The Netherlands

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Artist: Trijntje Oosterhuis

Song: Walk Along

Composers: Anouk Teeuwe and Tobias Karlsson

Writters: Anouk Teeuwe

Artist Bio:

Trijntje Oosterhuis (Amsterdam, 1973) has been the Netherlands’ top vocalist for years. It all started when she and her brother Tjeerd started the pop group Total Touch at a young age. Later Trijntje became a successful solo artist. She has performed with such big names as Al Jarreau, Queen, Andrea Bocelli, Burt Bacharach, Marco Borsato, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie, Coolio, Ivan Lins, Herman Brood, Incognito, Khaled, Salomon Burke, Candy Dulfer, Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans, Bobby McFerrin and Ronan Keating.

Bestselling debut album
Trijntje’s breakthrough actually came during the opening of the Amsterdam ArenA. While all of the Netherlands watched, she performed ‘De Zee’, written by John Ewbank. In the period following this, Total Touch released two very successful albums. Their first album sold almost half a million copies, making it the bestselling Dutch debut album ever. Total Touch’s biggest hits are ‘Touch Me There’ and ‘Somebody Else’s Lover’.

Jazz
Trijntje’s solo debut was released in 2002. During this period she often performed as a guest singer for well-known jazz musicians and orchestras. She sang with Toots Thielemans, New Cool Collective, the Jazz Orchestra and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. She collaborated with this last group on the album ‘Strange Fruit,’ which was released on the Blue Note jazz label. This CD went double platinum, which is extremely unusual for jazz CDs. The DVD ‘A Thousand Days’ is a recording of the tour that followed.

Burt and Trijntje
Her next album, ‘See You As I Do’ was recorded in her home studio and included contributions by Toots Thielemans and Candy Dulfer, among others. Then, in 2006, she worked on the Blue Note project ‘Burt Bacharach Songbook’, including such hits as ‘Walk On By’ and ‘That’s What Friends Are For’. Trijntje also collaborated with Burt Bacharach in LA on this project. He insisted on recording the forgotten piece ‘Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home)’, for which he wrote a new piano intro. He also accompanied her on ‘This House Is Empty Now’, which he had recorded previously with Elvis Costello. This album also went double platinum. At the end of 2006, she released her CD ‘The Look Of Love’, accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra.

‘Who’ll speak for love’
During her acoustic theatre tour in 2007, she was accompanied by her good friend, guitarist Leonardo Amuedo. Halfway through the tour, Trijntje had the opportunity to record a second album with Burt Bacharach. They went on to record no less than 15 songs, including one new track entitled ‘Who’ll speak for love,’ which also became the title of the album. Bacharach wrote the song with Tim Rice, a composer made famous by such world-famous musicals as Aida, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Lion King. Trijntje could now add herself to the list of artists honoured to ‘get’ a song from the master. ‘Who’ll speak for love’ quickly became one of the Top 10 bestselling albums and also reached platinum status.

In the garden house
After a successful DVD recording of the theatre tour and performances as far as Japan, Trijntje – like the rest of the world – was shocked by the death of Michael Jackson in 2009. Working with Leonardo Amuedo, she recorded Jackson songs in her garden house, purely for the love of the music. At the insistence of good friend Candy Dulfer (among others), Trijntje decided to release the songs, low budget and without a producer. Within little more than a month, the album ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ reached gold. Because of the great interest, a small club tour was organised where Trijntje performed hits like ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’, ‘Gone Too Soon’ and ‘Human Nature’.

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Trijntje Oosterhuis - Walk Along