If you listen to any German language radio then you likely have heard the name Mark Forster. His 2014 sophomore album, Bauch und Kopf, was a huge pop hit in Germany. The title track won the Bundesvision Song Contest in 2015. And you may know him for his role serving as a judge on The Voice Kids.
Let’s get to know singer Mark Forster and practice your German language skills with his catchy pop songs. You’ll be singing along in no time!
About Mark Forster
Mark Forster is the stage name of Marek Ćwiertnia. Forster was born in Dortmund to a German father and a Polish mother. His music career has been varied. For a time he was the frontman for the band Balboa. Forster also wrote music and jingles for television. But by 2010 he was signed to Four Music and two years later he released his debut Karton. The album did respectfully in the charts.
Forster’s music is larger than life and it isn’t shy. It stays with you but it isn’t catchy in the traditional throw-away sense that is often so prevalent in pop music. Forster is clearly trying to make a connection with fans and impart a message.
To the Top of the Charts
Although he released his debut in 2012, it was Forster’s 2014 album Bauch und Kopf that pushed him to the top of the German pop music scene. The album features hit tracks like “Au revoir,” which sees a guest appearance from rapper Sido, and “Flash mich.”
Tape, from 2016, is Forster most recent release. The album features the hit singles “Wir sind groß” and “Chöre.” The latter track was used for the soundtrack of the film Willkommen bei den Hartmanns (starring major German film stars like Heiner Lauterbach, Florian David Fitz and Elyas M’Barek).
These days, you can see Forster as a coach on The Voice Kids. On the show, Forster serves as a mentor to aspiring singers between the ages of 8 and 14.
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