|Also known as: Simone Simons
Born on: 17.01.1985
Simone Simons (born 17 January 1985) is a Dutch coloratura mezzo-soprano singer who is the lead vocalist of symphonic metal band Epica.
Simons was born in Hoensbroek and had an interest in music from the age of ten; after listening to the Nightwish album Oceanborn at the age of fifteen, she began taking classical singing lessons. She sang in a choir for a couple of months in 2002, joining Epica soon after. Her favorite song to perform is "Reprendo mai più" by Emma Shapplin.
On January 10, 2008, it was announced on Epica's website that Simone was suffering from MRSA. This caused Epica to have to cancel many of their shows. In February, her condition was getting better, but she was not completely recovered. In March, Epica toured with Amanda Somerville, replacing Simons for their US tour until 11 May 2009, when Simone performed again at their show in Bibelot, Dordrecht.