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Jacqueline Govaert (Dutch pronunciation: [ʒaːˈkliŋ ˈɣoːvaːrt];[1] born 20 April 1982) is a Dutch singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is best known as the leader of Dutch band Krezip. After Krezip disbanded in 2009, Govaert started a solo music career. She released her debut album Good Life in August 2010.

Jacqueline Govaert
Jacqueline Govaert Krezip.jpg
Govaert performing at Krezip concert in Zwolle.
Background information
Birth nameJacqueline Govaert
Born (1982-04-20) 20 April 1982 (age 37)
Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
GenresPop rock, alternative rock, pop punk, dance-rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, pianist
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active1997–present
Associated actsKrezip, Ayreon, Relax, Armin van Buuren, Fernando Lameirinhas, The Partysquad, Extince, Caprice


Musical careerEdit


Govaert wrote her first songs on the piano at age 12. She graduated from the Dutch Rockacademy in Tilburg. Prior to that, she had started the band Krezip in high school. The band released their first EP in 1999; it was an independent release. In 2000, the band was signed by Warner Music and played at Lowlands and Pinkpop. In the same year their first LP came out, gaining considerable success that continued until they disbanded in 2009.

Govaert was the band's main songwriter. She was also the band's pianist until guitarist Annelies Kuijsters was forced to take over this role, having lost her ability to play guitar after a severe injury. Govaert enjoyed giving up her role as pianist, noting " I can concentrate on my performance."[2]

Govaert served as a featured artist on tracks of the music project Ayreon, Dutch band Relax (on the album Odeur de Clochard), Armin van Buuren and Fernando Lameirinhas.

In 2006, Govaert contributed on a theme song for the TMF Awards of 2006. For this song, she collaborated with Dutch bands The Partysquad, Extince and Caprice. They performed the song at the opening of the award ceremony.

Govaert also co-wrote, with singer Alain Clark, the song 'Wherever I Go, which was used in the Dutch Senseo commercial and then released as a single.

Solo careerEdit

After quitting Krezip, Govaert announced that she would be pursuing a solo music career. She released her debut solo album, Good Life, in August 2010.[3] She worked on the album with Jan Peter Hoekstra (guitar Krezip), Joost Zweegers (Novastar), Tjeerd Bomhof (frontman Voicst) and Alex Callier (bass and songwriter Hooverphonic). Musicians on Good Life were Mario Goossens (drums Hooverphonic, Triggerfinger), Simon Casier (bass Balthazar), Jan Peter Hoekstra (guitar ex-Krezip) and Remko Kühne (keys Hooverphonic, Alain Clark). The album entered the Dutch Album Charts on 3 September 2010 at number three.

Personal lifeEdit

Govaert resides in Haarlem with her partner. On 29 October 2008, Govaert announced that she was expecting a child, and that she was taking a hiatus from the music industry.[4] Govaert gave birth to a son, on 26 March 2009.[5] Govaert's second child, a daughter, was born on 10 November 2010. Jacqueline is the older sister of Onno Govaert, who is a drummer mainly active in the field of improvised music.


Albums with KrezipEdit

Solo albumsEdit

Year Album details
2010 Good Life
2014 Songs to Soothe
  • Released: 2014
  • Label:
  • Format: CD, digital download
2017 Lighthearted Years

Chart positionsEdit


Album title Release date Charting in the Dutch Album Top 100 Comments
Date of entry Highest Weeks
Good Life 30-08-2010 04-09-2010 3 24
Songs to Soothe 24-03-2014 29-03-2014 1 19
Lighthearted Years 20-10-2017 28-10-2017 9


Single title Release date Charting in the Dutch Top 40 Comments
Date of entry Highest Weeks
Abraça-Me / Omhels me dan 2006 - with Fernando Lameirinhas / #35 in Single Top 100
TMF Awards Anthem 2006 2006 16-12-2006 tip8 - with Partysquad, Extince, Caprice / #4 in de Single Top 100
Never say never 2009 11-07-2009 21 6 with Armin van Buuren / #32 in Single Top 100
Overrated 12-07-2010 17-07-2010 12 11 #28 in Single Top 100
Big world 2010 27-11-2010 29 5
Hold your fire 2011 19-02-2011 tip11 -
Wherever I go 2011 09-04-2011 tip2 - with Alain Clark / #33 in Single Top 100

Guest appearancesEdit


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