My dream

In 2010, my youngest daughter signed me up for the RTL program ‘Holland’s Got Talent” behind my back. After some hesitation, I decided to participate in this great program. Without having any expectations about how far I would come, I reached the final. In my wildest dreams I never thought I would win the final. It really was a fantastic experience! As being an unemployed baker, a new world was suddenly opening up for me! Singing has always been my hobby and now there was an opportunity to turn my hobby into my profession, so I seized it with both hands.

After winning the finale, I received more and more requests for performances. In addition to these performances I also recorded a video clip in the centre of Maastricht of the song: “You raise me up ‘. Without even knowing this video became incredibly popular on YouTube and Social Media. The video has been watched all over the world and before I knew new requests came in from China and Japan. This resulted in several trips to these beautiful countries to sing in front of thousands of people. 

After every trip I think it can’t get crazier, but  July 2016 CCTV China asked me to perform in a big live show  in their well-known studio in Beijing, for the European Championship soccer final. When we were back home we heard that over 300 million people watched this show. I was so proud that I took part in that. Just unbelievable!

In 2019 I completed my 3rd  tour to China. Each year I performed in at least 10 theatres. It is hard work, but if I see how much Joy I can give the audience and how grateful they are, I have to be humble that I can do this.

Over the years I have been to a lot of places and country’s such as China, Japan, Italy, France, Turkey, Taiwan and Germany. 

For me, this is a real pleasure to do!

That’s why I say, “you may always dream, and sometimes they will even come true.”

Martin Hurkens

"You can always dream, and sometimes they even come true."

When dreams come true

All over the World