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Loona in 2008
Background information
Birth name Marie-José van der Kolk
Born (1975-09-16) September 16, 1975 (age 38)
Origin IJmuiden, Netherlands
Genres Eurodance, Pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, dancer
Years active 1994–2005, 2008–present
Website www.Loona.com

Marie-José van der Kolk (born September 16, 1975) also known by her stage names Loona and Carisma, is a Dutch singer, songwriter and dancer. She is most noted for her collaboration with DJ Sammy, and performing as a duo under the stage name of DJ Sammy feat. Carisma.

Early life[edit]

She was born on September 16, 1975 in IJmuiden, Netherlands.


When Marie-José danced on Mallorca she met DJ Sammy. She wanted to be a singer, Sammy gave her a chance to sing, they started recording songs under the name DJ Sammy featuring Carisma with "Life is Just a Game", which was their first hit (in 1996). This single was followed by "You Are My Angel", "Prince of Love" and "Golden Child". All of those songs were put together for their debut album Life Is Just A Game.

In the Summer of 1998. Marie came up with a new project called Loona, produced also by DJ Sammy. The first single was a cover of Paradisio's song "Bailando" and it became the summer song of 1998 in Germany, reaching the top of the German charts. By Autumn, it was followed by another single "Hijo de la Luna" (a cover of the Spanish band Mecano) which also reached number 1 on the German charts. The next release was her debut solo album called Lunita,[1] which was an all-Spanish album.

Personal life[edit]

Van der Kolk did studies of commercial assistant, and used to be a ballet-teacher. She is 1,64 m tall, loves horseriding and dancing.

She met DJ Sammy in the Joy Palace, a discotheque in Mallorca. She began to work for him as a dancer, then she took the alias Carisma and became his vocalist. "Life Is Just a Game" was her first hit with DJ Sammy.

She has a daughter, Saphira Maria (born February 10, 2005) with former spouse DJ Sammy. Loona posed nude in and was featured on the cover of June 2012 issue of German edition Playboy.[2]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
1999 Lunita 13 8 7
2000 Entre dos aguas 57 49
2002 Colors 84
2005 Wind of Time
2008 Moonrise
TBA Summer Dance

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
2000 Greatest Hits
2001 Baila mi ritmo
2007 Everybody on the Floor

Singles (as main artist)[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Certifications Album
1998 "Bailando" 3 1 1 9 Lunita
"Hijo de la Luna" 3 1 2 9
1999 "Dónde Vas" 26 40
"Mamboleo" 8 3 4 Entre Dos Aguas (Deluxe Edition)
"Salvador Dalí" 63 80 Entre Dos Aguas
2000 "La Vida es una Flor" 55
"Latino Lover" 9 6 6 Greatest Hits
2001 "Baila mi Ritmo" 52 40 11 34 Colors
"Viva el Amor" 42 1 75
2002 "Rhythm of the Night" 18 4 30
"Colors" 79
2004 "Tears in Heaven" 46 Wind of Time
2005 "Oye el Boom" 70 32 44 Everybody on the Floor
2007 "Everybody on the Floor (Uh la la la)"
2008 "Por la Noche" 64 Moonrise
"Salam Aleikoum"
2009 "Parapapapapa" 34 TBA (Summer Dance)
2010 "Vamos a la Playa" 32 4 16
"El Cucaracho, El Muchacho" (feat. Movetown) 67
2011 "El Tiburón" 43
2012 "Policia"
"Oh la la dance avec moi"
2013 "Rakatakata (Un Rayo de Sol)" 47
"Caliente" 58
2014 "Brazil"

Singles (as featured artist)[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Certifications Album
1995 "Life is Just a Game" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 62 Life Is Just a Game
1996 "You're my Angel" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma)
1997 "Prince of Love" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 24
"Golden Child" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 43
1998 "Magic Moment" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 67
1999 "In 2 Eternity" (DJ Sammy feat. Carisma) 31 48 DJ Sammy at Work (In the Mix)
2002 "Sunlight" (DJ Sammy feat. Loona) 58 50 28 Heaven
"The Boys of Summer" (DJ Sammy feat. Loona & Mel) 49 25 19
2004 "Rise Again" (DJ Sammy feat. Loona) 53 88 The Rise
2013 "Tell it to my Heart" (Cassey Doreen feat. Loona) TBA


  1. ^ Bonacich, Drago. "Biography: Loona". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "LOONA sexy nude playboy pics (playboy germany)". Viral Pit. May 16, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h International peaks
  4. ^ a b German peaks
  5. ^ a b Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  6. ^ "Gold & Platin". IFPI (Austria). Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  7. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Loona)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  8. ^ "AWARDS 1998". IFPI (Switzerland). Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  9. ^ "AWARDS 1999". IFPI (Switzerland). Retrieved 2010-08-14. 

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