My studio producer was the first person I engaged: a brilliant producer and old soul mate of mine, Koen Gisen. And I found the musicians I really longed for through my own jazz connection of the earlier days. Kris Duerinck (drums), Luk Michiels (bass) en Ian Mccole (guitar), all three of them top teachers ànd professional musicians, in the studio as well as live. And, they all really gét my music and the energy of Grace, they wrote their own, beautiful arrangements and are my wonderful support.
From a very early age, I was influenced by her mothers outspoken passion for music: from Shirley Bassey to the Carpenters, from Della Bossiers to Ella Fitzgerald. I started singing when I was born and took my first piano lessons at the age of 5. Soon I was composing my own songs and sang a lot in choirs, local events and home bathrooms. It wasn’t until I turned 18 and travelled with Up With People, that I got professional coaching and started to develop my true passion for performing. When I returned home, I joined the University Song Contest and won it two years in a row. In the mean time, Jazz had entered my world and I started following courses at the Academy of Freddy Sunders and at the Dworp Jazz Camps. My most influential teachers were Deborah Brown and David Lynx. I performed jazz standards for a few years but soon there were children and a full time job and there was no more time for music. It took me 20 years to come where I am today: an old dream, a deep longing, my own album.
It is my believe ànd experience that, more then ever, we all long for connection, connection with ourselves, with our essence, with eachother, with nature, with the world of today.
The world is at a turning point, asking for structural changes on many levels, asking for a new global balance, a new world order. We are all one and everyting is interconnected ; every change on a micro level, will influence the collective consciousness. World peace goes hand in hand with positive changes within individuals.
Everyone will get personally involved in this evolution. Personal growth is the necessary process to ‘come home’. It’s about the widening of the consciousness, the connection with the soul, the experience of the essence of life.
The world is ready for essence, for a higher frequency, for enlightment.
I am a translator, a facilitator, an enhancer, a guide when it comes to this evolution ; through my coachings, my energy, my healings, my workshops and also my songs.