This is how the talented singer Sabrina Starke (1979) was describedin Jazzism: 'A striking voice, a unique and impressive repertoire,an engaging personality, a thorough and sensible approach and, mostof all, an original sound that is not easily categorized.' She wasborn in Suriname but came to the Netherlands as a small child. Athome, she heard a lot of music by the pop stars of the 80s: WhitneyHouston, Janet Jackson, and Michael Jackson… Even before her tenthbirthday, she was captivated by the swing beat that was verypopular in those times. She sang with the Rotterdam reggae groupEqual, won a talent contest and even performed at the ApolloTheater in New York. She went on to win second prize in the genresinger-songwriter in the 2006 'Grote Prijs van Nederland'(Holland's biggest national music concourse for popular music). Twoyears later, she received the Edison Award for the best newcomer inthe Netherlands. Starke recently released her first album on theBlue Note label: Yellow Brick Road. She will present the content ofthis album extensively at North Sea Jazz.