Belle Perez

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Belle Perez
Belle Perez (Beatrixtheater 2008 - 1).jpg
Born Maribel Pérez
(1976-01-29) 29 January 1976 (age 38)
Neerpelt, Belgium
Nationality Spanish
Occupation musician

Maribel Pérez (born 29 January 1976), best known by her stage name Belle Perez, is a Belgian musician and songwriter.

Born in Neerpelt to Spanish parents as María Isabelle Pérez Cerezo, the Flemish singer was discovered for her musical talents by Patrick Renier at a local talent show in 1997 at the age of 21.[1] In 1999 she participated in the Belgian preselections of the Eurovision Song Contest and from then on Belle's career in music took off. She started off in pop music but in 2002 she changed her style to Latino/pop and went live on stage with her own "Baila Perez"-band. The album that came with it was an instant success and remained on the top spot in the Belgian charts for several weeks.

As of 2006, she has achieved a relatively high level of fame in her native Belgium and the Netherlands. She has also become the presenter of a popular Dutch music show in the meanwhile. Perez participated in the Belgian tryouts for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, but ended up getting 3rd place. Her newest album Gotitas De Amor was released on 23 August 2006. In December 2006 she released her 4th single of "Gotitas de amor", called "Hoy (Le pido a dios)", a ballad.

On 5 May she will be performing another "Mega Latino"-Concert in the "Sportpaleis" Antwerpen. She will be performing in front of about 15,000 people. According to some articles on her fan-site she is planning to release a CD in Germany, Austria and Switzerland upcoming summer. She has already signed a contract. Due to some rumours "El mundo bailando" is going to be the first single in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Before summer she will release another single from her album "Gotitas De Amor" in Belgium and Netherlands which will be "Amor Latino" and it peaked in Belgium on Position 11.

In June 2007 she released her first album "Gotitas De Amor" and the first single "El Mundo Bailando" in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the mean time she recorded a new single called "Djolei! Djolei!" which has been released on 15 June 2007 in Belgium and Netherlands. Once again it is a song for the upcoming summer and so she is heading again for her next Radio 2-Summer-Award-Trophy in August 2007. She also posed twice for the men's magazine FHM.

In 2008 Belle Pérez and her spouse Mario Winters, with whom she had been a couple as early as 1995 and whom she married in the deepest secret in 2000, broke up after an 8-year's wedding. Some months afterwards Belle met 25 years old Dutch jewel designer Wouter van der Horst in Antwerp with whom she has been going steady until now.

Belle released her new album "Gipsy" in 2008 and made the top10 in both Belgium and The Netherlands. Appreciation in The Netherlands for her music grows and tours bring Belle more to there than to Belgium. In 2009 Belle celebrates her 10-year career. A book has been published containing her ups and downs in the last 10 years and a DVD has been released of a concert without any audience. At the same time a big concert was announced for the fall of 2009. However in September 2009 it was announced that the big concert originally planned is downsized: a smaller concert hall but a sold out crowd. Belle and her team state that she will go in a new direction with her music and that she wants to try new international adventures. She separates from her manager at that time, Patrick Renier, and goes on with Hugo Foets who also has been in the background.

For the second year in a row she is asked to be a special musical guest in the Holiday on Ice Shows. In 2008 she did them in Belgium, in 2009 in The Netherlands. After these shows she will focus on her new tour in The Netherlands: a theater tour "Latino Mundial".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak-Positions Information
BE NL GER AT CH
2000 Hello World 13 - - - -
  • First studio album
2001 Everything 10 - - - -
  • Second studio album
2003 Baila Perez 1 20 - - -
  • Third studio album
  • First Spanish album
  • Gold award for 25.000 copies sold in Belgium
2004 Arena 2004 9 - - - -
  • Fourth studio album
  • Spanish and English songs
2005 The Best of Belle Perez 2 - - - -
  • Best-Of compilation
  • Only released in Belgium
2005 Que viva la vida - 9 - - -
  • Compilation of former Hits
  • Only released in Netherlands
2006 / 2007 Gotitas de Amor 3 4 - - -
  • Fifth studio album
  • First album in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Released in GER, AT & CH on 22 June 2007
  • Special Edition: Edición Especial with Live-Material from the "Sportpaleis"-Concert
  • Gold-Award for 35.000 sold copies in NL
2007 Greatest Latin Hits - 12 - - -
  • Compilation of former hits
  • Only released in Netherlands
2008 Gipsy 9 5 - - -
  • Sixth studio album
  • Recorded Fall 2007
  • Release 20 June 2008

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak-Positions Information
BE NL NZ GER AT CH
1999 "Hello World"
Hello World
61 84 42 - - -
2000 "Honeybee"
Hello World
6 67 - - - -
"This Crazy Feeling"
Hello World
60 - - - - -
"Kiss And Make Up"
Hello World
50 - - - - -
2001 "Planet of Love"
Everything
40 - - - - -
"Get Up And Boogie"
Everything
29 61 - - - -
2002 "Me & You"
Everything
10 8 - - - -
"Everything"
Everything
66 - - - - -
2003 Hijo De La Luna
Everything
8 28 - - - -
"Bailaremos"
Baila Perez
15 57 - - - -
"Enamorada"
Baila Perez
7 45 - - - -
  • Radio 2 Summerhit-Awards 2003
"Sobreviviré"
Baila Perez
34 - - - - -
2004 "Light of My Life"
Arena 2004
11 - - - - -
  • Radio 2 Summerhit-Award 2004
"Loca De Amor"
Arena 2004
23 - - - - -
"El Ritmo Caliente"
Baila Perez / Arena 2004
Promo 38 - - - -
  • Original live version of a 1999 hit from Esperanza: The Movie
2005 "Que Viva La Vida (Chiquitan)"
The Best Of / Que Viva La Vida
2 2 - - - -
  • Radio 2 Summerhit-Award 2005
"Dime"
The Best Of / Que Viva La Vida
9 16 - - - -
2006 "El Mundo Bailando"
Gotitas De Amor
1 7 - 109 - -
"Ave Maria"
Gotitas De Amor
11 18 - - - -
  • Cover-Version of a song from Spanish singer David Bisbal
  • Radio 2 Summerhit-Award 2006
"Gotitas De Amor"
Gotitas De Amor
63 61 - - - -
"Hoy (Le Pido A Dios)"
Gotitas De Amor
74 63 - - - -
2007 "Amor Latino"
Gotitas De Amor
11 50 - - - -
"Djolei, Djolei!"
Greatest Latin Hits
32 40 - - - -
  • Participant at the Radio 2 Summerhit-Awards 2007
2008 "Dime Que Tu Quieres"
Gipsy
10 6 - - - -
  • Release date: 16 May 2008
"Amame"
Gipsy
24 90 - - - -
  • Release date: 15 August 2008
"Tú / You"
Gipsy
- 31 - - - -
  • Release date: November 2008
  • English version You from her Holiday on Ice Show
2010 "La Colegiala"
-
14 79 - - - -
  • Release date: 16 July 2010
2011 "Shake It Out"
TBA
75 - - - - -

DVDs[edit]

  • Baila Perez (2003)
  • The Best of Belle Perez (2005)Gold (16.000 sold copies in Belgium)
  • Mega Latino Concert – Sportpaleis Antwerpen (2006)
  • Diez (2009)

Awards And Achievements[edit]

  • 2000 – Zamu Award – "Best Pop Artist"
  • 2002 – Golden Award for single "Me & You" (both in The Netherlands & Belgium)
  • 2002 – Zomerhit Award 'Me And You' Ft Jody Bernal
  • 2003 – Platinum Award for "Baila Perez"
  • 2003 – Zomerhit Award 'Enamorada'
  • 2004 – Zomerhit Award 'Light of My Life'
  • 2005 – Zomerhit Award 'Que Viva La Vida'
  • 2005 – Radio 2 Zomerhit "Favorite of the public" Award
  • 2005 – TMF Award – "Best Female Artist"
  • 2006 – Zomerhit Award Radio 2 'Ave Maria'
  • 2006 – Radio 2 Zomerhit "Favorite of the public" Award

Tours[edit]

References[edit]

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