Exciting times ahead!

Dear friends,
You might have heard about it already (I’ve been throwing some hints at you for a while 🙂 ) but now it’s official: I’m going to be releasing my first solo album very soon! I’m incredibly excited to share this new music with you, a very different side of me and who I am.

I’m still working out the details as to how and when, you will be an important part of this release. But for now I’m extremely happy to tell you that I will be playing my new material live for the first time ever upcoming November 29, at the Klasse Theater in Tilburg:


I’d love to see you all there, it will be a magical evening! You can book your tickets from the following website: http://www.jbmevents.com/tickets

Now I’m off to enjoy the Mexican sun one more day, but I’ll be revealing a lot more very soon! Stay tuned!

Lots of love,


Festival weekend with The Gentle Storm

Ah, what a great weekend I just had 🙂 I had the honor to join the The Gentle Storm gals and guys on stage for four amazing festivals.


We started off at Masters of Rock, in the Czech Republic; I’d heard a lot about the festival but never played there myself, it was a great experience! The audience was great, and we got to hang out with the guys and gals from Xandria, Kamelot and Within Temptation, too; and had some excellent pizza in the backstage! Here’s a video of “Valley of the queens”:

Next stop was RockHarz in Germany, another big party! Got to hang out with the good people of Delain, with whom we’ll be touring later this year. And I even got to say hello to Lindsay Schoolcraft who was playing with Cradle of Filth the day after.

Some drinks were drunk
Some drinks were drunk 🙂


Park City Live in Heerlen was next, a very varied festival with everything from reggae to rap to metal. It felt a bit odd to go on stage after Kenny B, but the audience gave us a very warm welcome! This show went really well, and good old friend mcsharq.nl took some wonderful pictures:

Last, but certainly not least, was Bospop. We played there with Stream of Passion nine (nine!!) years ago, and it was great to be back. We celebrated Joost’s birthday and had the best show of the weekend, captured on camera among others by Tonnie Westerbeke’s great eye:

I even got to meet James LaBrie, my “husband” from The Human Equation 🙂 We talked a bit about the upcoming Theater Equation shows, which I think are also going to be very special.


And I saw one of the most incredible shows of my life, by the one and only Steven Wilson. Man oh man, what a show! Seriously, if you get the chance to see this main live don’t miss it; there was so much emotion and intensity going on: the performance, the visuals, the connection with the crowd. I managed to scored a picture with Steven after the show; flabbergasted me babbled away about how amazing the show was, I hope I made some sense 🙂


Next weekend The Gentle Storm will be playing at the Night of the Prog Festival in Loreley, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. More good stuff to look forward too!


I’m on Periscope!

So the lovely and talented Anneke van Giersbergen got me hooked on Periscope last week, so I’ve joined too 🙂 I’m going to be sharing some very special moments the last couple of days, so download the app and follow my account marcelabovio to be part of the fun!

Get the app here: www.periscope.tv

Leprous – The Congregation

I’m such a big fan of the Norwegian progressive band Leprous! I pre-ordered their latest album, The Congregation, and I couldn’t be happier that I did.
I’m not a reviewer and I don’t pretend to be one, I just want to share with you some of the characteristics I love about this band and this album because I think if you like my music you might like it as well 🙂 So here we go:

  • The music is progressive and unpredictable, but not for the sake of showing of technical skill; it’s always in function of the song.
  • It’s also incredibly melodic, and has some marvelous choruses and hooks without it being overly cheesy.
  • The songs have a beautiful hint of drama and tension to them.
  • Musicianship and production are top notch!
  • Einar’s vocals are OUTSTANDING; there’s so much variation and emotion to them.

Check out their first videoclip here below, you can order this brilliant album from InsideOut.

Stream of Passion’s cover of Sonata Arctica’s “I have a right”

Last year the Stream of Passion guys and I were asked to collaborate in a Sonata Arctica tribute album, to be released by Ouergh Records. We liked the idea, and went searching for the perfect song!

We ended up choosing “I have a right”, I’m very happy how everything turned out! We even made out a video clip for the song, partially shot at the 2014 edition of our now classic show “A Winter Evening with Stream of Passion” at Tivoli de Helling in Utrecht. So if you were there you might find yourself in the video!

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

On tour with The Gentle Storm

Last weekend we had the first couple of gigs with The Gentle Storm, and they were a blast! What an amazing bunch of people, not only incredibly talented but also tons of fun!
Last Thursday we also performed with Stream of Passion as the support act. Luckily doing a double gig wasn’t as hard as I thought so I’m looking forward to the upcoming shows even more 🙂

More awesome gig photos can be found at:


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