Anouk at a Eurovision 2013 press conference.
|Birth name||Anouk Teeuwe|
8 April 1975 |
The Hague, Netherlands
|Labels||Goldilox, EMI, Dino|
Anouk Teeuwe (Dutch pronunciation: [aːˈnuk ˈteːuʋə]; born 8 April 1975), professionally known by the mononym Anouk, is a Dutch singer-songwriter and record producer. After her breakthrough in 1997 with the single "Nobody's Wife", she had numerous hit singles in the Dutch and Belgian charts, such as "R U Kiddin' Me", "Michel", "Girl", "Lost", "Modern World", "Three Days in a Row", and "Woman".
Anouk has released eleven studio albums to date, the most recent one being Fake It Till We Die, released on October 21, 2016. She represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, with the song "Birds". Her song made it to the final – the first since 2004 for the Netherlands; and finished 9th with 114 points.
1970s to 2000s: Beginnings and breakthrough
Anouk Teeuwe was born on 8 April 1975, in The Hague, Netherlands. As a teenager, she experimented with drugs and ended up living in several care homes after she ran away from her family at the age of fourteen. Anouk's interest in music was triggered through her mother, who was a blues singer. Anouk gave her first performance at fifteen and sang at weddings and parties with the band Shotgun Wedding. She started attending the Rotterdam Conservatory in 1994 but dropped out two years later. In the same period, her then-husband and manager Edwin Jansen introduced Anouk to Golden Earring frontman Barry Hay. Hay believed her to have talent and offered to write some songs for her. One of those songs was "Mood Indigo"; written in collaboration with fellow Golden Earring member George Kooymans.
After she met Bart van Veen, her co-writer, the pair wrote a few songs. On 5 September 1997, she released her second single, "Nobody's Wife", which remained at the top of the Dutch music charts for a number of weeks and was also a hit in Norway and Sweden. Her debut album Together Alone turned out to be a huge success. In 1998, Anouk won two awards from Dutch music channel TMF in addition to an Edison Award. During the summer, she played at various festivals. Her second album Urban Solitude was released in November 1999, and included the single "R U Kiddin' Me". This song reached the Dutch Top 100. Shortly afterwards, Anouk went to the United States to pursue a record deal. Negotiations with her American label (Sony) ended badly, causing her to return to the Netherlands without a deal. She released a new song, "Don't", and began touring the Netherlands in February 2001.
In March 2001, she released another album, Lost Tracks, which contained acoustic versions and B-sides from older songs, and various duets with K's Choice singer Sarah Bettens and The Anonymous Mis. She was awarded the Popprijs award in 2001. In November 2002, the album Graduated Fool was released. This is the heaviest rock album in Anouk's career so far. Anouk received a Golden Harp in 2003. The following full-length release is called Hotel New York (2004) and yielded a total of four singles: "Girl", "Lost", "Jerusalem" and "One Word". In 2006 she won the 3FM award for best Dutch female singer. In 2007, Anouk released Who's Your Momma, recorded with producer Glen Ballard. The first single, "Good God" was a success, and became a playable song in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour in 2008. In 2009 she released her album For Bitter or Worse. The song "Three Days in a Row" reached the first place in the Dutch charts.
2010s: Eurovision Song Contest participation
Anouk's album To Get Her Together was released in the Netherlands in May 2011. On 28 February 2011 Anouk placed one of the new tracks on YouTube named "Killer Bee". The first single of the album is called "Down & Dirty" and came out in April. On 27 June, Anouk released her single "I'm a Cliché". On 17 September 2011 "Save Me" was released as third single from the album. The fourth single is "What Have You Done". Anouk performed at the GelreDome in Arnhem for her To Get Her Together Tour on 8 and 11 March 2012.
Anouk first revealed taking part in the festival on Facebook on 17 October 2012, after negotiations with broadcaster TROS. Her song was officially revealed on 11 March 2013. Anouk performed "Birds" in the first semi-final on 14 May 2013, where she progressed to the final on 18 May 2013. Anouk reached the 9th place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden on 18 May 2013 with her song "Birds". The Dutch broadly perceived her result to be a major achievement, as it was the best ranking for the Netherlands in 14 years and the first time in 9 years that any Dutch artist even made it to the finals. Anouk wrote the 2015 Dutch entry called "Walk Along", performed by Trijntje Oosterhuis along with Swedish songwriter Tobias Karlsson.
In 2015, Anouk was a coach on the sixth season of the reality singing competition show The Voice of Holland. In 2016, Anouk released two albums: Queen For A Day, which included the lead single "Run Away Together", in March and Fake It Till We Die in late October.
Anouk's musical style has been described as a combination of Joan Osborne, Melissa Etheridge and Alanis Morissette. She is known for explosive rock songs like "Nobody's Wife" and "R U Kiddin' Me", but has also made small and fragile songs like "Lost" and "Michel". In addition to her pop/rock sound she also experiments with soul, funk and hip hop.
Anouk was married to her manager Edwin Jansen until 1998. She married Remon Stotijn (aka The Anonymous Mis), frontman of the reggae/rap band Postmen, on 16 March 2004. Stotijn is the father of three of her children; son Benjahmin Kingsley (b. 18 April 2002), son Elijah Jeramiah (b. 5 December 2003) and daughter Phoenix Ray (b. 3 June 2005). In May 2008, Anouk and Remon announced a "harmonious" mutual separation. In 2010 Anouk gave birth to her fourth child, a son named Jesiah Dox. In March 2014, Anouk announced that she was pregnant with her fifth child. Her son Sion Jethro was born in June 2014. In January 2016 Anouk announced she was pregnant with her 6th child. In June 2016, she gave birth to a baby girl, Jelizah Rose, with her current partner, basketball player Dominique Schemmekes.
Awards and nominations
|1998||"Nobody's Wife"||Best New Single||Won|
|Herself||Best Newcoming Act||Won|
|Herself||Best Live Act||Won|
|2003||Herself||Best Female||Won|
|2005||Herself||Best Female National||Won|
|Herself||Artist of the Decade||Nominated|
|2006||Herself||Best Female National||Won|
|Herself||Best Rock Act||Won|
|"DownHill" (Postmen feat. Anouk)||Best Video||Won|
In 2006, Dutch singer Marco Borsato joined Anouk in announcing their withdrawal from future TMF Awards-nominations. "Every year the same faces can get boring".
|1998||"Nobody's Wife"||Best Videoclip||Won|
|Herself||Best New Artist||Won|
|Herself||Best Female Artist||Won|
|2000||Herself||Best Female Artist (Public vote)||Won|
|Herself||Best Artist (Jury vote)||Won|
|2003||Herself||Best Dutch Female||Won|
|2006||Herself||Best Dutch Female||Won|
|2011||Herself||Best Female Artist||Won|
|To Get Her Together||Best Album||Nominated|
|"Down & Dirty"||Best Song||Nominated|
- 3FM Radio Awards
|Herself||Best Musician Voted by Colleagues||Won|
|2006||Herself||Best Female Singer||Won|
|2008||Herself||Best Female Singer||Won|
|Herself||Best Rock Artist||Won|
|Who's Your Momma||Best Album||Won|
|2010||Herself||Best Female Singer||Won|
|For Bitter or Worse||Best Album||Won|
|2011||Herself||Best Live Act||Won|
|2005||Herself||Best International Female Artist||Won|
|Hotel New York||Best International Album||Won|
|"Girl"||Best International Video||Won|
|2006||Herself||Best International Live Act||Won|
|Herself||Best International Female Artist||Nominated|
|2005||Herself||Best Dutch/Belgian Act||Won|
|2006||Herself||Best Dutch Act||Won|
- Other Awards
- Noorderslag Popprijs 2001
- Golden Harp 2003
- Two medals (best female and single international "Girl") on Humo's Pop Poll 2005 Belgium
- Duiveltje 2005 (best female singer)
- "Anouk to represent the Netherlands in 2013". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- "Racoon grote winnaar bij 3FM Awards". Blik op Nieuws. 13 March 2006. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- Top 50 chart Archived 25 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Rocken met Anouk in Guitar Hero" (in Dutch). BN/De Stem. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
- Gripper, Ann (19 May 2013). "Who are Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winners? Full results table". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- "Nederland-in-de-ban-van-anouk". NOS. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- Knoops, Roy (10 November 2014). "The Netherlands: Trijntje Oosterhuis to Vienna with song by Anouk". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
- Anouk Bio. Muziek Centrum Nederland.
- "Anouk en Postmen uitelkaar". AD.nl. 5 May 2008.
- "Backstreet Boys winnen onbetwist TMF-Awards". Trouw (in Dutch). 6 April 1998. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- "Anouk wint vier TMF-Awards". Trouw (in Dutch). Trow.nl. 17 April 2000. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Awardsshows – TMF Awards 2005" (in Dutch). Kinderlines.nl. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Marco Borsato en Anouk winnaars TMF Awards". Trouw (in Dutch). 13 October 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Robbert Tilli (9 May 1998). "Anouk Lights Up Netherlands' Edison". Billboard. p. 56.
- "Anouk krijgt twee Edisons, Hazes weigert zijn ereprijs". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 7 April 2000. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- Menno Pot. "Edisons voor BZN, Anouk en DeLange". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "De winnaars van de 44ste Editie Edison Music Awards" (in Dutch). Radio.nl. 9 March 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "Jan Smit, Anouk en Racoon winnen Edison". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 15 March 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "Winnaars Edisons bekend" (in Dutch). Edison Awards. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Bekendmaking alle nominaties Edison Pop" (in Dutch). Edison Awards. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Alle winnaars tot nu toe" (in Dutch). 3FM. 12 April 2012. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "Anouk wint Duiveltje". popinstituut.nl. 22 May 2005.
- "Anouk wint drie TMF Awards". Trouw (in Dutch). 3 October 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Opnieuw Vlaamse TMF-Award nominatie voor Borsato". Trouw (in Dutch). 31 August 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Belgische TMF Award voor Anouk". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 16 October 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "MTV EMA – 2005 – Winnaars" (in Dutch). MTV Europe Music Awards. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "MTV EMA – 2006 – Winnaars" (in Dutch). MTV Europe Music Awards. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "Anouk krijgt Popprijs op Noorderslag". Trouw.nl. 29 June 2006.
- "Gouden Harpen voor De Boer, Anouk en Blof". Volkskrant.nl. 15 January 2003.
- "Anouk wint Duiveltje voor beste zangeres". 2005.
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