Self-taught via YouTube
Only nine years of age, Amira (born in 2004) won Holland’s Got Talent 2013 by singing opera songs. Amira never had any singing lessons, and just taught herself singing by listening to other singers on YouTube. Whilst watching other singers on Youtube, Amira developed a preference for classical music and opera in particular. The prize Amira received, after winning Holland’s Got Talent, was a trip to Las Vegas together with her family.
Queensday 2010 —- How it all started
Amira started singing because her brother Fincent was playing the violin in the park on Queensday 2010, and Amira (aged six at the time) decided that the year thereafter she also wanted to do something. Amira just didn’t like to be “that girl only eating cookies whilst sitting next to her older brother playing the violin”.
Queensday 2011 & 2012 —- “Park Concerts”
So, on Queensday 2011 and 2012, Amira made her first ever public singing appearances, accompanied by her father Gerrit on accordion and brother Fincent on violin. From the many small gifts of the large crowd which gathered around her and her brother in the park, Fincent & Amira saved money for a trampoline.
Amira gradually prepared herself further for the Large Stage (of Holland’s Got Talent) which she had secretely already started dreaming about. In addition to her Queensday performances, in 2012 Amira also sang as a member of Emmaus Children Choir and accompanied by her mother & brother on violin and her father on accordion within the relatively small & protected setting of Colmschate’s annual “Music makes Friends” Festival.
Grandmother Elsa —- Inspirator, stimulant & Amira’s biggest fan
Amira’s grandmother Elsa was a great source of inspiration & stimulant for Amira. Whenever Amira was learning a new song, her grandmother (who lived in South Africa and unfortunately passed away whilst Amira had just gone through to the Semi-Finals of Holland’s Got Talent) would be the first to hear it on the phone.
Grandmother Elsa was also the first person who recognized Amira’s great potential, and told Amira that one day she would be famous. At the time, Amira’s mother Frieda said she wasn’t too sure about that yet, and even Amira’s grandmother Elsa could not believe the overwhelming response Amira received from all over the world after her audition for Holland’s Got Talent was broadcasted and had gone viral on YouTube, receiving many million of views in a matter of days, from all over the world.
Amira’s Parents —- Reluctant at first, proud at last
At the age of seven, two years before Amira participated in Holland’s Got Talent, Amira said she wanted to sing on television. Amira asked her parents if she could participate in a talent show. Amira’s parents told her that they would not allow her. But Amira kept begging, and in the end her parents had to promise Amira that when she would turn nine years old, they would reconsider.
Two years went by. Amira’s parents had already forgotten about the whole talent show thing. But the day Amira turned nine years old, she immediately reminded her parents about the promise they had made to her two years earlier.
Amira’s parents had no other choice but to give in to the strong-willed Amira. So in 2013, Amira participated and eventually won Holland’s Got Talent, receiving well in excess of 50% of all public votes during the finals. The rest is history. Amira made her father Gerrit, her mother Frieda, her brother Fincent and, above all, her grandmother Elsa, very proud.