Singer / Songwriter Kizzy Getrouw’s father is of Surinamese descent and her mother is from St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean), but Kizzy was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Curaçao. Kizzy succumbed to her talent for performance from an early age with lead roles in various televised musicals and plays. She won numerous talent competitions and gained Curaçao-wide popularity for her plays, poems as well as music hits. But her real ‘big break’ came when she won the National Song Festival (CBU; Caribbean Broadcasting Union) in 1996 and subsequently represented Curaçao at the Caribbean Song Festival in Barbados, where she won third place second with a song composed by El Toro Colina and Joseph Hart. Her career really took off in 1997 with the hit album ‘Lamu-Lamu’ (#1 selling album in the Dutch Caribbean)
Kizzy’s accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed: she ended up receiving a full scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. While there she also took ballet classes at The Boston Conservatory and acting classes at Emerson College. That’s where she decided to anglicize her last-name to ‘McHugh’.
Curaçao’s multi-talented Kizzy McHugh stayed in Boston after graduation and became the TV host for Arts and Entertainment shows on different TV channels, appearing on E! and VH1. She also performed with the likes of Steven Tyler, Dianne Reeves and Glenn Close. She was the lead singer of the Bo Winiker Orchestra (and sang for Bill Clinton!). She also modeled in fashion shows, did TV commercials and presented at public events. Kizzy made quite a name for herself in the Boston entertainment scene, so much so that the writers of the Improper Bostonian voted her one of the ‘Top 10 Most Eligible Bachelorettes in Boston’ in 2005.
Kizzy McHugh moved back to the Netherlands in 2009. She signed a record deal with a Dutch label in 2011 and the first single of her debut solo album ‘This Bed Ain’t Big Enough‘ was released in October 2012, her debut solo album ‘Unspoken Rhyme‘ was produced by Robert Jansen and multiple award winning producer Piet Souer and released on November 5, 2012.
Kizzy is a powerhouse on stage and will be performing at the 2013 Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival, sharing the Festival stage with the likes of Prince, Toto, Marc Anthony, Los Lobos, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Esperanza Spalding, The Roots, etc!
The best of Kizzy has yet to come, so make sure you follow her on Facebook!