Floor Jansen (pronounced [ˈfloːr ˈjɑnsə(n)]; born 21 February 1981 in Goirle) is a Dutch singer, songwriter, and vocal coach. She is the lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish.
Jansen first became known as a member of symphonic metal band After Forever, standing as their lead vocalist from 1997, when she joined at age 15, to their disbanding in 2009. When After Forever disbanded, she formed ReVamp and has released two albums with them. In 2012 following the departure of their lead vocalist Anette Olzon, Nightwish brought in Jansen as a touring member until the end of their Imaginaerum World Tour. In 2013, they announced Jansen was then their full-time lead vocalist.
A frequent collaborator of Arjen Anthony Lucassen, she is a member of his progressive metal supergroup Star One, and sang in the Ayreon albums Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer, 01011001, and The Source. She also sang lead vocals in several songs of the MaYan album Quarterpast and in Avalon's Angels of the Apocalypse. She is the older sister of fellow singer Irene Jansen, who also worked with Ayreon.
After Forever (1997–2009)
Jansen was sixteen when she joined Apocalypse (the name of the band After Forever in its early days) in 1997. Three years later the band released its first album, Prison of Desire. Her ability to sing both classical and rock music has made her reasonably popular in the metal scene. She took sole charge of After Forever's lyrics and vocal melodies since the departure of Mark Jansen (no relation) in 2002. Prior to this, up until the Decipher (2001) album, the two would write together. Before becoming a full-time musician, she worked as a singing teacher.
Because of the burnout that After Forever bandmate Sander Gommans underwent, the band took a year off starting in January 2008 but ultimately decided to call it quits in February 2009. Jansen posted on her website, that while After Forever was on hold (and since then disbanded), she would use this opportunity to start writing music with Jørn Viggo Lofstad(Pagan's Mind, Jørn Lande) for a new musical project. On 16 June 2009, Jansen announced through her MySpace site, that she had started a new metal band, which has put the project called Sinh with Lofstad on hold.
On 17 October 2009, Jansen announced via MySpace, that the name of her new band was ReVamp. ReVamp's first album was produced with After Forever keyboardist Joost van den Broek, bass player Jaap Melman (formerly of Dreadlock Pussy) and guitarist Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Voodoocult, Eyes of Eden and Despair) as songwriters and producers. The final line-up of ReVamp featured keyboardist Ruben Wijga, bass player Jaap Melman, guitarists Jord Otto and Arjan Rijnen and drummer Matthias Landes.
In August 2011, Van Canto announced on Facebook, that ReVamp would no longer participate in their Out of the Dark tour, as Jansen suffered a burnout herself.
In late 2011, Jansen joined her former bandmate in After Forever Mark Jansen for his band MaYan's Latin American tour, performing in São Paulo. In 2012, Jansen joined Adrenaline Mob on stage in Bochum and Weert. ReVamp's second album, Wild Card, was released in 2013.
ReVamp announced its breakup in September 2016, citing Floor Jansen's inability to deliver 100% to both ReVamp and Nightwish.
After Nightwish's previous lead vocalist Anette Olzon parted ways with the band, Jansen acted as Nightwish's live lead vocalist for the remainder of the Imaginaerum World Tour in 2012. She was at her sister's wedding when she received the call to replace Olzon. Her first show with the band was in Seattle in October. When commenting on the experience, she said:
On 9 October 2013, Jansen was announced as Olzon's permanent replacement in the band, following an invitation she received from the band in a hotel bar. In 2015, she and Nightwish released their first album working together, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, followed by a world tour.
Three albums by the Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen's project Ayreon include guest vocals from Jansen: she sang backing vocals on "My House on Mars" from the album Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer, played the character of Forever (referred to as Ω) on seven songs from the album 01011001, and was featured as a character named The Biologist on the album The Source. She is also a member of Lucassen's heavy metal supergroup Star One, and was featured on the studio albums Space Metal and Victims of the Modern Age. Her sister Irene also appeared on the Ayreon album The Human Equation and reprised her role for its live version, The Theater Equation.
On December 9, 2013, she was also announced as the main vocalist, playing the lead role, for the second full-length album of former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki's metal opera act Avalon. The album, Angels of the Apocalypse, was released on May 16, 2014. She has also been a guest for the metal band Nightmare.
As a kid, she wanted to be a biologist; coincidentally, she played the character "The Biologist" in the Ayreon album The Source.
On 18 September 2016 it was announced, that Jansen and her husband Hannes Van Dahl, drummer of Sabaton, were expecting their first child. On March 15, 2017, Jansen announced via Instagram that she gave birth to a baby girl, Freja.
A versatile vocalist, Jansen can sing from ethereal, classical and operatic singing, to powerful belting, and aggressive, raspy vocals like screaming and death growls. She is a soprano.
Jansen started studying music at the Dutch Rock Academy in 1999, entering the Conservatorium Tilburg three years later. She studied musical theatre and a year of opera. Later, she started teaching performing in her own course called Wanna be a Star?!
She used to play the guitar, piano and flute and has completed several years of music studies.
With After Forever
With Star One
As a guest
- Ayreon: Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer (2000) – vocals on "My House on Mars"
- Nightmare: The Dominion Gate (2005) – vocals on "A Taste of Armageddon" and "The Dominion Gate"
- Ayreon: 01011001 (2008) – vocals on "Age of Shadows (We Are Forever)", "Liquid Eternity", "Beneath the Waves", "Newborn Race", "Ride the Comet", "The Fifth Extinction" and "The Sixth Extinction"
- Ayreon: Elected (EP, 2008) – vocals in "Ride the Comet"
- Devin Townsend Project: Deconstruction (2011) – vocals on "Pandemic"
- MaYan: Quarterpast (2011) – vocals on "Drown the Demon", "Course of Life", "Bite the Bullet", "Sinner's Last Retreat" and "Symphony of Aggression"
- MaYan: Antagonise (2014) – vocals on "Burn Your Witches" and "Redemption".
- Epica: Retrospect (2013) – vocals "Stabat Mater Dolorosa" and "Sancta Terra"
- Avalon: Angels of the Apocalypse (2014) – vocals on "Design the Century", "The Paradise Lost", "You'll Bleed Forever" and "Angels of the Apocalypse"
- U Meet: No Just (2014) – vocals on "Cognitive Bias"
- Countermove: The Power of Love (2014) Charity single for the Red Cross, originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood – vocals
- Evergrey: The Storm Within (album) (2016) – guest vocals on "In Orbit" and "Disconnect"
- Ayreon: The Source (2017) as The Biologist