Do (singer)

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Do in 2009
Do in 2009
Background information
Birth nameDominique Rijpma van Hulst
Born (1981-09-07) 7 September 1981 (age 41)
Valkenswaard, Netherlands
GenresDance-pop, adult contemporary, Nederpop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, Actress
Years active2000–present
LabelsSony BMG

Dominique Rijpma van Hulst (Dutch pronunciation: [doːmiˈnik rɛi̯pmaː fɑn ɦʏlst]; born 7 September 1981) is a Dutch singer and actress known by her stage name Do. She is best known for singing the vocals of "Heaven," DJ Sammy's worldwide top 10 hit in 2002-2003, a cover of the 1980s hit of the same name by Bryan Adams.

Early life[edit]

Dominique Rijpma van Hulst was born in 1981 in Valkenswaard, Netherlands. She was raised by her stepfather Willem-Jan van Hulst, a popular tennis coach. At age fifteen, she planned to compete in Wimbledon, but an injury ended her tennis career.

Her first musical performance was in café Old Dutch in Valkenswaard, which led to a record label deal with Sony Music BMG.


Before she even released a single, she was a supporting act for the tour of 5ive and Montell Jordan in the Netherlands. The first single Do released was the song "Real Good". Although the music video was played a lot on the Dutch music channel TMF, it was not a hit song in the Netherlands. Later in an interview, she says that "It wasn't my sound, and I hated the video. Thankfully it wasn't a hit, 'cause I don't want people to remember me from that song". After that, Do collaborated with DJ Sammy and Yanou, who is also her producer. The song was a cover of Bryan Adams song Heaven. It became an international hit. It reached the number one spot in the United Kingdom and was a Top ten hit in several countries. A candlelight remix version was made with a slower, piano instrumental. During this time, she had some problems with the credits of the song. Everywhere she went, she was asked if she was DJ Sammy because the song (in accordance with most dance songs) was credited to DJ Sammy, and she was the main focus in the video.[citation needed] Her candlelight version of "Heaven" is also used for the ending sequence of the TV series Cold Case, 1st-season episode 8 'Fly Away'.


Do's self-titled debut, Do, was released in 2004, and reached No. 3 in the Netherlands. The first single from the album, "Voorbij", a duet with Marco Borsato, reached No. 1. She also had top ten hits in the Netherlands with her next two singles, "Love Is Killing Me" (which reached the No. 6) and "Angel by My Side" (which reached No. 10). A specially recorded version of "Angel by My Side" was used as the title song for the 2004 Dutch film "Ellis in Glamourland".

The fourth single was planned to be a cover of the Cyndi Lauper song "I Don't Want to Be Your Friend". The plan fell through - Do's management did not get the rights to release it as a single.

The album received the golden status (40,000 copies) in the Netherlands just before Christmas. Although Do's former international success with "Heaven", her album was not released in other countries, the reasons are unknown. To end the year, she recorded a Christmas song with Trijntje Oosterhuis on the order of Sky Radio. It was called "Everyday Is Christmas". Due to the airplay it reached No. 7 in the Dutch Top 40.

After the tsunami disaster in Indonesia, Do joined several Dutch artists to record a song for the victims of the tsunami. The song, "Als Je Iets Kan Doen" (If You Can Do Something), reached No. 1 in the Netherlands and stayed there for several weeks. All of the profits from the song went to the victims of the tsunami disaster.

She has also made a few film appearances, including doing the voice of "Cappy" in the Dutch-spoken version of the multimillion-dollar film, Robots. Other accomplishments include being the only female artist to have two different versions of the same song, "Heaven", on Billboard charts at the same time, peaking at No. 8.

Follow Me[edit]

Do's second album, Follow Me was released in the Netherlands on 19 June 2006. The first single was also called "Follow Me". The song was written by Bryan Adams and had already been recorded by Melanie C in 1999. The single peaked at No. 39 in the Dutch Top 40 but did better in the Megacharts Top 50, peaking at No. 17. The album debuted in the Dutch Megacharts Album Top 100 at No. 8 and peaked there for two weeks. The album contains 12 songs. The album meant a lot to Do, whose friend worked on the album with her before passing away.

The second single from Follow Me was "Beautiful Thing". This song did better in the charts than "Follow Me" and it peaked at No. 23. It stayed in the Top 40 for 9 weeks. The video for "Beautiful Thing" was shot in Bonaire just like the third single of the album "Sending Me Roses" which was only released as a digital track. The two videos form a story.

In 2006, Do did a tour called Follow Me theater tour.

The fourth single from the album was "I Will". It was released in February 2007. The song was re-recorded in Sweden. However, no video was made and the song failed to chart.

Do has also had a Dutch EP, entitled "Zingen in het Donker". (Singing in the Darkness.) The self-titled song was recorded in 4 different languages. (Dutch, English, German and French.) The proceeds were sent to a charity for Domestic Violence victims.

On 20 December 2009, Do premiered a new song, called "Nobody But Me", which was said to be off her upcoming album. Dominique Rijpma van Hulst stated the album was going to be released around March 2010; however, it has yet to be released.

In 2010, Dominique Rijpma van Hulst released an LP version of "Zingen in het Donker". (Singing in the Darkness) It had a very limited release in Europe, and only available on the European iTunes Store. The album contains 10 tracks from DO, and unlike her previous albums, "Zingen in her Donker" is completely in Dutch. The first single is titled after the name of the album.


From November 2007 to March 2008 Do starred in Assepoester, a Dutch version of Cinderella, as the title character. The production was held at the Efteling Theatre, a theatre in the Efteling amusement park in the Netherlands. It was Do's first live theatrical performance.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On 7 July 2007 Do married Marc Verschoor in Barcelona. The couple divorced in 2010 but reconciled in 2012. She gave birth to a son on 2 January 2014. Do posed nude in, and was featured on the cover of, the January 2009 issue of the Dutch edition of Playboy.[2]



Year Title Peak chart positions
2004 Do 3 94
2006 Follow Me 8
2010 Zingen in het donker
2011 Bubbles & Bells 63
2015 Drie kleine kleutertjes en een dappere dodo 44
Uncovered Studio Sessions
2017 Momentum 30 142
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
2000 "Real Good"
2003 "Heaven (Unplugged)" 4
2004 "Love Is Killing Me" 6 40
"Angel by My Side" 10
2006 "Follow Me" 18
"Beautiful Thing" 17
"Sending Me Roses"
"I Will" 49
2009 "Zingen In Het Donker" 57
2010 "It's Christmas"
2011 "Hij Gelooft In Mij" 1
2012 "Laat Het Nu Maar Vrij"
2016 "Zonder Jou"
2017 "Sterker Dan Alleen"
"Kerstmis, Je Bent Welkom Hier"
2019 "Gewoon Speciaal"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions
2001 "Heaven" (ft. DJ Sammy & Yanou) 12 14 36 7 16 4 39 5 10 3 8 17 16 1 8
2002 "On and On" (ft. Yanou) 75 68
2003 "Heaven" (Candlelight Mix) (ft. DJ Sammy & Yanou) 4 4 41
2004 "Voorbij" (ft. Marco Borsato) 1 2
"Everyday It's Christmas" (ft. Trijntje Oosterhuis) 7
2005 "Als Je Iets Kan Doen" (ft. Artiesten Voor Azie) 1
2008 "On the Topshelf" (ft. Inge van Kemenade) 25
2011 "Vijf jaar" (ft. Pieter van der Zweep) 84
2013 "Ik Wacht Hier Op Jou" (ft. Tango Tinto)
"Habibi I Love You" (ft. Chawki & Pitbull) 5
2014 "Blame It on Love" (ft. Michael Mendoza)
"Stil" (ft. Jim Bakkum)
"Kerstmis Vier Je Samen" (Various Artists) 65
2018 "Degene Die Gaat" (ft. Mathieu & Guillaume) [a]
"Stil In Mij (Verspijkerd)" (ft. Josylvio) 23
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category About Result
Dutch Musical Awards Best Big Musical Cast of Cinderella Nominated
TMF Awards The Netherlands Best Dutch Female Artist Herself Nominated
TMF Awards The Netherlands Best Dutch Female Artist Herself Nominated
Edison Awards Best New Artist Herself Nominated
BMI Pop Award U.S.A Best Pop Herself Won
TMF Awards The Netherlands Best Dutch Female Artist Herself Won
World Music Awards Monte Carlo, Monaco Best Dutch Female Artist Herself Won
Dancestar Awards Miami, USA Best single of the year DJ Sammy & Yanou Ft. Dominique Rijpma van Hulst - Heaven Won
TMF Awards The Netherlands Best New Act Herself Won


  1. ^ "Degene Die Gaat" did not enter the Tipparade of Flanders, but did enter the Bubbling Under (as a Tip)


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Dominique Van Hulst (zangeres Do) in playboy: NU Mét Echte Playboy Foto's, 11-12-2008 Nieuwe Foto's!". snelgeld-lenen. November 12, 2008. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2012.

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