Charlotte Wessels

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Charlotte Wessels
Wessels performing at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida in 2014
Background information
Birth name Johanna Charlotte Wessels
Born (1987-05-13) 13 May 1987 (age 28)
Zwolle, Netherlands
Genres Symphonic metal, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer/Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, clarinet
Years active 2004-Present
Labels Roadrunner Records, Napalm Records
Associated acts Delain, To Elysium, Infernorama, Knight Area, Nemesea, Serenity, Sharon den Adel

Johanna Charlotte Wessels (born 13 May 1987) is the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. She was previously a member of gothic metal band To Elysium, before the band's split. She formed Delain in 2005 with former Within Temptation pianist Martijn Westerholt. She is a cousin of Dutch hardcore DJ DaY-már.


Wessels has been trained in both jazz singing and classical singing. She was first trained in jazz, but later her instructor suggested classical singing to her. However, Wessels has stated that she found classical training to be very restrictive, and so she likes to do something "in between the classical and the jazz stuff, and if you look at classical music with high vocal lines, then you kind of get to gothic very soon!"[1]

Wessels performing at the 2010 Wacken Open Air




Guest Work[edit]

  • "Embrace The Night" - DaY-már - 2006
  • "Serenade of Flames" - Serenity - 2010
  • "Please Come Home" - Knight Area - 2011
  • "High Enough" - Nemesea - 2011
  • "Under Grey Skies" - Kamelot - 2015


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