Anneke van Giersbergen


Anneke van Giersbergen

Infobox musical artist
Name = Anneke van Giersbergen



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Background = solo_singer
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Born = Birth date and age|1973|3|8|mf=y in Sint Michielsgestel, Netherlands
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Instrument = Vocals/Guitar/Keyboard
Genre = Rock
Occupation = Vocalist
Years_active = 1994 to Present
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Associated_acts = The Gathering
Lawn
Agua de Annique
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Anneke van Giersbergen (born March 8, 1973) is the former singer of the Dutch band The Gathering, now involved in a solo project called Agua de Annique. She has also worked with Lawn, Farmer Boys, Ayreon, Napalm Death, Moonspell and Within Temptation.

Biography

Van Giersbergen was born in Sint Michielsgestel, Netherlands.At the age of 8, she participated in soundmix contests.When she was 12, she was in her school choir. Anneke is a light soprano with a unique voice.Later on, she started taking singing lessons and joined her first band.She joined a few more bands before becoming part of the duo Bad Breath who played a mix of blues, jazz, folk and funk. [ [http://www.gathering.nl/membres.php?id=anneke&sw
] at The Gathering's official website
]

She finally joined The Gathering in 1994.

In 1998, she sang on the Ayreon album "Into the Electric Castle", a concept album telling the tale of an alien entity 'kidnapping' 8 human souls from different times. Anneke portrayed an Egyptian woman from the time of the pharaohs.

On February 20, 2005, she gave birth to Finn, her son with husband Rob Snijders.

She appears on the album "" from John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes on the tracks "To Catch a Thief" and "Tears of Joy".

She also appears on the 2006 album "Smear Campaign" by the grindcore/death metal band Napalm Death, on the tracks "Weltschmerz" and "In Deference" "... for good effect and relevance to the track." [ [http://www.napalmdeath.org/plague/viewtopic.php?t=1335&highlight=&sid=6e862dc74f0faa143dcd05089fd03a49 Official Napalm Death forum] ]

On June 5, 2007 it was announced that Anneke would be leaving The Gathering in August 2007 to focus on a new project, Agua de Annique, [ [http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=74000 BLABBERMOUTH.NET - Former THE GATHERING Singer Launches AGUA DE ANNIQUE ] ] and spend more time with her family.

On November 24, 2007 she performed the song "Somewhere" with Within Temptation in Eindhoven. [ [http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=85533 Anneke performs with Within Temptation] ]

Anneke also sings on the Ayreon album "01011001", released in early 2008. The character she portrays is one of the Forever, an alien being of the same race who kidnapped her character from "Into the Electric Castle".

She sings on "Scorpion Flower" in the album "Night Eternal" (2008) from Moonspell.

Musical roots and influences

Anneke's musical roots are in the classical and jazz music, but she enjoys rock and pop the most. Her main influences are Prince, Ella Fitzgerald and Thom Yorke (Radiohead).

Discography

With The Gathering:
*"Mandylion" (1995)
*"Adrenaline / Leaves" - EP (1996)
*"Nighttime Birds" (1997)
*"How to Measure a Planet?" (1998)
*"if then else" (2000)
*"Superheat" - Live (2000)
*"Amity" - EP (2001)
*"Black Light District" - EP (2002)
*"In Motion" - DVD (2002)
*"Souvenirs" (2003)
*"Sleepy Buildings - A Semi Acoustic Evening" - Live (2004)
*"Accessories - Rarities and B-Sides" - Compilation (2005)
*"A Sound Relief" - DVD (2005)
*"Home" (2006)
*"A Noise Severe" - DVD (2007)

With Agua de Annique:
*"Air" (2007)

As guest vocalist:
*"Farmer Boys - Countrified" (1996) - track #9 "Never Let Me Down Again" (Depeche Mode cover song)
*"Lawn - Backspace" (1997) - "Fix"
*"Ayreon - Into the Electric Castle (1998)
*"Wetton/Downes: ICON II" (2006) - Rubicon tracks #4 and #5
*"Globus - Epicon" (2006) - Track #7 "Diem Ex Dei"
*"Napalm Death - Smear Campaign (2006) - Tracks 1 & 7, "Weltschmerz", "In Deference"
*"Ayreon - 01011001 (2008)
*"Moonspell - Night Eternal" (2008) - Track #4 "Scorpion Flower"
*"Within Temptation - Black Symphony" (2008) - Track #10 "Somewhere"

References

* [http://www.aguadeannique.com/ Aqua de Annique Official Website]


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