In 2013 Esther Van Hees won the Academy Talent Award, a prize for the best graduating jazz talent in the Netherlands.
In 2013 she debuted with the melodic Got Wings, a mini-album which convinced many jazz critics in Belgium and the Netherlands. Then she took her Master jazz at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
Van Hees already performed on many jazz festivals and venues with famous Dutch jazz musicians like Eric Vloeimans, Yuri Honing and Anton Goudsmit. She has a band with guitarist Reindert Kragt and drummer Bram Knol.
Esther Van Hees
“My biggest motivation is that I know myself to be very happy when I sing. Singing before an audience, talking to them, standing together with my band on stage, that gives me energy. I know I need it. ” Says esther van Hees. (Interview in Draai Om Je Oren)
The Flemish singer Esther van Hees has different sides: there is Esther van Hees – jazz singer and Esther Von Haze – pop singer.
But in all cases, Esther remains close to herself as she sings: intimate, honest, at times vulnerable. She has a bright, clear voice and impresses with her personal and relaxed interpretations.
Van Hees intermingles her subtle jazz sometimes with some pop elements, she makes music at the intersectio of jazz and singer-songwriter traditions. As jazz it’s sometimes a little poppy and as pop it’s a little jazzy. But what does it matter if the songs are just beautiful?
“She sings like an angel”, is what trumpeter Eric Vloeimans says about her. The young Esther Van Hees (1991) makes that clear in self-written songs. In reviews she has been repeatedly praised for her charming communication with the audience and her remarkable sense of language.