Esmée Denters (born 28 September 1988) is a Dutch singer and YouTube sensation. She promoted her career as a musician on video-sharing website YouTube, where she covered songs by artists including Justin Timberlake and Natasha Bedingfield. In 2008, she was signed by Justin Timberlake as the first artist to his label Tennman Records. In May 2009, she released her debut studio album, Outta Here.
Denters was born in Arnhem, Gelderland. She is the daughter of a wealthy couple, Hank Denters and Fenny Boonstra. Her parents are divorced. She has an older sister, musical actress Daphne Denters. Denters lived in Westervoort next to Arnhem until she was fifteen, and then moved with her mother and sister to Oosterbeek, Gelderland. She graduated high school in Arnhem in 2006 and subsequently attended the HAN University of Applied Sciences where she was working towards a Bachelor of Social Work until she dropped out in her freshman year in February 2007 to join Tennman Records.
2006-07: Early career:
On 25 August 2006, Denters made a YouTube channel. She posted several videos of herself singing covers of other pop stars' songs. Denters eventually opted for a contract with Tennman Records. Denters traveled to the U.S. to write songs and record in the studio. There were plans for a reality show around Denters in the United States, which followed up the release of her debut album. She also sang a song that was written by Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child. She then flew to Sweden for a few days to write songs and record.
2007-2010: Outta Here and collaborations:
In 2008, Denters started her professional career after attracting the attention of Dutch media scouts and American pop singer Justin Timberlake. Timberlake went on to sign her as the first artist to his label Tennman Records. Timberlake became the executive producer of her debut album Outta Here.
In April 2009, Denters confirmed on Dutch radio station Radio 538 that her debut album would be released in the Netherlands on 22 May 2009, also confirming that the album is a mix of Pop and R&B with both ballads, and uptempo tracks. Her debut single, also the title song of the album, was released in the Netherlands on 14 April 2009 and in the UK on 15 August. The album reached number five in the Netherlands and charted in Belgium, where it reached number 3 for five weeks on the Flemish Region Albums Chart. The album was released in the UK on 11 January 2010 and features the previous 2008 charity duet with Timberlake, "Follow My Lead" as an additional bonus song. The second single, "Admit It", only reached 28 in the Netherlands and 56 in the UK.
In autumn 2009, Denters went on tour with Honor Society. The album spawned three singles including the title song which reached the top 3, "Admit It" which reached 13 and 7 in the Netherlands and UK respectively, and "Love Dealer", featuring Justin Timberlake.
Denters also worked on several collaborations during this time. She performed on tour with artists Ne-Yo , Enrique Iglesias and N-Dubz. She lent her vocals to the German band Stanfour who featured Denters on their single "Life Without You", released on 25 May 2010. The music video for the single was postponed due to the April 2010 Icelandic volcano eruption. On 1 May, Denters and Stanfour flew to New York to record the video for "Life Without You". The official release of "Life Without You" in Germany was 28 May. The video leaked on the internet on 24 May. In the UK, she also accepted a collaboration with London MC Chipmunk on his hit "Until You Were Gone", which entered the top three on UK charts.
2011-present: Screaming Out Loud and others music projects:
Denters started working on new songs for her second studio album in January 2011. When she was asked about the new record on Twitter, she said "my next album is gonna be different." In the beginning of the recording process, Denters announced via Twitter she was working with British DJ and producer K-Gee and musician Ben Cullum. On 11 August, Denters took to her Twitter to let her fans know the album title Screaming Out Loud. "City Lights" was announced officially by K-Gee and Denters as the first single from the second album. The music video of "City Lights" was shot in London on 10 January 2012, directed by Daniel Broadley. The music video wasn't released so far and there is not available information about its future release date. According to Denters, the album wasn't released because Tennman Records weren't going to release another album with her.
On 16 May 2012, 17 Cosmetics released a music video for a promotional song called "It's Summer (Because We Say So)" written and performed by Denters. She was announced as one of the guests to perform the new promo track at T4 On The Beach 2012 Sessions Stage supporting 17 Cosmetics.
On 22 October 2012, Denters announced on Twitter that she was planning to do a series of new acoustic covers for YouTube again. The first cover was uploaded in January 2013. It was a collaboration with the American band The New Velvet.
At the end of 2012, Dutch DJ and producer Erik Arbores and Denters collaborated for the new Dance4Life theme song called "dance4life (now dance)" released digitally on 23 November. They performed the song in the Dance4Life 2012 charity event in Ahoy, Rotterdam.
On 10 March 2013, Denters announced on her Facebook page that she wasn't signed to Tennman Records or Interscope Records anymore and that she hadn't been for over a year, but she is said to be working on a new album independently.
On 24 February 2014, Denters returned to stage performing exclusive new music for the first time ever at Showcase Live in London. She opened the show singing her first hit single Outta Here followed by three new original songs "Cars and Airplanes", "If I Could I Would" and "Anything For The Money". Accompanied by a performance with Lorde's "Royals", and a special appearance of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" and Avicii's "Wake Me Up".
Denters has been promoting her new music performing in big Venues in London. She announced the release of a new EP for summer 2014. On 24 January 2015, she appeared on BBC One's The Voice UK and was selected to join Will.I.Am's team for the next round.
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