Maurice van Hoek, born on January 25th 1992. After graduating the Conservatory in 2015, van Hoek decides to travel to the USA. Within three months in the U.S.A he determines that country is his life. In the States he gets drawn into the 70’s country folk from The Eagles and James Taylor. In this period he writes his first personal songs about his experiences and emotions, the basis for his debut album Live Forevermore.
In America Maurice feels attracted to country music more than ever before. Maurice: “Three chords and speaking the truth is what it is all about”. Van Hoek returns home relieved, with a vision and finally a reason to do what he loves the most, writing songs.
Back in the Netherlands he finishes his education and keeps working on his compositions, his band and his first album. Live Forevermore gets released on May 6th of 2016. Maurice graduates with honours and receives promising reviews on his album. Maurice performs where he can: duo-shows, living room concerts and on the corner of the street, with his guitar and his harmonica.
In 2017 Maurice and his band have been grown to be a close unity. He writes new songs and maps out a clear path to the future. From March 2017 three singles get announced as the first three singles of the album, which will be out in 2018. The path to being a country phenomenon continues.
The press about Maurice van Hoek and Live Forevermore:
“A true gem to cherish” – OOR
“Maurice van Hoek proves to be the real deal with his debut album and the best is only yet to come from him” – Country Perspective (Nashville)
“Very promising debut album!” – Altcountry.nl