Famous Dutch Lyricists & Songwriters

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Floor Jansen
(Lead Vocalist of Finnish Symphonic Metal Band 'Nightwish')
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Birthdate: February 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Goirle, Netherlands

Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer best known for her association with the Finnish band Nightwish. She is also widely known for her role in the popular TV program Beste Zangers. In 2018, she was honored with the Buma Rocks! Export prize. In 2020, Floor Jansen won the Popprijs at the Noorderslag festival.

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Simone Simons
(Dutch Singer-Songwriter Best Known as the Lead Singer of Dutch Symphonic Metal Band 'Epica')
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Birthdate: January 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoensbroek, Heerlen, Netherlands

Popular Dutch mezzosoprano Simone Simons has also been the lead vocalist of the symphonic metal band Epica, a band she joined at age 17. She has collaborated with bands and projects such as Kamelot and Ayreon. She runs a lifestyle blog and is married to Kamelot keyboard player Oliver Palotai.

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Sevdaliza
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: September 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Sevdaliza is an Iranian-Dutch singer whose debut album ISON earned her the 3voor12 Award under the Best Album of the Year category. Although she is not very popular in the Netherlands, Sevdaliza performs all over the world. A former professional basketball player, Sevdaliza played for the Dutch national team before embarking on a career as a singer.

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Anneke van Giersbergen
(Rock Singer & Lead Singer for the Rock Band 'The Gathering' Between 1994 and 2007)
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Birthdate: March 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands

Anneke van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer best known for leading her band Agua de Annique where she is the main vocalist. Over the years, her contribution to Dutch music has been honored with several prestigious awards like the Edison Music Award and the Buma Rocks! Award.

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Ilse DeLange
(Country Singer-Songwriter and a Member of the Dutch Band 'The Common Linnets')
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Birthdate: May 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Almelo, Netherlands

One of the bestselling and most popular artists from the Netherlands, Dutch pop and country singer Ilse DeLange had a successful solo career before she joined the band The Common Linnets. She was part of Eurovision 2014 with the band and later churned up hits such as Calm After the Storm.

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Natalie La Rose
(Dutch–Surinamese Singer, Songwriter and Dancer)
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Birthdate: July 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dutch-Surinamese singer Natalie La Rose soared to fame with her Billboard-charting single Somebody. She moved to Los Angeles after being disappointed with her career in the Netherlands and struck gold when she signed with Flo Rida’s label I.M.G. Her music in influenced by the likes of Aaliyah and Beyoncé.
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Aad van Toor
(Actor, Singer)
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Birthdate: October 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maassluis, Netherlands

Aad van Toor is a Dutch recording artist, acrobat, director, actor, and lyricist. He is known for his work with his brother Bas with whom he created popular acts, namely Bassie en Adriaan and The Crocksons. Bassie en Adriaan, which featured acrobatic acts of the duo, was televised from 1978 to 1996. Van Toor also established a couple of companies.

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Anita Doth
(Dutch Singer and Songwriter Best Known as the Former Singer of the Duo '2 Unlimited')
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Birthdate: December 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Best known for her mega hit No Limit, as part of the Belgian-Dutch duo 2 Unlimited, along with Ray Slijngaard, Anita Doth initially worked at a police station. She is a breast cancer survivor. After reuniting with Ray, following the first break-up of the duo, she quit again, in 2016, to go solo.

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YoungKio
(Record producer, Songwriter)
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Birthdate: December 3, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Purmerend, Netherlands
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Imran Khan
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: May 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Born in the Netherlands to Pakistani parents, Imran Khan began his music career in his teens. Known for tracks such as Amplifier and Imaginary, which garnered millions of views on YouTube, Khan has also sung for the Bollywood film Tevar and has been appreciated for putting Punjabi music on the global platform.

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Eva Simons
(Singer, Songwriter)
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Birthdate: April 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Esmée Denters
(Dutch Singer and YouTube Celebrity)
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Birthdate: September 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands

Esmée Denters first gained attention with her cover versions on YouTube. At 19, she signed with Justin Timberlake's label and accompanied him on tours. The MTV Europe Music Award-winning Dutch singer is best known for her UK top 10 hit Outta Here. She has also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Robbie van Leeuwen
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Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Robbie van Leeuwen is a Dutch pop musician, guitarist, and songwriter. He is credited with founding the successful rock band Shocking Blue and wrote the highly popular song Venus, which earned him international fame. Van Leeuwen was honored with the Buma Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

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Loona
(Singer)
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Birthdate: September 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: IJmuiden, Netherlands

Loona is a Dutch dancer and singer-songwriter best known for her collaboration with DJ Sammy and her cover of Vamos a la playa. She is also popular for her cover of Paradisio's Bailando, which became a hit in Germany in 1998. After taking a break from 2005 to 2008, Loona started performing again, much to the delight of her fans.

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Dianne van Giersbergen
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Birthdate: June 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liempde, Netherlands

Dianne van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer best known as the founder of the popular symphonic metal band Ex Libris where she has been performing as the lead singer since 2004. She was also associated with the German band Xandria where she was the lead singer from 2014 to 2017.

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Douwe Bob
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: December 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The son of Simon Posthuma of the designer group The Fool, Douwe Bob began playing the piano at age six and the guitar at age 14. He gained fame after winning a Dutch talent show and has also been part of Eurovision. Openly bisexual, he has fathered children with multiple women.

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Dotan
(Singer-Songwriter)
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Birthdate: October 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Israeli-born singer Dotan moved to the Netherlands as a toddler. He began his music career performing at private functions and soared to fame with his debut album, 7 Layers. Though he hardly appeared in his own music videos, he was later criticized for hiring troll accounts to boost his social-media reputation.

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Murda
(Rapper)
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Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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George Baker
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: December 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands
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Keren Ann
(Singer-songwriter known for her song)
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Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea, Israel

Keren Ann is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and engineer. In addition to playing the guitar, clarinet, and piano, Ann also writes and engineers musical and choir arrangements. Over the years, she has also contributed to the soundtrack of films like Thelma, Louise et Chantal and Yossi.

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Amber
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: September 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ubbergen, Netherlands

Amber is a Dutch singer and songwriter best known for her hit single Sexual (Li Da Di), which has been playing on MTV since 1999. Amber, who had a long-term association with Tommy Boy Music label, is also credited with founding her own label, JMCA Enterprises.

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Nicole Bus
(Singer, Songwriter)
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Birthdate: May 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nieuwegein, Netherlands

Nicole Bus is a Dutch singer whose single You became the joint-fastest debut single to peak at number one on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart. Bus achieved popularity in her home country and won the Grand Prize of the Netherlands in 2010. She then appeared in a couple of TV programs before signing to Roc Nation and gaining international acclaim.

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Danny Vera
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
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Birthdate: May 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Middelburg, Netherlands

Best known for his Americana music, Dutch singer-songwriter Danny Vera began his music career with the band Till Dawn. Best known for his chart-topping track Roller Coaster, he writes songs about life and love. The heavily tattooed musician also promotes New Black and White genres of music.

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Herman van Veen
(Actor, Musician)
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Birthdate: March 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

Herman van Veen is a Dutch actor, stage performer, musician, singer-songwriter, voice actor, and author. He is credited with creating a one-man theatre show titled Alfred J. Kwak, which was later adapted into an animated comedy-drama TV series. Apart from creating the show's story, Herman van Veen also composed most of the show's music.

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Guus Meeuwis
(Singer-Songwriter)
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Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mariahout, Netherlands

Guus Meeuwis was in his teens when he played the guitar and appeared in public functions. Though he studied law initially, he later realized music was his true calling. He formed the band Vagant, also known as Guus Meeuwis & Vagant, named after a café they often visited.

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Boudewijn de Groot
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

Boudewijn de Groot is a Dutch singer-songwriter best known for his 1966 song Welterusten meneer de president, which condemned the then US President Lyndon B. Johnson and the war in Vietnam. The song helped establish De Groot as a protest singer. Boudewijn de Groot is also credited with creating a supergroup named Vreemde Kostgangers in 2016.

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Nathalie Makoma
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Birthdate: February 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Libreville, Gabon

Nathalie Makoma is a Congolese Dutch singer and songwriter best known for her association with the popular band Makoma where she was the lead singer before leaving the band in 2004 to pursue a solo career. Over the years, Nathalie Makoma has also appeared in a couple of popular TV shows, such as Dancing with the Stars and Idols.

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RANI
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: 1999 AD
Birthplace: Netherlands

Best known for her collaboration with DJ Sam Feldt on Post Malone, Dutch singer Rani became a sensation all over Scandinavia with her hit Faustix before going global, while still in her teens. She has also collaborated with famous Norwegian DJ duo Kream on the song Go Somewhere.

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Jerney Kaagman
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Birthdate: July 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Dutch singer and musician Jerney Kaagman is best known for her stint as a lead vocalist with the group Earth and Fire. She soared to fame with tracks such as Weekend. She has also appeared in the Dutch Playboy and has been a judge on the Dutch talent show Idols.

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Lenny Kuhr
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Netherlands

Lenny Kuhr is a Dutch singer-songwriter best known for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 where she represented the Netherlands with the song De troubadour. Also known for her humanitarian efforts, Lenny Kuhr joined hands with other artistes in 1991 to record the song Shalom from Holland to express support to the Israelis during the Gulf War.

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Youp van 't Hek
(Comedian, Singer)
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Birthdate: February 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naarden, Netherlands

Youp van 't Hek was 12 when he decided to be a comedian. Born Joseph, or Joep, he changed his name to Youp at 17 and later co-founded Cabaret NAR. He soared to fame with De alles is anders-show and his signature style of self-deprecating humor. He also penned columns for NRC Handelsblad.

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Daniël Sahuleka
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
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Birthdate: December 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Semarang, Indonesia
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Eefje de Visser
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
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Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Voorburg, Netherlands
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Sanne Hans
(Singer)
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Birthdate: September 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dedemsvaart, Netherlands
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Karsu
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: April 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Thomas Puskailer
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Birthdate: March 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
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Ralf Mackenbach
(Singer who rocketed to fame in 2009 after he won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest)
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Birthdate: October 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Best, Netherlands
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Naaz
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: June 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gorinchem, Netherlands
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Iris Kroes
(Singer)
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Birthdate: November 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drachten, Netherlands
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Leona Philippo
(Singer-songwriter who won the title for season 3 of the Dutch reality television music competition The Voice of Holland)
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Birthdate: May 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Mr. Probz
(Songwriter, Rapper, Record producer)
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Birthdate: May 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zoetermeer, Netherlands
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Euson
(Singer)
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Birthdate: April 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aruba
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Roger Peterson
(Lead vocalist for the now-defunct rock band Intwine, which was active from 2001 to 2010)
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Birthdate: December 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Savaneta, Aruba