Wouter Hamel is one of those rare artists that make people think that he and his songs have been around forever. But he’s only been an established musical figure since 2007 – in his native Netherlands and far beyond.
With catchy, self-written songs that surf blur the line between pop and jazz, Wouter Hamel was quick in winning the hearts and minds of a large public. His debut album Hamel from 2007, with its hit singles Breezy and Don’t Ask, achieved platinum status, as Wouter and his band played not only the main stages of the Dutch club circuit but also every major pop and jazz festival. His success was welcome but it also proved somewhat overwhelming for both Hamel and his producer Benny Sings. After getting through the chaos of their 2008 breakthrough, they returned to the studio to work on the follow-up album Nobody’s Tune. Further deepening Wouter Hamel’s sound, the album came out in 2009 during his first major national theatre tour that brought him to 50 major Dutch stages.
As Wouter Hamel’s star rose in his own country, the ‘buzz’ around the young singer-songwriter also began spreading around the globe. Japanese radio picked up on him in 2008 as tracks from his debut Hamel began appearing on their playlists. Later in the year, his debut was released in the land of the rising sun, followed in 2009 by Nobody’s Tune. His Japanese successes proved to be the catalyst for a pan-Asian career. In 2009 he was invited to the Seoul Jazz Festival and its enthusiastic South Korean public. As Nobody’s Tune went platinum in his own country, Wouter Hamel and his band returned another five times to South Korea, where the album has meanwhile gone gold.
In 2011, the release of Lohengrin marked the beginning of part two of Wouter Hamel’s career. Thanks to its more personal nature, it was hailed as ‘Wouter Hamel’s best album so far’ by both national and international press. Inspired shows followed with a world tour that included such new terrain as China, Indonesia and Singapore.
Wouter Hamel’s latest album Pompadour (2014) is all about passion for life. It grew out of creative collaborations that resulted in the purest of pop music. This fourth album was preceded by the five-track EP G.I.R.L.S.I.N.T.H.E.C.I.T.Y.! (2013).
Congratulations Wouter Hamel! He is nominated for a Radio 6 Award in the category ‘Best Male Artist’. Want to help him win ? You can vote for Wouter on the Radio 6 website. By voting you also have a chance to win tickets for the award show on October 8th at ‘De Vorstin’ in Hilversum
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release date: 24-10-'14
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release date: 11-04-'14
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release date: 14-02-'14