Jeangu Macrooy

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Jeangu Macrooy
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Background information
Born (1993-11-06) 6 November 1993 (age 26)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, composer
Years active2011–present
LabelsUnexpected Records

Jeangu Macrooy (Dutch pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃nˈgy maˈkroːi]; born November 6, 1993 in Paramaribo) is a Surinamese singer-songwriter. He has been living in the Netherlands since 2014. Macrooy's music can best be described as modern soul. His audience is in the Netherlands, Suriname, and increasingly in Belgium, France and Germany. He will represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.


Early career[edit]

In 2011, together with his twin brother Xillan Macrooy, Macrooy formed the band Between Towers. Their first and only album, "Stars on My Radio" came out in 2013.[1] After having studied at the Conservatory of Suriname in Paramaribo for two years, he moved to the Netherlands in 2014 to study songwriting at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede.[2]

2015–2019: Album releases and tours[edit]

During a performance at the conservatory, Macrooy met music producer Perquisite and signed with his record label Unexpected Records shortly after in December 2015.[3] Macrooy's debut EP "Brave Enough" appeared in April 2016, and his first single "Gold" was used in an HBO advertisement for Game of Thrones.[4] A year later, in April 2017, Macrooy released his first album, High on You. The album peaked at number 69 on the Dutch Albums Chart.

Both releases were followed by club tours in the Netherlands and performances as a supporting act at concerts abroad. He was the opening act for Curtis Harding and Ayo in Germany, and for Trombone Shorty in Belgium, France and Germany. He has also performed at some of the major music festivals of the Netherlands, including the North Sea Jazz Festival and Lowlands. In December 2017, Macrooy returned to Suriname for his first concert with his band in Paramaribo.[5] His single "Dance With Me" was used as the theme song of the Dutch drama film Open Seas which premiered in 2018.

Macrooy's second album, titled Horizon was released in February 2019.[6][7] In the summer of 2019, he went on his first own headliner tour to three major cities in Germany: Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin.[8] He also played at the internationally renowned Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.[9]

His song "High on You" has gained great success in Suriname topping the Nationale Top 40 Suriname.[10]

2020–present: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 10 January 2020, it was announced that Macrooy would represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.[11]

Television appearances[edit]

De Wereld Draait Door[edit]

Macrooy talking about the documentary George Michael: Freedom on De Wereld Draait Door

Macrooy has been a regular guest on the Dutch talkshow De Wereld Draait Door (DWDD). Besides performing his own music, he has paid tributes to other artists including Stevie Wonder, George Michael and the Blue Diamonds. He also performed Bob Dylan's The Times They Are a-Changin' in a special retrospective broadcast of the show. Throughout the show's 2018-2019 season, Macrooy sang several songs by Paul Simon and Elton John who had announced their farewell tours earlier in 2018.

The Passion[edit]

On March 29, 2018, Macrooy was part of the Dutch national TV production The Passion, in which he took on the role of Judas, alongside Tommie Christiaan (Jesus), Brainpower (Petrus), Glennis Grace (Maria) and Arjan Ederveen (Pilatus).[12] The broadcast, which took place in Amsterdam-Zuidoost that year, attracted 3.5 million viewers.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
High on You 69
  • Released: 8 February 2019
  • Label: Unexpected Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Details
  • Released: 6 November 2019
  • Label: Unexpected Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Brave Enough
  • Released: 7 April 2016
  • Label: Unexpected Records
  • Formats: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Gold" 2016 Brave Enough
"To Love Is To Hurt"
"Brave Enough"
"Step Into The Water" 2017 High On You
"Crazy Kids"
(featuring Xillan)
"High On You"
"Tell Me Father"
"How Much I Love You" 2018 Horizon
"Dance With Me"
"Shake Up This Place" 2019
"Second Hand Lover"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2017 Edison Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
2018 Best Album ("High On You") Nominated


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  10. ^ "Top 40 Suriname". Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Jeangu Macrooy vertegenwoordigt Nederland op het Eurovisie Songfestival 2020". (in Dutch). 10 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Fans onthullen castleden The Passion 2018". The Passion (in Dutch). Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Discografie Jeangu Macrooy". Retrieved 10 January 2020.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Duncan Laurence
with "Arcade"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest