Kizzy (Kizzy Yuanda Constance Getrouw)
Born on March 14, 1979, in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, to an Antillean mother and a Surinamese father, Kizzy Yuanda Constance Getrouw is a singer, songwriter, poet, actress and TV host performing under the name of Kizzy.
At the age of four, her parents took her to live in Curacao, a Caribbean island. At the age of nine, she began to appear in a number of televised plays and musicals, taking lead roles in many of these productions. She also entered several talent competitions, most of which she won. When she was ten years old, Kizzy wrote a poem entitled “Als”, which is the Dutch word for “If”. She was invited to recite her poem at the official Amnesty International event.
Kizzy won the European Caribbean Talent Contest in 1995. She also won the National Song Contest for the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) in 1996. During that same year, she became Curacao’s representative at the Caribbean Broadcasting Union Song Festival in Barbados. Her rendition of a song by El Toro Colina and Joseph Hart earned her the title of second runner-up for the event as well as gaining her recognition as a talented performer by the press located in South America, the West Indies, and the Caribbean.
The following year, Kizzy fully established herself as an entertainer. Cocktail,Lamu-Lamu, one of her albums produced by Crown Records, became a huge success as it earned the distinction of becoming the #1 selling album in the Netherlands Antilles. During that same year (1997), she began to host a Dutch television show (Wie is er Nieuwsgierig?) for kids on TeleCuracao. As a result, Kizzy became a household name that people easily recognized and loved.
In 1998, the German label TMP signed Kizzy on as one of their recording artists. During this time, she found out that she had been accepted at the Berklee College of Music and been awarded a full scholarship by the Curacao government to attend college. As a result, her album was not released by TMP.
Time in Berklee College of Music, USA
Soon afterwards, Kizzy relocated to the United States in order to study music, dance, acting, and TV performance. She studied at Berklee College of Music, graduating in 2003. Her major focused on vocal performance. She also studied at Emerson College and the Boston Conservatory during her time in the United States.
Prior to her graduation, Kizzy received an invitation to the Dean’s Club of Berklee because of her outstanding ability and accomplishments as a performing artist. While at Berklee, Kizzy participated in the Berklee Gospel Choir, Singer’s Showcase, and the Tribute to David Bowie Commencement Concert. She has been a back-up vocalist for many popular entertainers, including Susan Tedeschi, Steven Tyler, Kim Burrell, and Al Kooper.
A varied career: singer, TV host, modeling …
Kizzy’s career began to take off in Boston. She became a TV host for several different channels, hosting a variety of art and entertainment shows. She also made appearances on VH1’s TV series, SoundEffects as well as on E! during the same time period. This success led Kizzy to perform with other famous artists, including Dianne Reeves and Glenn Close. She began to appear in various TV commercials. The Improper Bostonian Magazine featured Kizzy, calling her one of the “Top 20 Most Eligible Bachelors & Bachelorettes”, at the time.
Kizzy entered the world of modeling, participating in several fashion shows and beauty pageants. She also hosted many public events, including sports games, presidential galas, the Andruw Jones Awards, and The Caribbean Olympics.
Kizzy became one of the jury members for the Miss Boston Competition and hosted the event as well. At that time, her career took a slight turn to include something new, and she began to teach a number of classes, including one for performance. Her classes were held at the Arlington Center for the Arts.
In 2005, Kizzy was the lead singer for the Bo Winiker Orchestra, performing at numerous high-profiled events, including large galas that were held for Bill Clinton and the Rockefeller family. Her album “Unspoken Rhyme” was produced by award-winning composer and producer Piet Souer.
In 2013, she performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival held in Curacao during the month of August. Many famous artists performed at this festival, including Usher, Gladys Night, Paul Anka, The Roots, Diana Ross, Harry Belafonte, Marc Anthony, and Erykah Badu.
In the United States, she is best known for her time as host on The Gossip Swap, the Celebrity Gossip Show, XYTV’s The VIP with Chris Shine, and CN8’s Dirty Water. Kizzy has also been in several Bernie & Phyl’s commercials.
Active with several charities, Kizzy composes her songs and poems with the purpose of bringing an element of peace and tolerance to the world. Her words have strong meaning for her and focus on human rights and the need to get along with each other. Kizzy’s song entitled “We’re All Beautiful” is a lovely rendition that speaks to the need for all people to accept all cultures into their lives.
Kizzy has had a successful career that has taken her along many different paths of performance, including concerts, theater, television, sporting events, and functions held by notable personalities. Nowadays, she resides in the Netherlands.