Multi-instrumentalist, Singer/Songwriter Gianna Tam (Surinam/Netherlands) has barely known her biological father ’cause he passed away when she was just 11 month’s old. When the well-known Dutch drummer Lucas van Merwijk entered the family, he introduced her to the world of Drums and Percussion.
At the age of sixteen, Gianna started to perform in different percussion projects of her dad. Travelling cross national and international concert hall’s, Radio, TV and recording studio’s, Gianna got to know the life of a musician at a very young age.
Apart from excelling in the field of percussion and drums. she started singing in various projects and bands and she developed her voice . During her studies at the conservatory of amsterdam, she got in touch with a new side of herself – her passion for song writing.
On her debut album ‘Make Me Smile’ Gianna shares with us her qualities as a singer/songwriter. Energetic and original songs about life and love, swinging, soulfull, rocky and funky, but also small and sensitive as her duet with master guitar player Leonardo Amuedo.
Now its time for a second album. As a child of the 80’s she goes back to the sound of music in the decennia she was born.
The first Prince records, Sheila E and groups like Vanity 6 and the electronically sound of that time are a huge inspiration for her new album. She invited Candy Dulfer to play as a special guest on two tracks on the album. To get close to the authentic sound she works with synthesizer specialistMaarten Helsloot.