Elvis Blue

Jan Adriaan Hoogendyk (born 28 December 1979), known professionally as Elvis Blue, is a South African musician and songwriter.

Elvis Blue
Elvis Blue at the All Star Theater 2014 3.JPG
Elvis Blue in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJan Adriaan Hoogendyk
Born (1979-12-28) 28 December 1979 (age 40)
Johannesburg, South Africa
GenresPop, adult contemporary
Occupation(s)Singer, musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboard, harmonica, piano
Years active2000–present
LabelsUniversal Music
Websiteelvisblue.co.za

Early lifeEdit

Jan Hoogendyk was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hoogendyk is a self-taught musician, teaching himself to play the guitar at the age of 16.[1] During his adolescent years, he started writing his own music and gained experience as a busker on the streets of Johannesburg.[2] During high school, he played in several bands but chose to broaden his experience overseas, busking in London and Scotland.[3]

Musical educationEdit

Hoogendyk's mother, a classical piano teacher,[4] provided him with exposure to classical music throughout his childhood.

When he returned to South Africa, he undertook formal music studies, focusing on piano, guitar, singing and songwriting.[2]

CareerEdit

In 2010, Hoogendyk participated in Idols South Africa (season 6). He won the competition with 64% of the votes and shared his prize money with runner-up Lloyd Cele.[5]

AlbumsEdit

Hoogendyk recorded four albums before winning Idols South Africa, one of which won an ATKV Lier Toekening award and another received a South African Music Awards nomination.[6]

Elvis BlueEdit

Elvis Blue was released in November 2010 and received Gold status 29 days after its release,[7] going platinum in 2011.[3] The album features a duet with Lloyd Cele called 'Little Hero'.[8]

 
Elvis Blue performing in 2014

Recording began straight after Hoogendyk won Idols South Africa, and was produced by Brian O'Shea, Crighton Goodwill and Jake Odendaal who are all South African Music Awards Producer of the Year Award winners.[9]

The album combines original songs by Hoogendyk with those of other songwriters.

In April 2012, the double-disc special edition release of Elvis Blue won the SAMA for Best Adult Contemporary Album.[10]

JourneyEdit

 
Elvis Blue at K-Day 2012

Hoogendyk travelled to America to co-write new material for Journey with Jeff Franzel, Richard Harris and Pam Sheyne who together composed the hit single, 'Lifeline'.[11]

Journey received the SAMA award for Best Adult Contemporary Album.[12]

AfrikaansEdit

2013: On the day Afrikaans was released, Hoogendyk's first Afrikaans album debuted on the iTunes store chart at #3, making him the first Afrikaans artist to reach its Top Ten ranking.[13]

 
Elvis Blue performing in 2014

2014: Afrikaans attained platinum status.[14]

'Seëngebed' (translated from Afrikaans as 'blessing prayer') is Hoogendyk's Afrikaans rendition of Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika, South Africa's national anthem, and was performed with Afrikaans singer, Coenie de Villiers.

Community upliftmentEdit

 
Elvis Blue at Paul Cluver Amphitheatre 2013

Hoogendyk supports a variety of community upliftment projects in South Africa.

  • Rays of Hope, a community outreach project by Rosebank Union Church, which is a child-headed households project which supports households of children raising younger siblings within the Alexandra Township in northern Johannesburg.[15]
  • Bethesda in George, Western Cape, which provides medical, rehabilitative, developmental, spiritual, psycho-social and family support.[16]
  • Life Community Services which assists the disadvantaged community of George, Western Cape.[16]
  • Elvis Blue Music Academy, in partnership with Life Community Services,[4] provides musical training for children who are unable to afford musical instruments and music tuition.[17]
 
Elvis Blue at the All Star Theater 2014
 
Elvis Blue at Paul Cluver Amphitheatre 2013

Awards and nominationsEdit

List of awards and nominations received by Elvis Blue
Year Event Prize Nominated work Result Ref
2016 5th Annual Ghoema Awards Best Contemporary Album by Male Artist Êrens in die middel van nêrens Won [18]
Male Artist of the Year Êrens in die middel van nêrens Won [18]
Music Video of the Year Die hemel Won [18]
Music Video of the Year Êrens in die middel van nêrens Nominated [18]
Song of the Year Die hemel Nominated [18]
Songwriter of the Year Êrens in die middel van nêrens Won [18]
Live DVD of the Year Hart & see Won [18]
2015 5th Annual Bok Radio Awards (Bokkies) Album of the Year Êrens in die middel van nêrens Nominated [19]
Male Artist of the Year Êrens in die middel van nêrens Nominated [19]
Song of the Year Die Hemel Won [19]
Music Video of the Year Shine Nominated [19]
2014 Huisgenoot Tempo Awards Contemporary Album of the Year Afrikaans Won [20]
Song of the Year Rede om te glo Nominated [20]
Music Video of the Year Rede om te glo Nominated [20]
3rd Annual Ghoema Awards Album of the Year Afrikaans Won [18]
Male Artist of the Year Afrikaans Won [18]
Song of the Year Rede om te glo Nominated [18]
Best Contemporary Album by Male Artist Afrikaans Nominated [18]
Songwriter of the Year Afrikaans Nominated [18]
20th Annual South African Music Awards Best Afrikaans Adult Contemporary Album Afrikaans Won [21]
2013 19th Annual South African Music Awards Best Adult Contemporary Album Journey Won [22]
Male Artist of the Year Journey Nominated [23]
MTN SAMA Record of the Year Lifeline Nominated [23]
2012 18th Annual South African Music Awards Best Adult Contemporary Album Elvis Blue Special Ed Won [24]
MTN SAMA Record of the Year Lighthouse Nominated [25]

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

  • 2010: Things My Father Said
  • 2011: Lighthouse
  • 2011: Save Me
  • 2012: Right Here, Right Now
  • 2012: Lifeline
  • 2012: That's What We Do
  • 2013: Not Gonna Say Goodbye
  • 2013: Rede om te Glo (Reason to Believe)
  • 2013: Spore (Footprints)
  • 2014: Toe Ons Jonk Was (When We Were Young)
  • 2014: Mooi (Beautiful)
  • 2015: Shine

AlbumsEdit

2010: Elvis BlueEdit

Track Listing

  • 1. Save Me
  • 2. Lighthouse
  • 3. I'm on Fire
  • 4. Things My Father Said
  • 5. Only Wanna Be With You
  • 6. Little Hero
  • 7. Lightly Tread
  • 8. Lately
  • 9. Right Here, Right Now
  • 10. Lover
  • 11. Stay
  • 12. Believe
  • 13. To Make You Feel My Love

2012: JourneyEdit

Track Listing

  • 1. Glory Road
  • 2. Lifeline
  • 3. That's What We Do
  • 4. Anchor
  • 5. Not Gonna Say Goodbye
  • 6. Be More
  • 7. Journey
  • 8. All You Need To Know
  • 9. Come Alive
  • 10. Closer
  • 11. Be The One
  • 12. Never Give Up on You
  • 13. Home

2013: AfrikaansEdit

Track Listing

  • 1. Toe Ons Jonk Was
  • 2. Rede Om Te Glo
  • 3. Mooi
  • 4. Horison
  • 5. Dromer
  • 6. Vriende
  • 7. Hoop in Die Donker
  • 8. Liefling
  • 9. Spore
  • 10. Steel
  • 11. R20 000
  • 12. Hillbrow

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Elvis Blue". afternoonexpress.co.za. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Elvis Blue – reaching dizzy heights but staying grounded". ShowMe East London. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Elvis Blue – reaching dizzy heights but staying grounded". ShowMe East London. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Elvis Blue (Idols) Interview | MyCityByNight". mycitybynight.co.za. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  5. ^ Pantsi, Nandipha. "Lloyd Cele opens up about his life". The Citizen. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Living The Dream - South Magazine". South Magazine. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Elvis Blue turns gold". Channel24. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Little Hero (Duet with L'Loyd) (Testo) - Elvis Blue - MTV Testi e canzoni". MTV Testi e Canzoni (in Italian). Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Elvis Blue Biography, Discography, Chart History". Top40-Charts.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  10. ^ "All the 2014 Sama winners". News24. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Elvis Blue Releases New Single 'Lifeline' - Love SA Music". Love SA Music. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Elvis Blue wins Best Adult Contemporary Album at SAMA 19 – The Gremlin". www.thegremlin.co.za. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  13. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/afrikaans/id708477510?ign-mpt=uo%3D4: iTunes debut
  14. ^ "Elvis Blue se goeie nuus!". www.netwerk24.com. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Three-Day Cycle Tour Of Hope - RoadCover". RoadCover. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Elvis Blue (Idols) Interview | MyCityByNight". mycitybynight.co.za. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  17. ^ "First graduates from Elvis Blue Music Academy to be honoured". Media Update. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.ghoema.co.za/article/view/stem Ghoema Nominations
  19. ^ a b c d http://www.bokradio.co.za/
  20. ^ a b c http://www.mediaupdate.co.za/?IDStory=65749
  21. ^ http://www.kfm.co.za/articles/sama-2014---all-the-winners Archived 29 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine SAMA 2014 winners
  22. ^ Elvis Blue Wins 2nd SAMA
  23. ^ a b "Elvis Blue's triple SAMA Nominations". Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  24. ^ Elvis Blue wins SAMA
  25. ^ 2012 SAMA nominations

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jason Hartman and Sasha-Lee Davids
co-winners
Idols
Winner

Season 6 (2010)
Succeeded by
Dave Van Vuuren