Listen to ‘This Is My Heart Speaking’

Botman & Van Vleuten release 2nd single, ‘This is My Heart Speaking’

Amsterdam, January 2020

The great philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau once said: “To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.” And he was right: feelings of love are best expressed through words that are coming straight from the heart.

Dutch singer-songwriters Helen Botman and Peter van Vleuten are presently touring the Netherlands with their acoustic theatre show ‘Love Letters’. On January 30th, they will be releasing their single ‘This is My Heart Speaking’, one of the pinnacle songs from the Love Letters show. Botman & Van Vleuten co-wrote the song, like they did for their first single ‘Words, Lines & Letters’, that was released in September 2019.

About the song
‘This is My Heart Speaking’ is about the thoughts and feelings that will cross your mind when writing a letter to a loved one. The song develops from a small and personal chanson d’amour into a power ballad that showcases Helen’s vocal talent and expression, before returning to the quiet intimacy it started out with. Some have compared her voice to Sara Bareilles, Adele and Eva Cassidy.

Botman & Van Vleuten have been performing together for almost ten years, while also working on separate projects. Helen Botman released her first solo single ‘People’ in 2015, followed by her self-penned EP ‘I Sing’. Earlier, Peter van Vleuten presented his first solo album ‘Once Upon a Song’. Together, they released the album ‘Great Stories’, comprising original songs as well as songs by Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman and Dolly Parton.

‘This is My Heart Speaking’ will be available worldwide for streaming on all major platforms from January 30th.


Music & Lyrics: Helen Botman, Peter van Vleuten
Vocals: Helen Botman
Guitars, bassguitar: Leo Sienot
Drums: Roman Roth (Simply Red)
Cello: Judith Groen
Recording, mix and production: Studilio, The Hague (NL)

Listen to ‘This Is My Heart Speaking’



TRACK This Is My Heart Speaking (WAV)
TRACK This Is My Heart Speaking (MP3)

LYRICS This Is My Heart Speaking (PDF)

Credits: Corbino / Maarten Corbijn

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