Jim Bakkum, born Jimmy Johannes Bakkum on August 10, 1987, in Egmond-Binnen, North Holland is a Dutch singer and actor. As a child he was encouraged to sing and act by his parents. He started a band with his older brother Danny and he performed in amateur theatre productions. In 2002, his brother suggested that he should audition for the Dutch TV talent programme "Idols".
He became the youngest contestant at 15 years of age. After being voted into second place in the competition, he was signed by Wilde Productions and released his first single "Tell Her" in May 2003. The song charted at # 1 in the Netherlands. His second single, "This Love Is Real" which is a cover of the original song by CB Milton ( he was also signed to Wilde Productions ) was released in July 2003 and it reached the top 3.
Shortly after Jim's 16th birthday, in August 2003 he released his debut album Impressed , this reached #1 in the Dutch album charts and became gold (40.000 copies sold). In April 2004 Jim was nominated for 2 TMF awards; Best Newcomer and Best Singer. He won the award of Best Newcomer. His second album Ready was released in May 2004 and reached the Top 10 of the Dutch Album Charts.Make Jim Playlist