Young Belgian musicians: Jan Kerckhofs

Jan Kerckhofs

Music is very important in my life. I always want to discover new artists, learn about different music genres. But the most important thing is that music should touch me. And it does, quiet regularly.

In Belgium we have a lot of young unknown musicians and today I would like to introduce you to Jan Kerckhofs.


I got to know him as a friend of my son, they played basketball on the same team, his aunt had been my son’s teacher in primary school. I knew him as a cute, funny and sportive guy. Until one day my son showed me a video from Jan singing. And I was sold, immediately. He has a warm voice and a little bit of this “je ne sais quoi” in his voice that makes him special, stand out. Next to that he is also a great musician. He didn’t get any musical education, he doesn’t know how to read notes but he taught himself how to play the piano and guitar. As a left handed guy it’s not easy to play a right handed guitar. But ingenious as he was, he just turned the guitar upside down.


His first performance was at a wedding. Thanks to all the social media, the word was spread and bit by bit he was working his way up with performances in Switzerland, France, Poland and a fully booked agenda in the meantime. He admires Jason Mraz, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Johnny Cash,… During his performance he brings a mix of contemporary songs and golden oldies but he turns them upside down and makes them his own.


To me, what makes him a great musician is that he also has the talent to attract other good musicians, singers. He is not only focused on his own talent. But he has this incredible kindness to let others shine with him. He can be the front man on stage, step back and be the musician and second voice the next time.
That’s what I admire about him. He’s aware of his talent, but he stays humble.


If ever you have a party that needs an amazing artist or you just want to have quality entertainment for the evening, book this guy with or without his friends and you won’t be sorry.

Feel free to contact him, listen to him and spread the word.

Note: Jan gave me the permission to use his pics for this blog.