Biography Bowe


Bowe (Boudewijn de Jong) started playing the piano at a very young age. When he was a teenager, the piano was replaced by a guitar. Because he disliked music lessons he decided to teach himself how to play. To do so, he picked up a guitar from a right handed friend and tried to strum his first chords. For Bowe this didn’t feel right at all, so he simply turned the instrument around and learned how to play upside down. Later he found out that this way of playing has both advantages and disadvantages. He decided to benefit as much as possible from the advantages and take the disadvantages for granted. His playing style has led to a unique approach to writing songs.

Moving through the Night was his debut album which was released in 2009. Most of the songs were written by Bowe, but Ton Snijders and George Konings also contributed to the writing process. Bowe was influenced by a wide variety of artists such as The Rolling Stones and Crowded House. His writing partnership with Ton Snijders led to a pop oriented album with both up-tempo songs and some ballads. Moving through the Night also features George Konings, Charles Nagtzaam, Florian Hoefnagels, Danny Samar, Katell Xevalier, Willem Mulock and Erik Verhoef. The album was recorded at the Sound Vision Studios in The Netherlands and was produced by George Konings.

His second album Nomansland was released in 2013. The album features twelve original tracks which were written by Bowe and his writing companion Ton Snijders and two monoPunk remixes. Its predecessor ‘Moving through the Night’ got very positive reviews in The Netherlands. Leading radio DJ Frits Spits called it a remarkably good debut and website Musicfrom.nl described it as ‘John Mayer meets The Eagles’.

Nomansland features special guest performances by Sandra St. Victor (Chaka Khan and Prince) and Tollak Ollestad (Don Henley, Seal). Also many Dutch artists contributed such as Arnold van Dongen (Ilse DeLange), Jan Kooper (Doe Maar), Florian Hoefnagels, Danny Samar and Thijs van Leer.

Bowe Has performed live with different musicians on Radio 1, Radio 2 and 3FM. Dutch radio DJ Giel Beelen invited Bowe for his morning show in 2014 where Bowe played 2 songs live.

In 2016 Bowe has released the track ‘Relax Relax Relax’ that was used for a commercial on Dutch TV and radio.

In 2017 the first single ‘Feel the Fire’ and its successor Sing for Love were released. Sing for love was DJ choice on NPO Radio 2. Also 'Release me' came out, which is an acoustic track.

In 2018 Bowe started working with Dutch producer Kevin Patrick (guitar player for Nielson). The first track that was released is Rum Cola, also the first Bowe song in Dutch. Another Dutch song followed, named 'Jong en Knap', that was played on Dutch national radio.

In 2019 Bowe released 'Laat me Leven' with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and later that year he returned to his English roots with Ghosttown.

In 2020 Bowe released another single in Dutch that was called Voel. Then he returned to English again with a remaster of Tired of giving good things up. This song became a hit single in The Netherlands and has also reached teh 3rd position in The Fabulous 15 by Rob Stenders and Leo Blokhuis. Later that year Bowe collaborated with fellow singer songwriter Niels Geusebroek for Beautiful People.

Then in 2021 Vintage came out. Currently Bowe is working on new material.

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