Posts Tagged ‘Familie’

Charley says VIDEO! Leki – Get Over

May 16, 2012

Last time Leki was getting ready to release an album she still had The Sweet Mints by her side. ‘Love Me Another Day‘, the lead single from their eponymous album, was all smiles and handclaps ahoy. With a shiny, glossy production from King Of Sweden (who’s actually Finnish, if I remember correctly) the project was one of 2009’s most joyful things in music. Why do I mention this? Well, because the theme of her fascinating new single ‘Get Over‘ couldn’t be further away from that.

For years now Leki has been involved in the Nanda charity. She’s set out to finish the hospital her father once started building in their native country of Congo. Whereas her previous Nanda single, ‘Peculiar Places‘, embodied hopefulness, ‘Get Over‘ faces the demons of the dark time she went through after a recent charity trip to Africa. In Leki’s own words: “To find my inner peace I first needed to reignite the spark to that inner fire! One of my personal mantras to get me going, get me out of the mental rut, reignite my spark and stir up my inner fire to melt away my bitterness and connect to heart and soul is “Get Over”…”

It may take a couple of listens to get over the shock of seeing the woman who sang about everybody wanting to be Elvis releasing a track this dark, hard and in your face, but it’s worth sticking around for.

‘Get Over’ by Leki is available on Spotify and iTunes.
More information about Leki’s charity Nanda is available at www.nandavzw.org.

Charley says ARTICLE – A Brief Post Idool 2011 Overview Including Maureen’s Everyday Thing

March 16, 2012

Idool 2011 will not only be remembered as the talent show that with “More To Me” had the best group single ever. Its refocus on looking for proper popstars -this is the “Idol” franchise after all- left us with a young, fresh-faced top 10. Gone were the days when finalists would be pregnant mums or classical singers, this lot was ready to take over the charts!

And indeed, an impressive number of contestants went on to make an impression on the Belgian music scene. Winner Kevin and runner-up Kato‘s debut albums both went gold, Dennis and Kristof had the innovative idea to release a double album together with each filling up one disc and Alyssa has just unleashed her first pop stomper.

Rocker Izzy didn’t make it out of bootcamp but has been working with his band Epic Lane ever since and gay-teenager-who-likes-to-wear-heels Falko, who stranded in the final 15, is said to release his Kylie inspired debut single any time now.

Even those who didn’t get a record deal are still doing music. Manuel has enrolled in music school, Astrid got through to the battle rounds in The Voice and Jonas & Lora have teamed up as cover band The Pony Express.

 listen to
Maureen – Everyday Thing
at www.maureen-music.be

Finally, let me present you one more addition to the list! Maureen Vanherberghen was the curly-haired girl who made an impression with her “Rolling In The Deep” rendition. The former girl scout (well, it’s called “chiro” here) was one of the most consistent singers in the competition and ended up finishing fourth.

After the show she went on to record a translated cover of James Blunt’s “Stay The Night”, which served as the new theme tune to Belgium’s longest running soap opera, Familie.

Now, 2012 finally sees the release of Maureen’s own material! She has signed to brand new up and coming label Pop’m who will be guiding her towards an Eliza Doolittle and Joss Stone inspired sound.

Her debut single “Everyday Thing” already sounds like a firm step in the right direction! The cheerful track was written by songwriting team Chicks With Hits, previously responsible for “The Joker” by Maureen’s Idool friend Kato.

There’s no sign of “Everyday Thing” on YouTube or Spotify yet, but Maureen has put it up on her official website’s player! You can check out the full song over on www.maureen-music.be! It’s sure to get you tapping your feet in no time!

“Everyday Thing” by Maureen is available on Spotify and iTunes.
“More To Me” by Idool 2011 is available on Spotify and iTunes.
“Get On Your Feet” by Alissa is available on Spotify and iTunes.

The Idool 2011 album is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Kevin’s album “Thank You” is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Kato’s album “Flamingo” is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Dennis’s album is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Kristof De Cleyn’s album is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Epic Lane’s EP “Born In The Eighties” is available on Spotify and iTunes.

See also: Charley says VIDEO! Alyssa – Get On Your Feet
See also: Charley says VIDEO! Idool 2011 – More To Me

Charley says ARTIST! Jo Hens

June 30, 2010

Jo Hens is the new VJ on Belgian TMF.

Most of the articles on this subject do mention how he’s an actor on soap opera ‘Familie’. He plays Niko, a member of fictional band The Project. (Not to be confused with the TMF talent show of the same name)

Some of the stuff that’s written also say how he’s into music and playing in some bands, but what none of them seem to remember is how only last year he had a solo single out. ‘Anne‘ was a pleasant breasy summer tune and the theme to new digital tv channel Anne. The song was an adaptation of Dutch ‘So You Wannabe A Popstar’ heartthrob Tim Douwsma’s ‘Ga‘.

Oh, and rewatching the video just now, I’m pretty sure the love interest in it is model and former LibertyTV host An Jaspers!