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Ruth Jacott

Ruth Jacott (born September 2, 1960 in Paramaribo) is a Dutch singer, originally from Suriname.

Jacott transitioned from musical theatre to popular music in 1993, when she represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993. Her song, "Vrede" (Peace), was one of the favorites to win, and ended up ranking sixth out of 25 at Millstreet. She has since released nine Dutch-language albums, four of which made the Top Ten on the Dutch music charts.


Ruth Jacott was born in Suriname and at nine, moved with her family to The Netherlands, where at 17 she took part in a talent contest, after which she received many offers to perform. She dropped out of the Hilversum Conservatory and began her career with The Vips and bands like The Skymasters, the VARA-Dansorkest and the Metropole Orkest.


In 1988, Jacott won the Knokke Festival in Belgium. After this success she had many offers to work in the musical world. She landed key roles in Dutch and German-language productions of Cats and A Night At The Cotton Club, touring The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. In 1989 Jacott received the Zilveren Harp (Silver Harp) award. One year later she sang the duet "Tegyo Makandra" with Hans Vermeulen, in commemoration of a plane crash in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname. The duet was also released after the 1992 crash of an El Al flight in the Bijlmer (southeast Amsterdam), and became a hit.

In 1993 her career took an important turn when she was asked to represent The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Festival in Ireland. She received 92 points and ranked #6 with the song "Vrede" (Peace). The song's chorus stated:

"We bouwen huizen om orkanen te weerstaan (We build houses to survive hurricanes),
En maken schepen om met elke storm te varen (And construct ships that can weather any storm);
Er wordt gesleuteld aan een lamp die nooit kapot zal gaan (A lamp that never breaks is being built);
Het wil alleen ons niet zo lukken, om de vrede te bewaren (We just can't seem to manage to keep the peace)."

Her Dutch-language debut album Ruth Jacott appeared shortly afterwards. In July she had a big hit together with Paul de Leeuw with the duet "Blijf bij mij" (Stay with me). She sang this song solo during the Dutch Nationale Songfestival (national precursor to Eurovision). In Spring 1994 her second album "Hou me vast" (Hold me), came out and went double platinum in the Dutch market. In addition she collaborated on albums with Gerard Joling, René Froger and Oscar Harris. With the charity single Buseruka, written together with listeners of Dutch radio station 3FM, she was able to collect donations for UNICEF and Oxfam Novib projects in Rwanda.

Her third album "Geheimen" (Secrets) appeared in 1995 and went gold. She performed in shows in major Dutch theaters. With all the pressure she became exhausted and she needed to rest her voice. In February 1997 she was honored with a "Golden Harp" award. Two months later her album Hartslag (Heartbeat) was released. This also became a big success and she began another tour.

The compilation album Altijd Dichtbij (Always close by) was released in 1998 and contained a selection of five years of hits. She sang the theme song of a Dutch film Kruimeltje.


In 2000 her vocal cords were operated on. After she healed, she toured theaters again. Her album Vals verlangen (False longing) went gold and in October she performed at Amsterdam's Carré Theater which was filmed by TV network RTL 4 and later appeared on CD.

In 2002 the album Tastbaar (Tangible) was released and the single Onderhuids (Under my skin). Both were produced by Humphrey Campbell and the Dutch singing duo Fluitsma & Van Tijn. Two years later the duet Nu Is Het Over (Now it's over), with Mark Dakriet (ex-Re-Play), was released.

In 2004, the compilation CD Het Beste Van Ruth Jacott' (The best of Ruth Jacott) was released.

In the 2005-6 Dutch theater season Ruth was again in Dutch theaters with her show A Touch of Latin in which she sang both in Dutch and Spanish, with some numbers reworked in a Latin style. It was so successful that a second tour followed in the 2006-7 season.

In 2008 Jacott played the title role in the musical Billie Holiday, about the legendary African American singer. Arrangements by Glenn Gaddum sr, he was also the musical director and pianist. Her performance was well received by both the critics and the public. On June 2, 2008 she received the Dutch Musical Award for "Best Female Lead in a Small Musical".

In December 2008 Ruth appeared with her own Christmas show, which was also well received.

On 23 March 23, 2009 the single Jammer, maar helaas (Too bad) was released from her new Latin album Passie (Passion) which appeared on April 20, 2009. Passie is a double CD with the original-language versions on CD 1 and the Dutch-language versions on CD 2. Starting in Fall 2009 Jacott will tour theaters with Passie.


In 2010 Jacott was a guest at the "Toppers" concert in the Amsterdam ArenA, where a quartet of well-known Dutch-language pop singers perform a high-camp show and where other top Dutch musical starts appear as special guests.

In June 2010 Jacott climbed Alpe d'Huez for the Radio 2 team on Radio 2's evening commute show "Knooppunt Kranenbarg" (Kranenbarg Junction).

Starting in February 2011 Jacott can be seen in her one woman show Simply the Best, in which she performs songs from her heroines of days gone by, and tells her life story in between the songs, written by Frank Houtappels, arrangements by Glenn Gaddum sr MD/pianist.

On the 4th of October, she released a new single duet with Edsilia Rombley, called "Uit Het Oog, Niet Uit Mijn Hart".


In 2010 Jacott played a supporting part in 't Spaanse Schaep (The Spanish Sheep) as Jopie Vrijman.



Album(s) with charts in the Dutch
Album Top 20/50/75/100
Date of
Date of entry
 Number of 
Ruth Jacott 1993 01-05-1993 30 23 Platinum
Hou me vast 1994 14-05-1994 2 80 2x Platinum
Geheimen 1995 14-10-1995 8 40 Gold
Hartslag 1997 12-04-1997 2 35 Platinum
Altijd dichtbij: De hitcollectie 1998 07-03-1998 11 16 Compilation
Vals verlangen 1999 01-05-1999 6 16 Gold
Live in Carré 2000 02-12-2000 44 13 Live album
Tastbaar 2002 16-11-2002 28 9
Het beste van Ruth Jacott 2004 13-03-2004 23 14 Compilation
Passie 17-04-2009 25-04-2009 13 18
A tribute to Billie Holiday 2010 20-11-2010 41 3 with the Metropole Orkest dir. by Michael Abene


Single(s) Charts with
in the Dutch Top 40
Date of appearance Date of entry
 Number of 
Teygo Makandra 1989 19-05-1990 tip17 - met Hans Vermeulen / #60 in de Single Top 100
Teygo Makandra 1992 24-10-1992 20 4 met Hans Vermeulen / re-release /
#27 in de Single Top 100 / Alarmschijf
Vrede 1993 15-05-1993 16 7 Eurovisiesongfestival / #16 in de Single Top 100
Blijf bij mij 1993 03-07-1993 5 10 met Paul de Leeuw / #5 in de Single Top 100 / Alarmschijf
Onderweg naar morgen 1994 05-02-1994 24 5 Tune voor de soap Onderweg Naar Morgen /
#15 in de Single Top 100
Vrij met mij 1994 23-04-1994 25 6 #19 in de Single Top 100
Buseruka (Lied voor Rwanda) / Ik kan echt zonder jou 1994 16-07-1994 8 12 #8 in de Single Top 100
Ik hou zoveel van jou (Rad van fortuin) 1994 15-10-1994 33 3 #30 in de Single Top 100
Zon voor de maan 1994 17-12-1994 tip18 -
You've got a friend 1995 09-09-1995 3 6 met Marco Borsato & René Froger /
#3 in de Single Top 100
Ik ga door 1995 30-09-1995 20 5 #24 in de Single Top 100
Kippevel 1995 25-11-1995 tip11 -
Hij gaat voor C! 1997 08-02-1997 3 8 als BN'ers voor BNN / #3 in de Single Top 100
Hartslag 1997 05-04-1997 32 6 #39 in de Single Top 100
Altijd dichtbij 1997 05-07-1997 tip2 - Ter promotie van KPN telefonie /
#49 in de Single Top 100
Liefde of lust 1997 18-10-1997 tip16 - #81 in de Single Top 100
Wat jij wil 1997 - #76 in de Single Top 100
Het laatste moment 1998 - #86 in de Single Top 100
Leun op mij 1999 27-03-1999 11 11 #13 in de Single Top 100
Kop dicht en kus me 1999 - #92 in de Single Top 100
Kruimeltje 1999 - Titelsong Kruimeltje / #85 in de Single Top 100
Waar ben je nou? 2000 - #68 in de Single Top 100
Onderhuids 2002 - #93 in de Single Top 100
Nu het over is 2004 - met Mark / #37 in de Single Top 100
Als je iets kan doen 06-01-2005 15-01-2005 1(4wk) 9 als Artiesten voor Azië / #1 in de Single Top 100 / Alarmschijf
Jammer maar helaas 2009 -
Seki Marinda 2009 -
Kom dans met mij 2009 -
Terug bij mij 2009 -
Uit Het Oog, Niet Uit Mijn Hart 04-10-2011 - TBD

External links

  • Ruth Jacott's official website (Dutch)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Humphrey Campbell
with "Wijs me de weg"
Succeeded by
Willeke Alberti
with "Waar is de zon?"

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