Glennis Grace

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Glennis Grace
Glennis Grace in 2019
Glennis Grace in 2019
Background information
Birth nameGlenda Hulita Elisabeth Batta
Born (1978-06-19) June 19, 1978 (age 44)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Years active1994–present

Glenda Hulita Elisabeth Batta (born 19 June 1978), known professionally as Glennis Grace, is a Dutch singer. In 2005, she 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] Glennis Grace has received online attention due to the similarity between her voice and that of Whitney Houston.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Glennis Grace at Cirque du Soleil in Amsterdam in 2010

Batta was born in Amsterdam to a Dutch mother and a father from Curaçao.[4] She was discovered in 1994, at the age of 15, after she won the Dutch TV talent show called Soundmixshow, where she performed the Whitney Houston song "One Moment in Time".[5]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 2005, Glennis Grace accepted the offer to participate in the Nationaal Songfestival, the national selection in the Netherlands for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Glennis Grace performed the ballad "My Impossible Dream" and won the final with this song. She then represented the Netherlands in Kyiv, but ultimately did not qualify for the final.[6][7]

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

In 2012, Glennis Grace founded the Dutch supergroup Ladies of Soul, together with fellow Dutch artists Candy Dulfer, Berget Lewis, Edsilia Rombley and Trijntje Oosterhuis. Oosterhuis left the group in 2017.[8]

Glennis Grace was set to perform during the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, as an interval act alongside DJ and music producer Afrojack. The event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The performance eventually took place during the rescheduled Eurovision Song Contest 2021, where Grace performed "Titanium", which was co-produced by Afrojack.

America's Got Talent[edit]

Glennis Grace appeared on the 13th season of America's Got Talent in 2018.[9] During the audition rounds (episode: June 27, 2018) Glennis Grace sang Whitney Houston's "Run to You".[10][11] Glennis 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.[12] In the quarterfinals Glennis Grace sang "Never Enough" from the film The Greatest Showman to reach the semifinals.[13] In the second semifinal, she performed the Kate Bush song "This Woman's Work".[14][15] This resulted in a spot in the finals together with nine other finalists.[16] In the final she sang the song "Run" from Snow Patrol and got a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.[17][18] A day later in a separate final broadcast Glennis Grace performed the song "Meant To Be" with American singer Bebe Rexha. She eventually did not make it into the top five finalists.[19][20]

The Voice of Holland[edit]

In July 2021, it was announced that Glennis Grace would replace Jan Smit as a Coach on the twelfth series of The Voice of Holland. After two audition episodes aired, the series was suspended indefinitely, due to sexual misconduct claims by (former) participants, allegedly going on for years, and aimed at the show's band leader, but also implying lax behavior of some (ex-)coaches.[21][22]

Arrested for assault[edit]

On February 12, 2022, Glennis Grace was arrested along with two other persons, on suspicion of assaulting supermarket employees in Amsterdam. She was kept in custody for three days, after which she was released on February 15, 2022.[23] She was formally charged on February 22, 2022.[24] The same day, two new suspects were arrested.[25]

She was sentenced to 200 hours of community service on November 9, 2022.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title and details Peak
1996 Real Emotions
  • Label: Dureco
  • Format: CD
2003 Secrets of My Soul
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD
2005 My Impossible Dream
  • Label: CNR Music
  • Format: CD
2008 Glennis (as: Glennis)
  • Label: CNR Music
  • Format: CD
2012 This Is My Voice
  • Label: CMM
  • Format: CD
2014 Cover Story
  • Label: ECM Music
  • Format: CD, DD
38 3


Year Title and details Peak Certifications
2011 One Night Only
  • Label: CNR Music
  • Format: CD
2012 Live in de HMH
  • Label: CMM
  • Format: DVD/CD
2013 One Christmas Night Only
  • Label: CMM
  • Format: DVD/CD
2015 Bitterzoet (Live & Studio Sessions)
  • Label: CTM
  • Format: CD, DD
5 187
2018 Whitney: A Tribute by Glennis Grace (Live In Concert)
  • Label: DEMP Entertainment
  • Format: DVD/CD, DD


Year Title Peak
2011 One Moment in Time - Het Beste van Glennis Grace 1995 - 2010)
  • Label: CNR
  • Format: CD, DD

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Peak
2011 Whitney- A Tribute by Glennis Gracy (Live in Rotterdam Ahoy)
  • Label: LOS
  • Format: DD


Year Title Peak Certifications
1994 "I'm Gonna Be Strong" 13 -
1995 "Somewhere in Time" 46 -
"Always on My Mind" 43 -
"Here I Am" - -
1998 "Goodbye" - -
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
"What a Feeling" - -
2014 "Royals" - 98
"Zeg Maar Niets" - 143
2015 "Some Things Last Forever" - -
"Conqueror" - -
"Too Much Love Will Kill You" - -
2018 "Walk on Water" - -
2019 "Ik wil niet Zonder Jou" - -
"Empathy" - -
2020 "Verlangen Naar Jou" - -
"Ik Kijk Naar Jou" - -
"Geen Traan" - -


Collaboration: Live[edit]

Year Title Peak
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

Collaboration: Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Certifications
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 -


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  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ "Glennis Grace niet in top vijf AGT, illusionist wint". (in Dutch). 20 September 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  21. ^ "🇳🇱 Glennis Grace to replace Jan Smit on The Voice of Holland". 2021-07-06. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  22. ^ "The Voice: Dutch TV suspends show over sexual misconduct claims". BBC News. 2022-01-17. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  23. ^ "Glennis Grace arrested after fight in Jumbo". 14 February 2022.
  24. ^ "Aangifte tegen Glennis Grace en zoon vanwege supermarktruzie". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  25. ^ "Twee nieuwe arrestaties in onderzoek naar supermarktruzie met Glennis Grace". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  26. ^ a b "Glennis Grace - Whitney - A Tribute by Glennis Grace -". Ultratop.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by