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Eva Simons
Birth name Eva Simons
Born 27 April 1985 (1985-04-27) (age 24)
Origin Amsterdam
Genres Pop, electronic dance
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2004-present
Labels EMI, Virgin Records
Website www.evasimons.com/

Eva Simons (born 1985) is a Dutch recording artist. She first came to public attention in 2004 after winning the Dutch version of the reality TV contest Popstars as part of the short lived girlband Raffish. In 2009 the singer embarked on a solo career after a recording of her first single, Silly Boy, leaked and gained popularity on the internet.

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1984-2009: Early life and career beginnings

Simons grew up in a family deeply affected by music. Her grandfather was accordion player Johnny Meijer (1912–92), to whom his hometown of Amsterdam dedicated a statue. Her father was Dutch descent is a pianist, while her stepfather Wim Both is a trumpeter, playing amongst others for the renowned German WDR Big Band. Eva’s mother Ingrid Simons, a Creole from Suriname, is a vocalist, working as a background singer for stars such as The Supremes. And so it is no wonder that Eva owns photographs of herself as a two-year old, playing the piano. “I think I taught myself at first. But I distinctly remember how happy I was when my mother suggested two years later that I should take piano lessons,” she recalls. Less than a decade later, aged twelve, she had composed her first piano song.

When she was sixteen, she discovered programmes such as Logic and Pro Tools and began producing professionally. “I wanted to use some beats in addition to the piano sound and hear the complete production of my songs.” In 2008, she began to also write songs for other artists. Listen up — these are soon going to be released in the Netherlands. Eva’s songs often reflect a slice of her own life. She admits: “Sometimes it’s about love, about breaking up, about quarrelling with your mum, or a dog that has died.” Her passion for music was so fierce that Eva grew to hate school: “We only had one music lesson per week. But I was dying to play music the whole day long, every single day of the week!” So, aged sixteen, she decided to enrol at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where she was finally in a position to learn everything professionally: the technology, the theory, how to play in various bands. “It was like Disneyland to me!” Since she was not yet aged eighteen, Eva had to start with the preparatory courses. During her time at the college of music, she initially studied World Music, and then moved to Jazz, then Pop, and at the age of twenty-three she had her diploma. In the meantime, she gained experience as a background vocalist as well as producing advertising jingles.[1]

Eva Simons was part of a girlgroup called Raffish. Together with four other girls, she got a number one hit in the Netherlands called "Plaything". She made one album with girlband, How Raffish Are You? and two other singles were released from the album, "Thursday's Child" and "Let Go".[2] The group disbanded in 2006.

In 2009, Eva was the female vocalist on the Dutch editions of Dancing With the Stars and X Factor .

2009-present: Rise to popularity and Silly Boy

In May 2009 Eva Simon's electro-pop track "Silly Boy" was leaked onto YouTube. Since then the song has attracted a large online fan community and became one of the most listened to tracks online, generating over 10 million clicks.[3].

Eva will be officially releasing "Silly Boy" as a single via EMI. "Silly Boy" will be released to a total of 20 EMI territories, beginning on 4 September in Germany, and 7 September in the US and the rest of Continental Europe. The UK release was pushed back to 12 October.

On Twitter she posted that there was a new song on her debut album, "Don't Stop The Beat" featuring Chris Brown. Eva has said that it will be released to gain herself some popularity on international markets. People thought that this would become her second single. A few days later, on 30 November 2009, Eva posted on Twitter that her second single has been mixed, and that it's not Don't Stop The Beat.[4]

On 1 November Chris Brown revealed in an MTV album listening session/interview that Pass Out was going to his 3rd single from his new album Graffiti.[5] The single features Eva. The release date for "Pass Out" has yet to be announced.

Eva performed 2 new song called "We Wanna Make Love To The World" and "Silly Boy" on New Year's Eve in Berlin. This is rumoured to be the official second single off her debut album.

Eva also performed a new song on "Apres Ski Hits 2010" on 10 January, the song performed was entitled 'Jodelin' a new song for 2010.

Eva Simons was seen on a Dutch TV Show watching Lady GaGa perform an acoustic version of Poker Face in April 2009. This was before Eva became famous from her hit single Silly Boy. Eva tweeted to her fans that she may have wrote her second single on Feb 2nd 2010.[6]

Discography

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Studio Albums

  • 2010: Rockstar

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
 USA  NED  GER  AUT  SWE  AUS  GBR
2009 "Silly Boy" - 13 36 55 51 45 149 Rockstar

Other songs

  • "Rockstar" (2010)
  • "Don't Stop The Beat" (2010)
  • "Love To The World" (2010)
  • "Jodelin" (2010)
  • "Come On" (2005)
  • "Dance With Somebody" (2010)
  • "Pass Out" (from Graffiti album by Chris Brown)

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