Born Christoff de Bolle on June 18, 1976, Belgian pop crooner Christoff became one of his nation's best-known exports -- continentally speaking -- by appearing twice as representative of his nation in The Eurovision Song Contest, in 1993 and 2002. As a solo artist, he first hit the charts in 1991, with the single "Ik Voel Me Zo Goed" ("I Feel So Good"). More success was found in partnership with his sister -- also a famous pop singer -- Lindsay. Their early-'90s duets together, "Love Is More Than One Word" and "Through Rain and Wind," flirted with the upper reaches of the charts. After the Eurovision competition in 1993, Christoff went back to selling singles in Belgium, and for the next decade was a regular hitmaker, including another -- this time reaching the Top Five -- hit single with sister Lindsay.
His tenth anniversary as a performer, in 2001, was marked by the release of a compilation and another hit single. Christoff reappeared in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest, but unfortunately he did not make the finals. The hits continued for the singer, however, and his 2007 LP, Blauwe Ogen (Blue Eyes), reached number three on the Belgian album chart. A year later, Zeven Zonden hit number two. It was followed by a string of chart-toppers beginning with 2009's 1001 Nachten and the compilation Alle Hits. Also hitting number one were 2011's Christoff & Vrienden, 2013's Christoff & Vrienden, Vol. 2, and 2014's Altijd Onderweg. His 2015 Christmas album, Kerstmis met Jou, broke the streak, still climbing to number three, and the next year's Hou Me Vast returned the popular singer to the top spot. ~ Chris True & Marcy Donelson