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Waylon (singer)

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Waylon (2014)
Background information
Birth name Willem Bijkerk
Born (1980-04-20) 20 April 1980 (age 37)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, drums, guitar, piano
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts The Common Linnets, Santa Rosa, Millstreet

Willem Bijkerk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪləm ˈbɛikɛrk]; born 20 April 1980), known professionally as Waylon, is a Dutch singer. His stage name came from the name of his idol Waylon Jennings. He represented the Netherlands with Ilse DeLange as The Common Linnets at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, finishing in second place in the final[1] and will return as a solo act to represent the Netherlands again in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

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Bijkerk started his career in 1995 singing in the television program Telekids where he sang the chorus of the song "Harry Stallion."[2]

From childhood, he was inspired by country music and he played the drums with the band West Virginian Railroad.[3] He was signed in 1997 by EMI and went to Nashville to record an album. The album was never completed. In 2001, he lived and worked for a year in the United States where he also performed with his idol, Waylon Jennings. After Jennings died in 2002, Bijkerk returned to the Netherlands.

Bijkerk talent was further developed with Lisa Boray. After returning from the United States, he joined the cover band Santa Rosa. He also sang in the band Millstreet.[3] In 2005, Bijkerk and Rachel Kramer performed as the duo Rachel & Waylon in the preliminary rounds of the National Song Contest with the song "Leven als een beest."


Bijkerk took part in the first season of Holland's Got Talent on SBS 6 in 2008. He auditioned with the song "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown. He received positive feedback from jurors Henkjan Smits and Patricia Paay.[4] Bijkerk reached the final and finished second.

A year later, Universal Music signed Bijkerk as the first Dutchman to the Motown label.[5] His first single, "Wicked Way", was released on August 7, 2009, as a preview of the album Wicked Ways, released later that month.[5] "Wicked Way" reached the top 10 in the Dutch Top 40 charts.

In April 2010, Bijkerk won his first major music award, a 3FM Award for "Best Newcomer". A month later he received in a gold record for his debut album on the television program De Wereld Draait Door. In June 2010, Waylon was one of the winners of the TMF Awards, winning the Borsato Award for new talent. The prize was awarded to him by the namesake, Marco Borsato, at the TMF Awards Festival in Enschede.

Bijkerk released "The Escapist" in October 2011 as the first single from his second album, After All, which was released on November 3, 2011. This was followed by the singles "Lose It" and "Lucky Night". Bijkerk was voted best singer in the April 2012 3FM Awards.

Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Together with singer Ilse Delange, Bijkerk was the Dutch entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen. The two formed the duo The Common Linnets and sang the country/bluegrass song "Calm After the Storm".[6] They won second place with a total of 238 points behind Conchita Wurst from Austria, who scored 290 points.[1]

Bijkerk last performed with Delange at a concert on June 21, 2014 in Enschede, following which he left The Common Linnets.[7][8]

Heaven After Midnight

Bijkerk's third studio album, Heaven After Midnight, was released in September 2014 and reached #1 in the Dutch iTunes charts as well as in the Dutch Album Top 100 in the week of its release.[9] He worked in Nashville and Hollywood on the album with, among others, Bruce Gaitsch, who previously wrote for Chicago and Madonna.[10]

Eurovision Song Contest 2018

On 9 November 2017, it was announced Waylon will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 for the Netherlands.

Personal life

He married in 2002, fathered a son, Dylan, and divorced after three years of marriage.[11]


Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
Wicked Ways 3
After All
  • Released: 3 November 2011[14]
  • Label: Entertainment-NL, Universal Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Heaven After Midnight
  • Released: September 2014[15]
  • Label: Waymore Music, Warner Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Released: 18 November 2016
  • Label: Waymore Music, Warner Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Wicked Way" 2009 8 Wicked Ways
"Hey" 2010 43
"Happy Song" 46
"Nothing to Lose"
"The Escapist" 2011 27 After All
"Lose It" 2012 43
"Lucky Night"
"Grasping Song" 2014 42 Non-album single
"Giving Up Easy" Heaven After Midnight
"Love Drunk" 68
"Mis je zo graag" 2016 72 Non-album single
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ a b "Eurovision 2014 Results: Voting & Points". Eurovision World. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Roggeveen, Herman (19 October 2009). "Waylon was Harrie de Hengst uit Telekids". NLpop (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Waylon Biografie". NPO Radio 2 Soul & Jazz (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Waylon - It's A Man's World (James Brown)". YouTube. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Nederlandse zanger tekent bij Motown". (in Dutch). 23 July 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ilse DeLange en Waylon naar Eurovisie Songfestival". 25 November 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Granger, Anthony (28 May 2014). "The Netherlands: Waylon Leaves The Common Linnets". Eurovoix. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Knoops, Roy (29 May 2014). "ESC Today". The Netherlands: Waylon Decides To Fly Free. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Waylon - Heaven After Midnight". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Waylon schreef nieuw album in tien dagen". 15 January 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Cortie, Patricia (8 May 2010). "Waylon verliet vrouw voor droom". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Waylon". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  13. ^ "Waylon - Wicked Ways". Discogs. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Waylon – After All". Discogs. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Waylon – Heaven After Midnight". Discogs. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "Birds"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
(as part of The Common Linnets)
Succeeded by
Trijntje Oosterhuis
with "Walk Along"
Preceded by
with "Lights and Shadows"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
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