Ozark Henry

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Ozark Henry
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Ozark Henry in concert in Utrecht, Netherlands, 2006
Background information
Birth namePiet Goddaer
Born (1970-04-29) 29 April 1970 (age 49)
Kortrijk, Belgium
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals
Websitewww.studioozarkhenry.com

Piet Goddaer (born 29 April 1970 in Kortrijk) is a Belgian musician, better known by his stage name Ozark Henry.

General[edit]

Goddaer drew the inspiration for the stage name from a mountain range in the United States, Ozark mountains, and the book "Junkie" by William S. Burroughs.

Ozark Henry's first album, I'm Seeking Something That Has Already Found Me, was very avant-garde tinged. The third album, Birthmarks, was the transition between earlier experimental music and pop music with classical influences, such as string and wind instruments. Birthmarks' and the subsequent album The Sailor Not The Sea were the final breakthrough for the Belgian public. Since the album The Soft Machine, his albums have been characterized by a more mainstream sound.

Goddaer writes, composes and produces his albums himself, because he wants to be in control when he makes his albums, so that he can best interpret the sound he hears in his head. In addition to regular studio albums, he has also released some soundtracks, including those for the film adaptation of Thea Beckman's 'Crusade in Jeans', and he produces albums for other artists.

Goddaer is known for always performing barefoot.

Biography[edit]

In his early life, Piet Goddaer was involved in several local bands. As a rapper in the band Word, founded by his brother Jan, Goddaer scored a cult-hit "Henry Man-She" in 1994.

His career really took off when Goddaer started a solo career and adopted the stage name Ozark Henry. The debut album I'm Seeking Something That Has already Found Me was released in 1996 with Double T Music. In an interview, David Bowie praised the album as "debut of the year" [1], but the record had little commercial success.

The second album of Henry, This Last Warm Solitude, was released in Belgium in 1998. The next year, This Last Warm Solitude was released in the Netherlands, Germany and France, and he received a Zamu Award as best songwriter/composer.

The next album Birthmarks was released in 2001 on Sony Music Entertainment and was the commercial breakthrough for Henry. The singles "Rescue" and "Sweet Instigator" were hits in Belgium, and the album was certified platinum. Henry won two Zamu Awards: best pop/rock and best producer. Henry appeared regularly on television and radio shows that year due to his recent success appearing on chat shows such as Aan tafel.

His fourth album, The Sailor not the Sea was released in 2004, and was awarded a gold record the next year. Henry has also won another Zamu Award for best songwriter/composer.

The fifth album, The Soft Machine, was released in September 2006.

For his tenth anniversary, the compilation album A Decade (A Decade + A Decade - The Remixes) was released.

The sixth album, Hvelreki, was released in October 2010.

Henry also wrote the music for several theatre projects and the soundtrack of the Belgian television series Sedes & Belli, as well as Crusade in Jeans, a movie based on a children's novel by Thea Beckman. He received the Magritte Award for Best Original Score for his work in the 2012 film The World Belongs to Us.

His seventh album is Stay Gold. In 2014, Henry re-recorded "We Are Incurable Romantics", a track from this album, with Italian singer-songwriter Elisa.[1]

Awards[edit]

  • 2000: won at the Zamu Music Awards an award for "Best Writer Composer-arranger".[2]
  • 2001: gold record for his album Birthmarks.
  • 2002: platinum record for his album Birthmarks.
  • 2004: gold record for his album The sailor not the sea.
  • 2004: platinum record for his album The sailor not the sea.
  • 2005: double platinum record for his album The sailor not the sea.
  • 2006: gold record for his album The soft machine.
  • 2006: platinum record for his album The soft machine.
  • 2007: gold record for his album A decade.
  • 2010: gold record for his single This one's for you.
  • 2010: gold record for his album Hvelreki.
  • 2010: platinum record for his album Hvelreki.
  • 2011: won the 'MIA' for "Best Pop Artist" at the Music Industry Awards.
  • 2013: won with the song I'm your sacrifice, sung together with singer Amaryllis Uitterlinden, the Radio 2 Hit of the Summer.
  • 2013: gold record for his single I'm your sacrifice.
  • 2013: platinum record for his single I'm your sacrifice.
  • 2013: gold record for his album Stay gold.
  • 2014: platinum record for his album Stay gold.

Activism[edit]

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has appointed Piet Goddaer as its national goodwill ambassador against human trafficking. The appointment of Mr. Goddaer is aimed at increasing visibility and assisting in mobilizing support in the country to tackle human trafficking. Next to his work for the UNODC, he actively supports 'Bike For Africa'.

Discography[edit]

Ozark Henry has a fairly extensive oeuvre. For an extensive discography, including singles, release dates and hit ratings, see the article Ozark Henry discography. Below is a list of all standard albums.

Studio-albums[edit]

Year Titel
1996 I'm Seeking Something That Has Already Found Me
1998 This Last Warm Solitude
2001 Birthmarks
2004 The Sailor Not The Sea
2006 The Soft Machine
2010 Hvelreki
2013 Stay Gold
2015 Paramount (with the National Orchestra of Belgium)
2017 Us

Compilations[edit]

Year Titel
2008 A Decade
2010 The Essential, Singles 1996-2006

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Titel
1999 Engeltjes (television series)
2002 Sedes & Belli - The Music
2005 Dag opa (short film)
2006 Crusade In Jeans
2008 To Walk Again (docu)
2012 Le Monde Nous Appartient
2014 Le Chant De La Fleur

Sunzoo Manley[edit]

Year Titel
2001 To All Our Escapes

Live[edit]

Year Location
2005 Live @ Pukkelpop 20.8.05
2008 Grace
2014 Live 2014: The journey's everything
2018 Live 2018: Ronse Opscène 25.08.18

Dvd[edit]

Year Titel
2005 Easter Sunday: Live at the Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
2008 Ecotone

As producer[edit]

Year Titel
2004 Another Lonely Soul (Novastar)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elisa e Ozark Henry duettano, ascolta il brano "We Are Incurable Romantics"". Sorrisi. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Overview award ceremony ZAMU-Awards 2001" (in Dutch). ZAMU.

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