Hamel and Benny (Benny Sings) - who produced the album - have managed to seamlessly fuse the complete history of pop music into twelve catchy songs. "As a teenager I listened to P.J. Harvey, Smashing Pumpkins and was a huge fan of Jeff Buckley. I played my guitar to their albums and wrote songs trying to copy their styles.
When I started studying music everything changed.“ Hamel fell for the legacy of vocalists such as Mel Tormé, Mark Murphy and Anita O'Day. Their mastery became his standard. The obvious Great American Songbook material is not to be found on Hamel’s album. "I adore standards but wanted to seize the opportunity to debut with my own compositions.” Bart Suèr from Dox Records introduced Hamel to singer, songwriter and musician Benny Sings.
Their combined styles - Benny’s pop approach and Hamel’s jazz background - are a perfect match. "We love sing-along songs, with a clear, catchy melody that may even sound familiar at times. It wasn't hard finding common ground when Benny heard my songs." 2007 is a very successful year for Wouter Hamel. The Dutch press is laudatory about his debut album and Wouter appears in several national TV and radio shows.
The album HAMEL receives no less than 4 prestigious awards (a.o. Essent Award, De Eerste Prijs and a Silver Harp). An internet hype arises when Hamel invites several YouTube users to record their own version of Don’t Ask. The music video that resulted form these endeavors was chosen as Editor’s Pick by YouTube and given a prominent spot on the international front page of the website.
Japan also discovered Wouter Hamel; November ’07 saw the release of his debut album on the Japanese label P-Vine Records. Wouter wrote some extra tracks especially for the Japanese release, which resulted in the release of a limited edition with three bonus tracks back in the Netherlands. Early 2008 Wouter went to Japan with his band to do a series of concerts in the Billboard Live clubs. On request of Billboard Wouter brought along Benny Sings (producer of “Hamel”) as special guest.
In February 2008 Wouter receives a Gold Record, celebrating over 15.000 sold albums. Later that year, after a radio hit with As Long As We're In Love, two clubtours with many soldout shows, a support-show for the Dutch pop-legend Doe Maar in stadium De Kuip, a hectic summerfestival-schedule, new releases scheduled for Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, Wouter and Benny Sings decided to start working on the second 'Hamel'-album, titled 'Nobody's Tune'. This album will be released in the Netherlands and Japan early 2009. After releasing the new album 'Nobody's Tune' Wouter Hamel and band will be touring throughout almost 40 cities for a theatre tour.
The official cd release party will take place in pop-temple Paradiso in Amsterdam, February 21 and there's a schowcase in the Tower Records building in Tokyo. 2005: Winner Dutch Jazz Vocalist Competition 2006: Nomination for the Deloitte Jazz Award 2007: release 'Hamel' in the Netherlands 2007: Nomination for Edison People's Choice Award 2007: De Eerste Prijs Award; www.deeersteprijs.nl (prestigious award for mostly theatre productions) 2007: Release 'Hamel' in Japan 2007: Originele Rembrandt Award for 'Hamel' (award for unique Dutch music product) 2008: Essent Award 2007 at Noorderslag festival (one of Hollands most important pop-talent-awards) 2008: 'Hamel' received gold for sales exceeding 15.000 copies in the Netherlands. 2008: Zilveren Harp Award (Dutch prestigious award for most promising musicians) 2008: 3FM Award nominee, best new artist, best singer. 2008: Release 'Hamel' in Korea 2009: Theatre tour Holland throughout 40 cities 2009: Release second album 'Nobody's Tune' in the Netherlands and Japan 2009: Release 'Hamel' in Taiwan 2009: Asia Tour; scheduled for May/June (a.o.
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