Shirma Rouse is a force to be reckoned with and has become an integral part of the Dutch music scene. The singer, who hails from Caribbean island St. Eustatius, moved to The Netherlands at age 19. After receiving a degree in chemistry she studied at the conservatory. She became a sought-after session musician, providing backing vocals for artists such as Anouk, Chaka Khan, Candy Dulfer, and Alain Clark, among others. She also worked with the Metropole Orkest. By participating in tv-show The Voice Of Holland, she became known to a wider audience. Now, Rouse is the main star. She made three albums: Chocolate Coated Dreams (2010), Shirma Rouse Sings Aretha (2012) en Shout It Out Loud (2014). The latter is filled with self-written life stories. Besides in The Netherlands, she is fast building a fanbase abroad: she recently signed her second record deal in Japan.