Anita (Doth) Dels during a live show in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on December 16, 1995
|Birth name||Anita Daniëlle Doth|
|Also known as||Anita Dels, The Voice, The Smile|
28 December 1971 |
|Genres||Eurodance, Techno, Pop, Hi-NRG, Dance, House, Soul|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, DJ, host|
|Labels||ZYX Records, BYTE Records (with Jean-Paul DeCoster & Phil Wilde), ToCo International, Pleasure Records, Spinnin' Records|
|Associated acts||2 Unlimited, Divas of Dance, Ray & Anita|
Anita Daniëlle Doth was born in Amsterdam to Rolf and Lydia Doth. In 1991 she finished her education and landed her first steady job in an administrative position at a police station. She also worked as an extra on Dances With Wolves.
Together with Ray Slijngaard, she formed the group 2 Unlimited. In the early 1990s, Ray Slijngaard (the soon-to-become techno-rapper of 2 Unlimited) had been asked to write rap lyrics for a tune written by Belgian producers J.P. de Coster and Phil Wilde. Ray also wrote a chorus to be sung by a female vocalist, for which he asked Doth to sing the lyrics.
The demo was presented to de Coster and Wilde, leading to Doth joining 2 Unlimited. Doth sang the choruses for the majority of their songs; however there were some B sides, and one successful single, "Nothing Like the Rain", where she sang close to all the lyrics. The band became an instant success in Europe and throughout the world. Their hits included songs such as "Get Ready For This", "Maximum Overdrive", "No Limit", "Tribal Dance", "The Real Thing", "Twilight Zone" and "Workaholic". After sixteen music videos, forty-five songs, and four albums, the group split up in 1996. Their last release was "Spread Your Love".
After 2 Unlimited and present day
After 2 Unlimited, Doth became a presenter on Dutch music television station TMF (The Music Factory), hosting Welcome to the Pleasure Zone, a show featuring both music videos and live performances. Doth also worked as a DJ on Dutch radio station Radio 538, before starting her solo career in 1997.
In 1996, she sang a duet with popular Dutch singer René Froger on "That's When I'll Stop Loving You". 2000 saw the release of her solo album Reality. Among the singles taken from the album were Universe, Lifting up My Life, and This Is Reality.
In 2002, she formed Divas of Dance with Linda Estelle (formerly T-Spoon) and Desiree "Des'Ray" Manders (former lead singer of Eurodance project 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor, mostly known for Dreams (Come Alive)). They performed a variety of old dance classics, including 2 Unlimited songs. In June 2004, she performed No Limit on German TV station ZDF. Anita & her former 2 Unlimited colleague, Ray Slijngaard, reunited in 2009, performing together for the first time in 13 years at the "I Love The 90s" event in Hasselt, Belgium. They later appeared together in Amsterdam, on Queensday (30 April).
Ray & Anita
On 11 April 2009, Slijngaard and Doth reunited to perform together for the first time in 13 years at the "I love the 90s" concert in Hasselt, Belgium. Further gigs followed on 30 April at the Radio 538 Queen's Day concert at Museumplein in Amsterdam, and as support act for Milk Inc at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp on 25 September. Following months of speculation, it was confirmed on 29 December that the duo would release a new single together in 2010 called "In Da Name Of Love" as "Ray & Anita". Jean-Paul DeCoster is thought to have denied permission for them to use the name "2 Unlimited", as he still owns the rights to the brand. The single "In Da Name Of Love" debuted on the final Tipparade chart of 2009 at number 28. It reached number 1 at the Dutch Dance Top 30 and number 3 at the Belgium Dance Top 30.
On 5 January 2010, the world premiere of the new single was broadcasted on Radio 538, accompanied by an exclusive interview with Ray. The premiere was uploaded to YouTube by their label Spinnin' Records which released the first single. The artist management made YouTube take down any video of the song that had been mislabeled as 2 Unlimited.
She has one son, Destyno (born 20 April 2005), with her boyfriend, 'Big' Willy de Leon Agramonte.
It was announced on 11 January 2010 that Doth is being treated for breast cancer, undergoing chemotherapy. She stated that she will continue to perform with Ray so far as it is possible under her treatment regime.
In 2011, Anita was declared breast cancer free and has resumed working with Ray on their new album.
Solo album track-listing
- This Is Reality (4:26)
- Lifting Up My Life (Original Mix) (4:53)
- Open Up My Eyes (3:52)
- Only You (3:52)
- Lovin' Every Day (5:10)
- Say What You Mean (3:55)
- Universe (Believe In Yourself!) (5:33)
- Virtual Love (4:19)
- Enter Love Delete The Hate (4:35)
- I'm Not Your Fool (3:48)
- Now Is The Time (3:57)
- I've Given You Everything (4:11)
- Why Should I Lie (5:38)
- Every Little Step (3:31)
- Lifting Up My Life (Y2K Mix) (2:58)
- Anita Doth bio at IMDb
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- LyricsVault: Dutch Top singles of 1997[dead link]
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