There she wrote her first song "Lizzy". When she got back in the Netherlands she went to the stages, quickly winning the "Studenten Songfestival in Maastricht (songfestival for students in Maastricht). After winning the Grote Prijs, she meets Henk January Heuvelink.
He plays the wurlitzer, harmonium and the piano.
Together they regularly play at festivals, in theaters and on the radio. In 2008 drummer Nicky Hustinx joins the band.
The Beauty Around (2006)
In the summer of 2005, Marike records her first album The Beauty Around. lieutenant was released on 15 May 2006, on her own record label, Morning Coffee Records.
lieutenant is distributed by V2Records.
The debut lives up to everyone’s expectations. Marike is awarded the Essent Award for young musical talent, and the album spends many weeks in the charts. She supports the Canadian artist Feist when on tour in the Netherlands.
Feist leaves her a personal message: ‘lieutenant was very inspiring to share the stage with you.’
Celia Trigger (2008)
A recording of a concert in Nijmegen, part of the band"s first theater tour, is released on a Digital Video Disc in 2010.
The Magic Live Box contains the Digital Video Disc, a cd containing a selection of the songs, and a bonus cd containing piano versions of some of the songs, played by Henk January Heuvelink. Here Comes The Night (2011)
Marikes third album is something different, something special.
The recordings were done by engineer Staf Verbeeck in the Jet Studio, the oldest studio in Belgium and a musical monument where both Edith Piaf and The Rolling Stones have set foot. Soundwise she chooses a new pathological
Marike’s newest album is very distinctive, with cinematic underpinnings.
The band is bursting with energy and Marike’s guitar playing is compelling. The recordings were done in the Jet Studio, the oldest studio in Belgium and a musical monument where both Edith Piaf and The Rolling Stones have set foot. In September 2011 Marike is again nominated for two Edisons: "Best Album" and "Best Female Artist".