Andrea Jürgens Biography
Andrea Elisabeth Maria Jürgens was a German schlager singer born on 15th of May 1967. She became famous as a child star in the late 1970s when she had her first hit with “Und dabei liebe ich euch beide” “And Yet I Love You Both” at age 10. She has been active in the music business ever since with more than 60 single releases. Andrea Jürgens is the daughter of Margret and Heinz Jürgens, and was born in Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Andrea Jürgens Career
She performed her debut hit “Und dabei liebe ich euch beide” in her very first television appearance which took place in the ARD-Silvestergala on New Year’s Eve of 1977/1978. The song was written by Jack White and Jon Athan. Its lyrics address the post-divorce situation from a child’s perspective. Further appearances on various television and radio shows followed. In the March 1978 Andrea Jürgens was the viewers’-choice winner on ZDF-Hitparade, a television show conducted by Dieter Thomas Heck.
In 1978 ,during the fall, the follow-ups to the debut hit were released. “Ich zeige Dir mein Paradies” (I’ll Show You My Paradise) and “Tina ist weg” (Tina’s Run Away), together with her success in the so-called hit parades concluded Andrea Jürgens’ position as the first big child star in Germany since Heintje. In 1979 she gained further success with “Ein Herz für Kinder” (A Heart For Children) and “Eine Rose für dich” (A Rose For You).
In October 1979 the Christmas album Weihnachten mit Andrea Jürgens was published. Its sales exceeded 1,5 million copies in just three months. Consequently, the album achieved multiple gold records and double platinum. The album included the single “Aba Heidschi Bumbeidschi”, a traditional lullaby.
Jürgens’ commercial success continued in a smaller scale in the early 1980s. The folk music album Andrea Jürgens singt die schönsten deutschen Volkslieder was released in 1981. Her next single hits were “Mama Lorraine” in 1981, “Japanese Boy”in 1981, and “Playa Blanca”in the year 1984 . Like “Manuel Goodbye”in the year 1983, “Playa Blanca” was originally sung in English by Audrey Landers. Jack White produced the German versions for Andrea Jürgens.
The albums Solang’ ein Mädchen träumen kann “As Long as a Girl Can Dream” in 1982 and Weil wir uns lieben “Because We Love Each Other” in 1984, were not chart busters like their predecessors. In the latter half of the decade, no new studio albums were released. However, she released some singles, e.g. “Ciao ciao amore” and a “Best Of” compilation which was published in 1987.
Her next albums, Küsse der Nacht (Kisses of the Night) and Liebe (Love), were released in the early 1990s. The album Ich krieg’ nie genug von dir (I Never Get Enough of You) was released in 1993. Once again, it included a song originally interpreted by Audrey Landers, namely “Guten Morgen Sonnenschein” (Good Morning Sunshine). In 1996 Jürgens recorded the single “Wir greifen nach den Sternen” (We Reach For the Stars) together with the Nockalm Quintett. The song was included in the album Wenn ich glücklich bin (1996), the opening track of which is the German cover version of Madonna’s hit “You’ll See”, “Du wirst sehen”.
Jürgens celebrated her 25-year singing career,in 2002. The anniversary was celebrated by publishing the jubilee album Dankeschön zum 25jährigen Bühnenjubiläum. In the new century she changed her record company from BMG to KOCH. Lust aufs Leben (Love of Life) (2005) was her first studio album under the new label. Jack White and Peter Wagner had been the producers of Jürgens’ albums during her BMG-years, Mr White often mentioned as the executive producer on the album cover. In KOCH her producer has been Alfons Weindorf.
Her early albums were published in a non-plastic CD-box in 2006 by White Records. The albums are: Ich zeige dir mein Paradies (I’ll Show You My Paradise), Eine Rose schenk ich dir…und dieses Lied (I Give You a Rose … and This Song), Irgendwann wird jedes Mädchen mal 17 (Every Girl Turns 17 Sometime), Mama Lorraine and Solang’ ein Mädchen träumen kann (As Long as a Girl Can Dream), each with original cover artwork.
Her new album Millionen von Sternen was released in March 2016, including the singles Millionen von Sternen, Das reicht für mehr als eine Nacht and Déjà vu.
Andrea Jürgens Awards
Jürgens was awarded various national music prizes. She achieved many silver, gold and platinum records for her singles and albums. The album Weihnachten mit Andrea Jürgens (Christmas with Andrea Jürgens) has achieved multiple gold and platinum. It has been commercially available throughout the year since its first publication. In 1982 and 1983, Jürgens was granted the Goldene Stimmgabel (Golden Tuning Fork).
Andrea Jürgens Albums
- Millionen von Sternen
- Weil wir uns lieben
- Küsse der Nacht
- Weihnachten mit Andrea Jürgens
- Komm in meine Träume
- Dankeschön: Zum 25. Bühnenjubiläum
- Wenn ich glücklich bin
- Verbotene Träume
- Ich Krieg Nie Genug Von Dir
- Irgendwann wird jedes Mädchen mal 17
- Lust aufs Leben
- Ich hab’ nur ein Herz
- Mama Lorraine
- Solang ein Mädchen träumen kann
- Eine Rose schenk ich dir… …und dieses Lied
- Ich zeige dir mein Paradies
- Wir Tanzen Lambada
- Von Gestern bis Heute
- Du hast mir total gefehlt – 16 große Single-Hits
- Amore, Amore Ihre schönsten Lovesongs
- Die großen Erfolge
- Sonderedition Vol.1
- Das Beste
- Nur das Beste: Die großen Erfolge 1983 – 2000
- Ich find’ Schlager toll
- 40 Jahre – Die Andrea Jürgens Collection
- Das Beste – Ein Kinderstar wird 50
- Eine Rose schenk ich dir… und dieses Lied
- Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
Andrea Jürgens Spouse
She was married to Ralf Stiller in the years 1988 to 1994.
Andrea Jürgens Death
She fell in a coma as a result of a double kidney-failure and died on 20 July 2017.