Mary Ann Van Der Horst took the ‘X Factor’ stage by storm back in 2014 with her performance of Beyoncé’s classic ‘Halo’ (HERE), resulting in all four judges giving her a standing ovation.
Though she didn’t make it through to the final 24, she’s used the platform to launch into her solo career.
With her new single ‘Deep Down’ available now, we popped our eleven questions through to Mary Ann to Get To Know her a little more.
01. Name : Mary Ann Van Der Horst
02. Where are you based? Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? I have been singing since I was 10 years old. I started travelling to perform overseas including Asia and Europe when I was just 18 years old. Music is my passion and till now I am enjoying my career and what I have achieved so far.
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I was once a rocker when I was in a female band and our repertoire was mostly rock songs like Guns N Roses, Heart, The Eagles, etc. I discover that I can do heaps of genres and turn into a versatile singer catering to many genres. My current single is in the pop-dance genre and so I think I am good at it.
05. Who have been your musical influences? Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Tina Arena and many more.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time? Actually I love everything but if I have to choose one, I guess it’s ‘Halo’ by Beyoncé, because that song made me famous.
07. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I can do a cat face. I can draw and am very artistic. I can play instruments such as keyboard, guitar, bass and drums but only self-taught.
08. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Never give up on your dreams. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but never give up and follow your dreams.
09. Tell us about your latest release. My latest release is called ‘Deep Down’, composed by a multi-award winning songwriter Anirban Jee and I recorded it in Sydney at Kitty Groove Studios. The track is produced by an award winning producer, Sven Tydeman. It’s contemporary pop-dance and a very catchy track. ‘Deep Down’ is about a woman’s passion for her man and revealing what she feels deep down her heart. It is showing how much you are attracted to a person and telling them that it is real and not a game. After all when it comes to love, you won’t know until you give it a try.
10. What do your future plans involve? I am planning to release another track in the near future as my fans are always waiting for my songs and they support me so much. I also intend to participate in TV singing contests as I really want to be discovered by a record label. There will be more songs to come which I will share with all of my fans as they are all my inspiration.
11. Where can our audience catch you live? I have regular gigs in Melbourne and some other states as well. I will keep posting the details about my live performances on my website and also through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. I will also be travelling to Chicago in March and Philippines in April and will be performing live there at several events.
WEBSITE : www.maryannvanderhorst.net
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/MaryAnnMusicOfficial
TWITTER : http://www.twitter.com/Maryannvan13
INSTAGRAM : https://www.instagram.com/maryann.vanderhorst
SOUNDCLOUD : https://www.soundcloud.com/maryannvanderhorst