While Annemie Coenen has been active in the music industry since 2000, she did not always perform as AnnaGrace. Beginning in 2000, she was one of three in Ian Van Dahl, a Eurodance and vocal trance trio. She worked alongside executive producers Christophe Chantizs and Erik Vanspauwen.
Ian Van Dahl is best known for their debut single “Castles in the Sky” (2000), which enjoyed major success in Europe––peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the Scottish Singles Chart. The single even managed to make its way across the Atlantic, reaching number 91 on the American Billboard Hot 100.
At the time, the vocals were recorded by singer Martine Theeuwen, who co-wrote the song. Theeuwen would later leave Ian Van Dahl, and Coenen would replace her as the frontwoman of the trio. The single was eventually re-recorded to feature Coenen’s vocals.
“Castles in the Sky” was the lead single for Ian Van Dahl’s debut album Ace. The album reached number seven in the UK, achieving Gold Status. In 2004, the trio teamed up once again for a second album: Lost & Found. This time around, they were in even better company: Peter Luts and David Vervoort joined Chantizs and Vanspauwen on the production side of things. While album singles “I Can’t Let You Go,” “Believe,” “Where Are You Now?” and “Inspiration” were moderately successful, they did not match up to the commercial sales
Ready to Dare was AnnaGrace’s debut album, released in 2010. It enjoyed moderate success, peaking at number 15 in Belgium charts. While the duo has not released a sophomore album yet, they released follow-up singles such as “Alive” (2012) and “Girls Like Dancing” (2013). Both were released domestically, staying inside of Belgium.