Duncan Laurence, stage name of Duncan de Moor, is a Dutch singer-songwriter. Duncan was born in 1994 in Spijkenisse.
Duncan de Moor has been writing his own texts since he was 13. At the age of 17 he took part in Kunstbende, a network organization that discovers, develops and exhibits young, creative talent. In 2012 he won the local talent show Brielle’s got Talent. This allowed him to record music for a day in a studio with producer Emanuel Platino.
De Moor started studying at the Rock Academy in Tilburg in 2013. With fellow students he founded the band The Slick and Suited (later simply The Slick), which played rock music combined with soul and pop. The Slick and Suited made its debut at Eurosonic Noorderslag in January 2014.
Dutch broadcaster Avrotros selected Duncan, now operating under the pseudonym Duncan Laurence,for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. With the song “Arcade” written and composed by himself. On March 7, Arcade was presented in a Dutch TV-show. He became the hot favourite to win the contest. Duncan Laurence actually won the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
The previously planned Dutch club tour in October and November 2019 sold out within a week after winning the Eurovision Song Contest. After these concerts, Laurence gave concerts in other European countries and was added to the Pinkpop 2019 line-up. For March 26, 2020, a concert in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam was recorded. However, this was later moved by Laurence to November 17, 2020 because he needed more time to work on new music. In October of the same year, he released his second single “Love Don’t Hate It”, which reached number 6 in the Dutch charts.
On May 13, 2020, Laurence released his first EP titled “Worlds on Fire”, featuring the single “Someone Else”. In November of the same year, Laurence released his debut album “Small Town Boy”. This was preceded by the single “Last Night” and a collaboration with Armin van Buuren entitled “Feel Something”.
In December 2020, “Arcade” went viral on the social media platform TikTok. This resulted in “Arcade” entering the UK top-40. In the USA Duncan performed in the show Today and, in duet with Fletcher, in the Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Arcade” entered the USA Billboard Hot-100 Singles Chart and reached the #30 spot.
A new tour started on October 21, 2021. After performances in the Netherlands, 7 other European countries will be visited between October and November 2022. In 2022 he was one of the coaches in the Flemish The Voice Kids.