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Last year I took some time to record a new song: ‘I’m not asking for the moon’. It’s about and meant for my son Wybren, who was born with epilepsy and a genetic disorder. I recorded it in a beautiful country house in the south of the Netherlands, together with: Jasper van Damme (Wybrens father), Jorn ten Hoopen, Thomas Pol and Frank Jonas. Singer-Songwriter Mark Lotterman made the beautiful video featuring Wybren playing in our home.
I’ve been playing music ever since I was a child and I’ve always loved playing the piano and singing. I won the national competition ‘De Kunstbende’ as a teenager and when I was 19 the first song I wrote, ‘The gods must be crazy’, was chosen as the title track of the Dutch movie ‘Ik omhels je met duizend armen’ based on a novel by Ronald Giphart. I got signed with Universal Music.
Then I decided to study Jazz Vocals at the Rotterdam conservatory, where I performed at wonderful venues such as North Sea Jazz and spent part of my masters degree in New Orleans, where I got to sing a song on stage with Ellis Marsalis and lost a little bit of my heart to this wonderful city.
When I came back I recorded my first album, ‘From now on’, with Bart van Poppel. I decided to join the competition ‘De Beste Singer-Songwriter van Nederland’ (‘The Best Singer-Songwriter of the Netherlands’) in 2014 and made it to the finals. Afterwards I performed a lot on beautiful stages in Holland such as Tivoli and Paradiso and in television and radio shows.