Tip Jar is the musical project of Bart de Win and Arianne Knegt. After having recorded a couple of duets for Bart's solo albums, the two discovered that their voices blended in a natural way. They decided to create room for a duet based collaboration and that's how Tip Jar was born. Bart and Arianne started to write songs together, and recorded them in a pure and honest manner, always letting the essence and character of the song prevail.
Bart de Win studied jazzpiano and -vocals at the conservatory, but got inspired by americana music, and his interests developed in a more rootsy direction. His jazz background blended in easily. Bart's music has been described as a crossover between americana, blues, gospel & jazz.
Bart has been a regular in the music business for many years now. He played the Dutch theaters for fifteen years with Gerard van Maasakkers, tours with international artists like Iain Matthews, Walt Wilkins and The Birds of Chicago, played with people like Greg Trooper and Kevin Welch and taught young talents like Shirma Rouse and Miriam West in his job as a teacher at the Rotterdam and Utrecht conservatories.
Arianne started singing in bands and choirs during her school days. Later she became the lead singer in Marylou & The Good Old... Read More|
... Boys, a country and rockabilly band. Since 2009 Arianne is one of the voices of The Simple Life. She has a passion for attending concerts, and regularly writes reviews for the music websites Folkforum and Altcountryforum. Next to her vocal and songwriting contributions she takes care of the promotion of Bart de Win & The Simple Life and Tip Jar.