Glenda Hulita Elisabeth Batta (born 19 June 1978), better known by her stage name Glennis Grace, is a Dutch singer from Amsterdam. In 2005 Grace represented the Netherlands in the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and in 2018 she appeared on the 13th season of America's Got Talent and made it to the finals.
Life and career
Grace was born in Amsterdam to a Dutch mother and a father from Curaçao. She got discovered at the age of 15 years after she won the Dutch TV talent show in 1994 called Soundmixshow, where she performed the song "One Moment in Time" by Whitney Houston.
Eurovision Song Contest
In 2005, Grace accepted the offer to participate in the Nationaal Songfestival, the national selection in the Netherlands for Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Grace performed the ballad "My Impossible Dream" and won the final with this song. She then represented the Netherlands in Kiev, where the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was held. In Kiev Grace did not make it through the semifinal.
In April 2011, she reached the top of the Dutch singles chart with a rendition of "Afscheid", a 1998 hit of the band Volumia!, which she sang in the Dutch television program Beste Zangers.
In 2012, Grace was one of the founding members of the Dutch supergroup named Ladies of Soul, together with other singers Candy Dulfer, Berget Lewis, Edsilia Rombley and Trijntje Oosterhuis. Oosterhuis left the group in 2017. She will perform in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in her return, where the contest will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands alongside DJ and music producer Afrojack.
America's Got Talent
Grace appeared on the 13th season of America's Got Talent in 2018. During the audition rounds, episode of June 27, 2018, Grace sang Whitney Houston's "Run to You". Grace received 'Yes' votes from all four judges and went on to the next round, where she performed "Nothing Compares 2 U" from Prince. She received rave reviews from the judges and earned a place in the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals Grace sang "Never Enough" from the film The Greatest Showman to reach the semifinals. In the second semifinal, she performed the Kate Bush song "This Woman's Work". This resulted in a spot in the finals together with nine other finalists. In the final she sang the song Run from Snow Patrol and got a standing ovation from the judges and the audience. A day later in a separate final broadcast Grace performed the song "Meant To Be" with American singer Bebe Rexha. The audience was enthusiastic and many commented that Grace sang the songs better than Rexha. Glennis did not make it into the top five finalists.
|2005||My Impossible Dream||28||—|
|2008||Glennis (as: Glennis)||32||—|
|2012||This Is My Voice||2||—|
|2013||One Christmas Night Only||9||—|
|2011||One Night Only||2||—||
|2015||Bitterzoet (Live & Studio Sessions)||5||187|
|2018||Whitney: A Tribute by Glennis Grace (Live In Concert)||13
|2011||One Moment in Time (Best of GG: '95–'10)||26|
|2014||Live at the Ziggo Dome '14 (as: Ladies of Soul)||2||—|
|2015||Live at the Ziggo Dome '15 (as: Ladies of Soul)||3||94|
|2016||Live at the Ziggo Dome '16 (as: Ladies of Soul)||3||81|
|2017||Live at the Ziggo Dome '17 (as: Ladies of Soul)||7||56|
|2018||Live at the Ziggo Dome '18 (as: Ladies of Soul)||20||85|
|1994||"I'm Gonne Be Strong"||13||-|
|1995||"Somewhere in Time"||46||-|
|"Always on My Mind"||43||-|
|2005||"My Impossible Dream"||15||-|
|"Shake Up the Party"||33||-|
|2007||"Hoe (as: Glennis)"||33||-|
|2008||"Dansen Met Het Leven (as: Glennis)"||40||-|
|"Als Je Slaapt (as: Glennis)"||9||-|
|2010||"Als Je Mij Weer Aankijkt"||22||-|
|2012||"Ik Ben Niet Van Jou"||27||-|
|"Zeg Maar Niets"||-||143|
|2018||"Walk on Water"||-||-|
|2002||"Goodbye: A Love Triangle (ft. René Froger & Sylvia Samson) "||74||-|
|"Wereldwijd Orkest (ft. Various artists, Metropole Orkest & Vince Mendoza)"||1||-|
|2011||"Wil Je Niet Nog 1 Nacht (ft. Edwin Evers)"||3||-||Netherlands: Gold|
|2013||"Koningslied (ft. Nationaal Comité Inhuldiging)"||1||41|
|"Als Het Ons Niets Zou Doen (ft. John Ewbank)"||92||-|
|"I'll Carry You (as: Ladies Of Soul)"||80||-|
|2014||"Up Till Now (as: Ladies Of Soul)"||-||-|
|2015||"Feel Good (as: Ladies Of Soul)"||-||-|
|2016||"Higher (as: Ladies Of Soul)"||-||-|
|2017||"Count Me In (as: Ladies Of Soul)"||-||-|
|2018||"Glad IJs (ft: Broederliefde)"||58||-|