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I use this website to re-direct to other sites where you can listen to my music or connect with me and I have some info listed here.
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Was selected "RUNNER
UP" with paid admission to "THE CAMP" International Songwriting Workshop in
World Cup 2010 song wins first edition of songwritingcontest Dutch Writers Camp
The song “The Best We Can Be” was
chosen as ‘Best Song’ and was written for
the World Cup 2010 (this was the assignment). This track has
been produced by Schottish starproducer Bill Padley (Atomic
Kitten, Blue, Westlife) and Karen Danzig in
cooperation with three new Dutch songwriting
talents Andrea Maria and
Roeland van Dugteren and Marco Peeters. Finalist Debora Hulskamp
was chosen as ‘Best Talent’ of the Dutch Writers Camp.. These results were announced this afternoon during the
festive awards ceremony at the Spoon
Cinema theater in
The ten finalists were incredibly enthusiastic about the chance to work together with 8 international top producers to teach them the tricks of the trade. Like the finalists, the international producers were also having a great time.
Upon coming home I wrote on facebook:
just come home from the Dutch Writers Camp... called up my friend to tell him
what it was like and we ended up talking for 5 hours on the phone! It was
simply Awesome! I really flourished in this environment. It's absolutely the
right environment for this tiny seed of potential that I am, to grow! Thanks
Join me on face book: add me as your friend, there are more pictures of the Dutch Writers Camp available there:
Join me on Myspace: you can listen to some of my music there, and then add me as your friend!
I was born in
When I was 8, I nagged at my mother, because I wanted to play the guitar. We already had a piano at our home, so it was assumed that I would learn to play the piano. But I just absolutely had to play the guitar! So I got a guitar and I started to play the guitar, and it has been the joy of my life to do so. My guitar teacher was really great and a lot of my enthusiasm for guitar playing comes from her. I started writing songs in my childhood and have continued to do so.
I have been in numerous bands from the age of 16, but I stayed in one band for a long time and it was eventually called Monc. Quite a large number of musicians have at some time played in that band. Some of them are now successful musicians or composers. Either way, in many of them, music still flows in their veins. I was called WahWah-woman and rhythm guitar was my thing. We wrote our own songs.
During my years as a student I met many talented students who were into music as well. We spent many hours and nights together in our own world of music. I really love how music connects. At that time I also really wanted to be a lead singer in a band. So, shortly after that I read an add in the newspaper and it stated exactly what I wanted (!) : triphop meets metal. I was chosen as the lead vocalist and joined Robert in the band Grumpyhead. We were signed by Djax records and released a debut album in 1997. I’ve had a great time with my band, lots of performances and we were “radio-active”. It was a very strange feeling when I heard our song being played on the radio. In our student house someone was yelling my name and I honestly thought she had hurt herself, but it turned out to be our song on the radio! I really enjoyed performing live and it was great that all my fellow students went to many gigs with us. Also my parents and brother went to many of them.
After that, there was a long period in which I seemed silent to the world. Not much happened that was addressed to the public. No more performances, no more playing in bands. I always continued making music; however I kept it to myself and friends due to health issues. I’ve learned a great deal from these challenging years and they absolutely contributed in a very positive way to where I am at right now.
I am very happy to say that my health is now gradually improving and the songs keep coming… music is the way I express myself. It is my diary, my therapy, my best friend. It is that in which most of myself flows. It is starting to reach out again so I am very excited to see what will happen.
Thanks to all my friends and family who have helped me!
I am an ambassador of the Dutch Writers Camp now!!!
Together with the Dutch finalists and the international guests.
Listen to my songs : http://www.dutchwriterscamp.com/nl/andreamaria
Let’s see where this journey will lead me…
May you be happy,