Anneke van Giersbergen
|Anneke van Giersbergen|
Giersbergen in Santiago, Chile, May 2014
|Birth name||Anna Maria van Giersbergen|
8 March 1973 |
|Occupation(s)||Vocalist, Singer-Songwriter, vocal coach|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboard|
|Years active||1994 to present|
|Associated acts||Anneke van Giersbergen, The Gentle Storm, The Gathering, Globus, Agua de Annique, Devin Townsend Project|
Anna Maria van Giersbergen, (Sint Michielsgestel, March 8, 1973), known artistically as Anneke van Giersbergen, is a Dutch singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist who became known worldwide as the lead singer and songwriter for the Dutch progressive/alternative rock band, The Gathering, between 1995 and 2007. Currently she has a solo career. The project was originally called Agua de Annique, but later going by her own name. Anneke also worked with Devin Townsend, Within Temptation, Anathema, Lawn, Farmer Boys, Ayreon, Napalm Death, Moonspell, Novembers Doom, Globus, Giant Squid, and many other artists and projects.
Anneke was born in the small city of Sint Michielsgestel, Netherlands. She began singing at age 7, when she participated in a music contest. At 12 years old she participating in her school choir where she studied and toured through France. Later she began taking singing lessons and joined her first band. After this first experience, Anneke joined several bands. In 1992, she founded the duet "Bad Breath" with guitarist and singer Deniz Cagdas (Spencer Edgards), with predominantly rhythms like 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' eight human souls from different times. Anneke portrayed an Egyptian woman from the time of the pharaohs.
In 2006, she appeared on the album 2006 Rubicon from Asia band members' John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes on the tracks "To Catch a Thief" and "Tears of Joy". She also appears on the Smear Campaign by the grindcore-death metal band Napalm Death, on the tracks "Weltschmerz" and "In Deference", contributing spoken rather than sung vocals "for good effect and relevance to the track".
In June 2006, the epic rock band Globus released the album Epicon, which included Anneke's vocal and writing contributions. Anneke co-wrote the lyrics for "Mighty Rivers Run", and sang lead vocal on the track as well as dueting with Christine Navarro on the seminal "Diem Ex Dei".
On 5 June 2007 it was announced that Anneke would be leaving The Gathering in August 2007 to focus on a new project, Agua de Annique, and spend more time with her family. On 24 November 2007 she performed the song "Somewhere" with Within Temptation in Eindhoven. On 7 February 2008 she performed the song "Somewhere" again with Within Temptation at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, and it was featured in the Within Temptation live DVD Black Symphony.
Anneke also sings on the Ayreon album 01011001, released in early 2008. The character she portrays is one of the Forever, an alien being of the same race, who kidnapped her character from Into the Electric Castle.
Anneke collaborated with Devin Townsend on his albums Addicted in 2009 and Epicloud in 2012 and sang on most songs in them. She appeared as a guest vocalist on the debut album of The Human Experimente, a project, which also features Robert Fripp of King Crimson, John Wetton of Asia and King Crimson, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, Adrian Belew, U-G-O with Sean Kingston, and Dann Pursey of Globus and Vantan.
In 2011, Anneke collaborated with Yoav Goren on the song "The Promise", the lead track on Globus second album Break From This World. She co-wrote lyrics as well as being a featured vocalist along with Lisbeth Scott on the track. She performed the track "What Could Have Been" for Death/doom metal band Novembers Doom. Anneke also features on a track in the orchestral re-interpretations album from English progressive rock band Anathema, Falling Deeper, released on 5 September 2011. She has been touring with the band in South America singing the song "Everwake".
On 22 April 2014, Arjen Anthony Lucassen revealed that his next project would be a collaboration with van Giersbergen, their third work together after the Ayreon albums Into the Electric Castle and 01011001. He described it as "an epic double concept album, a combination of ‘classical meets metal’ and ‘acoustic folk’."  The project is nammed The Gentle Storm, with a first album planned for 2015.
Musical roots and influences
On 20 February 2005 she gave birth to a son named Finn, whom she had with her husband Rob Snijders.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|In Your Room[b]||
|Everything is Changing||
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
with Danny Cavanagh
|De Beer Die Geen Beer Was
with Martijn Bosman
|Live in Europe||
|"Day After Yesterday"||2007||Air|
|"Come Wander with Me"||2008||Pure Air|
|"The Blower's Daughter"
with Danny Cavanagh
|"Hey Okay!"||In Your Room|
|"Hey Okay!" (Acoustic Version)|
|"Sunny Side Up"||2010|
|"Feel Alive"||2011||Everything Is Changing|
|"Wonder"||2009||Erwin Arkema||In Your Room|
|"Feel Alive"||2011||Barry Annes||Everything Is Changing|
|"Take Me Home"||2012||Rob Hodselmans|
|"My Mother Said"||2013||Raymond van Olphen||Drive|
Recordings of van Giersbergen's voice can also be heard in Raveleijn, a horse show at Dutch theme park De Efteling. The same theme was re-used in 2012 for Aquanura, a water show in the same theme park.
|1995||The Gathering||Mandylion||band member|
|1996||Farmer Boys||Countrified||vocals on "Never Let Me Down Again"|
|1997||The Gathering||Nighttime Birds||band member|
|1998||Ayreon||Into the Electric Castle||vocals on "Isis and Osiris", "The Decision Tree (We're alive)",
"Tunnel of Light", "The Garden of Emotions",
"Valley of the Queens" and "Another Time, Another Space"
|1999||The Gathering||How to Measure a Planet?||band member|
|2000||The Gathering||Superheat||band member|
|2000||The Gathering||if then else||band member|
|2002||The Gathering||Black Light District||band member|
|2003||The Gathering||Souvenirs||band member|
|2004||Lawn||Backspace||vocals on "Fix"|
|The Gathering||Sleepy Buildings – A Semi Acoustic Evening||band member|
|2006||Wetton/Downes||ICON II: Rubicon||vocals on "To Catch a Thief" & "Tears of Joy"|
|Globus||Epicon||vocals on "Mighty Rivers Run" & "Diem Ex Dei"|
|The Gathering||Home||band member|
|Napalm Death||Smear Campaign||vocals on "Weltschmerz" & "In Deference"|
|2007||The Gathering||A Noise Severe (2007, CD and DVD) - lead vocals, guitar||band member|
|2008||Moonspell||Night Eternal||vocals on "Scorpion Flower"|
|Within Temptation||Black Symphony||vocals on "Somewhere" (Live)|
|Ayreon||01011001||vocals on "Age of Shadows (We are Forever)", "Comatose",
"Beneath the Waves", "The Fifth Extinction",
"Waking Dreams" and "The Sixth Extinction"
|2009||Giant Squid||The Ichthyologist||vocals on "Sevengill (Notorynchus Cepedianus)"|
|Within Temptation||An Acoustic Night at the Theatre||vocals on "Somewhere" (Live)|
|Devin Townsend||Addicted||lead and backing vocals|
|2010||Shane Shu||Push Me to the Ground (Single)||vocals on "Push Me to the Ground"|
|Maiden uniteD||Mind the Acoustic Pieces||vocals on "To Tame a Land" (duet with Damian Wilson)|
|The Trooper (Single)||vocals on "Sun and Steel"|
|2011||November's Doom||Aphotic||vocals on "What Could Have Been"|
|Anathema||Falling Deeper||vocals on "Everwake" & "...Alone"|
|Globus||Break From This World||vocals on "The Promise"|
|Lorrainville||you may never know what happiness is||vocals on various tracks|
|2012||DJ Hidden & Anneke van Giersbergen||Lights Off: Only You Can See||vocals on "Only You Can See"|
|Devin Townsend||Epicloud||lead and backing vocals|
|Devin Townsend||By a Thread – Live in London 2011||lead and backing vocals on Addicted|
|2013||Devin Townsend||The Retinal Circus||lead and backing vocals|
|2014||Cellarscape||The Act of Letting Go||vocals on "The Same Place"|
|2014||Devin Townsend||Z² - Sky Blue||lead and backing vocals|
|2014||Countermove||The Power of Love Charity single for The Red Cross, originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood||vocals|
- "study programme - Conservatorium van Amsterdam - AHK". Ahk.nl. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
- [dead link]
- DOU - Diário Oficial da União - Emissão de vistos (2010)
- Som13 - Biography - Anneke van Giersbergen (2010)
- Anneke van Giesbergen at The Gathering's official website
- Official Napalm Death forum
- BLABBERMOUTH.NET – Former THE GATHERING Singer Launches AGUA DE ANNIQUE
- Anneke performs with Within Temptation
- Townsend, Devin (April 22, 2009). Response, "Addicted." Hevydevy Forums. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
- "The Human Experimente". thehumanexperimente.com.
- "Novembers Doom - What Could Have Been". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
- "Everything Is Changing". Discogs.
- "Ayreon - Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
- "Lorrainville". Lorrainville.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
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