Simone Simons

Simone Simons
Simone Johanna Maria Simons (born 17 January 1985) is a Dutch mezzo-soprano singer who is the lead vocalist of symphonic metal band Epica. Simons is a coloratura mezzo-soprano with a four octave range.

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Simone Johanna Maria Simons (born 17 January 1985) is a Dutch mezzo-soprano singer who is the lead vocalist of symphonic metal band Epica.

Simons is a coloratura mezzo-soprano with a four octave range. Her highest studio recorded note is the C#6 from the songs The Fall of Byzanz and Twin Flames. Her tone is slightly gargly as well as lachrymose. She can belt out high notes in mixed voice or make use of her classical sound which is likely more familiar to her. Overall, as she stated herself numerous times, she is a mezzo-soprano but her light bright timbre and other coloratura properties makes it hard for the listener to classify her into one particular fach. She also feels perfectly comfortable singing in the alto range. Her chest voice is well balanced, her mixed voice can be soft or belted; and her head voice can be extremely brilliant, bell-like or silvery.

She has had an interest for music since she was ten years old, and after listening to the Nightwish album Oceanborn at the age of fifteen, she began taking classical singing lessons. She sang in a choir for a couple of months in 2002, joining Epica soon after. She was previously in a romantic relationship with Epica guitarist Mark Jansen and co-writes the band's lyrics with him. Her current boyfriend is Oliver Palotai, keyboardist of the American power metal band Kamelot,a band for which she has provided guest vocals on several occasions, as well as appeared with on stage many times. Her favourite song to perform is "Reprendo mai più" by Emma Shapplin.

In January 2008, it was announced on Epica's website that Simone is suffering from MRSA. This has caused Epica to have to cancel many of their shows. In February, her condition was getting better, but she was not completely recovered. In March, Epica toured with Amanda Somerville, replacing Simons for their US tour until May 11, 2009, when Simone performed again at their show in Bibelot, Dordrecht.

Simone has her own blog where she talks about everything BUT Epica.

Her official website: http://www.simonesimons.nl/

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