Charlotte Wessels (born 13 May 1987) is a Dutch
singer-songwriter who was born in Zwolle, Netherlands. Best known as
the lead vocalist for the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. She is
also in the symphonic rock musical group called Phantasma.
2.1 To Elysium
2.2 2004-Present: Delain
4 Personal life
7 External links
Wessels has been trained in both jazz singing and classical singing.
She was first trained in jazz, but later her instructor suggested
classical singing to her. However, Wessels has stated that she found
classical training to be very restrictive, and so she likes to do
something "in between the classical and the jazz stuff, and if you
look at classical music with high vocal lines, then you kind of get to
gothic very soon!"
She joined a gothic metal band named To Elysium around the age of
fifteen or sixteen. She mentions in an interview that her parents had
to sign a contract because she was still underage.
Wessels became involved with
Delain in 2004 when she met Martijn
Westerholt formerly of Within Temptation. Since the band was meant to
be a studio project only, Westerholt asked if she could write some
lyrics and vocalize which she thought it was going to be a one time
thing. In 2005 they signed a deal with Roadrunner Records. She
is the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of the band.
Wessels along with Georg Neuhauser from Serenity, and Oliver Philipps
from Everon have created a symphonic rock musical called Phantasma.
They got signed to
Napalm Records and is a concept album of Neuhauser.
Wessels is not only singing in the album but also wrote her debut
novella called "The Deviant Hearts" especially for it. 
Wessels performing at the 2010 Wacken Open Air
When asked in 2014 who her influences are, Wessels said
My parents had quite good taste in music so I had some of the classic
rock influences; Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, and
Kate Bush. My brother really got me into metal, those were really the
high days of Metallica. Actually, Toxicity (2001) by System of a Down
is still one of my favorite records ever. Right now, I am really into
the alternative rock scene,
Radiohead is my favorite band ever. I
adore Muse and Nick Cave. Then there is the corner of the great female
songwriters like Tori Amos, Björk. That pretty much covers it. I can
go on for hours but I think these are the few directions which have
influenced me most.
When asked in a Loudwire interview who she gets inspired by vocally
she mentions Australian singer Sia Furler, she admires Sia's voice and
also her song-writing.
On 15 January 2018,
Charlotte Wessels said on her
Dolores O'Riordan's voice was one of her main inspirations to start
She is a cousin of Dutch hardcore DJ DaY-már. She is
a fan of the horror film genre, which has inspired some of her
songwriting. Wessels has an art history degree and also has a
master's degree in gender studies. She is a vegetarian. She
considers herself a feminist and she doesn't like the
female-fronted metal term: "It’s just really weird that the gender
of one person in the band defines what kind of music you make! I think
that it’s one of the things that really indicates that the bias is
In September 2017, Charlotte revealed that she married her partner of
April Rain (2009)
We Are the Others
We Are the Others (2012)
The Human Contradiction
The Human Contradiction (2014)
"See Me in Shadow" (2007)
"The Gathering" (2008)
"April Rain" (2009)
"Stay Forever" (2009)
"Smalltown Boy" (2010)
"Get the Devil Out of Me" (2012)
"We Are the Others" (2012)
"Are You Done With Me" (2013)
"The Glory and the Scum" (2016)
The Deviant Hearts (2015)
"Embrace the Night" - DaY-már (2006)
"Serenade of Flames" - Serenity (2010)
"Please Come Home" -
Knight Area (2011)
"High Enough" -
"Under Grey Skies" -
"Beautiful Apocalypse" -
Dark Sarah (2016)
Delain Interview (Part 1) - YouTube
^ a b c d e "Interview
Charlotte Wessels of Delain". Cryptic Rock. May
30, 2014. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. Retrieved June
^ a b "Facebook page". Retrieved June 5, 2015.
^ Phantasma Feat. Delain, Serenity, Everon Members: 'Enter Dreamscape'
Lyric Video - Blabbermouth.net
Charlotte Wessels Talks New Album 'The Human
Contradiction' + More". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
Delain interview 2012". Retrieved June 12, 2015.
^ Sabrina; Guillaume (January 14, 2015). "Interview with Charlotte
Wessels (DELAIN)". metalchestofwonders.com. Paris, France. Archived
from the original on January 2, 2018. I've been aiming on having a
complete vegan diet for a long time but I still cheat every now and
then. Some things are very hard to get rid of even if there are plenty
of good alternatives. I still cheat with cheese [...] Before going to
the whole vegan thing, everybody told me : it's so hard, you're
not going to be able to keep up. Actually, for 98% it's so easy.
^ Westland, Raymond (April 11, 2014). "
Charlotte Wessels Of Delain
Talks To ThisIsNotAScene (Part 2)". ThisIsNotAScene. Retrieved 12 June
^ Colgan, Chris (March 25, 2014). "Interview: Delain's Charlotte
Wessels says new album is a fresh start". metalinsider.net. Retrieved
13 July 2017.
Charlotte Wessels de
Delain contrae matrimonio". El Cuartel del
Metal (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 September 2017.
^ Interview with Charlotte Wessels
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Charlotte Wessels.
Charlotte Wessels Official Blog
Charlotte Wessels on Delain's website
Delain's Official Page
Otto van der Oije
Rob van der Loo
Ray van Lente
Roy van Enkhuyzen
Frank van der Meijden
We Are the Others
The Human Contradiction
A Decade of Delain: Live at Paradiso
"See Me in Shadow"
"Get the Devil Out of Me"