Esmee Denters was born in Arnhem, the Netherlands in 1988. She has an older sister, who is a well-known singer and actress in Holland. The older sister had a big influence on Esmee. She helped her become interested in singing. Denters loved listening to her father’s discs. In 2003, the family moved to the Arnhem suburbs. While in high school, the aspiring artist was practicing her vocal skills. Then she enrolled at HAN University.
In the summer of 2006, Denters created her own YouTube channel, where she uploaded her covers of famous singles by other artists. She recorded them at home, using simple equipment. Denters wanted to find out if her vocal talent was of any interest to the public. She was noticed almost immediately. In just two months, her videos collected over 40 million views.
Such a quick success attracted the attention of different producers. Esmee was getting offers from different labels, which she didn’t take seriously at first. Finally, in February 2007, the artist decided to visit the USA and meet her potential partners. In the US, she met Sean Combs, Kelly Rowland, and Justin Timberlake. Then she went to Sweden to work with other professional musicians. At the same time, Esmee made a decision to quit school to devote herself fully to the music career.