Kate Ryan Biography
Kate Ryan is a Belgian singer and songwriter born on 22 July 1980 in Belgium as Katrien Verbeeck. Kate began her career in 2001 and later found fame with a string of dance hits. She mostly did covers like “Désenchantée”, “Libertine”, “Ella, elle l’a” and “Voyage Voyage” coupled with new material. She also represented Belgium in 2006’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Kate Ryan Age
Kate was born on 22nd July 1980 in Tessenderlo, Belgium. She is 38 years old as of 2018.
Kate Ryan Parents – Family
Kate was born to Dutch parents who owned a café. Virtually, her whole family could play either the guitar or the piano and this also explains her talent on both instruments.
Kate Ryan Husband
Kate likes to keep her life private therefore not much is known about her husband.
Kate Ryan Career
She learnt how to play the piano as well as a guitar at the young age of eight. Her singing and piano lessons were taught by her aunt who teaches at a conservatory. She also went toan art school and specialised in jewellery design.
Concerts are popular in Flanders, which is close to where she grew up. She used to perform in the concerts with her guitar onstage and perform songs by Alanis Morissette, 4 Non-Blondes, Pointer Sisters or Aretha Franklin. She also got the chance to tour with the Soapband as a back up vocalist.
At the age of 16, Ryan became a member of a local pop group called Melt and she co-wrote an album with pop group. She later left after she met producer Andy Janssens and the pair began to write music together. Their debut single “Scream for More” was released in 2001.
The group was active for two years, but they did not release any material commercially. Their debut single “Scream for More” was released in 2001, and it became a chart success. Later that year Ryan’s second single, “UR (My Love)”, cemented her position in Belgian charts.
Kate’s cover of Mylène Farmer’s “Désenchantée” made her prominent internationally as it was a hit in various European pop music charts. In 2002, she released her first album ‘Different’ exclusively in Europe after she signed in with Belgian department of EMI.
“Mon cœur résiste encore” and “Libertine”, two final singles off Different turned out a chart success. In the United States, her records were released under Robbins Entertainment label.
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In 2004, she released her second album in Europe, titled ‘Stronger’. The lead single was “Only If I” and a cover of Cock Robin’s “The Promise You Made” became the second single. Pop ballad “Goodbye” was released as the third single.
In 2007, Ryan had some success with the double-sided single “Voyage, voyage”/”We All Belong”. The track “Voyage, voyage” was a cover of the 1986 European smash hit by Desireless, and “We All Belong” was selected as the official anthem for the EuroGames 2007 in Antwerp.
In 2008, she released two singles: “L.I.L.Y. (Like I Love You)” and then “Ella, elle l’a”, a cover of France Gall’s song. In Monaco on 9 November 2008, Ryan won the World Music Award for Best Selling Benelux Artist. In 2011, Ryan announced via Facebook that her next album, ‘Electroshock’, would be released preceded by a single titled “LoveLife” but it was delayed and it was released on 25 June 2012.
She also released another single, “Broken”, on 7 October 2011. She had expressed her intention to release non-album singles and on 24 May 2013, she released a non-album single: ‘Light in the Dark’, via iTunes and another titled ‘Heart Flow’, which she released on 13 August 2013. This single became the anthem of the World Outgames in 2013.
She released another new song on 1st September 2014 by the title ‘Not Alone’ via iTunes. It is a Franco-English song and in August 2015, she released a new single, “Runaway (Smalltown Boy)”, still via iTunes. The song is a cover of British band Bronski Beat’s song “Smalltown Boy”.
She released another single in January 2016 via iTunes. It is a cover of British singer Black’s song “Wonderful Life” and another one, “Comment te dire adieu”, a cover of French singer Françoise Hardy in June 2016. The song is also a cover by Hardy in French with the original song being called “It Hurts to Say Goodbye”, by Margaret Whiting.
Kate Ryan Different
Different is the debut studio album by the Belgian singer. It was released in 2002 by EMI Records and produced by AJ Duncan and Phil Wilde. It peaked at number eight in Belgium and was certified Gold.
Artist: Kate Ryan
Release date: 21 June 2002
Producer: Phil Wilde
Genres: Pop music, Eurodance, Dance-pop
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Kate Ryan Albums
- 2002: Different
- 2004: Stronger
- 2006: Alive
- 2008: Free
- 2012: Electroshock
Kate Ryan Songs