Maribel Pérez was born on January 29, 1976 in Neerpelt, Belgium and is best known by her stage name Belle Perez. She is a Belgian musician and songwriter. Born in Neerpelt to Spanish parents as María Isabelle Pérez Cerezo. The now 32 year old Belgian singer was discovered for her musical talents by Patrick Renier at a local talent show in 1997 at the age of 21. In 1999 she participated in the Belgian pre-selections of the Eurovision Song Contest and from then on Belle's career in music took off.
She started off in pop music but in 2002 she changed her style to Latino/pop and went live on stage with her own "Baila Perez" band. The album that came with it was an instant success and remained on the top spot in the Belgian charts for several weeks.
She has achieved a relatively high level of fame in her native Belgium and the Netherlands. She has also become the presenter of a popular Dutch music show. Perez participated in the Belgian tryouts for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, but ended up getting 3rd place. Her album Gotitas De Amor was released on August 23, 2006. In December 2006 she released her 4th single of "Gotitas de amor", called "Hoy (Le pido a dios)".
On 5 May she performed another "Mega Latino"-Concert in the "Sportpaleis" Antwerpen where she performed in front of about 15,000 people. In June 2007 she released her first album "Gotitas De Amor" and the first single "El Mundo Bailando" in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the mean time she recorded a new single called "Djolei! Djolei!" which was released on 15 June 2007 in Belgium and Netherlands.
Belle released another album "Gipsy" in 2008 and made the top 10 in both Belgium and The Netherlands. Appreciation in The Netherlands for her music grew and tours brought Belle more to there than to Belgium. In 2009 Belle celebrated her 10 year career. A book has been published containing her ups and downs in during those 10 years and a DVD was released of a concert without any audience.
In September 2009 it was announced that the big concert originally planned had been downsized into a smaller concert hall but with a sold out crowd. For the second year in a row she was asked to be a special musical guest in the Holiday On Ice Shows. In 2008 she did them in Belgium and in 2009 in The Netherlands. After these shows she focused on a new tour in The Netherlands - a theater tour "Latino Mundial".