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BIOGRAPHY - Trijntje Oosterhuis


Jazz-pop vocalist Trijntje Oosterhuis (aka Traincha) was brought up in a culturally rich, supportive household. In 1990 she formed the band "Total Touch" with her brother Tjeerd Oosterhuis and, in 1991, they participated in the Grote Prijs van Nederland, the most important amateur musician contest in the Netherlands. Trijntje got the opportunity to tour with Candy Dulfer in 1994 after collaborating with her on the album Big Girl. Originally the tour was supposed to last six weeks; however, it became a two-year tour around the world. Total Touch was offered a record deal in 1995 and the debut album Total Touch was released in 1996. The first single Touch Me There became a summer hit and went Platinum, selling over 100,000 copies in its first month despite only peaking the Dutch charts at #14. The next album This Way became their first #1 album and was equally successful, although the album was not well known internationally. In 1999, they took a small break, and Trijntje Oosterhuis released a live album with covers of Stevie Wonder. In 2001, the group decided to go their separate ways, with Tjeerd wanting to focus on production and songwriting and Trijntje wanting to launch her solo career.

In March 2003, Oosterhuis's debut solo album, Trijntje Oosterhuis, was released and met with moderate success. The album consisted mainly of ballads and presented her as a diva. Trijntje personally has a fondness for Jazz instead of pop ballads, and in 2004 she therefore signed a record deal with Blue Note and released the live album Strange Fruit, consisting of Billie Holiday and George Gershwin covers. The album received critical acclaim, and Trijntje finally managed to achieve fame beyond her home country. In September 2004 Trijntje gave birth to her son Jonas. On July 31, 2006, she gave birth to a second son, Marijn Benjamin van den Eeden. Her second jazz album called The Look Of Love (Burt Bacharach Songbook) was recorded with Burt Bacharach, who plays the piano on a two tracks and was released November 20, 2006. The new album was certified Platinum on the day of release for having shipped more than 70,000 copies. In December 2006 Trijntje toured with the Metropole Orchestra performing covers of Burt Bacharach andChristmas songs. In 2007, she released a second volume of her collaboration with Burt Bacharach entitled "Who'll Speak For Love", with Burt again playing piano on 3 tracks. In 2008, she released a CD and DVD of an acoustic concert performance with guitarist Leonardo Amuedo, entitled "Ken Je Mij".In September 2008 she was one of the Special Guests at the Symphonica in Rosso concert in Arnhem, starring Lionel Richie. During this concert she sang the duet, "Face in the Crowd", with Lionel Richie. This performance is included in Richie's album, Just Go. In 2009 and 2010, her song "What the World Needs Now" was theme from a Brazilian soap opera Viver a Vida made by Rede Globo. In early 2011, she released the album "Sundays in New York." The CD was given away free to lucky readers of the January 15, 2011 edition of the Dutch newspaper AD.

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