The seeds to Jeangu Macrooy’s journey are planted when he receives a guitar at age thirteen. However, his musical ambition turns out to be bigger than the music scene in his native Suriname, leading to his move to The Netherlands in 2014.
There he meets producer/composer Perquisite, who becomes his musical collaborator. In 2016 Jeangu's debut-EP 'Brave Enough' is being released and his career finds itself on the fast track: he becomes a recurring guest on Dutch talkshow 'De Wereld Draait Door' and is nominated for the Edison Award 'Best New Artist'. Jeangu’s debut album High on You (2017) brings Jeangu and his band to major live slots at Lowlands Festival, Eurosonic and North Sea Jazz and also his second album Horizon (2019) receives lots of critical acclaim.
The song Grow - which has been selected as the song with which Macrooy is going to represent The Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 - is about growing up and realizing that there’s no such thing as a clear cut path to happiness. But it’s also about accepting the fact that life is a series of highs and lows, which ultimately makes us grow. Jeangu: ‘Emotions, good and bad, are a universal language. I believe in the power music has to bring people together. It’s the reason I do what I do.’