Guus Meeuwis is a Dutch singer and songwriter who made his breakthrough with backing band Vagant in the middle of the 1990s. At the turn of the century, Meeuwis became a solo artist. He secured a steady following and enduring success well into the new century. As a musician, he mixes recognizable melody lines with reflective and romantic lyrics. Meeuwis was born in Mariahout, on March 23, 1972. In his early teens, he picked up the guitar and started singing. After high school, he went to Tilburg to study, and in 994, he and a couple of friends entered a talent competition for talents in Leiden and won with a single Meeuwis wrote after a romantic weekend with his girlfriend, entitled "Het Is Een Nacht." As a result, the group was offered a recording contract. The single appeared in the summer of 1995. It reached the number one position within a few weeks, selling over 250,000 copies. His next single, "Per Spoor (Kedeng, Kedeng)" also reached the number one position, staying there for three weeks. His first studio effort, Verbazing, a double album, was released in 1996; it contained both hit singles and sold in excess of a 150,000 copies. Meeuwis and Vagant were both loathed and loved for their student-like appearance and sound, but despite their critics, their success was unquestionable.