She is a singer and television personality born
Patricia Anglaia Margareth Paaij in Rotterdam, Netherlands, whose sister is
the singer Yvonne Keeley.
When she was a child she took ballet lessons and
studied the piano but concentrating more on the singing aspect of things
she performed with her father’s jazz group, The Evergreens, while still a
teenager. She made her debut
with them in 1965 and not too much later she formed a group with Anita
Meyer and her sister Yvonne who became much sought after as backing
In 1967 she got her first recording contract and
appeared on television for the first time. That same year, her single “You’re Not Hip” became a
national hit and she was soon touring The Netherlands, Germany and
Belgium. This success was
short lived though as none of the ensuing singles released, either in her
own name or under pseudonyms such as Honey Bee and Harborlites, saw the
She went back to working as a backing vocalist,
sometimes with her sister. She
appeared on commercials and did sessions with groups such as Golden
Earring, The Cats and Tee Set.
In 1971 she decided to put together her own group so
formed Himalaya with Niko Christiansen, Okkie Huysdens and Gerard
Visser. They released the
single “Put Your Hand in the Hand” which was a hit in Sweden but only had
mediocre success in The Netherlands.
In 1973 Himalaya evolved into Heart and they saw chart success with
“Hang On” and “Love Maker”.
They disbanded in 1975 after Patricia decided she wanted to
concentrate on her solo career.
She went to Abbey Road Studios in London to record her
solo album Beam of Light which was produced by her sister Yvonne’s
boyfriend Steve Harley and had performances by acclaimed session musicians
such as the bass player Herbie Flowers and the drummer Stewart
Elliott. Unfortunately the
album wasn’t as successful as she would have wanted.
This didn’t hold her back though as in 1977 she
released the album The Lady Is a Champ which produced the hit songs
“Livin’ Without You”, “Now (Is The Moment)” and “Someday My Prince Will
Come”. Also from the album
came “Who’s That Lady With My
Man” which became her biggest hit at home and abroad.
Very active in the studio she released Touch Malibu in
1978, which gave her the further single releases of “Malibu” and a duet
with her sister Yvonne, “The
Best Friend I Know”. In 1979
she hit the charts again with the award winning “ You Make It Alright”,
which was a duet with the singer Jacques Kloes.
In 1981 her album Playmate came out and even
more hits arrived in the form of “Saturday Nights” and “Who Let the
Heartache In”. She repeated
these successes with the 1983 album Dream World and the hits
“Tomorrow” and “Solitaire”.
1983 was a busy year for Patricia when she, Yvonne and
Sylvana van Veen (who had been preceded by Patricia and Yvonne’s mother)
sang in the trio The Star Sisters who were thought up by Jaap Eggermont of Stars
on 45 fame. They released
the Andrews Sisters tribute “Stars on 45 Proudly Presents The Star Sisters”
which reached the top of the charts.
The singles “Hooray For Hollywood” and “A Tribute to Marilyn Monroe”
followed this up and later they released the album Danger. The trio split up in 1987 after
their popularity began to wane.
She went back into the studio as a solo artist and
released the single “Stop Me” but this met with much less interest than she
had been used to. This
would be a time of change for her though and after her partner Adam Curry
had landed a job with MTV in the United States she relocated. Her busy working schedule quietened
down but she still managed to perform a duet with Rob de Nijs called “The
World” which entered the Dutch charts and bring out the 1995 album Time
Of My Life. The album
found her singing another duet, this time with David Hasselhoff on the
After spending several years in America, Patricia and
Adam returned to The Netherlands with ideas about having their own reality
show, “Adam’s Family” which came from the inspiration of the already
successful “The Osbournes”.
She backed out of the music scene for a while but
returned in 2000 when she performed on a jazz recording with her
father. Also in 2000 she and
her sister got together to establish the company La Paay Cosmetics. The company came to an end in early
2007 came around and The Star Sisters returned with a
remixed version of their Stars on 45 single and made an appearance on the
Dutch Version of Dancing With The Stars. Two years later and she and Adam got divorced, with her
living in their home in London while he returned to America. Although dealing with her break-up,
2009 also had an upside to it when she became a judge on the Dutch shows Popstars
and Holland’s got Talent.
She also released a remix of “Who’s That Lady With My Man” and the
duet “Verliefd” with Diego.
She ended 2009 by appearing in Playboy for the third time and
becoming the oldest ever covergirl.