Esmée Denters

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Esmée Denters
Denters in 2009
Denters in 2009
Background information
Born (1988-09-28) 28 September 1988 (age 32)
Arnhem, Netherlands
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2006–present
Associated acts
Esmée Denters
YouTube information
Years active2006–present
GenreMusic, vlogs
Subscribers270 thousand
Total views176.9 million
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers

Updated: 22 June 2020

Esmée Denters (born 28 September 1988) is a Dutch singer and YouTube celebrity. Having started promoting herself as a musician online in 2006, she covered songs by many artists including Justin Timberlake and Natasha Bedingfield. By mid 2008, at age 19, she became one of the first music artists to exceed 100 million views on YouTube.[1] At the time that was more than 50 Cent's (91 million views) or Michael Jackson's (74 million views) YouTube channels. Only Britney Spears had more all-time total views: 181 million. Denters was signed by Timberlake as the first artist to his label Tennman Records.[2] In May 2009, she released her debut studio album, Outta Here, and toured the United States with Timberlake. After the label dropped her, Denters moved to London, where she competed in BBC One's The Voice UK.

Early life[edit]

Denters was born in Arnhem, Gelderland, The Netherlands. She is the daughter of Hank Denters and Fenny Boonstra. Her parents are divorced.[citation needed] She has an older sister, musical actress Daphne Denters. Denters lived in Westervoort next to Arnhem until she was fifteen, and then moved with her mother and sister to Oosterbeek, Gelderland. She graduated from high school in Arnhem in 2006 and subsequently attended the HAN University of Applied Sciences where she was working towards a Bachelor of Social Work until she dropped out in her first year in February 2007 to join Tennman Records.[3]


2006–2008: Early career[edit]

On 25 August 2006, Denters made a YouTube channel. She posted several videos of herself singing covers of other pop stars' songs. Denters traveled to the U.S. to write songs and record in the studio. There were plans for a reality show around Denters in the United States, which followed up the release of her debut album. She also sang a song that was written by Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child. She then flew to Sweden for a few days to write songs and record.[citation needed]

In 2008, Denters started her professional career after attracting the attention of Dutch media scouts and American pop singer Justin Timberlake. Timberlake went on to sign her as the first artist to his label Tennman Records.[2] Timberlake became the executive producer of her debut album, Outta Here.

She also appeared on TV shows like Oprah.[4]

2009–2010:Outta Here and collaborations[edit]

Denters performing live in October 2009

In April 2009, Denters confirmed on Dutch radio station Radio 538 that her debut album would be released in the Netherlands on 22 May 2009, also confirming that the album is a mix of Pop and R&B with both ballads, and uptempo tracks.[citation needed] Her debut single, also the title song of the album, was released in the Netherlands on 14 April 2009 and in the UK on 15 August. The album reached number five in the Netherlands and charted in Belgium, where it reached number 3 for five weeks on the Flemish Region Albums Chart.[5] The album was released in the UK on 11 January 2010 and features the previous 2008 charity duet with Timberlake, "Follow My Lead" as an additional bonus song.[6] The second single, "Admit It", only reached 28 in the Netherlands and 56 in the UK.[citation needed]

In autumn 2009, Denters went on tour with Honor Society. The album's third single "Love Dealer", featuring Justin Timberlake reached 12 and 68 in the Netherlands and UK respectively.

Denters also worked on several collaborations during this time. She performed on tour with artists Ne-Yo, Enrique Iglesias and N-Dubz.[citation needed] She lent her vocals to the German band Stanfour who featured Denters on their single "Life Without You", released on 25 May 2010.[7] The music video for the single was postponed due to the April 2010 Icelandic volcano eruption. On 1 May, Denters and Stanfour flew to New York to record the video for "Life Without You".[8][9] The official release of "Life Without You" in Germany was 28 May. The video leaked on the internet on 24 May.[10] In the UK, she also accepted a collaboration with London MC Chipmunk on his hit "Until You Were Gone", which entered the top three on UK charts.

She received an MTV Europe Music Award in 2009[11] and European Border Breakers Award in 2010 of Outta Love.

2011–2014: Dismissal from Tennman Records[edit]

Denters started working on new songs for her second studio album in January 2011. In the beginning of the recording process, Denters announced via Twitter she was working with British DJ and producer K-Gee and musician Ben Cullum. On 11 August, Denters took to her Twitter to announce the album was going to be entitled Screaming Out Loud.[12] "City Lights" was officially announced by K-Gee and Denters as the first single from the album.[13] The music video for "City Lights" was shot in London on 10 January 2012, directed by Daniel Broadley. However, the video wasn't released since Tennman Records weren't going to release another album with Denters and eventually closed its doors.[citation needed]

Denters announced on her Facebook page that she wasn't signed to Tennman Records or Interscope Records anymore and that she hadn't been for over a year (since 2012).[citation needed]

At the end of 2012, Dutch DJ and producer Erik Arbores and Denters collaborated for the new Dance4Life theme song called "dance4life (now dance)" released digitally on 23 November. They performed the song in the Dance4Life 2012 charity event in Ahoy, Rotterdam.[14]

On 24 February 2014, Denters returned to stage performing exclusive new music for the first time ever at Showcase Live in London. She opened the show singing her first hit single "Outta Here" followed by three new original songs: "Cars and Airplanes", "If I Could I Would" and "Anything For The Money", accompanied by a performance with Lorde's "Royals", and a special appearance of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" and Avicii's "Wake Me Up". She also performed at some small venues in London to promote the new songs.[citation needed]

On 24 September 2014, Denters surprised the fans with a digital release of "If I Could I Would" on iTunes and Spotify. It was her first independent release.

2015–present: The Voice UK & independent work[edit]

On 24 January 2015, Denters appeared on BBC One's The Voice UK, selected to join's team for the next round.[15] However, she was eliminated at the knockout stage.

At the end of 2017, Denters worked with Shaun Reynolds and released a 5-song EP These Days on iTunes and Spotify. In January 2018, Denters mentioned on Instagram that the second part of the EP would be released in May 2018. On 25 May 2018, Denters sang the lead single "Feeling Good" from the EP live on the Dutch TV show M. One month later Denters was lead singer in her own live show in the Melkweg in The Netherlands. Sylvia Aimee and MVTCHES were the opening acts. A second live show followed in March 2019 in 'Borderline', London.



Year Title Details Peak chart positions

2009 Outta Here[19]
  • Released: 22 May 2009
  • Label: Tennman Records
  • Format: Studio Album (Digital download & CD)
5 55 48
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



Year Title Details
2017 These Days[20]
  • Released: 20 October 2017
  • Label: Independent release
  • Format: Digital (streaming & download)
2018 These Days, Pt 2[21]
  • Released: 25 May 2018
  • Label: Independent release
  • Format: Digital (streaming & download)


Year Title Details
2013 From Holland to Hillside[22]
  • Released: 16 April 2013
  • Featuring: The New Velvet
  • Label: Independent release
  • Format: Digital (streaming & download)



Year Title Peak chart positions Streams[23][24] Certifications Album


UK US Dance
2007 "Crazy Place" Non-album single
2009 "Outta Here"
(incl. acoustic-version)
3 2 26 53 18 12 7 9
  • Youtube: 14.192.000
  • Spotify: 8.912.000
  • NZ: Gold
  • UK: Silver
Outta Here
"Admit It" 28 53 56
  • Youtube: 3.787.000
2010 "Love Dealer"
(ft. Justin Timberlake)
12 32 53 39 68 9
  • Youtube: 12.753.000
  • Spotify: 1.829.000
2012 "It's Summer (Cause We Say So)"
  • Youtube: 212.000
Non-album singles
2014 "If I Could I Would"
2017 "Get Home"
"Motivation" These Days
2018 "Feeling Good"
(incl. acoustic-version)
These Days, Pt. 2
2019 "Moonchild"
  • Spotify: 155.000
Non-album singles
2020 "Love Me the Same"
(incl. acoustic-version)
  • Spotify: 102.000
"Better Things"
2021 "Minimalist"
"To The Grave"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Streams Certifications Album
2008 "Follow My Lead (Live)"
(Justin Timberlake ft. Esmee Denters)
Non-album single
2010 "Until You Were Gone"
(Chipmunk ft. Esmee Denters)
41 4 24 3
  • Youtube: 4.059.000
  • UK: Silver
I Am Chipmunk
"Life Without You"
(Stanfour ft. Esmee Denters)[33]
25 49 58
  • Youtube: 1.339.000
  • Spotify: 2.416.000
Rise and Fall
2012 "Dance 4 Life"
(Erik Arbores ft. Esmee Denters)
  • Youtube: 182.000
  • Spotify: 133.000
Non-album singles
2013 "Koningslied"
(With: Various artists)
2 1 41
  • Youtube: 6.334.000
2015 "Lean On"
(Symphony31 ft. Esmee Denters)
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



Year Title Steams Album
2016 "Make Me (Cry)" Non-album singles
2018 "Sunflower"
  • Youtube: 1.443.000
  • Spotify: 1.149.000
2019 "Saturday Nights"
2020 "Yummie"


Year Title Steams Album
2010 "I'll Be There"
(with Trijntje Oosterhuis & Waylon)
Non-album singles
2013 "Mirrors"
(with The New Velvet)
2016 "Treat You Better / Controlla / Let Me Love You"
(Shaun Reynolds ft. Esmee Denters)
2017 "I Got You"
(Shaun Reynolds ft. Esmee Denters)
2020 "Stuck with You"
(with MTVCHES)
"Tears in Heaven"
(with Matt Bloyd)


Year Title Steams Album
2010 "Outta Here (Moto Blanco Radio Remix)"
  • Spotify: 266.000
Non-album tracks
2017 "Get Home (Black Prez Version)"

Other Songs[edit]


Year Title Steams Album
2017 "Journey"
  • Spotify: 254.000
These Days


Year Region Award Category Result
2009 Netherlands TMF Awards Best Female Artist Won
TMF Superchart Award Won
Belgium Best International Artist Nominated[34]
Europe MTV Europe Music Awards Best Dutch & Belgian Act Won[35]
Best European Act Nominated[36]
2010 EBBA Most Successful Artist (outside own country) Won[37]
Netherlands TMF Awards Best Female Artist Won[38]
Best Video "Admit It" Nominated[38]
United Kingdom Urban Music Awards Best Collaboration "Until You Were Gone" Nominated[39]






  • Stanfour – Rise & Fall tour (special guest, Germany)





Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Justin Timberlake Signs YouTube Singer to His Label". People. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Cookies op –".
  4. ^ Nederlandse YouTube-ster Esmee in show bij Oprah Winfrey
  5. ^ "Esmée Denters – Outta Here". Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  6. ^ "music: Outta Here (2010)". Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Official Homepage" (in German). Stanfour. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Twitter / Esmée Denters: Tomorrow flying to New York". Twitter. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2011.[non-primary source needed]
  9. ^ "Twitter / Esmée Denters: videoshoot going good. sta". Twitter. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2011.[non-primary source needed]
  10. ^ "Stanfour feat. Esmée Denters – Life Without You [Video]". Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  11. ^ Esmée Denters wint 'MTV Europe Music Award 2009'
  12. ^ "Twitter / Esmée Denters: The album is gonna be called..." Twitter. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011.[non-primary source needed]
  13. ^ "Twitter / Karl Gordon: Tonight I will be playing..." Twitter. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.[non-primary source needed]
  14. ^ "Twitter / Esmée Denters: Flying back to holland..." Twitter. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012.[non-primary source needed]
  15. ^ "Series 4, The Voice UK – Esmee Denters – BBC One". BBC.
  16. ^ Peak positions in the Netherlands:
  17. ^ Peak positions in Belgium:
  18. ^ "Esmée Denters > UK Charts". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Outta Here (International Version) by Esmée Denters on Amazon Music". Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  20. ^ "These Days by Esmée Denters on Amazon Music". Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  21. ^ "These Days, Pt. 2 [Explicit] by Esmée Denters on Amazon Music". Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  22. ^ "From Holland to Hillside by The New Velvet & Esmee Denters on Amazon Music". Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  23. ^ Youtube, 8 Januari 2021. "Esmée Denters". Youtube.
  24. ^ Spotify, 13 Februari 2021. "Esmée Denters". Spotify.
  25. ^ "Zoekresultaten: Esmée Denters" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Radio 538.
  26. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Esmée Denters". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  27. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Esmée Denters". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  28. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Esmée Denters". Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  29. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Esmée Denters". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  30. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Esmée Denters". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  31. ^ "Stanfour in der österreichischen Hitparade". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  32. ^ "Stanfour in Swiss Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  33. ^ Newspoint: Stanfour mit P!nk und Esmée Denters (in German) Archived 29 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ "MTV België – Nieuwe Muziekvideo's, Volledige TV Shows, Entertainmentnieuws, Popcultuur".
  35. ^ "MTV EMA 2017". MTVEMA.
  36. ^ "MTV EMA 2010 :: 07.11.2010 :: Madrid :: Esmée Denters". MTV. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  37. ^ "European Border Breakers Awards". 12 January 2011. Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  38. ^ a b "Esmée Denters wint TMF Award voor Beste Vrouw // TMF Awards 2010 @ Enschede". 26 June 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  39. ^ "Muso's Guide " Blog Archive " Urban Music Awards nominees revealed". 2 June 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2011.

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