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Sharon den Adel

Sharon den Adel at Black Symphony in Rotterdam
Background information
Birth name Sharon Janny den Adel
Also known as Sharon den Adel
Born 12 July 1974 (1974-07-12) (age 35)
Origin Waddinxveen, South Holland
Genres Symphonic metal, symphonic rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, fashion designer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996 -present
Labels Roadrunner Records, DSFA Records, GUN Records
Associated acts Within Temptation
Website Within Temptation Official

Sharon Janny den Adel (born 12 July 1974, in Waddinxveen, South Holland) is a Dutch mezzo-soprano and composer, best known as the lead singer and one of the main songwriters in the Dutch symphonic rock/metal band Within Temptation.

She performed with various bands since she was 13, including a blues rock band called Kashiro[1] before joining Robert Westerholt in Within Temptation in 1996. [2]


Within Temptation

Together with her partner Robert Westerholt, Sharon den Adel is one of the founding members of the Dutch band Within Temptation. She has defined their work as epic, and cinematic[3]. Her vocals play a major role in the band's sound despite never having had vocal training.[4]

Before becoming a full-time musician, Sharon worked for a fashion company. After the company's bankruptcy, Sharon had to choose whether to stay in fashion or try something else. Meanwhile Within Temptation became famous for the single Ice Queen and Sharon decided to stick with music. She still designs Within Temptation's merchandising and costumes.[5]

Other bands

Sharon den Adel has performed on-stage and in the studio with several notable bands, including Armin van Buuren, After Forever, De Heideroosjes, and Delain. She sang the part of Anna Held in Tobias Sammet's Avantasia projects, and the part of the Indian on Ayreon's rock opera Into the Electric Castle. She sang the vocals of one Timo Tolkki song, "Are You The One?", co-wrote and provided the vocals for the track "In And Out Of Love" from Armin van Buuren's 2008 album Imagine, and sang on the track "No Compliance" for Delain's album Lucidity, as well as working with the band Voyage on the track "Frozen" (not to be confused with the Within Temptation song of the same title).

Personal life

Sharon den Adel and long-term partner Robert Westerholt have a daughter, Eva Luna, who was born on 7 December 2005. She was pregnant with Luna during the band's The Silent Force tour. They currently live near Hilversum, in the Netherlands and they have two cats, Haplo and Lola. On 22 February 2009, Sharon announced that she was pregnant with her second child.[6] The band's website subsequently announced that, on 1st June 2009, Robin Aiden Westerholt was born. Going by the name of Aiden, he was born premature at 32 weeks & 6 days [7]


Within Temptation

Studio Albums

Singles and EPs


Live Albums

Guest Appearances


External links


New title Vocalist for Within Temptation
since 1996

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