Glennis Grace

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Glennis Grace
The Dutch Whitney Houston
Glennis Grace at Cirque du Soleil in Amsterdam in 2010
Born Glenda Hulita Elisabeth Batta
(1978-06-19) 19 June 1978 (age 40)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Occupation Singer
Years active 1994–present
Partner(s) Moos Majri (2006–2012)
Lévy Allessio (2017–present)
Children Anthony Shane Majri
Website www.glennisgrace.nl

Glenda Hulita Elisabeth Batta (born 19 June 1978), better known by her stage name Glennis Grace, is a Dutch singer from Amsterdam. In 2005 Grace represented the Netherlands in the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and in 2018 she appeared on the 13th season of America's Got Talent and made it to the finals.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Grace was born in Amsterdam and got discovered at the age of 15 years after she won the Dutch TV talent show in 1994 called Soundmixshow, where she performed the song "One Moment in Time" from Whitney Houston.[3]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 2005, Grace accepted the offer to participate in the Nationaal Songfestival, the national selection in the Netherlands for Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Grace performed the ballad "My Impossible Dream" and won the final with this song. She then represented the Netherlands in Kiev, where the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was held. In Kiev Grace did not make it through the semifinal.[4][5][6]

In April 2011, she reached the top of the Dutch singles chart with a rendition of "Afscheid", a 1998 hit of the band Volumia!, which she sang in the Dutch television program Beste Zangers.

In 2012, Grace was one of the founding members of the Dutch supergroup named Ladies of Soul, together with other singers Candy Dulfer, Berget Lewis, Edsilia Rombley and Trijntje Oosterhuis. Oosterhuis left the group in 2017.[7]

America's Got Talent[edit]

Grace appeared on the 13th season of America's Got Talent in 2018.[8] During the audition rounds, episode of June 27, 2018, Grace sang Whitney Houston's "Run to You".[9][10] Grace received 'Yes' votes from all four judges and went on to the next round, where she performed "Nothing Compares 2 U" from Prince. She received rave reviews from the judges and earned a place in the quarterfinals.[11] In the quarterfinals Grace sang "Never Enough" from the film The Greatest Showman to reach the semifinals.[12] In the second semifinal, she performed the Kate Bush song "This Woman's Work".[13][14] This resulted in a spot in the finals together with nine other finalists.[15] In the final she sang the song Run from Snow Patrol and got a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.[16][17] A day later in a separate final broadcast Grace performed the song "Meant To Be" with American singer Bebe Rexha. The audience was enthusiastic and many commented that Grace sang the songs better than Rexha. Glennis did not make it into the top five finalists.[18][19]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Solo[edit]

Year Title Peak Certifications
NED BEL
2005 "My Impossible Dream" 28 -
2008 "Glennis (as: Glennis)" 32 -
2012 "This Is My Voice" 2 -
2013 "One Christmas Night Only" 9 -
2014 "Cover Story" 38 3

Live[edit]

Year Title Peak Certifications
NED BEL
2011 "One Night Only" 2 - Netherlands: 2x Platinum
2015 "Bitterzoet (Live & Studio Sessions)" 5 187

Live Collaboration[edit]

Year Title Peak Certifications
NED BEL
2014 "Live At The Ziggo Dome '14 (as: Ladies of Soul)" 2 -
2015 "Live At The Ziggo Dome '15 (as: Ladies of Soul)" 3 94
2016 "Live At The Ziggo Dome '16 (as: Ladies of Soul)" 3 81
2017 "Live At The Ziggo Dome '17 (as: Ladies of Soul)" 7 56
2018 "Live At The Ziggo Dome '18 (as: Ladies of Soul)" 20 85

Compilation[edit]

Year Title Peak Certifications
NED BEL
2011 "One Moment In Time (Best Of GG: '95-'10)" 26 -

Singles[edit]

Solo[edit]

Year Title Peak Certifications
NED BEL
1994 "I'm Gonne Be Strong" 13 -
1995 "Somewhere In Time" 46 -
"Always On My Mind" 43 -
2003 "Absolutely Not" 68 -
2005 "My Impossible Dream" 15 -
"Shake Up The Party" 33 -
2007 "Hoe (as: Glennis)" 33 -
2008 "Dansen Met Het Leven (as: Glennis)" 40 -
"Als Je Slaapt (as: Glennis)" 9 -
2010 "Als Je Mij Weer Aankijkt" 22 -
2011 "Afscheid" 1 59 Netherlands: Platinum
"Always" 26 -
2012 "Ik Ben Niet Van Jou" 27 -
2013 "Ondanks Alles" 35 122
2014 "Royals" - 98
"Zeg Maar Niets" - 143
2018 "Walk On Water" - -

Collaboration[edit]

Year Title Peak Certifications
NED BEL
2002 "Goodbye: A Love Triangle (ft. René Froger & Sylvia Samson) " 74 -
"Wereldwijd Orkest (ft. Various artists, Metropole Orkest & Vince Mendoza)" 1 -
2011 "Wil Je Niet Nog 1 Nacht (ft. Edwin Evers)" 3 - Netherlands: Gold
2013 "Koningslied (ft. Nationaal Comité Inhuldiging)" 1 41
"Als Het Ons Niets Zou Doen (ft. John Ewbank)" 92 -
"I'll Carry You (as: Ladies Of Soul)" 80 -
2014 "Up Till Now (as: Ladies Of Soul)" - -
2015 "Feel Good (as: Ladies Of Soul)" - -
2016 "Higher (as: Ladies Of Soul)" - -
2017 "Count Me In (as: Ladies Of Soul)" - -
2018 "Glad IJs (ft: Broederliefde)" 58 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'AGT' advances five more acts to finals as BTS performs". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ https://nos.nl/artikel/2251223-glennis-grace-grijpt-naast-winst-america-s-got-talent.html
  3. ^ https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2018/08/17/glennis-grace-uit-de-jordaan-een-wereldster-in-wording-a1613419
  4. ^ "Nederland niet naar finale Songfestival". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  5. ^ "Glennis Grace Net Worth: How Rich is this AGT Contestant?". Earn The Necklace. 2018-09-12. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  6. ^ NDR. "Niederlande: Glennis Grace". www.eurovision.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  7. ^ "Eurovision The Netherlands: Ladies Of Soul celebrate 5-year jubilee - ESCToday.com". Eurovision News, Polls and Information by ESCToday. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  8. ^ "Eurovision The Netherlands: Glennis Grace participates in America's Got Talent - ESCToday.com". Eurovision News, Polls and Information by ESCToday. 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  9. ^ "Mom, 39, channels Whitney Houston in a moving 'America's Got Talent' performance". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  10. ^ "Wereld ligt aan de voeten van Glennis Grace: 'Dit is insane'". Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  11. ^ "Opmars Glennis Grace in America's Got Talent zet door". NOS.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  12. ^ Desk, TV News. "See Which Acts Made it Through to the Semi-Finals on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  13. ^ Dixon, Marcus James (2018-09-12). "Glennis Grace blows roof of Dolby Theatre with 'This Woman's Work' cover during 'America's Got Talent' Semifinals.[WATCH]". GoldDerby. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  14. ^ "Glennis Grace Performs Soaring Version of 'This Woman's Work' on 'America's Got Talent': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  15. ^ "America's Got Talent Finalists! Find Out Which Contestants Advanced — and Who Was Eliminated from Season 13". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  16. ^ Thompson, Avery (2018-09-19). "'AGT' Recap: The Finalists Perform One Last Time Before America Votes". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  17. ^ "'America's Got Talent' final performance recap: Who will win Season 13?". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  18. ^ Thompson, Avery (2018-09-20). "Glennis Grace & Bebe Rexha Team Up For Red-Hot Rendition Of 'Meant To Be'". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  19. ^ "Glennis Grace niet in top vijf AGT, illusionist wint". NU.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-09-20.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Re-Union
with "Without You"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
2005
Succeeded by
Treble
with "Amambanda"