Known as: Des'ray Manders
Birth Name: Desirée Claudette Manders
Date of Birth: October 28, 1969
Place of Birth: Gravenhage
Occupation: Singer (of 2 Brothers on the
I was born as Desirée Claudette Manders on october,
28th 1969 in 's Gravenhage. When I was a baby, my parents
did go live together in a house near the water in Leidschendam.
Because my father had to travel a long way to his work,
we moved to "Hoeven" in Brabant when I was
six years of age. During my school period I've lived
there. In that period I knew I wanted to become a singer.
Each friday afternoon we had a 'celebration' on school
where we as little children did a performance. My girl
friends and I played a scene from the movie 'Grease'
with singing, dancing changing clothes. You know, just
to be the star of that day. In that time I learned to
play my first tunes on the piano and I had flute lessons.
In that time animals & Music (especially singing)
where my biggest Hobby. I grew up and at the age of
12 I did go to the M.A.V.O. in "Oudenbosch"
That was a difficult time, because all my friend of
school did go to the H.A.V.O. so I didn't see them anymore.
When I finally did feel a little comfortable, we had
to move again, this time to Limburg because my fathers
We did go live in Horst-Meterk and I was back again
in a class where I didn't know anyone, and even didn't
understand what they where saying. Even when the teacher
Dutch did read something to let us write down, I didn't
know what he was talking about ! I was a lonely teenager,
a Dutch one !!! Happily, the girls from the village
-with who I did ride to school on my bicycle- where
very kind to me and bit by bit I did feel my self on
my place and I did got some great girl friends. We did
write complete books of pieces of paper to eachother!
You know; 'Down under the table pass through system'.
At last settled I joined the schoolband and I was at
the school quere, because music was still my greatest
hobby. I took piano lessons on the music school and
worked on my condition at the sportschool. Beside this
all, my dream became truth, I did got my own pony from
my family! Hiddy was her name and I joined the horse
riding club. I that time I spend my day with going to
school, make home work and horse riding. With a girl
friend I did set up a small danceclub. We tried to imitate
all the songs of the serie 'Fame' and on village afternoon
we did gave a performance. (Also videoclips of Michael
Jackson were a great inspiration).
Beside that we had to sing in the church quere. After
all, a busy girl who just had enough time to do her
homework... The singing did go very well and a girl
friend of my mother taught it was a great idea to write
me in for a talent contest. I was very unsure and nervouse,
'cause singing for a big audience was a dream, a fantasy.
But now when it really would happen, I was a bit frightnend.
I was shaking on my legs and had to go to the toilet
continuesly. The moment was there... I was singing Woman
in Love of Barbara Streisand... and... while I sung
my latest note, I run off the podium and backstage I
heard a big applause and I ended with the 1st price.
The first price was a perfomance on the yearly village
party between other great artists from the neighourhood.
Again a scary great performance!!! In Limburg a lot
of party's where organized and ofcourse with a lot of
music, so from one thing came another and I increased
my skills with others of my favorite artists like Diana
Ross, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and my father
told me to take a look in the music library to search
for other usefull numbers.
Let me tell you something about my family: Music allways
had played a big role in our family. My father and mother
both played the gituar (my father still does!!) and
there was a piano in the house. And with family party's
everone spend the night at our house and we made music.
It was even a tradition to perform a show every year
at the birthday of my grandmother and act like artist
such as The Everly Brothers and Kate Bush. Because all
kind of music styles where played at home like country
and gipsey music I did grew up with all these kind of
styles. Besides that, making music was stimulated.
After the M.A.V.O. I did do the M.E.A.O. With the encourgement
of my parents I often did take part of talent contests
with my father as "TourManager". In that time
Henny Huisman did get famouse with the 'SounMixShow'
and he did travel the country looking for talent. I
did made it trough the first rounds and made my TV debute
as 'Anita Meyer' with the song They don't play our love
song anymore. I became 1st in place and made it trough
the finals. It took me to the 3th place. Not bad, isn't
At school it didn't go so well. I didn't spend many
time anymore at school and decided this wasn't the right
education for me. I did follow a education as beaty
specialist of three year. This was much better because
I had more time left so I was able to do what I best
like, singing! Because of the SoundMixShow I did get
to know more people from the 'music scene'. I did perform
a lot in Disco's and company parties, did my first TV
perfomance at Frank Masmeyer and again I felt unsure
between all those great artists and their even bigger
managers. Happily my father was there to back me up
to speak for me.
In the mean while there where made big plans about
my carrere, nevertheless I've been on television and
was known as 'The Anita Meyer of the SoundMixShow'.
The only problem was that I looked to much like Anita
Meyer, so we had to come up with something different.
There was set up a duo (Nope, not yet...) T.O.T.B.
was the name what ment 'Totaly Organized Trendy Bobbers',
with singer Nando van Heiningen (The 'George Benson'
of the SoundMixShow). I did also had my own fanclub,
just like Glenda Peters and other artists of the SoundMixShow
there was a lot of attention like fanclubs. We had some
nice flanclub evenings, something to be very proud of.
I had some nice fans (I still have!!!) In that time
I did get to know Martin Boer. He mixed our first single
The Best of My Love. For Martin this was just like the
start of his carrere. (Correct me if I'm wrong) and
we'd became good friends. the number made it to the
TipParade, what was a lot that time and we did visit
a lot of radioprograms. The second and last single was
Rap around the world en did never came out. And then,
when the single 'Came out', my holiday with my friends
had to cancel. I didn't knew... But the next time they'll
have to wait until I come back!! But allright, where
was I ? Oh yes, I didn't go very well for T.O.T.B. so
we decided to split up and I went solo again. In the
meanwhile the end of my education for beatyspeciallist
I did do solo performances and one such a performance
was on a boat which shipped between England & The
Netherlands. There I did get in contact with musicians
who gave lessons on several conservatoria's and adviced
me to do audition. I thought 'This ain't something for
me. This will never work'. I did audition and they would
let me do the study on the conservatorium in Hilversum.
Jippieee!!! My great wish to get into music became reality.
The study for beatyspecialist was history. You see,
never say something isn't possible. When you want something
really bad, everything is possible.
When I started at the conservatorium I had to go find
a place for my own in a rented room. Far away from my
protecting family. Because I had to do a upgrade niveau
education, I didn't get collage money. So I had to do
all kind of jobs to keep my self supported. With sometimes
only ten guilders left in a week, I was studying notes.
In that time I had more carreres like; saleswoman at
Etos, Coolcat, Bakery, restaurant and last but not least...
The shoarma store!! My conservatorium time was stormy
and I learned a lot from other colleguases and good
friends. It was a time where I did get more mature and
surely of myself. Most of all my value as singer. I
did graduate with a exame to be proud of and that counts
also for the people I did get to know during my study!!!
Love U All!!
I still had contact with Martin Boer, who I visited
often. Indeed... On the 4th Floor of an appartment in
Utrecht. In 1993 Martin en Bobby asked me to sing a
number. Probally it would brought out. The song would
contain song and rap and they also knew a good rapper.
I was very fond of the number and did sing it in. After
this rapper did sing it in, we did met each other for
the first time in the studio. His name was Renee Philips
( D-Rock) and my artistname would become Des'Ray. Together
we would become the face of the 2 Brothers on the 4th
Floor. The first song was named Never Alone. First everyone
saw this as a project and maybe we had to perform on
stage for 3 months. There came some dancers and on januari
1th 1994 we had our first performance together. I'll
never forget this; we didn't had enough to perfom on
stage. So, we put up a show of 25-30 minutes with 3
times 'Never Alone' in it! We looked awefull!! Renee
in his Jeans and I with my gathered 'Artist-outfit.
Becausewe didn't knew each other really good, we talked
trough each other and the big disaster when a dancer
broke his feet. To keep it short; Very exiting mess,
but very cosy.
Well, you know the rest. Never Alone did became a great
hit and immediatly made it to number 2. After this we
had some highlights like Dreams who stayed 2 weeks on
number 1. We're now 5 year together and I can say Renee
has become some kind of brother of me. We shared some
love and hate. Together with Martin and Bobby we became
a real close team, which is something not a lot of people
Considering for me personally, I'm only at the beginning
of my carrere. I'm 28th years and I'm happy to see with
who I've worked together and will be working together
with. I'm a Lucky girl. When you want something really
bad and you want to do your best for it, I convinced
that you can do anything you want."