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Introducing Esmee Denters

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Simon Cowell once said that there aren't any talented singers in The Netherlands. Usually his judgment is spot on, but when it comes to Esmee Denters he might be in for a surprise. The 18 year-old Dutch singer was the first artist to sign to Justin Timberlake's shiny new record label Tennmann that he formally launched last week together as a joint venture with Interscope Records.

Nine months ago, Esmee started to upload videos of her singing covers to YouTube. It was not a terribly sophisticated production. It was just Esmee in her bedroom with her sister's webcam singing away. The response on YouTube was overwhelming. Her videos were watched nearly 21 million times and generated thousands of comments.

Record labels, managers and talent scouts received word about the singing Dutch YouTube phenomenon. Esmee was flown to Los Angeles and courted by all the major recording companies. She had meetings with Jason Flom, Antonio "L.A." Reid and Tommy Motolla. She even recorded demo tracks with Kelly Rowland and considered TV deals with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Atlantic Records was also very anxious to get in touch with Esmee. The story goes that they contacted the local hotel in her small village of Oosterbeek and had the concierge call up every single Denters in the phone book until they got in touch with Esmee's surprised mother.

Justin Timberlake invited Esmee to come to London two months ago when he was recording with Madonna to hear what all the fuss was about. "Esmee is the real deal and I cannot wait for the world to hear her," he concluded in a press statement. He decided that Esmee would be the first artist to be launched on his own label.

Esmee is currently on tour with Justin Timberlake as his support act. If you have a moment, check out some of her past YouTube videos. Esmee is a remarkable vocalist. With the right songwriters and proper production, she could become a big star. Especially given Timberlake's endorsement and millions of YouTube fans already in her back pocket.

Watch Esmee "What Goes Around" (ft. Justin Timberlake)
Watch Esmee "Let Me Be The One" (Mario cover)
Watch Esmee Denters "Irreplacable" (Beyonce cover)

June 7, 2007 in Heads Up | Permalink

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Well, there are more great singers in Holland, it doesn't stop with Esmee.
What about Anouk, Ilse de lange a.o. Try to get Krezip's latest album. And looking at your first name, it should not be that difficult, Arjan!

Posted by: Eric Kerkdijk at Jun 11, 2007 6:33:35 AM

She is very talented and pretty. I hope she makes it big with Justin teaching he the business.

Posted by: Esmee Danters News at Jun 27, 2008 2:16:18 AM

Shes amazing.I would love to just meet her and listen to her story.I loveeeee to sing,but im honestly not that good.I would consider her one of my heros.Shes talented and seems really nice. I cant wait to see her become famous and extremly popular like i know she will one day.
Shes An AMAZING singer.
And she seems like a realllly nice down to earth person.

Posted by: Anna rosss at Jul 11, 2008 8:13:59 PM

i like her song outta here

Posted by: alenna at May 12, 2009 3:55:16 PM

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