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    Belle Perez

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1What Am I To Do lyrics
    2Bailaremos lyrics
    3The Way You Are lyrics
    4Olvidar Y Besar lyrics
    5Get up and boogie (Crunch Version) lyrics
    6Beat On My Drum lyrics
    7Hello World (The Saddle Club New Version) lyrics
    8Baila este ritmo lyrics
    9Maankind (Hijo De La Luna) lyrics
    10Never Ever lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Arena 2004 [2004]
    2Agua Y Fuego
    3Hello World [2000]
    4The Best Of Belle Perez [2005]
    5Baila Perez [2003]
    6Everything [2002]
    7Gotitas de Amor


    Belle Perez was born as Maribel Perez on January 29, 1976, in a Spanish immigrant family in Neerpelt (in the neighbourhood of the Dutch Philips-factories). She discovered her singing talent during her flamenco & dancing-lessons, which she had been taking from the age of 5.

    After she started working as a secretary in a Dutch crane-rental company, her goal remained to become a singer, and to attain that goal she participated in all the soundmix-contests she could enter. At one of these talent-contests in 1997, she sang "That's what it takes" and was discovered there by Patrick Renier. He teamed her up with songwriter/producer Jim Soulier (the two are known as Pat & Jim) and gave her the artistname Belle Perez.

    Pat & Jim did see the talent in Belle, but initially didn't quite know which direction to head her in. First they tried it with dance ("Me&You"), then they directed her towards a Céline Dion-ish song "Don't give up on love".
    A third shot at success was the happy popsong "Hello world", the first one that Belle herself wrote the lyrics for, which they entered in the Flemish preselections for the Eurovision songcontest in 1999. As they said to magazine Humo in 2000 "when we had recorded "Hello World", we still weren't sure where we could lead Belle to, but when we heard we were among the selected for Eurosong, we started believing for the first time that we had finally found the right style for her". In these preselections Belle Perez had to admit defeat to both Fé (Wendy Fierce) and Vanessa Chinitor's "Like The Wind" (who got on to win the final). Roland Beelen, the big boss of Antler/Subway about this "For me 'Hello World' was the best song in 'Eurosong'. Belle had a bit of nerves when she performed, it was her very first live-appearance on tv. That's why the jury overlooked the quality of the song."

    "Hello World" did get released as a single by Antler-Subway, and became a real summer-hit in Flanders (behind that other flunked Eurosong-hit "Heyah Mama" by K3 - but the song did get a summerhit-trophy as "best production"). There was a feel-good videoclip shot for the song, with not much economies (on the contrary, with a production cost of about 3 million it was the most expensive video for a Flemish artist at the time).

    Because of this Flemish interest, Belle Perez got picked up by EMI and was made one of their "international priorities" (read: potential big bucks). Especially in the States there was quite a bit of enthusiasm for the product, and she got to do a 3-week promo tour with Priority Records to a series of American radio-stations and cities, in the slipstream of Lou Bega (a little bit of Monica ...). In the end, the song didn't exactly manage to force a breakthrough in the charts there. Still, the song did get used for a number of soundtracks such as "Down to You" or the tv-series "Felicity". And in the rest of the world, things faired much better. Especially in Spain and Italy, she was a commercial success, and in the Latin-American countries, Belle Perez quickly rose to be a (pop)star.

    That not everybody was as enthusiastic about her uncomplicated pop, can clearly be seen from this review of the single in the British New Musical Express : "Belle Perez makes Billie and Britney sound like wild inner-city kids teetering on the edge of heroin addiction. Lobotomised cheeriness aside, and with brilliant synchronicity, the Belgian popstrel does offer ... some very sage advice. "Seize the day", she urges, ... "Wear a big happy smile on your face". Advice that'll also be very handy when she finds herself flipping burgers in the Ghent branch of McDonald's."

    In quick tempo, the trio also put together an album at the beginning of 2000, which got released under the same title as the hit single. This CD was first released in Spain and Italy, but from September 2000 onwards she focused on Flanders again. While internationally only "Hello World" (and "Hola Mundo") broke trough, she had quickly become one of the top acts in the commercial pop genre here. This was proven by a series of hits, with the most prominent the successor to "Hello World", the Britney Spears-clone "Honey Bee", which faired very well in the Belgian popcharts.

    At the beginning of 2001, she received a ZAMU-award in the category "popular" (in front of K3, Helmut Lotti and Gunther Neefs). On the gala "Kom op tegen Kanker" she surprised everyone with a well-sung versoin of the Pretenders-song "2000 Miles". In June 2001 the trio presented their first new single not taken from the debut album: "Planet of Love". In November it was the turn for another single, "Get Up and Boogie".

    Saturday 19th of April 2003 was the historic date that Belle presented her album "Baila Perez" to a maximum capacity crowd at the Casino Kursaal on the Belgian coast. This was a high-powered Latino concert bursting with talent, energy and style. Accompanied by a 10-piece band Belle expertly delivered a series of Latino classics and transformed many of her hits into vigorous Latino songs. Throughout the summer of 2003 there was no stopping her as she thrilled home audiences and even charmed the French side of the country, the album went gold, sold over 40.000 pieces and held the pole position at the top of the Belgian charts for weeks on end. The piece de resistance from this album "Enamorada" received the award "Summer hit 2003". By the end of 2003 this Spanish/Belgian kicked off a special theatre tour in Flanders and launched her assault on Holland. Belle's stunning looks and endearing personality quickly attracted immediate media attention there, which she followed up with rock solid �live� performances and appearances on radio and TV.

    Belle's subsequent first release in Holland "Hijo de la luna", now on the prestigious Dutch "Princess records" label shot up the charts there in January 2004 and secured a position in the top 30 of the official Mega top 100. On Saturday 20th March 2004 Belle took to the stage with her own band at the Chass' theatre in Breda to wow the audience and show them "La Perez" in action, moreover to give Holland a taste of what to expect in Summer 2004, a sock solid Latino album and a finely tuned "live" performer.

    The evening prior to the debut performance her second Dutch single release "Bailaremos" was on virtually every radio play list in Holland and making ground in the official Mega top 100! This was rapidly followed up in May 2004 with the hit-single "Enamorada" The Ditch media had already warmed to Belle's unique and remarkable talents, this fact was accentuated by the biggest radio station there Radio2 who confirmed the opinions of all listeners that there is a class artist who just needs a infinitesimal bit of "luck" to completely take over in Holland.

    While the massively successful "Arenatour" is playing to capacity audiences in basket ball stadiums throughout Flanders preparations are being made for the release of Belle's new "live" album that will hit the shops sometime in August 2004. The debut single from this album "Light of my life" has already made serious ground and received accolades from two of Belgium's largest radio stations namely Radio 2 and Radio Donna. Throughout the summer while Belle is headlining at the biggest festivals in Belgium the team "behind the scenes" will be canvassing Germany, Spain, Portugal and seeking other territories to conquer with the conspicuously remarkable sound that is "La Perez".

    From http://houbi.com/belpop/groups/perez.htm & http://belleworld.cjb.net/

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