Singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer of the symphonic metal group Epica. She is a mezzo-soprano vocalist who has recorded seven albums with the band between 2003 and 2016.
During her early teens, she started playing the flute and taking classical and pop voice lessons.
She joined Epica in 2002, having been recruited by her then-boyfriend, guitarist Mark Jansen.
She and fellow musician Oliver Palotai welcomed their first child, Vincent Palotai, in late 2013. They married the same year.
Her band's 2003 track "Façade of Reality" focuses on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011 and includes in its lyrics several quotations from a related speech by British Prime Minister Tony Blair .