Trijntje Oosterhuis

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Trijntje Oosterhuis
Oosterhuis performing in
Hilversum (2012)
Background information
Birth name Judith Katrijntje Oosterhuis
Also known as Trijntje
Born (1973-02-05) February 5, 1973 (age 42)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Pop, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990–present
Labels EMI, Blue Note Records
Associated acts Total Touch

Judith Katrijntje "Trijntje" Oosterhuis (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtrɛiɲcə ˈoːstərˌɦœys]; born 5 February 1973) is a Dutch pop singer who will be representing the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Walk Along".


Oosterhuis was born on 5 February 1973, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Trijntje Oosterhuis is the daughter of theologian and former Catholic priest Huub Oosterhuis and violinist Jozefien Melief of the Amsterdam Promenade Orchestra.

1990s: Total Touch[edit]

In 1990, she formed the band "Total Touch" with her brother Tjeerd Oosterhuis and, in 1991, they participated in the Grote Prijs van Nederland, the most important amateur musician contest in the Netherlands.[1] Trijntje got the opportunity to tour with Candy Dulfer in 1994 after collaborating with her on the album Big Girl. Originally the tour was supposed to last six weeks; however, it became a two-year tour around the world.

Total Touch was offered a record deal in 1995 and their debut album Total Touch was released in 1996. The first single, "Touch Me There", became a summer hit and went Platinum, selling over 100,000 copies in its first month[2] - despite only peaking the Dutch charts at number 14. The next album This Way became their first number-one album and was equally successful, although the album was not well known internationally. In 1999, they took a small break, and Trijntje Oosterhuis released a live album with covers of Stevie Wonder.

2000s: Launching a solo career[edit]

In 2001, Total Touch decided to go their separate ways, with Tjeerd wanting to focus on production and songwriting and Trijntje wanting to launch her solo career.

In March 2003, Oosterhuis's debut solo album, Trijntje Oosterhuis, was released and met with moderate success.[citation needed] The album consisted mainly of ballads and presented her as a diva. Trijntje personally has a fondness for Jazz instead of pop ballads, and, in 2004, she therefore signed a record deal with Blue Note and released the live album Strange Fruit, consisting of Billie Holiday and George Gershwin covers.[3] The album received critical acclaim, and Trijntje finally managed to achieve fame beyond her home country.

In September 2004, Trijntje gave birth to her son Jonas. On 31 July 2006, she gave birth to a second son, Marijn Benjamin van den Eeden. Her second jazz album called The Look Of Love (Burt Bacharach Songbook) was recorded with Burt Bacharach, who plays the piano on two tracks[4] and was released on 20 November 2006. The new album was certified Platinum on the day of release, for having shipped more than 70,000 copies.[5] In December 2006 Trijntje toured with the Metropole Orchestra performing covers of Burt Bacharach and Christmas songs.[3]

In 2007, she released a second volume of her collaboration with Burt Bacharach entitled Who'll Speak For Love, with Bacharach again playing piano on three tracks. In 2008, she released a CD and DVD of an acoustic concert performance with guitarist Leonardo Amuedo, entitled Ken Je Mij.

In September 2008, she was one of the special guests at the Symphonica in Rosso concert in Arnhem, starring Lionel Richie. During this concert she sang the duet "Face in the Crowd" with Richie, which performance is included in Richie's album Just Go.

In 2009 and 2010, her song "What the World Needs Now" was the theme for Brazilian soap opera Viver a Vida made by Rede Globo.

2010s: Videos and TV shows[edit]

In early 2011, Oosterhuis released the album Sundays in New York. The CD was given away free to lucky readers of the Saturday 15 January 2011 edition of the Dutch newspaper AD.

A year later, in January 2012, Dutch singer Anouk made two videos of her and Trijntje working together in a studio, available through Twitter and Facebook.[6][7] Initial assumptions were made that Anouk and Trijntje were recording a duet for Trijntje's next album. Soon after, it was announced that Anouk was writing songs for the album and producing it.[8] The new album, named Wrecks We Adore, was officially released on 13 April 2012. In 2012, Oosterhuis replaced Angela Groothuizen as a coach on the third season of The Voice of Holland alongside Nick & Simon, Roel van Velzen and Marco Borsato. Her final contestant, Leona Philippo, reached the final and won.

Trijntje Oosterhuis will represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Walk Along".[9][10]



Year Title Dutch album chart[11] Certification
1999 For Once in My Life 25 Gold[12]
2003 Best of Total Touch & Trijntje Oosterhuis 14  
2003 Trijntje Oosterhuis 3 Gold[12]
2004 Strange Fruit 2 2 x Platinum[13]
2005 See You As I Do 5 Gold[12]
2006 The Look Of Love 1[14] Platinum[5]
2011 Sundays in New York 22 N/A
2011 We've Only Just Begun 19 N/A
2012 Wrecks We Adore 1 Gold[15]
With Total Touch
1996 Total Touch 2 4 x Platinum[12]
1998 This Way 1 2 x Platinum[12]


  1. ^ Stand By Productions (booking agency) Biography Trijntje Oosterhuis. (Dutch) Retrieved: September 15, 2006
  2. ^ Biography Trijntje Oosterhuis. Retrieved: September 15, 2006
  3. ^ a b Biography Trijntje Oosterhuis. Retrieved: 15 September 2006
  4. ^ Polyhymnia Recording Studio New Trijntje Oosterhuis CD mastered at Polyhymnia Retrieved: 25 October 2006
  5. ^ a b Trijntje Oosterhuis page, "20-11-2006 - Trijntje ontvangt Platina Award tijdens The Look of Love première" Retrieved: 23 November 2006
  6. ^ Video of Anouk and Trijntje in studio. Retrieved: April 12, 2012
  7. ^ Second video of Anouk and Trijntje in studio. Retrieved: April 12, 2012
  8. ^ Anouk announces her cooperation with Trijntje Oosterhuis. Retrieved: 12 April 2012.
  9. ^ Trijntje Oosterhuis to represent Netherlands
  10. ^ "Trijntje naar Songfestival"
  11. ^ Discography Trijntje Oosterhuis. Retrieved: 25 October 2006
  12. ^ a b c d e Dutch certification database Accessed 4 November 2006
  13. ^ Trijntje Oosterhuis page (Dutch). Retrieved: 23 November 2006
  14. ^ - Album Top 100 Flash required Retrieved: 7 December 2006
  15. ^ "Album Trijntje Oosterhuis goud". De Telegraaf. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The Common Linnets
with "Calm After the Storm"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by