Floor Jansen

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Floor Jansen
Floor Jansen - Ilosaarirock 2013 1.jpg
Floor Jansen live with Nightwish, 2013
Background information
Birth name Floor Jansen
Born (1981-02-21) 21 February 1981 (age 33)
Origin Goirle, Netherlands
Genres Symphonic metal, progressive metal, power metal
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, flute
Years active 1997–present
Labels Nuclear Blast
Associated acts
Website Official Floor Jansen site

Floor Jansen (pronounced [flɔr ˈjɑnsɛn]; born 21 February 1981 in Goirle) is a Dutch singer and songwriter. She is a classically trained Dramatic Soprano, and sings in the styles of rock and heavy metal such as symphonic, progressive and power metal. She also has the versatility to sing opera and belt as well as death growls, aggressive and harsh singing. She is the current lead vocalist of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish and the Dutch progressive metal band ReVamp.

Jansen had been the lead vocalist of symphonic metal band After Forever that she joined in 1997. After they disbanded in 2009, she created ReVamp and released two albums with the band. In 2012 following the departure of their lead vocalist Anette Olzon, Nightwish replaced her with Jansen as a session member until the end of their Imaginaerum World Tour. In 2013 the band announced her as their now full-time lead vocalist.

She is also a member of progressive metal supergroup Star One, and sang in Ayreon albums Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer and 01011001. She is the older sister of fellow singer Irene Jansen.

Biography[edit]

After Forever (1997–2009)[edit]

Jansen was sixteen when she joined Apocalypse (the name of the band After Forever in its early days) in 1997. Three years later the band released its first album, Prison of Desire. Her ability to sing both classical and rock music has made her reasonably popular in the metal scene. She took sole charge of After Forever's lyrics and vocal melodies since the departure of Mark Jansen (no relation) in 2002.[1] Prior to this, up until the Decipher (2001) album, the two would write together.

Jansen with her former band After Forever at the Masters of Rock festival in 2007

Jansen started studying music at the Dutch Rock Academy in 1999 and entered the conservatory three years later. She studied musical theatre and one year of opera. Later, she started teaching performing in her own course called Wanna be a Star?!.

Jansen plays the guitar, piano and flute and has completed several years of music studies.[2][3]

Three albums by the Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen include guest vocals from Jansen. She sang one song on Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer, made a number of contributions to the Star One project and plays the character Ω in the Ayreon album 01011001. She is the older sister of fellow singer and Ayreon guest vocalist Irene Jansen, who played "Passion" on The Human Equation. She has also been a guest for the metal band Nightmare.

ReVamp (2009–present)[edit]

Because of the burnout that After Forever band mate Sander Gommans underwent, the band took a year off starting in January 2008 but ultimately decided to call it quits in February 2009. Jansen posted on her website, that while After Forever was on hold (and since then disbanded), she would use this opportunity to start writing music with Jørn Viggo Lofstad (no) (Pagan's Mind, Jørn Lande) for a new musical project.[4] On 16 June 2009, Jansen announced through her MySpace site, that she had started a new metal band, which has put the project called Sinh with Lofstad on hold.

On 17 October 2009, Jansen announced via MySpace, that the name of her new band was ReVamp.[5] ReVamp's first album was produced with After Forever keyboardist Joost van den Broek, bass player Jaap Melman (formerly of Dreadlock Pussy)[6] and guitarist Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Voodoocult, and Eyes of Eden) as songwriters and producers. The current line-up of ReVamp features keybordist Ruben Wijga, bass player Jaap Melman, guitarists Jord Otto and Arjan Rijnen and drummer Matthias Landes.

ReVamp performing live in Oslo in September 2010

In August 2011, Van Canto announced on Facebook, that ReVamp would no longer participate in their Out of the Dark tour, as Jansen suffered a burnout herself.[7]

In late 2011, Jansen joined her former band mate in After Forever Mark Jansen for his band MaYan's Latin American tour, performing in São Paulo. In 2012, Jansen joined Adrenaline Mob on stage in Bochum and Weert. ReVamp's second album, Wild Card, was released in 2013.[8]

Nightwish (2012–present)[edit]

After Nightwish's previous lead vocalist Anette Olzon parted ways with the band, Jansen acted as Nightwish's live lead vocalist for the remainder of the Imaginaerum World Tour. On 9 October 2013, Jansen was announced as Olzon's permanent replacement in the band.[9]

On December 9, 2013, she was also announced as the main vocalist, playing the lead role, for the second full-length album of former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki's metal opera act Avalon.[10]

Discography[edit]

With After Forever[edit]

Demos

  • Ephemeral (1999)
  • Wings of Illusion (1999)

Studio albums

EPs

Singles

Compilations

With Ayreon[edit]

With Star One[edit]

With ReVamp[edit]

With MaYaN[edit]

  • Quarterpast (2011) Vocals on the songs "Drown the Demon", "Course of Life", "Bite the Bullet", "Sinner's Last Retreat", "Symphony of Aggression".
  • Antagonise (2014) Vocals on the songs "Burn Your Witches" and "Redemption".

With Devin Townsend Project[edit]

With Epica[edit]

  • Retrospect (2013) Vocals on the songs "Stabat Mater Dolorosa" and "Sancta Terra"

With Nightmare[edit]

  • The Dominion Gate (2005) Vocals on the songs "A Taste of Armageddon" and "The Dominion Gate"

With Nightwish[edit]

Studio Albums

Live Albums

Singles

  • "Ghost Love Score" (Live) (2013)

With Timo Tolkki's Avalon[edit]

  • Angels of the Apocalypse (2014) Vocals on the songs "Design the Century", "The Paradise Lost", "You'll Bleed Forever", "Angels of the Apocalypse".

With U Meet[edit]

  • No Just (2014) Vocals on the song "Cognitive Bias"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with After Forever. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  2. ^ "After Forever at Musical Discoveries", 13 June 2004
  3. ^ Review of Decipher, Musical Discoveries, 7 July 2012
  4. ^ Floor Jansen biography @ official site
  5. ^ Name of my new band! blogs.myspace.com. 2009-10-17. Retrieved on 2009-10-17.
  6. ^ Former After Forever Singer's Revamp: First Full-Length Song Posted Online blabbermouth.net. 2010-04-21. Retrieved on 2010-09-14.
  7. ^ Van Canto post facebook.com. 2011-08-12. Retrieved on 2011-08-12.
  8. ^ ReVamp's official website
  9. ^ Press release // October 9th 2013 nightwish.com. 2013-10-9. Retrieved on 2013-10-9.
  10. ^ "Floor Jansen is the main vocalist on Avalon II, the album and European tour planned for May 2014". Avalon Opera.com. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

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