Ben Saunders (singer)
|Also known as||Tattoo Ben|
9 July 1983 |
London, England, United Kingdom
|Occupations||Singer, tattoo artist|
|Associated acts||Dean Saunders
Follow That Dream (band)
The Brothers (band)
Ben Saunders (born 9 July 1983) is a Dutch singer who won the first-ever title of the Dutch singing competition series The Voice of Holland broadcast on RTL 4. The final of 2010–2011 season was held live on 21 January 2011. Saunders is also a tattoo artist. He is popularly known as "Tattoo Ben".
Saunders is of English origin. He is the younger brother of Dean Saunders who on 22 January 2011, won the title of the third season (2010–2011) of the Dutch music competition Popstars, notably only a day after Ben's victory on The Voice.
Brothers Ben and Dean Saunders both started applying to talent competitions early like for the series Daddy's Wish. They also took part in 1998 in Life is like a box of chocolates program.
1998-2003: Follow That Dream
In 2000, Dean and Ben Saunders both took part in RTL 4's Alles voor de band: Follow that dream. They were part of the band Follow That Dream (F.T.D.) (that included besides the two brothers Vanessa Eman, Rosa Vuik, Linda van Toornburg and Peter van der Meer. The band was signed to Dino Music record label.
Their debut single the self-titled "Follow That Dream" was released in November 2000 reaching #25 in the Dutch Top 40. 6 months later, the band split after the great popularity of the rival Starmaker show.
2003: Eurovision Song Contest entry
On February 15, 2003 the Saunders brothers took part in the 2003 Dutch Nationaal Songfestival, a Dutch national music pre-selection contest for qualification to Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Riga, Latvia. They performed the song "Stand As One" in the third heat under the name "The Brothers" getting just 10 points and finishing with 3% of the popular vote as seventh out of 8 participants.
2010-present: The Voice of Holland
In 2010, Ben Saunders applied to The Voice of Holland singing competition proving to be very popular with both judges and the voting public, after singing in his audition "Use Somebody" from Kings of Leon. Ben was coached by Roel van Velzen. In the final, he sang his number one single, his cover version rendition of "If You Don't Know Me by Now" and duetted with Welsh singer Duffy on her song "Warwick Avenue" and won by 59% of the votes against runner-up Pearl Jozefzoon.
Saunders has charted with 4 different songs in the top 15 of the Dutch charts, including attaining #1 position with his single "Kill For a Broken Heart".
|2000||The Album||-||Band: Follow That Dream|
|2011||You Thought You Knew Me By Now||1||Solo: Ben Saunders|
|2012||Heart & Soul||7|
|2000||Follow that dream||25||13||Band: Follow That Dream|
|2001||One night in Shanghai||-||-|
|2003||Stand as one||-||-||Duo: The Brothers|
|2010||I'm in love with a girl||-||19||Solo: Ben Saunders|
|If you don't know me by know||11||1|
|Dancing in the street (ft. Alain Clark)||-||28|
|When a man loves a woman||43||1|
|2011||I heard it through the grapevine||-||6|
|Kill for a broken heart||4||1|
|Dry your eyes||17||8|
|Heart strings (this is love)||58||30|
|2012||Heart strings - International version||-||97|
- Die Telegraaf: Ben Saunders wint TVOH
- Rickey.org: Ben Saunders – Kill For A Broken Heart – The Voice of Holland Winner
- Performance during Nationaal Songfestival
- Ben Saunders audition to The Voice of Holland
- RTL: And the voice of Holland is... Ben Saunders
- Hounslow Chronicle: Brentford brothers win two Dutch X-Factor style competitions
- "Dutch Charts > Rumer". dutchcharts.nl/.
- Dutch Top 40
- Dutch Mega Single Top 100