Douwe Bob Posthuma (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdʌuʋə bɔp ˈpɔstymaː]; born 12 December 1992), professionally known by only his first names Douwe Bob, is a Dutch singer-songwriter. He won the Dutch talent show De beste singer-songwriter van Nederland. He specializes in folk and country music and he has released three albums. He represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Douwe Bob Posthuma was born on 12 December 1992 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He was born into a Frisian family. His father Simon Posthuma is known for his membership of the designer group The Fool.
Douwe Bob started playing piano at the age of 6, initially concentrating on classical music and jazz. He took up the guitar at age 14. As a singer he was inspired by country, folk and pop music from the 1950s to the mid 1970s.
2012–13: Born In a Storm
In 2012, he participated in the Dutch show De beste singer-songwriter van Nederland (The Best Singer-Songwriter of the Netherlands). He played the songs "Standing Here Helpless", "Icarus", and in the finale, "Multicoloured Angels". In the finale, Dutch singer Tim Knol and his band played with him. He won the finals and "Multicoloured Angels" reached the 17th place in the weekly music chart Dutch Top 40. His debut album, Born In a Storm, was released on 3 May 2013. The majority of the songs were written during a holiday in Morocco with Matthijs van Duijvenbode. In June 2013, Douwe Bob played at the Pinkpop Festival. At the end of 2013, he appeared in the documentary Whatever Forever: Douwe Bob to talk about his relationship with his father Simon Posthuma, during IDFA.
2014–15: Pass It On
In 2014, Douwe Bob became one of the Ambassadors of Freedom for the Bevrijdingsfestival. In January 2015, he released the single "Hold Me", produced in collaboration with Anouk. In February 2015, Douwe Bob announced his new album Pass It On. The album was released on 15 May 2015 by record company Universal Music Group.
2016–present: Eurovision Song Contest & Fool Bar
On 6 May 2016, he released his third studio album Fool Bar by record company Universal Music Group. The album peaked at number four on the Dutch Albums Chart. Douwe Bob represented his country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, where he performed the song "Slow Down" in the semi-finals and finals on 10 and 14 May 2016. Finishing 11th in the final with a total of 153 points.
On 10 March 2016, in an interview with OutTV, Douwe Bob revealed that he identifies as bisexual.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|NL ||BEL |
|Born In a Storm|| ||7||—|
|Pass It On|| ||1||—|
|Fool Bar|| ||2||191|
|"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|NL ||AUT ||BEL (FL) ||SWE |
|"Multicoloured Angels"||2012||4||—||—||—||Born in a Storm|
|"Blind Man’s Bluff"||2013||—||—||—||—|
|"Stone Into the River"||78||—||—||—|
|"You Don't Have to Stay"||—||—||—||—|
|"Mine Again"||2014||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"Hold Me" |
|2015||2||—||—||—||Pass It On|
|"Slow Down"||2016||5||65||57||96||Fool Bar|
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.|