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Patrick Lindner has become known as an interpreter of folk music and hits as well as an actor and presenter.
He was born Friedrich Günther Raab in Munich on September 27, 1960 and grew up as an only child in a middle-class family. His late mother Hedwig was a housewife and his father Friedrich an insurance clerk. However, another source states that his parents ran three inns in Bavaria. His musical inclinations and his love of acting were already evident in his childhood. His parents encouraged the talents to the best of their ability with guitar and piano lessons as well as acting lessons. After graduating from school, he completed an apprenticeship as a chef and worked in this profession for some time before pursuing his true passion, music. Since his real name didn’t seem very conducive to his career, he chose the stage name “Patrick Lindner”.
Lindner has been delighting audiences with his charm and gentle voice for over thirty years and is also an actor and TV presenter. His path into the music industry began in 1988 with the release of the single “Der Traum von Eternal Love”. The following year he was given the opportunity to take part in the “Grand Prix der Volksmusik”. With the song “Die kloane Tür zum Paradies” he took second place, which suddenly made the singer, who was largely unknown at the time, famous. Numerous releases of albums and singles followed up to the present day. He often works together with the lyricist Irma Holder and the composer Jean Frankfurter. Lindner achieved high rankings in the charts with the albums “The little things of life” (1991), “A handful of heartiness” (1992) and “Love is the salt of the earth” (1994). He also became a TV favorite in the 1990s and received his own TV shows on ARD and ZDF: “Patrick Lindner personally”, “One day with good friends” and the “Patrick Lindner Show”. He has appeared in guest roles in numerous TV series, including “Das Traumschiff”, “Weissblauegeschichten”, “Behind Bars”, “Storm of Love” or “SoKo 5113”.
The album “Himmelweit” from 1997 marks the turning away from folk music towards modern hits. Four more albums of this genre followed. In 1999 he took part in the German preliminaries for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “A Bit of Sun” and took sixth place. In 2005, he showed fans another facet of his musical ability and, together with the Thilo Wolf Bigband, recorded a swing album called Gigolo, which contains covers of English-language swing hits. In 2006 he appeared on the RTL show “Teufels Küche” and in 2012 he took part in the dance show “Let’s dance”. In 2015 and 2016 he shone in the stage performances of the operettas “Im Weißen Rössl” and “Die Fledermaus”.
During this time he also founded the “Patrick Lindner Foundation”, which he is the patron of. The non-profit organization aims to help young people grow up and help them find their personality. Among other things, she campaigns for more social acceptance of LGBT people. This social commitment is very important to Lindner because of his own life experiences as a homosexual. In his youth he had experienced rejection in his family and in his wider social environment because of his inclination.
In 2005 he and his then partner Michael Link adopted an orphan boy from Belarus. Five years after the relationship with Link broke up, Lindner entered into a relationship with Peter Schäfer in 2011. The couple married in 2018 and live in Munich with Lindner’s adopted son Daniel. Patrick Lindner’s net worth is difficult to quantify using publicly available sources. All that is known is that he owns a villa worth 2.5 million euros.
The list of awards that Lindner has received over the course of his career is impressive: three platinum and six gold discs and five “Golden Tuning Forks”. He took first place in the ZDF hit parade four times and was the winner of the “Volkstümliche Hitparade” eight times. In 1991 he was the first representative of his genre to receive a “Bambi” in the category “Most Popular Artist, Folk Music and Schlager”. In the same year, he also took first place in the “Super Hit Parade of Folk Music” with the title “The Little Things in Life”. He has received the “Edelweiß” four times and is the recipient of the “Hermann Löns Medal”. In 2018 he received the International Folk Music Prize.
At the presentation of the international folk music prize, Lindner said about his motivation: “If you can draw people along with music, can carry them away, can inspire them… then that’s a great joy, which in turn drives me.” (desired)