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In this 5-minute film you will discover the Dutch singer Janny Haalboom both singing songs from her CD "All of me" and explaining how she got where she is today. Music and film is produced in 2012 by Torben Thoger.
Click the link below to listen to a selection of her songs on Reverbnation.
Janny Haalboom (born Jannigje Gijsbertha Hendrika Haalboom; September 15, 1966) is a talented singer, well known in the Benissa and Calpe area on the Costa Blanca in Spain.
Short biography version
Janny Haalboom used to sing along with the radio as a child and is very interested in music. A trait that made her dream come true.
Early on, she sang while cleaning the house, in the hoover, while her mother did the shopping.
The neighbours certainly knew about these private concerts.
The first LP Janny found in her parents' music box was by Vera Lynn. She played it over and over again. The second LP she found was by Nana Mouskouri. She played that one over and over again too. Janny was seven years old. But she had seen Nana in black and white on Dutch television a few years earlier, in 1971. It left a deep impression.
From the age of 10 to 14, Janny learned to play the electronic organ and at 15, Janny learned to play the guitar.
If there was a wedding anniversary of friends or family, she would occasionally go on stage and sing along with the band playing songs by Abba, Nicole or the Goombay Dance Band.
When she finished school, she wanted to study music and go to the conservatory. Unfortunately, her parents did not agree with her choice, even if she chose other subjects. She had to use her hands and find a job.
At that point, she left music completely and started a life on a rocky road.
After leaving home at the age of 20, Janny spent three years with Egyptians. In the late 1980s, shoarma restaurants appeared in her city. She became a regular customer. She loves all Mediterranean and Asian dishes. It was there that she heard the music of Umm Kulthum.
In the late 1990s, Janny took singing lessons with Linda van der Mee, a Dutch qualified singing and piano teacher.
In 2002, Janny moved to Spain. Sometimes she sang songs in a karaoke bar, otherwise she stuck to listening to CDs.
Then, in 2004, she fell ill. That was a turning point in her life!
Before an operation to remove her thyroid gland, Janny had to sign a declaration because of the high risks to her vocal cords. The effect of that declaration was a huge wake-up call.
In 2006, as soon as Janny could do things independently again, she took singing lessons with Dutch singing teacher Johanna Spanjerberg, who was a member of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and lead singer with the "Glenn Miller Orchestra". At the same time, Janny joined the Dutch musical theatre group "Teatro del Sol" led by Rob Barendsma.
From then on, although she still had health problems, she devoted as much time as possible to her first passion. She bought lots of backing tracks, sorting them one by one and searching the internet for the lyrics as much as possible, and organising everything on her laptop.
In 2008 and the years after, Janny joined the English amateur show group "Sounds Familiar" led by English singer and producer Philip Ashley. She took singing lessons with Philip, who taught her all the skills for musical theatre.
In 2009, Janny started her solo career. She recorded a CD with five songs and sang at several private functions.
In 2010, Janny joined Philip Ashley's professional group "Amadeus".
In 2012, Janny was ready to boost her solo career and was coached by Torben Thoger, an award-winning Danish composer, record producer, recording artist and filmmaker. With him she recorded her first CD of 12 songs called "All of me".
From then on, she started performing solo at both public and private venues.
In late 2013, she started collaborating occasionally with singer Luigi, a well-known singer in the Pego area on the Costa Blanca in Spain.
She also started presenting events under the name Oase Entertainment.
It was in late 2014, that Janny decided to push her boundaries and go for an international audience by putting her music on NumberOneMusic. She received a very good response from all over the world.
She also started attending concerts of her very great role model, Greek singer Nana Mouskouri. In time, Janny was lucky enough to get serious coaching from Nana. Something Janny is forever grateful to Nana for.
Due to concerns about genetic cardiovascular disease in the family, Janny asked her GP for major research in 2015, which resulted in a series of tests.
In the year 2015, she made some recordings with the conductor of the Dutch Shanti choir De Schuimkoppen, Edo Luynenburg. He showed her how to make her own recordings. Along with what she saw when Torben Thoger produced her first CD, from 2016 she took the opportunity to produce future recordings herself.
Due to a serious heart problem, she underwent preventive surgery in 2016 and underwent coronary angioplasty and stent implantation.
Then, after 36 years of not playing the organ, she started playing again, this time on the piano keyboard.
Once fully recovered in 2018, she set a determined course to make her dreams come true.
Anno 2019, Janny has written several songs of her own. Combined with the ones she had already written in 2012, she translated them into several languages.
It was in June 2021 that her first self-composed instrumental song "Summer in Spain" saw the recording light. And in December the same year, she produced her first self-composed and -written song with lyrics "A Peaceful Christmas", which she already released in several languages.
The pandemic from 2020 till 2023 was obviously a very tough time for everyone, which did not leave Janny untouched either. Nevertheless, she is back on the discipline and working hard on her next step.
Her next project is to work on multilingual recordings, both covers and her own composed and written songs.
These days, Janny produces everything herself at her home, in her own small studio.
Janny is very happy to be back to her first passion. Music lifts her up, and she hopes her singing will lift you up too.
Short biography version 2023
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