INTRODUCING: MAAIKE BREIJMAN - LEAD VOCALS & PIANO

As I said before, I will introduce all band members one by one. It feels a bit impolite to start with myself, but since my face is the first thing you see on this website I start with myself anyway. You can find my bio below, and the story of how I got into this project is summarized on the 'About' page. A bio is a bit impersonal, so I will tell you a bit more about myself.

I travel a lot for this project, since I live in Holland and Dreaming of Kate is based in Liverpool. Jerney, my backing vocalist, often travels with me. It is quite interesting being in a band with people from different countries. It can be challenging when it comes to planning (planning a rehearsal with musicians is always a challenge, even if they all live in the same country), plus I don't always know which of my items (headset microphone, shoes, hair dryer, make up remover) are in which country. On the other hand, it can lead to hilarious conversations and situations, since Jerney and I are not native English speakers and actually quite Dutch in some ways (I can have a craving for cheese and vegetables after two weeks in the UK). Although my English is quite good, at times my brain seems to switch to Dutch. One example: whenever I see a warning sign saying 'ramp', I read 'disaster', which is the English translation of the Dutch word 'ramp'...

It will be another couple of weeks before Jerney and I are traveling to Liverpool again, but we will be preparing for our September shows this week. Rehearsing and planning, probably with coffee and a cheese sandwich...




MAAIKE BREIJMAN - LEAD VOCALS & PIANO

Born and raised in the city of Haarlem (The Netherlands), Dreaming of Kate’s lead singer Maaike Breijman has always been a bit out of the ordinary. Having a keen interest in a wide variety of musical styles and disciplines, Maaike has a very broad musical background. She has been the lead- and backing vocalist of many bands, varying from symphonic rock to gothic metal and from Gypsy jazz to Irish folk. This versatility even made her the runner up for a Cirque du Soleil show.  

A perfectionist at heart with a strong belief that nothing is impossible, Maaike manages to enchant any audience with her stage presence and performance. She can switch from an up tempo song with an energetic dance routine to an intimate, self-accompanied piano ballad in a matter of seconds, and manages to astound the audience equally with both. The role of Kate Bush in Dreaming of Kate fits Maaike like a glove. The intricate songs, the costume changes and the visual aspect of the whole show are right up her alley.
 

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