ABOUT US

Edgard & Daniel VAN PASSEL, twin brothers, born June 15th 1957: Authors, Composers, Producers, Music Publishers - "We trade in Intellectual Property" !

Partners of the Belgian right society SABAM since 1978. Residing in Holland at the start of their musical career, the twins were soon presented at the Midem in Cannes as one of the leading songwriters and producers there. That's how their music ended up in the USA. Through their New York office they signed a worldwide contract with EMI Music Publishing in 1990.

But, … the VanPasselBrothers soon founded their own independent Music Publishing company   

                                      "VanPasselBrothers Music"

Worldwide collaborations with: Sony ATV Music/ BMG Music Publishing/ EMI Music Publishing/ Warner Chappell Music/ Universal Music/ MCA Music/ Peermusic ... . 

Songs published "in all continents of the world" and cover versions in more than 25 different languages. The 1st cover of one of their songs was recorded in Stockholm/ Sweden in the Abba Studios (Polar Music), soon followed by a 2nd cover on RCA-Victor label in Japan, a 3rd in America on BMG US-Latin label, ... !!

VanPasselBrothers Music copyrights participated in various International Music Festivals: The  1981 'Nordring Jazz Festival' in Scandinavia (entry for Belgium) - Winner of the 1988 'Çesme Music Festival' in Turkey (entry for Holland) - 5th place (1998) in 'The Eurovision Song Contest' (entry for Croatia) and included in the official CD & DVD release (2005) celebrating the '50th Anniversary Of The Eurovision Song Contest'.

In 1993 the Van Passels had an absolute "NR. 1 Smash Hit" in Australia, S.E. ASIA and the rest of the Pacific Region, with their song "DYING INSIDE TO HOLD YOU", originally performed by famous USA artist 'Timmy THOMAS' ("Why can't we live together"/ Drake "Hotline bling")The song is later covered by various other successful artists, such as Alan Tam, The Wynners, Chlara, Norman Cheung, Darren Espanto (winner of many prestigious awards: Awit Awards 2018 - Double Platinum Award in 2019 - MYX Music Awards 2019 - Top 50 in Spotify's 'Worldwide' Chart)

VanPasselBrothers Music copyrights have more than ''500 MILLIONstreams, downloads on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, ... and the various other digital platforms (with already more than '70 MILLION' streams, on Spotify only!!) Their songs are used in Commercials & Advertisements, as Tv Tunes & Original Soundtracks in movies, they are played in various aircrafts (United, Jetblue, ...) and are among the top copyrights of the Belgian music industry in the world!

Even today, Timmy Thomas' original version still appears 'worldwide' in the charts of iTunes and the other online-providers (in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, ...). Various cover versions and other VanPassel songs are in the charts in Japan, Mexico, Costa-Rica, South-Africa, Denmark, Israel, Kuwait, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan, Slovenia, among others! 

"Dying Inside To Hold You" is the favorite tune of Mr. Isko Moreno, Manila Mayor and 2022 presidential candidate in the Philippines. The song is widely used in his Presidential campaign.

Through their fund, "The VanPasselBrothers Foundation" c.q. "The VanPasselBrothers Fund at KU LEUVEN",  Edgard  & Daniel support various organizations in the field of research and education, which support will continue through their legacy.

Much more, ... as the story continues: Google: Edgard (Eddy) & Daniel (Danny) Van Passel/ VanPasselBrothers in the worldwide news & social media !!!


March 17, 2022 - In memory of Timmy Thomas, who passed away on March 11, 2022: 

Timmy Thomas had a special bond with South Africa. He performed there frequently, the music video for our song "Dying Inside To Hold You" was shot in South Africa in 1993 and he was guest of honor and special performer at Nelson Mandela's inauguration as president in 1994.

Photo: Timmy Thomas and his wife Lillie posing for his many awards, including the 3x Platinum award for our International Hit song "Dying Inside To Hold You".

March 12, 2022: We have just learned of the passing of our dear friend Timmy Thomas. We have been friends since 1990, when Timmy recorded our composition "Dying Inside To Hold You". The song has since become an evergreen and is popular all over the world. The album "Heart & Soul" contains 3 other compositions by us, in addition to 'Dying Inside’. “Rest In Peace”, dear friend.

One of the many personal souvenirs, below: “Thank you guys for a beautiful song - it will live forever”. (Timmy Thomas)

"Dying Inside" composer Daniel Van Passel comes up with a campaign version for Mayor Isko Moreno

March 2nd 2022 - Rappler, the Philippines' leading digital media company:

Presidential candidate Isko Moreno dances to '90s dancefloor hit "Dying Inside" by Timmy Thomas at a campaign sortie in Pampanga on Wednesday, March 2 - a nod to his matinee idol roots.

February 23th 2022: While our song "Dying Inside To Hold You" (in Timmy Thomas' version) resonates in the Presidents campaign across the Philippines, this version is also currently #1 on the iTunes Charts in Oman. Chlara's version is currently high in the iTunes Charts in New Zealand!

February 8th 2022 - Manila Philippines - Presidential Campaign Mr ISKO MORENO, Motorcade - Our song "Dying Inside" reverberates … see video below:

January 2022 - Timmy Thomas & VanPasselBrothers Music 

                             “Nr 1 in Cambodia” !!

"Dying Inside To Hold You" is the favorite song of Mr. Isko Moreno, Manila mayor and 2022 presidential candidate in the Philippines. The song is widely used in his presidential campaign.

@iskomorenodomagoso Nakakakilig ang inyong mainit na pagtanggap Dolores, Pampanga! ☺️ #fyp #foryoupage #biliskilos ♬ original sound - Isko Moreno

August 29th 2021: our song “It’s Not The Sama Anymore” by 4Th Impact @ Nr 2 in Brazil iTunes ‘Soundtrack Daily’ Charts! 

Previously we hit the Charts in The Philippines, Denmark & Sweden!!

June 22th 2021: Darren Espanto's version of "Dying Inside" crossing the '50 MILLION' streams on Spotify !!

June 12th 2021: watch "Dying Inside" on popular ABS-CBN TV show in the Philippines and abroad !!

March 28th 2021: Timmy Thomas & VanPasselBrothers Music @ the Top of the charts in Greece !

January 25th 2021: 

VanPasselBrothers Music and Universal Music Publishing Group are proud to announce that they have signed an advertising deal with UNILAB (the leading quality medicine company in the Philippines and beyond.


January 1st 2021: VanPasselBrothers Music signed a Worldwide Sub-Publishing & Administration deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.

September 30th 2020 - VanPasselBrothers Nr 1 in Sri Lanka with 'Stars On 45' project (as producers, co-authors/ composers of the '89 Remix)!

See links below.

Stars On 45 '89 Remix was also released as track 12 on the Hit Album "The Return of World Hits" & many other successful compilation albums !

August 2020 - Nr 1 in New Zealand - Timmy Thomas & The VanPasselBrothers again @ Nr 1 Spot Down Under.

Timmy Thomas + Darren Espanto = More than 61 MILLION streams on Spotify Only !! 

Play their versions, click on the links below.


May 29th 2020: Proud to announce a new single version of "Dying Inside to hold you", today worldwide released on all digital platforms, performed by 'Chlara' - accompanied with a music video. From the 2018 'Evo Sessions' Album 🎶🎶🎶 


Flasback

Nr 1 Çesme Music Festival 1988 in Turkey  
"Lovers Until The End" 
Performed by Lisa Boray - winning 4 awards !

The Festival was broadcasted live via satellite in 13 countries.

Play the song on the link below (written & produced by VanPasselBrothers)

Below, 3 links with 3 other versions of our winning Song

a Spanish version by Lisa Boray + a Symphonic version - Also a cover-version recorded by Angelina VanDijk. There are various other cover-recordings: in South-Africa, ... .

Thank you Mayor Isko Moreno of Manila, for your personal message. Yes we love your 'dance moves' on our song ‘Dying Inside’. We are very proud and very honored!!

In details: "Dying Inside" @ Peak Moment, on Spotify Only !!
In details: "Dying Inside" @ Peak Moment, on Spotify Only !!

Just 5 of the thousands video's on YouTube ... 

more than "112 MILLION" views !!

Chart Update:

The Mayor of Manila, Mr Isko Moreno, dancing to the tune of his favourite song 'Dying Inside To Hold You' by the VanPasselBrothers

Live performance November 22 2019 - 1MX MANILA 2019

Darren Espanto takes on "The Last Five" challenges - Nov 15th 2019 TV Entertainment ABS-CBN: Tonight with Boy Abunda - @ 0.55" - "Last song you can't get out of your head" ... And I was ... . !!!

October 24 2019 @Nr7 in the United Arab Emirates

September 5th 2019: China, here we come. "Dying Inside" @Nr 5 in iTunes Charts Macau !!

June 9 2019: Celebrating Darren Espanto's 18th B-day on TV, with "Dying Inside To Hold you" as opening song & as reprise of the Medley !

The Movie "Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes" - Uses the song "It's Not The Same Anymore" from the Van Passels as Original Soundtrack - Now worldwide available in HD on Apple Tv and on all other digital platforms - for Rent or for sale !!
The Movie "Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes" - Uses the song "It's Not The Same Anymore" from the Van Passels as Original Soundtrack - Now worldwide available in HD on Apple Tv and on all other digital platforms - for Rent or for sale !!

Mainland China, here we are !! After a successful performance in Florida USA, Darren flew back to Manila to undertake a flight to mainland China to perform as a guest at the country's largest music festival this april 12th 2019 💚💚💚👏👏👏!

March 28th 2019: "Dying Inside" Nr4 in iTunes Chart CAMBODIA!!
March 28th 2019: "Dying Inside" Nr4 in iTunes Chart CAMBODIA!!
A 'DOUBLE PLATINUM' AWARD - For the tremendous success of "Dying Inside To Hold You" !!!
A 'DOUBLE PLATINUM' AWARD - For the tremendous success of "Dying Inside To Hold You" !!!

Watch final part of Darren Espanto's Unstoppable Concert in Manila 'Kia Theatre' May 26 2018. "Dying Inside To Hold You" is the 'Encore Song' and starts at 6'21"!

MCA Records (Universal) - Licensor VanPasselBrothers Music - Released on december 15th 2017 and (May 1st 2022) more than '54 MILLION'  streams, on Spotify only!! Streamed in more than 100 countries: Anguilla Argentina Australia Austria Bahamas Bahrain Belgium Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Brazil Brunei Cambodia Canada Cayman Islands Chile China Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Egypt El Salvador Estonia Fiji Finland France Germany Ghana Greece Guam Guatemala Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland Ireland India Indonesia Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kuwait Korea Lebanon Luxembourg Macau Madagascar Maldives Malta Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Morocco Myanmar Namibia Netherlands New Zealand Nigeria Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Papua Paraguay Philippines Poland Qatar Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Seychelles Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Spain South-Africa Sri Lanka Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tanzania Thailand Tunisia Turkey Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Of America Uruguay Vietnam Zambia
MCA Records (Universal) - Licensor VanPasselBrothers Music - Released on december 15th 2017 and (May 1st 2022) more than '54 MILLION' streams, on Spotify only!! Streamed in more than 100 countries: Anguilla Argentina Australia Austria Bahamas Bahrain Belgium Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Brazil Brunei Cambodia Canada Cayman Islands Chile China Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Egypt El Salvador Estonia Fiji Finland France Germany Ghana Greece Guam Guatemala Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland Ireland India Indonesia Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kuwait Korea Lebanon Luxembourg Macau Madagascar Maldives Malta Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Morocco Myanmar Namibia Netherlands New Zealand Nigeria Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Papua Paraguay Philippines Poland Qatar Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Seychelles Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Spain South-Africa Sri Lanka Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tanzania Thailand Tunisia Turkey Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Of America Uruguay Vietnam Zambia
October 14th 2018 - Winner of the 31st Awit Awards Live performing "Dying inside To Hold You"
October 14th 2018 - Winner of the 31st Awit Awards Live performing "Dying inside To Hold You"
Darren Espanto's version of "Dying Inside To Hold You" was released December 15th 2017. Of the extremely many uploads on Youtube these 2 video's are most viewed: in just 6 months (on date June 12 2018) there were already more than "100 MILLION" views!! December 1st 2018 these 2 video's were streamed over 127 MILLION times!!
Darren Espanto's version of "Dying Inside To Hold You" was released December 15th 2017. Of the extremely many uploads on Youtube these 2 video's are most viewed: in just 6 months (on date June 12 2018) there were already more than "100 MILLION" views!! December 1st 2018 these 2 video's were streamed over 127 MILLION times!!
Top Hits Ph March 10 2018 - Still Nr 1 !!
Top Hits Ph March 10 2018 - Still Nr 1 !!

A Hit in Sweden: Top 20 in iTunes Soundtrack Chart !!

Watch out for the launch of: "It's Not The Same Anymore" (written by: Daniel Van Passel & Edgard Van Passel) performed by '4Th IMPACT'. The Official Soundtrack of the motion-picture "Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes" starring Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban. Release date January 17th 2018. 


DYING INSIDE TO HOLD YOU- Official Soundtrack of the motion-picture "ALL OF YOU

OST performed by "DARREN ESPANTO

Lead Actors: Jennylyn Mercado & Derek Ramsay. Filmed in Taiwan/ Jiufen.

Official Entry to the 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival. The film opens on Christmas Day, December 25 2017.

Original Video Clip 'Timmy Thomas' - Shot in South-Africa.

Residing in Holland, at the beginning of their musical career and recording at Soundpush Studios (Blaricum) and Bullet Sound Studios (Nederhorst den Berg), the VanPasselbrothers soon belonged to "The Pick Of Dutch Creative Artists", according to Conamus/John de Mol Sr. (Promoter Of The Dutch Professional Music Industry at the International Music Fairs, as MIDEM in Cannes France, among others). 

Already in the early ‘80's/ ‘90’s : Authors, Composers, Producers and Music Publishers for 'The Top Local (‘Stars On 45’, ‘Dolly Dots’, ‘Star Sisters’) and International Artists (‘George McCrae’, 'Timmy Thomas' (USA), ‘Be-2’ (Japan), ‘Jazzy Mel’, 'The Sacados' (Argentina) ... .


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