We’ve all seen the talent shows on television where singers compete to be their country’s next big star. But even if you don’t end up winning the show, the exposure can be enough to propel your career. Take Max Giesinger, for example. The smooth and soulful pop singer only finished fourth in the debut season of The Voice of Germany. But he’s won plenty of awards and his songs have been in the music charts of the German-speaking world. Practice your German language skills and sing along with this month’s German music recommendation for German language learners: Max Giesinger!
Giesinger made it onto the national music scene with The Voice of Germany and his coach Xavier Naidoo. But that isn’t where his story starts. Born and raised in the Karlsruhe area, he was playing in bands since he was a teenager. And like many, Giesinger was active on YouTube posting videos of his musical performances. One of his most popular performances is his cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” On the track he duets with Voice of Germany “competitor” Michael Schulte. The video currently has more than 4.5 million views.
After his exit from the TV singing competition show, he released the 2013 EP entitled Unser Sommer (Our Summer). But in order to release his first album, Giesinger went to the fans. Using a crowdfunding campaign he raised the financing for 2014’s Laufen lernen (which translates to Finding your feet or Learning to walk). He set out to raise ten thousand Euros for the album and fans provided more than double that amount.
Last year, Giesinger released his second full-length release. Entitled Der Junge, der rennt (The boy who runs), he’s seeing significant success. The album’s debut single, “80 Millionen,” went to number two in the German charts and subsequently became a platinum single. It also won Giesinger the 1 Live Krone that year in the “best single” category. His latest single is “Roulette.” The track is the third single from Der Junge, der rennt and was only released a few weeks ago.
If you’re enjoying what you hear and you happen to be in Europe then you’re in luck. (Especially if you’re specifically in Germany or Switzerland.) Max Giesinger has a busy summer ahead of him! The singer will be on tour all spring and summer. He also has dates already scheduled out through fall and December, too.
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Photo by Kai Marks.