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Roland Kaiser is one of the most famous German pop singers. He celebrated his first successes in the mid-1970s. Roland Kaiser has been married to his wife Silvia for the third time since 1996. The two have two children together. Kaiser also has a son from his second marriage to Anja Schuete.
Early years and first contact with music
Roland Kaiser grew up in post-war West Berlin with a foster mother. His birth mother became pregnant when she was 16 and gave the baby up for adoption after birth. His foster mother had sole custody. After leaving school, he completed an apprenticeship as a car salesman, which he successfully completed in 1969. In the car dealership where he did his training, he later headed the advertising department.
In the early 1970s he worked as a telegram messenger. Since money was very tight, he was already working as a pop singer at that time. He performed in pubs and also at weddings. The successful music producer Gerd Kampf discovered him at one of these performances.
In 1974 Roland Kaiser released his first single “What has become of her”. Roland had his first sales success with the single “Sieben Fassers Wein”. The song reached number seven in the German charts. With “Schach Matt”, another single release from his third studio album, he achieved another commercial success. The song stayed in the charts for a total of 11 weeks. In 1980, Roland Kaiser took part in the German preliminary round of the Grand Prix Eurovision. However, he only reached twelfth place here. Since then, his career has gone uphill.
highlights of his career
In May 1980 he released his most successful single “Santa Maria”. The song stayed at number one in the German single charts for 5 weeks. The title developed into an absolute super hit in Germany. To date, over 1.2 million singles have been sold. The song was also a #1 hit in Belgium and the Netherlands. The single went double gold in all countries.
Other big hits by the artist include the following singles: “Midnight Lady”, “To Love You”, “Joana”, “I Think It’s Going On Again” and “Love Me One Last Time”.
Of course, this is only a small part of Roland Kaiser’s complete works. Kaiser has become an integral part of the German music world. His titles are hits with heart and mind, but at the same time invite you to sing along. He also has a large following among younger audiences, which not every 80’s pop star can claim to be. Roland Kaiser is rightly considered the most successful pop singer of the early 80s. He also wrote lyrics for famous colleagues such as Nana Mouskuri, Milva, Peter Maffay and the band Karat.
“I want to pass on some of the happiness that life and society have given me”.
“Anything is possible, I am more convinced of that today than ever before”. (More recent quote)
Roland Kaiser is a member of the SPD and a good friend of Sigmar Gabriel and Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
He is also a board member of the Solidarfonds Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia.
Since he grew up as an orphan himself, he is involved in many institutions for children.
The issue of organ donation is also very important to him.
In 2010 he had a donor lung transplanted himself after suffering from the severe lung disease COPD.
In addition, he has long been an ambassador for the Albert Schweitzer Children’s Villages and the Children’s Hospice Mitteldeutschland Nordhausen eV
He is also an ambassador for the AtemWeg Foundation and, more recently, for the Kinderlachen eV association
These are just a few of the social projects that Roland Kaiser is involved in.
The German Deutsche Phono-Akademie took this commitment, which is not necessarily a matter of course, as an opportunity to award Mr. Kaiser the “Echo for social commitment”. An award he can truly be proud of. And Roland Kaiser has more than earned this award.