Floor Jansen

Floor Jansen (pronounced [ˈfloːr ˈjɑnsə(n)]; born 21 February 1981) is a Dutch singer, songwriter, and vocal coach. She is currently the lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish.

Floor Jansen
Floor Jansen live with Nightwish in 2015
Floor Jansen live with Nightwish in 2015
Background information
Birth nameFloor Jansen
Born (1981-02-21) 21 February 1981 (age 39)
OriginGoirle, North Brabant, Netherlands
GenresNeoclassical metal, power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal, thrash metal, gothic metal (early)
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, vocal coach
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1997–present
Associated acts
Websitefloorjansen.com

Jansen first became known as a member of symphonic metal band After Forever, standing as their lead vocalist from 1997, when she joined at age 16, to their disbanding in 2009. When After Forever disbanded, she formed ReVamp and has released two albums with them. In 2012 following the departure of their lead vocalist Anette Olzon, Nightwish brought in Jansen as a touring member until the end of their Imaginaerum World Tour. In 2013, they announced Jansen was now their full-time lead vocalist; she subsequently disbanded ReVamp to focus on Nightwish. In 2018, she and Pagan's Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad premiered their hard rock duo Northward.

A frequent collaborator of Arjen Anthony Lucassen, she is a member of his progressive metal supergroup Star One, and sang in the Ayreon albums Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer, 01011001, and The Source, as well as the live album Ayreon Universe – The Best of Ayreon Live. She also sang lead vocals in several songs of the MaYan album Quarterpast and in Avalon's Angels of the Apocalypse. She is the older sister of fellow singer Irene Jansen, who also worked with Ayreon.

BiographyEdit

After Forever (1997–2009)Edit

Jansen was sixteen when she joined Apocalypse (later known as After Forever) in 1997. Three years later the band released its first album, Prison of Desire. Her ability to sing both classical and rock music has made her reasonably popular in the metal scene. She took sole charge of After Forever's lyrics and vocal melodies since the departure of Mark Jansen (no relation) in 2002.[1] Prior to this, up until the Decipher (2001) album, the two would write together. Before becoming a full-time musician, she worked as a singing teacher.[2]

 
Jansen with After Forever at the Masters of Rock festival in 2007

Because of the burnout that After Forever bandmate Sander Gommans underwent, the band took a year off starting in January 2008 but ultimately decided to call it quits in February 2009. Jansen posted on her website, that while After Forever was on hold (and since then disbanded), she would use this opportunity to start writing music with Jørn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan's Mind, Jørn Lande) for a new musical project; the two would not be able to make the project come to fruition at the time due to their respective busy schedules, but would eventually reunite in 2017 to give birth to the project as Northward.[3] On 16 June 2009, Jansen announced through her MySpace site, that she had started a new metal band, which has put the project called Sinh with Lofstad on hold.

ReVamp (2009–2016)Edit

On 17 October 2009, Jansen announced via MySpace, that the name of her new band was ReVamp.[4] ReVamp's first album was produced with After Forever keyboardist Joost van den Broek, bass player Jaap Melman (formerly of Dreadlock Pussy)[5] and guitarist Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Voodoocult, Eyes of Eden and Despair) as songwriters and producers. The final line-up of ReVamp featured keyboardist Ruben Wijga, bass player Jaap Melman, guitarists Jord Otto and Arjan Rijnen and drummer Matthias Landes.

 
ReVamp performing live in Oslo in September 2010

In August 2011, Van Canto announced on Facebook, that ReVamp would no longer participate in their Out of the Dark tour, as Jansen suffered a burnout herself.[6]

In late 2011, Jansen joined her former bandmate in After Forever Mark Jansen for his band MaYan's Latin American tour, performing in São Paulo. In 2012, Jansen joined Adrenaline Mob on stage in Bochum and Weert. ReVamp's second album, Wild Card, was released in 2013.[7]

ReVamp announced its breakup in September 2016, citing Floor Jansen's inability to deliver 100% to both ReVamp and Nightwish.[8]

Nightwish (2012–present)Edit

After Nightwish's previous lead vocalist Anette Olzon parted ways with the band, Jansen acted as Nightwish's live lead vocalist for the remainder of the Imaginaerum World Tour in 2012. She was at her sister's wedding when she received the call to replace Olzon.[9] Her first show with the band was in Seattle in October. When commenting on the experience, she said:[9]

There was this evil voice in my head that said, 'What on earth do you think you're doing? You don't know these songs, you've had no time to learn them'. And everybody in the venue was holding a cell phone, so it would be on YouTube straight away.

On 9 October 2013, Jansen was announced as Olzon's permanent replacement in the band,[10] following an invitation she received from the band in a hotel bar.[9] In 2015, Nightwish released their first studio album featuring Jansen as the lead vocalist, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, followed by a world tour. Out of this tour came the live album Vehicle of Spirit. Soon after the tour's completion, Nightwish released the compilation album Decades on 9 March 2018 and announced yet another world tour.

The second studio album with Jansen as lead vocalist, Human. :II: Nature., was released on April 10, 2020.

Other worksEdit

Three albums by the Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen's project Ayreon include guest vocals from Jansen: she sang backing vocals on "My House on Mars" from the album Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer, played the character of Forever (referred to as Ω) on seven songs from the album 01011001, and was featured as a character named The Biologist on the album The Source. She is also a member of Lucassen's heavy metal supergroup Star One, and was featured on the studio albums Space Metal and Victims of the Modern Age. She was also featured in the 2018 live album Ayreon Universe – The Best of Ayreon Live.

On 9 December 2013, she was also announced as the main vocalist, playing the lead role, for the second full-length album of former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki's metal opera act Avalon.[11] The album, Angels of the Apocalypse, was released on 16 May 2014. She has also been a guest for the metal band Nightmare.

On 22 February 2018, Northward, a hard rock project by Jansen and Pagan's Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad, was unveiled. The two created the project in 2007, writing an entire album worth of music in 2008 but being unable to record previously due to their busy schedules; they ultimately reunited in 2017 to finally record the album, which was released on 19 October 2018 under their signed label Nuclear Blast.[12] The album features a duet between Jansen and her sister Irene.[13]

In 2019, Jansen participated in the Dutch TV-show Beste Zangers ("Best Singers"). During all episodes she impressed her fellow singers, but also the TV-audience with her voice. In the last episode she partnered with classical singer Henk Poort to perform "Phantom of the Opera". The single of that performance reached the number one position in Dutch charts. That performance generated so much attention that she decided to plan a solo tour in the Netherlands.[14] All venues were sold out. She also won the "Popprijs 2019" - a prestigious Dutch award for the artist or band with an important contribution to Dutch pop music in the past year.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

As a child, she wanted to be a biologist; coincidentally, she played the character "The Biologist" in the Ayreon album The Source.[16]

On 18 September 2016, it was announced, that Jansen and her husband Hannes Van Dahl, drummer of Sabaton, were expecting their first child.[17][18] On 15 March 2017, Jansen announced via Instagram that she gave birth to a baby girl, Freja.[19]

Jansen is vegetarian.[20]

In 2018, a new species of beetle was discovered by scientist Andreas Weigel. It was named after Jansen, dubbing it Tmesisternus floorjansenae.[21] This makes Floor Jansen the second Nightwish member to be a namesake for a newly discovered species, as a new kind of fungus gnat was discovered back in 2017 by Finnish biologist Jukka Salmela, who named the species after Tuomas Holopainen. Jansen herself announced the news on Facebook.[22]

Singing styleEdit

Jansen can sing from classical to belting and raspy vocals like screaming and death growls.[23][24][25] She is a soprano.[26][27][28][29]

Jansen started studying music at the Dutch Rock Academy in 1999, entering the Conservatorium Tilburg three years later. She studied musical theatre and a year of opera.[23][24] After After Forever split up she started teaching performing in her own course called Wanna be a Star?!

She used to play the guitar, piano and flute and has completed several years of music studies.[30][31]

DiscographyEdit

 
Jansen live with Nightwish in 2013, before being promoted to regular member later that year

With After ForeverEdit

Demos

  • Ephemeral (1999)
  • Wings of Illusion (1999)

Studio albums

EPs

Singles

With NightwishEdit

Studio albums

Live albums

Singles

With NorthwardEdit

Studio albums

With ReVampEdit

With Star OneEdit

Studio albums

Live albums

Guest appearancesEdit

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nuclear Blast Records (3 April 2007). "After Forever – Interview w/ Floor Jansen + Joost van den Broek (Part 1)". Retrieved 17 October 2015 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Nightwish: Floor Jansen, Tuomas Holopainen and Marco Hietala on making the cut as a musician". The Cut. 31 December 2015. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Biography". Floor Jansen. 2015. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Name of my new band!". blogs.myspace.com. 17 October 2009. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Former After Forever Singer's Revamp: First Full Length Song Posted Online". Blabbermouth.net. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Van Canto post". Facebook.com. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011.[non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ "Official website". ReVamp Music. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Facebook announcement – No More Revamp".[non-primary source needed]
  9. ^ a b c Everley, Dave (8 December 2015). "How Nightwish became a modern metal phenomenon". Metal Hammer. Team Rock. Archived from the original on 28 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Press release // October 9th, 2013". Nightwish.com. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Floor Jansen is the main vocalist on Avalon II, the album and European tour planned for May 2014". Avalon Opera.com. 9 December 2013. Archived from the original on 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  12. ^ "NORTHWARD Feat. NIGHTWISH Singer And PAGAN'S MIND Guitarist: 'While Love Died' Video Released". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Floor Jansen and Jørn Viggo Lofstad's hard rock project signs to Nuclear Blast and announces first album!". 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.[non-primary source needed]
  14. ^ "NIGHTWISH's FLOOR JANSEN Kicks Off Solo Tour In Nijmegen (Video)". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 25 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Zangeres Floor Jansen wint Popprijs 2019". NU. 18 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Ayreon – The Day That The World Breaks Down – The Source (2017)". 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Nightwish Singer Floor Jansen Is Four Months Pregnant". 18 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Nightwish singer Floor Jansen is four months pregnant". 17 September 2016.
  19. ^ Jansen, Floor. "Floor Jansen on Instagram: "In perfect health our daughter Freja was born on the 15th of March. We are very happy parents! Thank you for your kind support coming in…"". Instagram. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  20. ^ Michea, Martin (4 December 2016). "Interviews : "This is who we are. This is what a Nightwish show is like." – An Interview With Floor Jansen (Nightwish)". Metalobsession. Retrieved 4 December 2016. I don't really have a favourite dish or anything, but I’m a vegetarian.
  21. ^ "Newly Discovered Species of Beetle Named After Nightwish Singer Floor Jansen". 9 March 2019.
  22. ^ Jansen, Floor. "Floor Jansen on Facebook: "This fine example of the endless forms most beautiful species on this green planet was discovered last year by Andreas Weigel. He named the beetle 'Tmesisternus floorjansenae Weigel, 2018. How special to have the honor of having a beautiful animal named after me."". Facebook. Retrieved 6 March 2019.[non-primary source needed]
  23. ^ a b "Interview – Floor Jansen of ReVamp & Nightwish". Cryptic Rock. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  24. ^ a b Ashmedai (18 August 2013). "Pulling A Wild Card: An Interview With ReVamp". Metal Blast!. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  25. ^ May, Ant (15 March 2015). "Nightwish – Endless forms most beautiful – Preview". PlanetMosh. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  26. ^ "After ForeverInvisible Circles". Metalreviews. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  27. ^ Franco, Nicholas. "Revamp – Wildcard (Album review)". Crypticrock. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  28. ^ "NIGHTWISH Launches 'Evolution Series' Jewelry Collection". Blabbermouth. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  29. ^ von Brucken Fock, Menno (12 February 2015). "Interview with Tuomas Holopainen and Floor Jansen". Dprp. Retrieved 10 August 2017. We both know Floor has a mighty soprano
  30. ^ "After Forever". Musical Discoveries. 13 June 2004. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  31. ^ "Review of Decipher – The Album". Musical Discoveries. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
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