhitte and the play Seksual Perversity, at the Theatre de Voorveghter.
Van Houten was born to Margje Stasse and the writer and broadcaster Theodore van Houten on the first of September, 1978, in Culemborg, Gelderland, Netherlands. She later studied production design at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, and, whilst there, made her film debut, as an obsessed killer, in Liefje.
Stella Maessen (born 6 August 1953 in Zandvoort, North Holland) is a Dutch singer, best known for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contests of 1970, 1977 and 1982
In 1969 Maessen and her older sisters Patricia and Bianca formed a group, calling themselves Hearts of Soul. Following several single releases, and a #11 chart hit with "Fat Jack", they took part in the 1970 Dutch Eurovision selection, where their song "Waterman" ("Aquarius") earned a narrow victory, qualifying them for the 15th Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 21 March on home ground in Amsterdam. Technically, groups of more than two singers were still barred from Eurovision at that time, so to get around this they billed themselves as 'Patricia and the Hearts of Soul', implying that Stella and Bianca were backing singers to Patricia's lead. In a small field of 12, "Waterman" placed seventh.
In 1973, the Maessens moved to Belgium where they became in-demand backing vocalists. Bianca had married a Belgian singer, Luc Smets, and the four decided to form a group called Dream Express, enjoying immediate success with a single, also called "Dream Express", which reached #2 on the Flemish chart in 1976. In
Channii (born: May 27, 1991) is a singer and songwriter from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Channii was born May 27, 1991, a mix of different cultures: Dutch, Portuguese and Asian.
She writes her own lyrics for her songs and has developed a devoted fanbase via Myspace.
The songs "Panic" and "Jealous" were popular on YouTube.
The songs she has currently on her Myspace page are -Panic -Jealous -Wonderful/beautiful Together they have a total of nearly 17 million spins.
Esmée Denters (born September 28, 1988 in Arnhem, Gelderland) is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She was a regular cover-artist on video-sharing website YouTube on which she covered songs by contemporary musicians like Justin Timberlake and Natasha Bedingfield.
In 2008, she started her professional career after attracting the attention of Dutch media scouts and American pop singer Justin Timberlake. Timberlake went on to sign Denters as the first artist to his label Tennman Records in association with Interscope Records.
In May 2009 she released her debut studio album, Outta Here which was executively produced by Timberlake and featured Denters co-writing all songs. The album reached number five in her home country of the Netherlands and charted in Belgium, where it reached 55 on the Flemish Region Albums Chart and the UK where it reached 48.
Denters added the official music video to the debut single "Outta Here" from her debut of the same name, to her official YouTube page on 22 May 2009, and her second single "Admit It" on 3 September 2009. In autumn 2009 she was on tour with Honor Society. The album has so far spawned three singles including the title song which reached top 3, "Admit
Josina "Josje" Huisman (born 16 February 1986 in Heusden) is a Dutch singer, actress, dancer, host and the newest member of the girl group K3. She was chosen in the television show K2 Zoekt K3 in 2009.
Lana Wolf (born 14 December 1975 in Wezep, Gelderland) sang with many international artists, among which are The Trammps, George McCrae, Londonbeat, Frans Bauer, René Froger, Gerard Cox and Linda, Roos and Jessica as well as with the Metropole Orchestra.
Wolf started her career at the age of ten. After having performed with a number of bands like Rent a VIP of Babette van VeenLana got her first record deal. For weeks she was in several charts. Furthermore she was broadcasted at Radio Noord Zee and she was guest in popular TV shows Koffietijd (RTL4), Avro’s Sterrenslag and Barend en van Dorp.
She sang in several theatre shows, among which are Those were the Days and De Grote Kerstshow with the Irish musical star Peter Corry. In 2008 she is one of the leading ladies in A Tribute to the Bee Gees. 2009 Lana has a leading role with the Dutch Orchestra Royal Airforce in the theatre show Rockopera in Concert.
2011 Lana was guest artist with The Queen Experience in a sold out GelreDome (30.000 people). This show is the biggest Queen/Freddie Mercury tribute in Europe till now. Lana sings two duets with Joseph Clark: Who Wants To Live Forever and Somebody To Love. The stage director was
Linda Wagenmakers (born 30 November 1975, Arnhem) is a Dutch singer. She represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in Stockholm, Sweden, and finished the competition in 12th place with the song "No Goodbyes".
Jacqueline Govaert (born April 20, 1982) is a Dutch singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is best known as the lead singer of Dutch band Krezip. After Krezip disbanded in 2009, Govaert started working on her solo career. She released her debut album Good Life in August 2010.
Govaert wrote her first songs on her piano at age 12. She graduated from the Dutch Rockacademy in Tilburg. Prior to that, she had started the band Krezip in high school. In 1997, Krezip started playing on various events, such as Lowlands. The band released their first EP in 1999; it was an independent release. In 2000, the band was finally signed by Warner Music and released their first LP, gaining considerable success that continued until the band disbanded in 2009.
Govaert was the band's main songwriter. She was the band's pianist as well, until guitarist Annelies Kuijsters was forced to take over this position, having lost her ability to play guitar after a severe injury. Govaert enjoyed giving up her position as pianist, noting "...now I can concentrate on my performance."
She has served as a featured artist on tracks of the music project Ayreon, Dutch band Relax (on the album Odeur de Clochard), Armin van
Hilde Rens (March 3, 1972 - June 25, 2009), better known by her stage name Yasmine, was a Belgian singer, presenter and television personality.
Rens became known as a singer during the 1980s. At the age of 17, Yasmine made her television debut in 1989 as a contestant on a Flemish television talent show, performing a reindition of Don't Cry for Me Argentina as Julie Covington.
Two years later, she earned a record deal, releasing her first single, "Wie Denk Jij Wel Dat Je Bent" and her first album, Mooi zo in the same year. She went onto record another five mainstream pop albums before releasing Vandaag (Het morgen van gisteren) in 2004, a critically lauded CD of Leonard Cohen songs translated into Dutch.
Her last album, Licht Ontvlambaar, was released in 2006.
Up until her death, Yasmine was a regular on the VRT's main television station, één, where she was an in-vision continuity announcer and a presenter for various entertainment shows including De Rode Loper, Memento and Zo is er maar één.
Prior to joining the VRT, she presented music programmes and was part of the promotion team for commercial station VTM during the 1990s and was one of the launch VJs for TMF Flanders. She was
Suzanna Lubrano (born November 10, 1975) is a Cape Verdean Zouk singer based in Rotterdam. On December 6, 2003 she was awarded the Kora All African Music Award for Best Female Artist of Africa of the year 2003.
Born in Cape Verde, Suzanna Lubrano and her parents moved to the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands when she was four. She started to sing when she was still a young child, but picked up singing professionally when she was eighteen. She made her debut as a professional singer in the popular Cape Verdean band Rabelados. Together with Rabelados she recorded a very successful CD album. In the meantime Suzanna had already started a solo career, resulting in three solo CDs: her debut Sem bó nes mund, the successful follow up Fofó - including the megahit Ohi Li Oh La - and Tudo pa bo. On Tudo pa bo (Everything for you) Suzanna is not only working with Jorge do Rosario, Dabs Lopes and Beto Dias, as she has done on her previous albums, but also started a cooperation with Ronald Rubinel, who had previously asked Suzanna to participate on his Jeux de Dames and Zouk me Love CDs.
In 2004 she released the song Silêncio on a single CD. This song was not only released in Cape Verdean
Eva Simons (Born April 27, 1984) is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She started her music career at 18 when she auditioned for the Dutch "Popstars the Rivals", eventually joining the girl group Raffish before leaving the group to focus on a solo career.
Raised in Amsterdam, Simons grew up in a family of musicians, with a pianist father and vocalist mother. Simons is a classically trained pianist and has been writing compositions since she was a child, getting her first record deal at the age of 13. She is also a graduate from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
In 2004, Eva decided to audition for the Dutch "Popstars the Rivals". She became a part of the girl group Raffish, receiving a golden record and several number 1 hits before leaving the group to pursue a solo career.
In 2009, Eva’s song “Silly Boy” gained popularity on the Internet. The song became one of the most notorious tracks online, generating over 20+ million views. After this success, she signed a worldwide deal at EMI. The song actually started out life as a demo idea for another high profile US female act, and gained much notoriety after Kayne West posted it in his blog, with Eva's vocal, and incorrect credits for the
Ilse Huizinga (October 15, 1966) is a Dutch jazz singer. She performs throughout Europe.
Ilse Huizinga was born in Beverwijk, the Netherlands in October 1966 and grew up in Nijmegen. It was an old piano given to her family at the age of six, which first drew Huizinga to music. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and Abbey Lincoln albums, her fascination grew further when she watched Betty Carter sing at the North Sea Jazz Festival. At the age of 17, she took her first singing lessons. She later studied with John de Mol Senior and Gertjan Arentsen in Amsterdam.
She regularly took part in open mike nights at the jazz club Casablanca, in the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District. However, music did not feature heavily on her career ladder until she spent a year in Australia and finished a degree in Public Administration at the University of Amsterdam. Huizinga subsequently studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Sylvi Lane, including master classes by Dianne Reeves and Margriet Eshuis. She has toured in Spain, Turkey, Switzerland and France, and regularly performs in the United Kingdom. A winner of the Schiedam Jazz Award, she has represented the Netherlands at the
Anneliese Louise van der Pol (born September 23, 1984) is a Dutch-American actress and singer. After an early career in musical theatre, she was cast as Chelsea Daniels in the Disney Channel Original Series That's So Raven, a role that gained her renown among young audiences. Van der Pol also has a career as a singer and has recorded several songs for The Walt Disney Company. She made her Broadway debut in 2007, and appeared Off-Broadway in 2009. She has also acted in the 2010 vampire spoof film Vampires Suck directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.
Van der Pol was born in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands to Willem van der Pol, who is Dutch and the director of the Physical Plant at the California State University in Fullerton, California, and Dyan Ross, an American from Brooklyn, New York City. Van der Pol's mother named her after Anne Frank after visiting the house where Frank hid (van der Pol's mother is Jewish). Van der Pol has two older sisters, Rachel and Sarah. Van der Pol's family moved to her mother's native United States when she was three years old, and she retains dual American and Dutch citizenship.
Van der Pol attended School in Bellflower, California where she began
Kim-Lian van der Meij (born October 1, 1980, Beverwijk) is Dutch musical actress, presenter and a singer-songwriter. She is famous for her hit single "Teenage Superstar" and for presenting the popular children's program Kids Top 20. She is also known for her cover of Kim Wilde's hit "Kids in America".
Kim-Lian comes from a musical family. Both her parents were professional dancers, her mother could even be found on the dance floor when she was pregnant. Kim-Lian won a number of dance contests in her childhood and regularly competed in lip-sync shows. She competed in the Dutch program "The Mini Playbackshow" (a lip-sync contest on national TV) twice, once at the age of 6 and once when she was 11.
When she turned 16 she was signed at several castings and model agencies. She was soon asked to play minor roles in Dutch TV programs such as Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden, Kees & Co and more. After doing a screentest for the Veronica TV channel she was a hostess of CallTV. From 2001 to 2002 she hosted Puzzeltijd (Puzzletime).
After she quit Puzzeltijd there was a silence around Kim-Lian. But in 2003 she was asked to host the Kids Top 20 for the children network Jetix. This TV program had
Maya Hakvoort (born 19 September 1966 in Nijmegen) is a Dutch musical actress.
Maya Hakvoort studied singing at the conservatory of Maastricht and acting and dancing at the kleinkunst-academy "De Trap" in Amsterdam, before she started gathering practical musical experience in Holland, Germany, Austria and Belgium.
She debuted in the musical "Jeans" in 1989. After numerous minor and greater roles she got her up to now most famous role in "Theater an der Wien" as Empress Elisabeth in the German-language musical Elisabeth in Vienna in 1994, replacing Pia Douwes.
Through playing the title role in Elisabeth she gained great recognition throughout Europe. Therefore, in 2005 and 2006, Hakvoort toured through Austria, Italy and Germany with her own solo tour "Maya goes solo".
In the beginning of 2007 Hakvoort and some of her colleagues of the United Stages of Vienna went to Japan to perform the musical Elisabeth there. By now, she has already played the role of "Elisabeth" more than 1000 times.
On 12 October 2007 her new solo tour "In My Life" premiered in Vienna.
Linda Lepomme (born 16 March 1955 in Lokeren, Belgium) is a Belgian actress and singer who represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985 in which she sang "Laat me nu gaan". She earned seven points finishing in nineteenth place overall.
Mariska Veres ( pronunciation (help·info)) (1 October 1947 – 2 December 2006) was a Dutch singer who was best known as the lead singer of the rock group Shocking Blue. Her appearance was striking, featuring kohl cosmetic-lined eyes, high cheekbones, and long jet black wig.
Veres was born in The Hague. Her father was the Hungarian Romani violinist Lajos Veres; her mother was born in Germany of French and Russian parents. Her elder sister Ilonka accompanied her father on the piano. Her youngest sister, Irene, never had a career in music.
Veres began her career as a singer in 1963 with the guitar band Les Mysteres. In 1964 this band made an EP (GTB-label, 10 copies only) and Mariska is singing on side 1: Summertime (solo) and Someone (a duet). In 2010 this EP will be re-released by record club Platenclub Utrecht (PLUT 009). On www.platenclubutrecht.nl you can see the sleeve and listen to a part of Summertime. In 1965 she joined the Bumble Bees, the Blue Fighters, Danny and his Favourites and General Four in 1966, and the Motowns later in 1966. She also played organ in the last band. In 1968 she was invited to join Shocking Blue to replace lead singer Fred de Wilde who had to join the
Marga Scheide (born Margareth Scheide on February 15, 1954 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch former model and a singer. She is a member of the girl group Luv'. Alongside her Luv' colleagues Patty Brard and José Hoebee, she scored a string of international hit songs such as You're the Greatest Lover, Trojan Horse, Casanova and Ooh, Yes I Do. She was the only member to be involved in all the group's line-ups. In 1989, she reformed Luv' with other vocalists and had a moderate hit single (Welcome to my Party) in Benelux. She reunited twice with the original Luv' formation (in 1993 and 2005). Today she performs with the female pop act from time to time across the Netherlands and Flanders.
Marga started her career as a model in her homeland in the early 1970s. Scheide often appeared on the covers of Dutch Various artist hit compilations and budget cover albums. She also took part in several beauty contests (Miss Holland 1972, 1973, 1977, Miss Young International 1973, Unofficial Miss Europe 1975 pageant). Moreover, Marga was chosen to promote the bintje (a potato variety) in an international advertising campaign. In 1976, she was cast as a member of a girl group (Luv') created by two
Julia Bertha Culp (6 October 1880 – 13 October 1970), the "Dutch nightingale", was an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano in the years 1901–1919.
Culp was born in Groningen, the Netherlands into a Jewish family of musicians and comedians. She was the daughter of contrabass player Baruch Culp and his wife Sara Cohen. At the age of seven she began to practice the violin, and at 11 had her first public violin performance. Her first performance as a singer was on 30 December 1893. In the summer of 1896, she left Groningen for Amsterdam, where she studied at the Conservatory under renowned former opera singer Cornélie van Zanten.
Soon after completing her studies in 1900, Culp's singing career took flight. She was discovered by German-American conductor Wilhelm Berger, who took her to Berlin to perform at the concert hall Saal Bechstein in 1901. Before long, she was performing all over Europe and America, sharing the stage with such notable composers, conductors and singers as Edward Grieg, Richard Strauss, Camille Saint-Saëns, Enrico Caruso, Otto Klemperer, Willem Mengelberg, Pablo Casals, Percy Grainger, Enrique Granados and Thomas Beecham.
As early as 1902 she performed for
Sandra Caldarone (born 15 October 1972), better known as Sandra Kim, is a Belgian singer of Italian descent who won the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 held in Bergen, Norway, on 3 May 1986.
She was born in Montegnée, near Liège, and started singing when she was seven. According to author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor's 2007 book The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, at the time of her Eurovision win, she was only 13 years old, even though the lyrics of her song "J'aime la vie" ("I love life") claim her to be 15. He notes that the Swiss petitioned to have the song disqualified after her real age was revealed. Sandra also represented Belgium at the Yamaha Music Festival in Tokyo during the autumn of 1986.
Sandra's new pop/rock CD "Make Up" has been released on May 12th, 2011. The CD contains songs written by famous Belgian artists like Salvatore Adamo, Dani Klein (Vaya Con dios), Ozark Henry, Anthony Sinatra (Piano Club), Jacques Duval and David Bartholomé (Sharko).
In 1994 she married and in 1995 divorced Olivier Gerard. She has been married to Jurgen Delanghe since 2001.
Romy Haag (born January 1, 1951) is a dancer, singer, actress and former nightclub manager.
Romy Haag started her career with Circus Strassburger, leading children's matinées as a clown. At the age of 16, she joined a trapeze artist working at the Strassburger and relocated to Paris, where she began her career as an exotic dancer and female impersonator at the nightclub Alcazar.
In 1972, an American show manager offered Haag a tour booking and she performed her show "Berlin Chanson" at Fire Island, in Long Island and Atlantic City. Here she met and fell in love with a street musician from Berlin and decided to move back to Europe to live in the German capital with him.
In 1974, at the age of 23, Haag opened the club and cabaret Chez Romy Haag in Berlin, which became Germany's most popular nightspot during the disco era. Many celebrities were regular guests, such as German singer Udo Lindenberg, Zizi Jeanmaire, Bryan Ferry, Freddie Mercury, Lou Reed and Mick Jagger with whom Haag also had a brief romance. Also, David Bowie was struck by Haag's beauty and the two had a love affair which resulted in him moving to Berlin. At the same time, Haag went on her first nationwide German tour
Angela Groothuizen (born 28 September 1959) is a Dutch singer, artist and television personality.
Groothuizen rose to fame as a member of the Dutch Dance/Pop girl group Dolly Dots, which achieved popularity inside and outside the Netherlands, and scored hits between 1979 and 1988. After the split in 1988, Angelina Groothuizen teamed up with Ruud Mulder, former guitarist of disco/funk-contemporaries Spargo, to record as "Angela & the Rude".
In 1998 the Dots reunited for a one-off concert, which gave rise to a Dolly Dots musical. Love Me Just a Little Bit More played at The Chassé Theatre in Breda and around the Netherlands during 2004, and closed in early 2005. As result of renewed interest in the group after the musical, Warner Bros. Records released a Dolly Dots Greatest Hits compilation of the group as well as a DVD. In May 2007, they sold out Ahoy Rotterdam three nights in a row, and toured the country again in 2008.
Meanwhile, Groothuizen had begun a television career starting with an adaptation of Challenge Anika for AVRO. Her contract expired in 2005 and was not renewed. Groothuizen has since moved to commercial television as a panel judge on talent show programs,
Judith Anna Pronk (born, 8 December 1973) is a female singer/DJ who is currently a make-up artist.
Pronk began displaying her talents at the age of six when she took up ballet but, by age 18, she became involved with the Dutch club scene, where she added vocalist and DJ duties to her resume.
She hooked up with DJ Tempo and the team of Danski & Delmondo from the Vengaboys to transform the vision of Alice DeeJay into reality, resulting in the international club smash, "Better Off Alone". The then dance tune (Now classic Trance tune) was a big hit across Europe, especially in the United Kingdom where it reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. This would also be where she would achieve her biggest successes as four more tracks followed, all from the album, Who Needs Guitars Anyway?: "Back In My Life" (#4), "Will I Ever" (#7), "The Lonely One" (#16) and "Celebrate Our Love" (#17).
Pronk (as part of Alice DeeJay) was also successful in the United States, where "Better Off Alone" reached number 3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play, number 12 on the Rhythmic Top 40, and number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts respectively in the spring of 2000. Although "Better Off Alone" and her
Maggie MacNeal (born Sjoukje van't Spijker, May 5, 1950, Tilburg, Netherlands) is a Dutch singer.
After her first solo record in 1971, she teamed up with Willem Duyn, and the duo became known as Mouth & MacNeal. After their break up, she formed her own group in 1975 with her husband Frans Smit (drums), Adri de Hont (guitar), Ben Vermeulen and Wil de Meyer (bass guitar). In 1977, the line-up changed to: Smit, Jons Pistoor, Lex Bolderdijk, and Robert Verwey (bass). Thereafter, MacNeal participated in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Since 2000, she became a member of the Dutch Divas, together with Marga Bult.
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Michelle Courtens (born August 3, 1981), performing as Michelle, is a Dutch singer, who is known from her performance in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001.
She was born in Venray, The Netherlands.
On March 2, 2001 Michelle competed in the final of the Dutch National Song Contest, with the alternative pop song "Out On My Own". She won the final with a score of 84, 30 points more than the contestant finishing second. Both the audience and the professional jury awarded her the most points, respectively 50 and 34.
On the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark however, she scored low. Despite her historic performance (sitting and bare footed), she only received sixteen points, resulting in an 18th place.
In March of that year, Out On My Own reached the 9th place in the Dutch Top 40; unique for a Eurovision song. In 2002 she tried to revive her career with the release of the single "Coming Up Roses", but the single was hardly noticed and flopped. Currently, she is working as a singing teacher.
On September 16, 2006 Michelle married her girlfriend Carlijn.
Dorothea Margaretha "Teddy" Scholten (née Van Zwieteren; 11 May 1926 – 8 April 2010) was a Dutch singer from Rijswijk, close to The Hague, Netherlands.
In 1959, Teddy Scholten won the Eurovision Song Contest 1959 for the Netherlands singing "Een beetje" (A little bit), with music composed by Dick Schallies and lyrics by Willy van Hemert. Also she commentated for the Netherlands in the Contest for the 1966 Eurovision.
With her husband, Henk Scholten, she recorded several albums, many of them containing songs for children. In the 1950s and 1960s she appeared in popular television shows in The Netherlands. In 1965 and 1966, she presented the National Song Festival. In the history of Dutch copyright law she is commemorated for her lawsuit in 1959-1960 against a cigarette manufacturer over the use of her portrait in a newspaper advertisement.
Marian van de Wal (born January 21, 1970, Vianen) was the representative of Andorra at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine.
Originally from the Netherlands, van de Wal runs a small hotel in the Andorran town of L'Aldosa. She entered Eurocasting 2005, and was one of three finalists selected to go to the country's national final. On 18 December 2004, in Andorra La Vella, she won the right to sing for Andorra over Mar Capdevila and Ishtar Ruiz. Then, on 22 January 2005, in Sant Julia de Loria, van de Wal sang three possible songs to represent Andorra, and one of those songs was to be selected by a mix of SMS vote and a "professional" jury. The three songs were "No Demanis (Don't ask)", "Dóna'm La Pau (Give Me Peace)", and "La mirada interior (The Inner Glance)". La Mirada won, and therefore represented Andorra in Kiev.
Van de Wal failed to qualify for the final, during which she was accompanied by backing vocals from Anabel Conde, who ended second for Spain at the 1995 contest. She announced the Andorran votes for RTVA at the Eurovision 2007 final.
Maribelle (born Marie Kwakman, 4 April 1960, Volendam) is a Dutch singer, best known for her participation in the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1981, Maribelle performed two songs, "Marionette" and "Fantasie", in the Dutch Eurovision pre-selection, only to finish second and third, behind Linda Williams. She had better luck in 1984, when her two songs finished first and second, with "Ik hou van jou" ("I Love You") edging out "Vanavond", and going forward as the Netherlands' representative to the 29th Eurovision Song Contest, held in Luxembourg City on 5 May. Prior to the contest, "Ik hou van jou" had been fancied to do well so its final placing of 13th out of the 18 entries was very disappointing. (Although Maribelle had given a confident performance, there was considerable criticism afterwards of the unflattering outfit in which she had appeared on stage.) Despite its poor Eurovision performance, "Ik hou van jou" has gone on to be an enduring and popular song in the Dutch language market, having been covered successfully by Gordon Heuckeroth, Dana Winner and Roxeanne Hazes.
Maribelle continues to record, and has placed several singles on the Dutch chart, most recently "Ik geef
Yvonne Keeley (born Yvonne Paay, 6 September 1952) is a Dutch pop music singer. She is the sister of Patricia Paay. Her surname is often misspelt as Keely.
She began her career as a session singer in the music industry in London. She was the girlfriend of Steve Harley of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, and sang on the 1975 hit, "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)". She also worked with Madeline Bell and Vicki Brown.
Most notably she performed as a duet with Scott Fitzgerald on the song "If I Had Words", which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1978. It was also a hit in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia and sold more than a million copies.
Keeley was part of the group the Star Sisters which was popular in the Netherlands during the 1980s.
She currently works as radio presenter with the Dutch regional broadcaster Radio Rijnmond.
Rachel Kramer (born in Rotterdam on August 9, 1980) is a Dutch singer and the runner-up of the second season of the X Factor] in the Netherlands. Her first single is a cover of Rascal Flatts's What Hurts The Most.
New single from 2011 - The Time is now
Until 2003, Kramer was a member of the Dutch band K-otic.
Personal website of Rachel Kramer www.rachel-kramer.com
Barbara Deckx (born 22 January 1974 in Turnhout), better known by her stage name Barbara Dex, is a Belgian singer who represented her country in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Iemand als jij". Dex had qualified via the Belgian national heat, Eurosong 93, held at the Casino Knokke on March 6. At the Eurovision in Millstreet, she won seventh spot, after Greece's entry "Eladha, Hora Tu Fotos" and before Malta's song "This Time". Dex came 25th and last.
Barbara returned to the Belgian final in 2004, teaming up with Alides for the song "One Life" which was placed third. A further Eurovision attempt came in 2006 with the country line-dancing flavoured "Crazy" which earned her the fifth place.
Barbara Dex is one of three children of Marcel Deckx, a Belgian singer better known by his stage name Marc Dex. Her brother Tom Deckx has played bass guitar in the musical groups Tush and Nuts.
Dex has released several albums between 1993 and 2011.
First album "Iemand" contains songs in Dutch. Since 1994 she sings only in English.
Martine van Loon (born 25 February 1972, Wijchen) is a Dutch singer. She joined The Gathering in 1993, and she sang on their second album Almost a Dance, released in 1993. She later entered Orphanage in 1994, but after the release of Oblivion in 1995 she left the band. She also joined Lords of the Stone in 1994. With them, she recorded a demo album in 1996 and the only full-length in 1997. After this the band split up.
Annelies Tanghe (born August 22, 1983) is a Belgian singer/songwriter who plays piano and acoustic guitar. She is the lead-singer for the band JinXS, but also performs solo.
Annelies Tanghe First EP (2002)
JinXS First CD (2005) (together with her band JinXS)
Annelies Tanghe Second EP (2006)
After the release of her second EP, Annelies toured around Belgium.
Review in the belgian newspaper "Gazet Van Antwerpen", following Annelies her latest solo-tour
Review in the belgian newspaper "PassePartout", following Annelies her latest solo-tour
Louisa Johanna Theodora (Wieteke) van Dort (Surabaya, Dutch East Indies, May 16, 1943) is a Dutch actress, comedienne, singer, writer and artist of Indo (Eurasian) descent. On April 29, 1999, Queen Beatrix appointed her Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.
She has appeared on many children’s television programs and is best known for her Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) character of Tante Lien in The Late Late Lien Show on Dutch prime time television. Her show was the only television programme ever to showcase Indo (Eurasian) culture and introduced many Indo artists and music to mainstream audiences in the Netherlands.
After three seasons the television series ended in 1988, but her Tante Lien character is popular to this day and in 2007 she was awarded the Silver Medal of Merit for her contributions in this role from the Dutch State Secretary for Defence.
Wieteke Van Dort was born in Surabaya in what was then the Dutch East Indies under the Japanese occupation of Indonesia. While there, she attended two primary schools, and began attending the HBS. When she was thirteen years old, the Van Dort family went on vacation to The Netherlands. While they were abroad, Sukarno nationalized
The Dutch lyric-dramatic soprano Gré Brouwenstijn (August 26, 1915–December 14, 1999) was a famous opera singer whose stage career spanned from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s. She was admired for her warm, radiant voice, her stage presence, her dramatic instincts, and her "Ingrid Bergman" looks. Brouwenstijn was above all associated with the role of Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio. Considered one of the finest Leonores of the post-World War II period, she performed the role to great acclaim at the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, Stuttgart, Berlin, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, London, and Glyndebourne.
Brouwenstijn was born Gerda Demphina in Den Helder. She studied voice at the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum, with Jaap Stroomenbergh, Boris Pelsky and Ruth Horna. She made her operatic début in 1940 as the First Lady in The Magic Flute. Brouwenstijn then became a member of the Hilversum Radio Choir, later performing as a soloist in operatic broadcasts. In 1946, she joined the Netherlands Opera, where she made her debut as Julietta in 'Les contes d'Hoffmann'.
In 1949, Brouwenstijn made her debut at the Holland Festival as Leonore in Il Trovatore, the beginning of a long association with
José Hoebee (born in Best, (North Brabant, Netherlands), on March 29, 1954) is a Dutch pop female singer. She is part of Luv' (the most famous girl group from the Netherlands in the late 1970s and early 1980s that scored hits in a dozen countries). In late 1981, she went solo and was successful in her homeland and in the Flanders region of Belgium between 1982 and 1985. She formed an occasional duo known as Bonnie & José with Bonnie St. Claire to record Dutch cover versions of some of ABBA's songs. She currently performs solo and with Luv'. In 2009, she covered a Phil Spector pop standard (Be My Baby) with former BZN singer Anny Schilder.
José started her career as a professional singer in the early 1970s as a member of a folk & country band, Young Tradition, formed with her two sisters. This formation took part in talent shows, changed its name into Elongi and recorded a single produced by Piet Souer, who later suggested that José join Luv'.
In 1976, she became a member of girl goup Luv' with Patty Brard and Marga Scheide. She chose José Andreoli as an artist name. From 1977 to 1981, at a time when Bananarama and the Spice Girls didn't exist, Luv' was Holland's biggest hit machine
Wijntje Cornelia van Zanten (Dordrecht, August 2, 1855 - The Hague, January 10, 1946) was a Dutch opera singer, singing teacher and author.
Van Zanten, who sang both mezzosoprano and alto, also wrote her name as Cornélie or Cornelie and was known among friends as Corry or Kee.
She studied at the conservatory of Cologne, among others, and then continued her studies in Milan under Francesco Lamperti. In September 1875 she made her debut in Turin, singing the role of Leonora in Donizetti's opera La Favorita. In 1879 she left Italy for Germany, where she sang at the opera of Breslau, Kassel (with Gustav Mahler as conductor) and Hamburg. During her German period she also composed a number of Lieder, including Mijn Moedertaal ("My Mother Tongue") in 1881.
In 1885 she was invited to join the American Opera Company at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Soon after, she joined the National Opera Company for a lengthy tour of North America in the 1886-1887 season. Highlights of the tour were her roles as Orpheus in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and the title role in Carmen by Bizet. After the company went bankrupt, she returned to Europe and worked in Russia (where she sang a complete
Erna Spoorenberg (11 April 1925–18 March 2004) was a Dutch soprano.
She was born in Yogyakarta, Java now part of Indonesia. As a child, she studied the violin and singing and, at the age of 14, she studied under Isa Neuhaus, a singer with the Düsseldorf Opera (who was later transported and killed by the Nazis). Spoorenberg then studied singing under Aaltje Noordewier until she was 17, whilst continuing her violin lessons under Julius Röntgen. At the conservatory, she decided to pursue singing in preference to the violin.
In 1947, she made her debut on Radio Hilversum, singing Mozart's motet Exsultate, jubilate.
In 1949, she auditioned for Karl Böhm and was given a guest contract at the Vienna State Opera, soon becoming a permanent member. Her performances there included:
Returning to the Netherlands, she was eventually offered a contract with De Nederlandse Opera for 25 performances per season. Her debut on 15 September 1955 was as Violetta in La traviata. Her insecure position there entailed that she had to work abroad for opera roles. She performed in Hamburg and Berlin and concert tours throughout Europe.
In 1963 and 1965, she toured the Soviet Union appearing at the Kirov and
Louise "Loes" Diana Wilhelmina Catharina Luca (born 18 October 1953) is a Dutch actress, singer and comedian. She began her career in the 1980s as a stage actress and singer in various musicals. She later started a successful film and television career, starring in Spetters, Het meisje met het rode haar, De Noorderlingen and Ja zuster, nee zuster. She also appeared in the television show 't Schaep met de 5 Pooten.
She was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. When she was seventeen she wanted to go to the Academie voor Expressie. Because she didn't speak French at the time and had only three years Mulo, after which she departed for France to become an au pair. Five years later she was admitted and she is now an official drama teacher. Luca married in the 1980s and had one daughter, but divorced in 1992 after her husband had cheated on her. Until his death in 2008 she was in a relationship with Harald van der Lubbe (brother to De Dijk's Huub van der Lubbe).
In an interview with the Dutch Psychology Magazine, Luca disclosed that her father engaged in sexual activities with younger men during her youth. She added that this had strained her relationship with her father.
Carola Sier-Smit (born: September 1, 1963, Volendam) is a Dutch singer and, since March 25, 1984, a member of Dutch pop band BZN.
Carola began her musical career in 1980 (at age 17), when she joined the band Double Trouble. When she was with that band, she released her first single Never Loved This Way Before. In 1984, Carola released her second single - Tell Me - the band was renamed Friends. At the same time, she was asked to join BZN to replace previous member Annie Schilder. This change was, however, kept secret.
On April 20, 1987, Carola suffered a stroke, which left her paralysed down her right side. Fortunately, she showed some signs of improvement, and therefore began a long period of rehabilitation. That same year on August 18, Carola appeared on television with BZN, and was back on stage from October 17. Before her illness, Carola performed gymnastics on a high amateur level for a long time, but her illness forced her to stop.
Cristina Deutekom (born Christine Engel, August 28, 1931) is a Dutch opera singer. Renowned for her coloratura technique, she is also known as Christine Deutekom and Christina Deutekom.
Her voice was that of a dramatic coloratura, although lirico spinto with an incredible coloratura technique would probably be more accurate.
She sang with virtually all the leading tenors of her time: Franco Corelli, Richard Tucker, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, Carlo Bergonzi and Nicolai Gedda.
Deutekom was born in Amsterdam. After some smaller roles, her breakthrough came in 1963, portraying the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at De Nederlandse Opera. She then sang the same role at all major European opera houses and also at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1968. In 1974 she opened the MET season next to Plácido Domingo as Elena in I vespri siciliani.
Meanwhile she had been extending her repertoire. Besides the Queen of the Night, her Mozart roles included Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito). She also scored triumphant successes in Italy in the great bel canto roles of Rossini (Armida),
Dorona Alberti (born 1975) is a singer and actress whose projects include: KMFDM, Hobson, Fairocious, Old Shoes, Pick up the Pieces, and Briskey. She first began singing for KMFDM in 1992. Currently Alberti is with the Dutch/Belgian Lounge group Gare du Nord
In 1999, she had a role in a short Dutch-language Flemish film called To Speak, which is available on a compilation DVD titled 10 jaar Leuven Kort.
Dorona currently resides in Rotterdam.
Judith Mok born in Bergen, North Holland is a Dutch soprano, author and poet, who lives in Ireland and has released novels and many articles in English.
After graduating from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague at a very young age, Mok won French and Dutch State Grants to study in Vienna under Christa Ludwig and her mother Eugenia. In Paris she studied French repertoire with Pierre Bernac and Noemie Perugia. She participated in masterclasses for contemporary music by Cathy Berberian, John Cage, Karl Heinz Stockhausen and Dorothy Dorrow. She was also chosen for masterclasses by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Prizes followed at the international vocalist competitions in Den Bosch and Barcelona.
Her lieder, oratorio and opera repertoire led to appearances at numerous festivals including Salzburg, Edinburgh, Paris and the Holland Festival. She has worked in North and South America and in almost every country in Europe.
Having dedicated part of her career to contemporary music, composers such as Louis Andriessen, Gerardo Gandini, Bob Zimmerman and Jeff Hamburg have written works for her which have been recorded on CD. She was also chosen by the Oscar-nominated Chinese composer Tan Dun to
Elisabeth Sara "Elly" Ameling (born 8 February 1933) is a Dutch soprano.
Ameling was born in Rotterdam. She studied with Bodi Rapp, Jo Bollekamp, Sem Dresden and Jacoba Dresden-Dhont and later French art song with Pierre Bernac. She won the first prize during the Vocal Concours in 's-Hertogenbosch in Holland (1956) and the Concours International de Musique in Geneva (1958).
After her professional début as a concert singer in Rotterdam in 1953, she performed for more than forty years in virtually every major cultural centre in the world. Her frequent appearances with the leading international orchestras and conductors (Bernard Haitink, Rafael Kubelík, Carlo Maria Giulini, Benjamin Britten, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, Karl Münchinger, André Previn, Edo de Waart among others) established her as one of the greatest singers of our age.
She made her career mainly as a concert and lieder singer with some excursions into opera (Mozart, Haydn) and became world-renowned for her recitals of French and German songs and for her superlative interpretive gifts. She is equally at home in chamber music, orchestral music, operas, and oratorios. She made her
Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius (1 September 1868, Deurne - 6 April 1949, Hilversum) was a noted Dutch classical soprano who had an active performance career in the concert repertoire from 1888 up into the 1930s. She was also a celebrated voice teacher. From 1886-1890 she studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 1893 she married painter Michiel Noordewier.
She was a mentor to singers such as Aafje Heynis and Laurens Bogtman.
Asteroid 677 Aaltje is named in her honour.
Heddy Lester (born Heddy Affolter, 18 June 1950, Amsterdam) is a Dutch singer and actress, best known outside the Netherlands for her participation in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest.
Lester's professional career started with Gert Balke as the duo April Shower, who had a minor hit with "Railroad Song" in 1971. Her father ran a restaurant in Amsterdam, where she met singer Ramses Shaffy, with whom she started touring. Lester launched her solo career in 1974.
In 1977, Lester's song "De mallemolen" ("The Merry-Go-Round"), with music written by her brother Frank, was chosen by a celebrity panel as the winner in the Dutch Eurovision selection. Lester went forward to take part in the 22nd Eurovision Song Contest, held in London on 7 May. Although "De mallemolen" had been considered a strong contender prior to the contest, it could only manage a disappointing 12th place finish of 18 entries.
Since her Eurovision appearance, Lester has worked steadily in a variety of both musical and dramatic stage roles, including works by Lorca (Blood wedding), Euripedes (The Trojan Women) and Joshua Sobol (Ghetto).
In 2009, Lester, along with several other former Dutch Eurovision contestants, was a