Jeangu Macrooy

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Jeangu Macrooy
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Background information
Born (1993-11-06) November 6, 1993 (age 27)
Paramaribo, Suriname
GenresPop, soul, alternative
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, composer
Years active2011–present
LabelsUnexpected Records
Websitehttp://www.jeangumacrooy.com/

Jeangu Macrooy (Dutch pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃nˈgy maˈkroːi]; born November 6, 1993) is a Surinamese singer-songwriter. He was born in Paramaribo and has been living in the Netherlands since 2014. Macrooy's music can best be described as modern soul. His audience is in the Netherlands, Suriname, and increasingly in Belgium, France and Germany. He was due to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 held in Rotterdam with the song "Grow", but the contest was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He will represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song "Birth of a New Age".[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2011, together with his twin brother Xillan, Macrooy formed the band Between Towers. Their first and only album, Stars on My Radio came out in 2013.[2] After having studied at the Conservatory of Suriname in Paramaribo for two years, he moved to the Netherlands in 2014 to study songwriting at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede.[3]

2015–2019: Album releases and tours[edit]

During a performance at the conservatory, Macrooy met music producer Perquisite and signed with his record label Unexpected Records shortly after in December 2015.[4] Macrooy's debut EP Brave Enough appeared in April 2016, and his first single "Gold" was used in an advertisement for HBO.[5] A year later, in April 2017, Macrooy released his first solo album, High on You. The album peaked at number 69 on the Dutch Albums Chart.

Both releases were followed by club tours in the Netherlands and performances as a supporting act at concerts abroad. He was the opening act for Curtis Harding and Ayo in Germany, and for Trombone Shorty in Belgium, France and Germany. He has also performed at some of the major music festivals of the Netherlands, including the North Sea Jazz Festival and Lowlands. In December 2017, Macrooy returned to Suriname for his first concert with his band in Paramaribo.[6] His single "Dance With Me" was used as the theme song of the Dutch drama film Open Seas which premiered in 2018.

Macrooy's second album, titled Horizon was released in February 2019.[7][8] In the summer of 2019, he went on his first own headliner tour to three major cities in Germany: Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin.[9] He also played at the internationally renowned Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.[10]

His song "High on You" has gained great success in Suriname topping the Nationale Top 40 Suriname.[11]

2020–present: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On January 10, 2020, it was announced that Macrooy would represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.[12] After the show cancellation, it was announced that Jeangu will represent the country once again in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.[1] Jeangu isn't the first Dutch Eurovision act with Surinamese origins. Singers Humphrey Campbell (during Eurovision Song Contest 1992) and Ruth Jacott (in Eurovision Song Contest 1993) were both born in Suriname before moving to the Netherlands.

Television appearances[edit]

De Wereld Draait Door[edit]

Macrooy talking about the documentary George Michael: Freedom on De Wereld Draait Door

Macrooy has been a regular guest on the Dutch talkshow De Wereld Draait Door (DWDD). Besides performing his own music, he has paid tributes to other artists including Stevie Wonder, George Michael and the Blue Diamonds. He also performed Bob Dylan's The Times They Are a-Changin' in a special retrospective broadcast of the show. Throughout the show's 2018–2019 season, Macrooy sang several songs by Paul Simon and Elton John who had announced their farewell tours earlier in 2018.

The Passion[edit]

On March 29, 2018, Macrooy was part of the Dutch national TV production The Passion, in which he took on the role of Judas, alongside Tommie Christiaan (Jesus), Brainpower (Saint Peter), Glennis Grace (Mary) and Arjan Ederveen (Pontius Pilate).[13] The broadcast, which took place in Amsterdam-Zuidoost that year, attracted 3.5 million viewers.

Personal life[edit]

Macrooy has a twin brother, Xillan Macrooy. His brother is also a singer and one of the backing vocalists in Jeangu Macrooy's band. The two have also collaborated on the song "Second Hand Lover" from Macrooy's album Horizon.

Jeangu has spoken about the importance of being an openly gay role model for young Surinamese people, a country where gay culture is often considered a taboo subject.[14]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
NL
[15]
High on You 69
Horizon
  • Released: February 8, 2019
  • Label: Unexpected Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Details
Live!
  • Released: November 6, 2019
  • Label: Unexpected Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Brave Enough
  • Released: April 7, 2016
  • Label: Unexpected Records
  • Formats: Digital download

Other albums[edit]

  • Stars on My Radio (2013) (album credited to Between Towers)

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NL
[15]
"Gold" 2016 Brave Enough
"To Love Is to Hurt"
"Brave Enough"
"Step Into the Water" 2017 High On You
"Crazy Kids"
(featuring Xillan)
"High On You"
"Tell Me Father"
"How Much I Love You" 2018 Horizon
"Dance with Me"
"Shake Up This Place" 2019
"Second Hand Lover"
"Grow" 2020 48 Non-album singles
"Birth of a New Age" 2021
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2017 Edison Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
2018 Best Album ("High On You") Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Herbert, Emily (March 18, 2020). "The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy Will Represent The Netherlands at Eurovision 2021". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on March 18, 2020. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". www.facebook.com. Archived from the original on February 22, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jeangu Macrooy — Unexpected Records". unexpected-records.com. Archived from the original on January 11, 2020. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Jeangu Macrooy". www.facebook.com. Archived from the original on February 22, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Jeangu Macrooy in HBO commercial on Ziggo". The Missing Sync. January 18, 2017. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Suriname I'm coming home! – Jeangu Macrooy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Horizon – Jeangu Macrooy – Muziekweb". Archived from the original on March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019 – via www.muziekweb.nl.
  8. ^ "Second album 'Horizon' is OUT NOW! – Jeangu Macrooy". Archived from the original on October 1, 2020. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Jeangu Macrooy on tour through Germany — Unexpected Records". unexpected-records.com. Archived from the original on December 26, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Reeperbahn Festival: Noch mehr Acts, die ihr beim "Dutch Impact" entdecken könnt | >>FastForward Magazine". Archived from the original on December 26, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Top 40 Suriname". www.facebook.com. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  12. ^ "Jeangu Macrooy vertegenwoordigt Nederland op het Eurovisie Songfestival 2020". songfestival.nl (in Dutch). January 10, 2020. Archived from the original on January 10, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  13. ^ "Fans onthullen castleden The Passion 2018". The Passion (in Dutch). Archived from the original on January 13, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "Jeangu Macrooy confirmed as The Netherlands' Eurovision 2020 singer". wiwibloggs. January 10, 2020. Archived from the original on March 29, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  15. ^ a b "Discografie Jeangu Macrooy". dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on August 29, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2020.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Duncan Laurence
with "Arcade"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
2020 (cancelled)
2021
Incumbent