The Dutch singer Wouter Hamel had a lot of success in theNetherlands and far beyond with his debut album Hamel. Definitelyin Japan, where he has the country at his feet. In early 2009,Hamel made a promotional tour in Japan. The singer, who lives inAmsterdam, writes his own songs and his influences are diverse. Hissecond CD entitled Nobody's Tune was released in early 2009. Thereis more musical variation on this album and you can hear influencesfrom pop, klezmer and even Caribbean music. Hamel has also gonedeeper with his lyrics. The singer is a born optimist: 'For me,writing songs is never therapy. I'm just doing my job. And Iapproach composing in the same way. I have seized some things inlife, others I was born with.' At the age of 32, Hamel is stillgreen in the jazz world but this all-rounder has everything ittakes to become a huge international star.