Paulien’s music career started at age 12, when she won a song contest organized by the French Embassy in The Hague, which resulted in a recording of the Françoise Hardy song “Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles”. In 1995 she recorded a contemporary version of the Singing Nun’s hit “Dominique”, which grew into a global hit and led the charts in Japan for six weeks in a row. Over the years she made and released several recordings in the US. After moving from the Netherlands to Virginia she recorded a self-named album with originals by guitarist Royce Campbell and most recently a French/English album with the “Chez Moi”, with musicians from the Charlottesville area. A new EP, recorded in the Netherlands in March 2018, will be released early next year.
In 2016, Paulien represented Charlottesville and the Alliance Française while playing four concerts in our Sister City of Besançon in France. Several interviews on the local radio station in Besançon (Radio France Bleu) gave her the opportunity to be an (unofficial) ambassadrice to Charlottesville and earned her the ‘Clef de la Cité’. The tour introduced her to French master pianist Damien Groleau, who came to Virginia to perform with Paulien and with whom she recorded and toured in the Netherlands last year.
Over the past years, Paulien has been a regular performer for Nursing Homes Swing. She will be at The Cedars on May 1 and at Mary Williams Community Center on May 20, both times accompanied by Royce Campbell on guitar and Bob Bowen on bass.