When Waylon (Willem Bijkerk - 20 April 1980) was 18 years old he received a phone call from his hero, Waylon Jennings, who invited him to come and work with him in Nashville. Unfortunately the country singer died in 2001, after which Waylon returned to the Netherlands.
Waylon came to people's attention during his ‘Hollands Got Talent’ performance in 2008. One year later he became the first Dutch artist to sign to the Motown Label. ‘Wicked Way’ was his first single on his debut album ‘Wicked Ways’. Both were extremely successful and won several awards. At 2011 Waylon released his second album, ‘After All’, and later he was voted Best Vocalist by 3FM.
The Common Linnets
While working on his third album word got out that Waylon and Ilse DeLange had formed a one-off band, The Common Linnets, and were going to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2014 The Common Linnets achieved a second place and they sold over 500,000 copies of their album worldwide. In that same year Waylon's third solo album ‘Heaven after Midnight’ was released and went straight to number 1.
In 2016 Waylon was a coach in the TV programme ‘It Takes Two’ and he became a jury member in ‘The Voice of Holland’. At the end of 2016 his fourth album, ‘Seeds’, was released and Waylon performed twice in front of thirty thousand people in Rotterdam Ahoy. Last year he was a coach and jury member for a second time in ‘It Takes Two’ and ‘The Voice’. He rounded off 2017 with three sold-out concerts in Rotterdam Ahoy. In that same period the announcement was made that Waylon would again represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The year 2018 is going to be a busy one for Waylon. From April onwards he will be performing in thirty venues during his ‘The World Can Wait’ tour. The album of the same name is also going to be released that month.
Outlaw In 'Em
The musical talent, known as an ‘enfant terrible’, will be travelling to Lisbon to perform the song ‘Outlaw In ‘Em’. It is an ode to his own authenticity, as well as to his many heroes who dared to be different. He grew up with a love for music by rebels such as Freddie Mercury, James Brown, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Waylon's motto ‘It’s okay to be different’ links up perfectly with ‘Outlaw In ‘Em’.
I am going to Lisbon with the song which I feel particularly good about. 'Outlaw In ‘Em’ says something about myself.
Waylon: "Ultimately everyone has something he strongly believes in but not everyone dares to stand up for that all of the time. For me it's different because I can't do things any other way. It's in my genes to constantly question everything, with the only goal being to get the very best out of myself in the first instance and often out of others as well. Music is my love and the place where I feel safe and confident."
Waylon will perform in the second semi final on the 10th of may with Outlaw In 'Em.