Fronting the Dutch symphonic metal act Epica is the mezzo-soprano goddess Simone Simons. At only 28 years old, Simons has already swept the metal world for a decade with her operatic voice.

Originally dubbed Sahara Dust, Epica formed in late 2002, with Simons taking the helm for a project targeted towards classical and symphonic aspects of metal music shortly after the departure of original vocalist Helena Michaelsen (Trail of Tears). Guided by the warmth of Simons, Epica have become symphonic metal icons, having released five full-length albums. In April 2013, Simons announced that she is expecting her first child in late summer 2013.