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Home News and events Wedding Anthem celebrates former Mnet Idols winner, Elvis Blue

Elvis BlueModest. That's the word that describes Elvis blue (his real name is Jan Hoogendyk).

What he does does not tell you in the interview is that he is an award-winning performer who has been scooping noteworthy awards since his first album! His first album - which he did under his real name - won an ATKV Lier Toekening award. His second Afrikaans album, "Ontskemer", also under the name Jan Hoogendyk, was nominated for a 2010 South African Music Award (SAMA). Nowhere does he mention that in 2010, he won the title of Mnet Idol for that year – sharing half the profit with runner up Lloyd Cele!

He is a man of honour and one with a really big heart. This can be seen with the adoption of the name Elvis Blue as a tribute to Elvis Blaauw - a little boy he met at a hospice and children’s home whose dream was to become a keyboard player. Even though the little miracle passed away in 2009, his passion still lives on in a legend.

You know him. voted for him and love him... Dearest Wedding Anthem readers, here's a masterpiece, modestly known as Elvis Blue.

In one sentence, who is Elvis?
I am a tune-humming, songwriting, good wine-drinking, people-loving father and husband who hopes to be a good friend and to somehow make a difference before I reach the end of my life.

Can you please tell your fans what you have been up to and/or what's next?
For the last two years I have been traveling a lot and making music everywhere I can. I have also been writing a lot and released my new album in July. Not many  people get to do something they love. I am very fortunate because I am one of the lucky ones. The only reason I am able to do this is because of the great support I have been getting from people out there.

How do you find a balance between what you do and who you are?
The things you do, cannot be separate from who you are, because the things you do have a direct influence on who you are. There is therefore no balance that must be found, only decisions to be made about what you will do in every situation.

We celebrate love. Do you think true love exists? If so, Who/what/where is it?
I believe love exists. Millions of songs have been written trying to capture and explain it, and yet it remains a bit too big for us. I don't think my little paragraph will suffice, but here goes. Love is a decision and a willingness to let go of one's own desire for the good of another. This might mean different things on different days. It might be shown by taking out the trash, telling her she is beautiful when she needs to hear it, washing the dishes or opening the door for her because you want to make her life better.

Do you think there is still a place for marriage in this day-and-age?
Yes, I do.

Do you have a message to Wedding Anthem?
Enjoy your wedding day....it is over very quickly.

Photo courtesy of Universal Music.


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