Frans Bauer was born in Roosendaal, The Netherlands, on 30 December 1973. He is a popular Dutch singer of the so called "levenslied" ("song about life"). He grew up in a trailerpark in Fijnaart. Already in his youth, Frans Bauer wanted to become a singer after he was inspired by Julio Iglesias, Elvis Presley and Koos Alberts (a Dutch singer). Bauer's own singing career started in 1987 when he recorded his first single, "Ben Je Jong" (Are You Young), under supervision of Dutch producers Rudi Schreijenberg and Emile Hartkamp.