Waylon (born Willem Bijkerk) is a Dutch singer. His stage name came from the name of his idol Waylon Jennings. He represented the Netherlands with Ilse DeLange as The Common Linnets at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, finishing in second place in the final.
Waylon started his career in 1995 singing in the television program Telekids where he sang the chorus of the song Harry Stallion. From childhood, he was inspired by country music and he played the drums with the band West Virginian Railroad. He was signed in 1997 by EMI and went to Nashville to record an album, but the album was never completed.
In 2001, he lived and worked for a year in the United States where he also performed with his idol, Waylon Jennings. After Jennings died in 2002, Waylon returned to the Netherlands. Waylon took part in the first season of Holland's Got Talent on SBS 6 in 2008. He auditioned with the song "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by James Brown. He received positive feedback from jurors Henkjan Smits and Patricia Paay. Waylon placed in the finals.
A year later, Universal Music signed Waylon as the first Dutchman to the Motown label. His first single, "Wicked Way", was released on August 7, 2009, as a preview of the album Wicked Ways, released later that month.
In April 2010, Waylon won his first major music award, a 3FM Award for "Best Newcomer". A month later he received in a gold record for his debut album on the television program De wereld draait door. Waylon released "The Escapist" in October 2011 as the first single from his second album, After All, which was released on November 3, 2011.
Together with singer Ilse Delange, Waylon was the Dutch entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen. The two formed the duo The Common Linnets and sang the country/bluegrass song "Calm After the Storm". They won second place with a total of 238 points behind Conchita Wurst from Austria.
Waylon's third studio album, "Heaven After Midnight", was released in September 2014. He worked in Nashville and Hollywood on the album with, among others, Bruce Gaitsch, Rob Crosby, Leland Sklar, CJ Evanston, Janey Clewer, Michael Landau… Bruce Gaitsch co-wrote 5 songs, plays acoustic guitars and produced the record with Paul Brinks. Heaven After Midnight also features the names of Ilse De Lange, Rob Crosby and son Mattew Crosby who worked together with Waylon on the Common Linnets project.