Wim Soutaer (born 27 June 1974) is a Belgian singer best known for placing third in Idool 2003 , the Belgian version of Pop Idol .
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Soutaer began singing in the early 1990s with his school band State Of Mind who performed benefit concerts of original songs and also covers of Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Metallica. When the guitarist left, they renamed themselves Bodhi and played at many festivals around Belgium, they also competed in many competitions including "Rockvonk" and placed third in "KumoRock".
In 2000, Soutaer wanted to sing solo and joined the project Soundmixshow a sort of precursor talent show to Idool, Soutaer placed fourth in competition overall, at this time he compared his style to Billy Joel, Mike Patton and Elton John.
In 2003, Soutaer entered the auditions for the contest Idool 2003 where he was told by jury member Jan Leyers that he has a good voice for Flemish music. After Soutaer placed third on the show he gained a recording contract with BMG Belgium and recorded his first CD Een Nieuw Begin (A New Start) which was produced by Ronald Vanhuffel who has had previous success with Blof and Volumia, the first single was Allemaal (Everyone) which was a huge hit reaching #1, selling 40,000 copies and winning the Zomerhit 2003 Best Song Of The Year.
The second single from Een Nieuw Begin was Ik Hoor Bij Jou (I Belong With You). The third was Voor Altijd (For Always), based on the 1997 Nek hit Laura non c'e, and was another #1 hit on the Ultratop 50.
In August 2004, Soutaer released his second CD Twee (Two) and his first live DVD "In Miami". This was followed by his first tour "Twee" around Flanders, as well as a live performance on the popular live music show Tien Om Te Zien.
October 2005 brought a management change for Soutaer who signed with Niels William, assembling a team of writers including Hans Francken of Clouseau. He released a single Die Zomer Gaat Nooit Voorbij which was released on 17 June as a sample for his third CD released in October 2006. This was a cover of South African artist Kurt Darren's Hemel op Tafelberg in Afrikaans.
In 2001 he married Axelle Reuters, with whom he had a daughter in 2007.
|Album: Een Nieuw Begin (Oktober) 2003 (Platina)|
01. Voor Altijd
04. Ik Hoor Bij Jou
05. Volle Maan
06. Centrum Van Mijn Hart
09. Verlangen Duet Natalia
10. Wat Zou Je Doen
12. Een Nieuw Begin
|Album: Twee (Augustus) 2004 (Goud)|
02. Kom Bij Mij
03. Ik Heb Je Lief
05. Kijk Eens Om Je Heen
06. Laat Me Gaan
07. Samen Verder Gaan
08. Wat ik zeggen wil
09. Wat Waar Is En Wat Niet
10. Alles Wat Ik Wil
11. Verloren Liefde
12. Voor 1 Dag Vrij
13. Zonder Woorden
|Album: Dichterbij 2008|
Vanaf Augustus 2008 te koop
|01 Allemaal (Juli) 2003|
|02 Ik Hoor Bij Jou (Oktober) 2003|
|03 Voor Altijd (Februari) 2004|
|04 Wat Zou Je Doen (Mei) 2004|
|05 Kom Bij Mij (Juli) 2004|
|06 Zonder Woorden (September) 2004|
|07 Ik Heb Je Lief (November) 2004|
|08 Kijk Eens Om Je Heen (Remix)(Februari) 2005|
|09 Overal (Juni) 2005|
|10 Die Zomer Gaat Nooit Voorbij (Juni) 2006|
|11 De Wereld Draait Door (Februari) 2007|
|12 Ze Kent Me (Juni) 2007|
|13 1000 Manieren (Januari) 2008|
|14 Slaap Je Hier Vannacht (Juni) 2008|
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