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“Your voice and lyrics touch a beautiful chord in me and the feeling lingers” – Janine

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Anne Marie (Annemarie Hilbrands) is a singer-songwriter from Amsterdam and a late bloomer in music. As a quiet, introvert child she never thinks – not even for a moment – about a career in singing or music. But life can take unexpected turns and Annemarie discovers that the world of music suits her sensitivity. It offers new ways for her personal growth and expression – first as a singer, then as a vocal coach and finally as a songwriter. “Music tempted me again and again to go a step further outside my comfortzone. There is always something new to learn and to discover – and still remain close to yourself.”
Anne Marie’s songs are inspired by early 70’s music (Carole King, Burt Bacharach) with harmony vocals, jazz chords and surprising changes.

Releases

In 2021 her debut Album Inside was released: 11 songs with recognizable themes such as the search for the voice of the heart (Inside), the lost feeling of the introvert at a party (Party Girl) and the lives of women such as Virginia Woolf (Virginia) and Amy Winehouse (Stronger than You).

A very nice album, unique sound and beautiful production.”
Co de Kloet, NPO Radio2 Soul & Jazz

A pleasant Sunday morning album.” Concerto Recordstore Amsterdam
Inside
Nothing More (Cat Song)
Hold me
Phantom Pain
Virginia

Media

Listen to the interview from Anne Marie & Luke with Co de Kloet from NPO Radio2 Soul & Jazz (19 sept 2021)

Inside – Blue Note Club Sessions, 23 oktober

The Long Phrase – Roode Bioscoop, 12 september

Bio

“I can be fun but not a party girl”

Anne Marie lives in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. She loves music as a child but shows no interest whatsoever in becoming a performer. She signs up for English Language & Literature at Utrecht University and specialises in Celtic languages. She works at the Amsterdam Conservatory for a couple of years and this enhances her interest in singing. But she can’t imagine herself standing on a stage and that’s that.

The turning point comes later, when she starts to suffer from RSI. A fysiotherapist advises her to find some activity that will help her to be ‘more expressive’. She immediately knows what that must be: singing.

After the first singing lessons and singing workshops, she realises she wants more. She signs up for a jazz school and starts her own jazz combo, doing small gigs. When she discovers the singing technique ‘Complete Vocal Technique’, she signs up for the 3-year teacher training at the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen. She becomes an authorised CVT teacher and starts her singing practice Vocal Freedom in Amsterdam. In 2018 she is ready for the next step and starts writing her own songs. She studies at songwriting Academy LalaLab and in 2019 she starts working with producer Luke Nyman. Her first album Inside is released in 2021.

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