Ilse DeLange recently celebrated the birth of her latest studio album ‘Eye of the Hurricane’ at the GelreDome stadium in Arnhem with her biggest release party ever. The album entered the Dutch album charts at No. 1, went gold in an instant, and singles ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Winter of Love’ became big hits. ‘Eye of the Hurricane’ is a tribute to Ilse’s father, who died of cancer in early 2012.
Ilse DeLange has never settled for second best. She recorded her debut album ‘World of Hurt ‘(1998) in Nashville with producer Barry Beckett, who worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dire Straits and Paul Simon. The album sold over 500,000 copies in the Netherlands alone, making it one of the bestselling Dutch albums ever. Follow-up albums ‘Livin’ on Love’ (2000) and ‘Clean Up’ (2003) were also international affairs and saw a shift towards a more pop-orientated sound. For her next album ‘The Great Escape’ (2006) Ilse was determined to work with producer Patrick Leonard, known for his collaborations with Roger Waters, Rod Stewart and Madonna. The album went platinum upon release. Next she hit No. 1 on two consecutive albums: ‘Incredible’ (2008) and ‘Next To Me’ (2010).
Ilse DeLange has received a multitude of awards in her career: 3FM awards for Best Singer, Best Single, Best Album and Best Pop Artist, several Edison awards for Best Dutch Singer, and a Gouden Harp for all her accomplishments in Dutch music.
Early on in her career she supported Dixie Chicks on one of their European tours, performed with jazz musician Pat Metheny at the North Sea Jazz Festival and recorded the duet ‘Blue’ with Zucchero, written by U2’s Bono and the Italian superstar. In addition to her incredibly successful studio albums, Ilse has released a platinum live album containing John Hiatt covers, two live albums and a live DVD.