Anouk (singer)

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Anouk
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Anouk at a Eurovision 2013 press conference.
Background information
Birth name Anouk Teeuwe
Born (1975-04-08) 8 April 1975 (age 39)
The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
Genres Adult contemporary, alternative rock, pop rock, post-grunge, R&B, soul
Occupations Musician
Years active 1996–present
Labels Goldilox, EMI, Dino
Website anouk.com

Anouk Teeuwe (born 8 April 1975), professionally known by the mononym Anouk, is a Dutch singer-songwriter and producer. After her breakthrough in 1997 with the single "Nobody's Wife", she had numerous hit singles in the Dutch and Belgian charts, such as "R U Kiddin' Me", "Michel", "Girl", "Lost", "Modern World", "Three Days in a Row" and "Woman".

Anouk has released eight studio albums to date, the most recent one being Sad Singalong Songs, released on 17 May 2013. She represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, with the song "Birds". Her song made it to the final - the first since 2004 for the Netherlands; and finished in 9th place with 114 points.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Anouk Teeuwe was born on 8 April 1975, in The Hague, Netherlands. As a teenager, she experimented with drugs and ended up living in several care homes after she ran away from her family at the age of fourteen.

Her interest in music was triggered through her mother, who was a blues singer. Anouk gave her first performance when she was fifteen years old and sang at weddings and parties with a band called Shotgun Wedding. She started attending the Rotterdam Conservatory in 1994 but dropped out two years later. In the same period, her then-husband and manager Edwin Jansen introduced Anouk to Golden Earring frontman Barry Hay. Hay believed her to have talent and offered to write some songs for her. One of those songs was "Mood Indigo"; written in collaboration with fellow Golden Earring member George Kooymans.

Breakthrough[edit]

After she met Bart van Veen, her co-writer, the pair wrote a few songs. On 5 September 1997, she released her second single, "Nobody's Wife", which remained at the top of the Dutch music charts for a number of weeks and was also a hit in Norway and Sweden. Her debut album Together Alone turned out to be a huge success. In 1998, Anouk won two awards from Dutch music channel TMF in addition to an Edison Award. During the summer, she played at various festivals.

Her second album Urban Solitude was released in November 1999, and included the single "R U Kiddin' Me". This song reached the Dutch Top 100. Shortly afterwards, Anouk went to the United States to pursue a record deal. Negotiations with her American label (Sony) ended badly, causing her to return to the Netherlands without a deal. She released a new song, "Don't", and began touring the Netherlands in February 2001.

In March 2001, she released another album, Lost Tracks, which contained acoustic versions and B-sides from older songs, and various duets with K's Choice singer Sarah Bettens and The Anonymous Mis. She was awarded the Popprijs award in 2001.

In November 2002, the album Graduated Fool was released. This is the heaviest rock album in Anouk's career so far. Anouk received a Golden Harp in 2003.

The following full length release is called Hotel New York (2004) and yielded a total of four singles: "Girl", "Lost", "Jerusalem" and "One Word".

Anouk at Dauwpop in 2006

In 2006 she won the 3FM award for best Dutch female singer.[2]

In 2007, Anouk released Who's Your Momma, recorded with producer Glen Ballard. The first single, "Good God" was a success,[3] and became a playable song in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour in 2008.[4]

In 2009 she released her album For Bitter or Worse. The song "Three Days in a Row" reached the first place in the Dutch charts.

To Get Her Together[edit]

Anouk's album To Get Her Together was released in the Netherlands in May 2011. On 28 February 2011 Anouk placed one of the new tracks on YouTube named "Killer Bee". The first single of the album is called "Down & Dirty" and came out in April. On 27 June, Anouk released her single "I’m a Cliché". On 17 September 2011 "Save Me" was released as third single from the album. The fourth single is "What Have You Done". Anouk performed at the GelreDome in Arnhem for her To Get Her Together Tour on 8 and 11 March 2012.

Eurovision Song Contest 2013[edit]

Anouk reached the 9th place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden on 18 May 2013 with her song "Birds".[5]

The result was broadly seen in her home country as a major achievement, since it was the best result for the Netherlands in 14 years and the first time in 9 years that any Dutch artist even made it to the finals.[6]

Anouk first revealed taking part in the festival on Facebook on 17 October 2012, after negotiations with broadcaster TROS. Her song was officially revealed on 11 March 2013. Anouk performed "Birds" in the first semi-final on 14 May 2013, where she progressed to the final on 18 May 2013.

Musical style[edit]

Anouk's musical style has been described as a combination of Joan Osborne, Melissa Etheridge and Alanis Morissette.[7] She is known for explosive rock songs like "Nobody’s Wife" and "R U Kiddin' Me", but has also made small and fragile songs like "Lost" and "Michel". In addition to her pop/rock sound she also experiments with soul, funk and hip hop.

Personal life[edit]

Anouk was married to her manager Edwin Jansen until 1998.

She married Remon Stotijn (aka The Anonymous Mis), frontman of the reggae/rap band Postmen, on 16 March 2004. Stotijn is the father of three of her children; son Benjahmin Kingsley (b. 18 April 2002), son Elijah Jeramiah (b. 5 December 2003) and daughter Phoenix Ray (b. 3 June 2005). In May 2008, Anouk and Remon announced a "harmonious" mutual separation.[8]

In 2010 Anouk gave birth to her fourth child, a son named Jesiah Dox. The father is Dutch rapper Robert Coenen, best known by his stage name Unorthadox, who was Anouk's latest boyfriend with whom she broke up.

In march 2014 Anouk told on her facebookpage that she is pregnant with her fifth child. Who the father of this child is has yet to be unveiled though it is rumoured to be DJ Afrojack.[9]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Dutch TMF Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
1998 "Nobody's Wife" Best New Single[10] Won
Herself Best Newcoming Act[10] Won
2000 Best Single[11] Won
Herself Best Female[11] Won
Herself Best Live Act[11] Won
Best Videoclip[11] Won
2003 Herself Best Female[citation needed] Won
2005 Herself Best Female National[12] Won
Best Videoclip[12] Nominated
Herself Artist of the Decade[12] Nominated
2006 Herself Best Female National[13] Won
Herself Best Rock Act[13] Won
"DownHill" (Postmen feat. Anouk) Best Video[13] Won

In 2006, Dutch singer Marco Borsato joined Anouk in announcing their withdrawal from future TMF Awards-nominations. "Every year the same faces can get boring".

Edison Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
1998 "Nobody's Wife" Best Videoclip[14] Won
Herself Best New Artist[14] Won
Herself Best Female Artist[14] Won
2000 Herself Best Female Artist (Public vote)[15] Won
Herself Best Artist (Jury vote)[15] Won
2001 "Michel" Best Single[16] Won
2003 Herself Best Dutch Female[17] Won
2006 Herself Best Dutch Female[18] Won
2011 Herself Best Female Artist[19] Won
To Get Her Together Best Album[20] Nominated
"Down & Dirty" Best Song[20] Nominated
3FM Radio Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Herself Best Female[21] Won
"Girl" Best Single[21] Won
Herself Best Musician Voted by Colleagues[22] Won
2006 Herself Best Female Singer[21] Won
2008 Herself Best Female Singer[21] Won
Herself Best Rock Artist[21] Won
Who's Your Mama Best Album[21] Won
2010 Herself Best Female Singer[21] Won
For Bitter or Worse Best Album[21] Won
2011 Herself Best Live Act[21] Won
Belgian TMF Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Herself Best International Female Artist[23] Won
Hotel New York Best International Album[23] Won
"Girl" Best International Video[23][24] Won
2006 Herself Best International Live Act[25] Won
Herself Best International Female Artist[25] Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Herself Best Dutch/Belgian Act[26] Won
2006 Herself Best Dutch Act[27] Won
Other Awards
  • Noorderslag Popprijs 2001 [28]
  • Golden Harp 2003 [29]
  • Two medals (best female and single international "Girl") on Humo's Pop Poll 2005 Belgium[citation needed]
  • Duiveltje 2005 (best female singer) [30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anouk to represent the Netherlands in 2013". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Racoon grote winnaar bij 3FM Awards". Blik op Nieuws. 13 March 2006. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Top 50 chart
  4. ^ "Rocken met Anouk in Guitar Hero" (in Dutch). BN/De Stem. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Gripper, Ann (19 May 2013). "Who are Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winners? Full results table". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nederland-in-de-ban-van-anouk". NOS. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Anouk Bio. Muziek Centrum Nederland.
  8. ^ "Anouk en Postmen uitelkaar". AD.nl. 5 May 2008. 
  9. ^ Afrojack and Anouk
  10. ^ a b "Backstreet Boys winnen onbetwist TMF-Awards". Trouw (in Dutch). 6 April 1998. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Anouk wint vier TMF-Awards". Trouw (in Dutch). Trow.nl. 17 April 2000. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Awardsshows - TMF Awards 2005" (in Dutch). Kinderlines.nl. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "Marco Borsato en Anouk winnaars TMF Awards". Trouw (in Dutch). 13 October 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c Robbert Tilli (9 May 1998). "Anouk Lights Up Netherlands' Edison". Billboard. p. 56. 
  15. ^ a b "Anouk krijgt twee Edisons, Hazes weigert zijn ereprijs". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 7 April 2000. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Menno Pot. "Edisons voor BZN, Anouk en DeLange". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "De winnaars van de 44ste Editie Edison Music Awards" (in Dutch). Radio.nl. 9 March 2003. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Jan Smit, Anouk en Racoon winnen Edison". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 15 March 2006. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Winnaars Edisons bekend" (in Dutch). Edison Awards. 2 October 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Bekendmaking alle nominaties Edison Pop" (in Dutch). Edison Awards. 19 September 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Alle winnaars tot nu toe" (in Dutch). 3FM. 12 April 2012. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  22. ^ "Anouk wint Duiveltje". popinstituut.nl. 22 May 2005. 
  23. ^ a b c "Anouk wint drie TMF Awards". Trouw (in Dutch). 3 October 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Opnieuw Vlaamse TMF-Award nominatie voor Borsato". Trouw (in Dutch). 31 August 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Belgische TMF Award voor Anouk". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 16 October 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "MTV EMA - 2005 - Winnaars" (in Dutch). MTV Europe Music Awards. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  27. ^ "MTV EMA - 2006 - Winnaars" (in Dutch). MTV Europe Music Awards. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  28. ^ "Anouk krijgt Popprijs op Noorderslag". Trouw.nl. 29 June 2006. 
  29. ^ "Gouden Harpen voor De Boer, Anouk en Blof". Volkskrant.nl. 15 januari 2003. 
  30. ^ "Anouk wint Duiveltje voor beste zangeres". 2005. 

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