About Marie de Haan

Marie is an accomplished writer, songwriter, and speaker.

She has written two memoirs thus far, in a three-part series entitled Cancer Is A Funny Thing. The trilogy—in addition to a cancer blog—relates how Marie endured a devastating diagnosis of breast cancer with her characteristic grace and humor.

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. She is currently a member of her local church’s praise band. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse.

Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband Ken—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.

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Marie de Haan sitting alone in a field
Marie de Haan standing near a tree in a field
Marie de Haan standing in a field

I Am Broken Album Cover




  1. I Am Broken



When I first got home from Nashville, I was overwhelmed by my to-do list: copyrights, CCLI, ASCAP, DistroKid, Spotify, YouTube….

Enter Jennie. I hired her to be my publicist to walk me through all these confusing steps. She has worked with Randy Travis in the past and now she is representing little old me. How did this happen?

Jennie emailed me yesterday that a podcast was "greatly moved" by my story. I don’t even know what a podcast is, but I have a feeling I’m going to find out.

"My official music video just came out yesterday."

I never, ever thought I'd say those words in a million years. And yet, here we are.

I must confess, it took me 15 minutes to get the guts up to watch it when the producer first sent it to me. Sorry, Dallas Jack, I never should have doubted you. You took a great actress, Taylor Winnell, and a hack like me—along with a piano in a dark room—and you made something beautiful. ❤
The official "I Am Broken" music video is coming out at 5:30 p.m. PST. It was filmed at Soundcheck Nashville back in September and was fun, exciting, and terrifying all at the same time. This picture was taken in the parking lot after five and a half hours in the studio, and yes, I yelled, "That's a wrap!" 
A bubbly woman at the front desk of the resort called and asked if I wanted to discuss our timeshare points. I was supposed to be putting on makeup, curling my hair, and changing my clothes, all within 20 minutes. I had a music video taping to prepare for, even though I am not an actress. Discuss timeshare points? Hard pass, lady. I had to focus all my energy on conquering my fear and “saddling up anyway.”
Killing time until we had to meet the producer, vocalist, and an actress (to play me...w-what?) for the video shoot at Soundcheck Nashville. We admired the 50,000 plants, took way too many ugly selfies (bad hair and no makeup...me, not the husband), and had the time of our lives. 
Producer, vocalist, pianist/songwriter, and violinist...I'd say we made a pretty good team. And thanks to the husband for a) taking this picture, b) paying for everything, and c) being my biggest fan. When are we going back to Nashville? ❤
#nashville #iambroken
Ali Nicole, your sweet voice added so much to my song and I'm glad that we are now "great friends" as you put it that day in the studio when we took 20 selfies to get that perfect picture. #nashville #greatfriends #iambroken
While I was in Nashville recording my song, "I Am Broken," I got my first fan gift from this cutie-patootie ($20 in my Venmo account) with a sweet note saying, "A special dessert for your special trip."
#HaagenDazs #rockyroad
What a surreal experience to have my song “I Am Broken” recorded in Nashville. I cried twice—overcome with emotion—convinced I would never return to normal life. The producer turned to me halfway through our second day, pointed to his screen, and said, “I am limited to 8 characters as a title for this project: I Am Broke.” Well, normal life it is. 😉#gottapaythebills
On my way to the recording studio back on September 22, I made a little stop at the Grand Ole Opry. 
Another pre-Nashville conversation....
Me: "Hi, Producer. I finally posted my good news on Facebook. If you ever see anything inappropriate that I post, please call me on it. Like, maybe I shouldn't have called Keith Urban Keith-freaking-Urban."
Producer: "Just saw it!! So excited for you! Ha ha, I don't mind one bit. You've got Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Paramore, Thomas Rhett, and Maren Morris to pick from for credits. Ha ha."
Me: "Sweeeeet. I'll do some more name-dropping later."
Producer: "I'm beyond excited to work together."
Me: "One of my fans asked if I was going to meet Keith Urban. I told them I would faint for sure and drool all over myself."
Producer: "I'll see what I can do."
Me: "WHAT. Don't tease me like that."
Producer: "Ha ha."
Me: "Ask him if he wants to sing my song!!!"
#mightaswelldreambig #keithurban
Back in August (before my trip to Nashville)....
Producer: "I'd like to do a video in addition to the song to further tell your story."
Me: "Okay." Playing it cool while inside I'm thinking, This is not happening. Someone pinch me.
Producer: "I'd like you to be thinking about what you want that to look like."
Me: Gulp. Out loud, "I'd like it to look like I've lost 20 pounds over the next month."
Producer: "Well, it really is true that the camera adds 20 pounds."
Me: "So, what you're saying is, if I lose 20 pounds, I'll be right back where I started." 😉
When this picture was taken back in April, 2019—when “I Am Broken” was first performed locally—little did I know that almost a year and a half later, I would be flying to Tennessee to meet a producer who has worked with Keith-freaking-Urban and several members from the show "Nashville."
Went to Nashville back in late September to record my song, “I Am Broken.” Definitely one of the highlights of my life.


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