The Dutch bass, Jelle Draijer (Drayer), was born to a family of musicians, but he initially decided to study English and history. However, his parents were both professional singers and Jelle Draijer early started to also have lessons of singinging with his aunt, Heleen Draijer, deciding in 1974 to enter the Conservatory of Amesterdam. In 1977 he became a professional singer as a member of the Chamber Choir of Holland. At the same time that he continued to study with his aunt.
Jelle Draijer's activity as a soloist has increased since then, as much in the scope of the Choir, having worked with the teachers, Gustav Leonhardt, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ton Koopman, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jos van Immerseel, Uwe Gronostay, Phillipe Herreweghe and René Jacobs and with the groups, Fiori Musicali (Thomas Albert), Il Fondamento (Paul Dombrecht), Orchestra of the 18th Century (Frans Brüggen) and Tragicomedia (Stephen Stubbs). Jeele Draijer sang as a soloist in variety of works, such as: Vespri di S. Giovanni Battista by Monteverdi, with Gustav Leonhardt; Vespro della beata Vergina, also by Monteverdi, with René Jacobs; Madrigals by Domenico Mazzocchi, with Stephen Stubbs; Vesperae Solenne de Confessore and Coronation Mass by Mozart, with Frans Brüggen; Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) by J.S. Bach, also with Frans Brüggen; Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, with Jos van Immerseel; Via Crucis by Franz Liszt and Jetz immer Schnee by Sofia Gubaidulina, both under the conducting of Reinbert de Leeuw; as well as several other works with the Chamber Choir of Holland.