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Natasia

Natasia can look back on a wide variety of music history with years of experience. She stood on stage with artists like Sister Sledge, Des'ray, Anastasia, Jocelyn Brown, Natalia, Adlicious, Roger Happel, Hugh Kanza and The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band. Also with international worship leaders like Bob Fitts, Brian Doerksen, Don Moen and Jessy Dixon. In recent years, Natasia has contributed to various Black Gospel Projects, studio recordings and live performances both national and international. She is worship leader in her home church 'Oasis' for over a decade and performed in places like Londen, Ibiza, Turin, Miami, Rio de Janeiro and the Dutch Antilles to name a few. Some bands and choirs Natasia has performed with are Devotion, Inside Out, Rainbow Singers, Dutch Combined Mass Choir, Oasis Gospel Choir, Victory Gospel Choir, G-Roots and Sounds Funky. Natasia was taught by vocal coaches like Babette Labeij, Caro Emerald, Martin Mol and Desiree Manders.

Lately Natasia occurs regularly as a soloist at corporate events, weddings and parties, concerts and in church services. She also enjoys performing with her band 'Sounds Funky'. Her music genre is quite diverse: Black Gospel, Motown, R&B, Soul, Funk and Pop. She recorded her debut album 'Expectations' in the Groovity studios in 2013. Natasia is married to Jeroen and together they have two children, Noah & Faith.

G-Roots

Gospel Roots guarantees a combination of stylish clothing and beautiful choreography, in short: a swinging performance of professionally arranged three-part Black Gospel. G-Roots is highly liked at weddings, gospel concerts, receptions, etc. Performances are made during the annual National Black Gospel concert in the Doelen in Rotterdam, the gospel fever-concert at Martini Plaza, Groningen and the annual Music Festival at Terneuzen. It also provided backing vocals for Lee Towers at The Harbour Light concerts in the Luxor Theater in Rotterdam, etc.

G-Roots occurs in two compositions, a trio of ladies (Jennefer, Francis, Natasia) or the combination of two ladies and a gentleman (Christian). All singers have won their spurs as solo performers and backing vocalists and in addition they are singing in a large black Gospel Choir. Their roots are located in Suriname, where the former black slaves from Africa could only sang to communicate with each other.

Along with the promotion of God's Word this form of communication is alive in the American church life. Worldwide, we know this form of music as "Black Gospel Music". The group has been singing together for 4 years now and successfully released a debut CD in 2004. Due to great demand the new album Let's Celebrate! was released in 2005.

Rainbow Singers

The Rainbow Gospel Singers consists of a selection of about 15 to 25 singers and soloists from the Dutch Combined Mass Choir. Of course, the Rainbow Gospel Singers performed in churches throughout the years, but also at special events such as festivals, gospelconcerts, jazz masses, multicultural festivals and corporate events of national and international companies, radio and television. They also support programs with renowned artists such as Lee Towers, 10 days in the Luxor Theater. In 2008 The Rainbow Gospel Singers sang at the Guus Meeuwis concert in the Philips Stadium. The Rainbow Gospel Singers are also frequently requested for musical support during a wedding ceremony. It is also possible to form a smaller group which is accompanied by a piano only.

Inside Out

Inside Out is a gospel choir consisting of 20 vocalists and five musicians from the Netherlands. Together they represent a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. After their formation in 2000, Inside Out performed at various prestigious events and participated in events such as the ‘National Bible test’ and ‘Idols’. In 2003 Inside Out released their successful debut CD "Let the praise begin" in 2005 "Stronger" and in 2008 "Alive In You", a live recording. In 2008 three vocalists ranked among the last four candidates of ‘Idols’. One of them, Nikki, won! The choir is led by Clifton Grep and has a repertoire of contemporary black gospel songs, some of them written by their own singers and musicians.

Bob Fitts

Bob has been writing songs and leading people in worship since the early 1970s when many students on his Corona, California high school campus met daily at lunch to worship and pray together. After high school, he attended Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim, California and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry. At the same time, he was ordained as youth pastor and church worship leader in Riverside, California. Bob and his wife Kathy met during high school and were married in 1976. In 1981, they moved to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and served with Youth With A Mission at its teaching campus, The University of the Nations, until 1993. In 1990 they pioneered the School of Worship, which is now being conducted in many countries around the world. His first recording, Take My Healing To The Nations, was released in 1985. In 1988 he was invited to be the worship leader on Integrity Music’s The Lord Reigns. Since that time, Bob has recorded numerous projects, both as a solo artist and the featured worship leader. Some of Bob’s best-known songs are Blessed Be The Lord God Almighty, Take My Healing To The Nations, He Is Lovely, He Will Come And Save You and Glory Glory Lord. Bob and Kathy continue to make their home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and their “home church” at New Creation Church in Singapore.

Brian Doerksen

Brian Doerksen is a songwriter, recording artist, author, conference speaker and pastor. Born and raised on the west coast of Canada in Abbotsford B.C. His songs known around the world in churches of all kinds include ‘Come, now is the time to worship’, ‘Hope of the nations’, ‘Faithful One’, ‘Refiner’s Fire’, ‘Hallelujah (Your love is amazing)’, ‘Holy God’ & ‘The river’. In April 2008, Brian received a JUNO award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy awards) for ‘Holy God’ (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year). His first book; MAKE LOVE, MAKE WAR published by David C Cook came out in the summer of 2009.

He continues to record albums and release them in partnership with Integrity Media – the latest being ‘LEVEL GROUND’ (Sep 2010 International release / Jan 2011 US release). This is Brian’s 2nd DVD and features the musicians off stage among the participants, while on the stage people share their grace story.

Brian has also completed a double album recording of a musical (an 8 year writing process!) with Christopher Greco (a playwright based in Boston) based on Luke 15 called ‘Prodigal God; The musical tale of two sons and one wastefully extravagant father’. It’s the story of the prodigal son and his father seen through the eyes of the elder brother. The musical features 23 new songs written or co-written by Brian.

Don Moen

Ask Don Moen what he does, and the answer might surprise you. He won't say he's a songwriter even though he's written more than 100 songs. He won't say he's a worship leader even though he's led worship on every continent but Antarctica and recorded numerous albums. He won't say he's a businessman or producer even though he has produced and directed hundreds of successful projects. If you ask Don Moen why God put him on this planet, he'll tell you, "To be an architect who designs products and events that help people experience God's presence in a new and fresh way." Don grew up in Minnesota before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to attend Oral Roberts University. In 1984, Integrity Music asked him to lead worship on one of the first Hosanna! Music albums, Give Thanks. The project became one of Integrity's most popular recordings ever and a benchmark for the genre, achieving gold certification status and now nearing platinum certification. Don eventually joined the staff of Integrity, and served as President of Integrity Music and executive vice president/creative director for Integrity Media. As an artist in his own right, Don has sold over five million units.

Babette Labeij

Babette studied jazz/popular music at the Hilversum Conservatory and sang as a backing vocalist for Lois Lane, Edsilia Rombley, Jamai, Danny de Munk, Dennis, Boris, Paul de Leeuw and others. Her voice can be heard on numerous productions of The Rosenberg Trio to Disney's Hercules. For six years she was choirmaster to Holland’s most famous children’s choir ‘Kinderen voor Kinderen’. She was also a vocal coach at Avro's Junior Eurovision Song Contest and judge in several TV shows including Jetix mega talent, and Camp Rock and in 2007 at So You Want to Be A Popstar. Furthermore, Babette is Vocal Coach for Idols, X Factor and The Voice of Holland. In 1997, her solo album Babette was released and in 2010 her second album, Keep Playing. In 2000 she opened her own singing school which now consists of two branches and has become a true institution for anyone who wants to learn to sing.

Caro Emerald

Caroline van der Leeuw, is a Dutch singer, better known by her stage name Caro Emerald. She became widely known with her debut single Back it up, which was released on July 6, 2009. Before her solo career she sang in the Amsterdam close harmony group Les Elles and also sang in the Philharmonic Funk Foundation, a 44-strong funk orchestra. In addition, she regularly sang as a backing vocal to the Kinderen voor Kinderen song contest. Caroline gave singing lessons at the singing school of Babette Labeij.

On January 29, 2010, her album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor came out. This album reached the first place in the Dutch Album Top 100. When the album was on top of the chart for 8 weeks on end, GfK reported in a press release that a national artist had never before succeeded in keeping that position for so long with a debut album. That was not correct as Krezip established a record of ten weeks. Emerald Caro broke this record later. When the album stood at number one for the 15th week, in the list of May 22, 2010 it was an all time record for a debut album. The formal record was 14 weeks and was establisheb by Tracy Chapman in 1988. On August 20, 2010 the album was 27 weeks at number one. After eight weeks to have stood on one, the singer received a platinum record during a broadcast of the TV show Pauw & Witteman on April 2 (50,000 sales) for the album. Meanwhile, the album is four times platinum.

Martin Mol

Martin graduated from the conservatory in Rotterdam with a major in singing. Martin has worked as vocal coach for the school for singing and performance, Babette Labeij in Amsterdam. In his classes he is focused on a person-centered approach and practical examples. Considerable attention is paid to technique. This will teach you to lent credibility to your voice under all circumstances. Also, stage presentation and text perception are priorities. You will understand how the technique you use can make your performance. Martin writes for various artists and publishers and is regularly approached as vocal producer.

Desiree Manders

Des'Ray (Desiree Manders) with rapper D-Rock (Renee Philips) formed the face of 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor. The group scored global hits like Never Alone, Dreams Come Take My Hand and One Day.

Desray graduated as a teacher and performer with a 10-Cum Laude at the Hilversum Conservatory in 1996. Through her years of experience as a solo singer, lead singer of several groups, pop diva, singing radio jingles and studio work Des'Ray knows exactly what she wants to convey to everyone who likes singing and stage performances. There are many people who can sing very well but to make sure that people get goose bumps it takes more than a pretty voice. Des'Ray as Vocal Coach brings up the best in the areas of voice, appearance, performance, vocal technique, text interpretation and ear training. The art to learn to listen and sing along with each other. This is a basic skill that every singer needs to master. Des'Ray also shows you how to approach a certain song in different ways and how to prepare for performances.

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