|Estimated value:||€2 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||singer|
The artist Ute Freudenberg was born on January 12, 1956 in Weimar and is a German pop and schlager singer.
Growing up in East Germany, Ute Freudenberg was already a very popular and well-known pop singer in the GDR era, who, in addition to many appearances, also made many records and singles in Kessel Buntes. The best-known songs of Ute Freudenberg’s career include Jugendliebe, And there you still ask, All or nothing and On the roofs of Berlin. For many years, Ute Freudenberg also performed with the also well-known band Elefant.
Ute Freudenberg was discovered in 1971 at the age of 15 as a talented singer. Just one year later, in 1972, Ute Freudenberg prevailed over five other girls in the national young talent competition for female musical talent. In the same year she appeared on television for the first time, on the program Six Girls and Music. Ute Freudenberg completed her singing studies from 1972 to 1977 at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in her hometown of Weimar. In 1976, Ute Freudenberg was also a founding member of the rock band Elefant, which released two LPs and twelve singles together with her. One of the absolute classics from Ute Freudenberg’s career is her most famous song Jugendliebe, which is considered a classic in GDR rock and pop history. In addition to the songs already mentioned, the hits How far is it to the end of this world?, And again a person is born and There is no foreign suffering for me are also known, with Ute Freudenberg appearing in a duet with Wolfgang Ziegler on this song.
A significant date in Ute Freudenberg’s life was the year 1984, when she did not return to the GDR from a performance in the FRG. She moved to Düsseldorf and had the opportunity to work as a studio singer with various clients and to perform on cruise ships. In 1988 she briefly changed her name and from then on wore the stage name Heather Jones. Under this name, she sang the theme song This was the last time in a crime scene episode entitled Pleitegeier. In 1990 her single Ein Tag wie Heut’ was released, which was the German version of the famous Whitney Houston hit One Moment in Time. After releasing further songs and albums, Ute Freudenberg moved back to her hometown of Weimar in 1996. She founded the Ute F. Live Band, where she was supported by the musicians Mickischläger (keyboards), Manfred Schermuly (drums), Thomas Hödtke (bass) and Ralf Rudnik (guitar). In 1997 the album Land in Sight was released. On the occasion of Ute Freudenberg’s 25th stage anniversary, she gave a gala concert in Erfurt, at which many artist colleagues such as the band Karat performed. Also in 1997 she sang with Wolfgang Ziegler the title song There is no strange suffering for me as part of the José Carreras Gala on ARD. In 2000, Ute Freudenberg had the opportunity to host the 90-minute MDR television show Ich Liebe meinestunden at Karat’s 25th stage anniversary. In October of the same year her album Traumerland was released, in which titles like Grateful for every day and Because we are friends are gathered.
The highlights of Ute Freudenberg’s career include the many awards she has received. In 1975 she won the young talent prize at the GDR Chanson Days. In addition, between 1980 and 1984, she was voted the most popular singer in the GDR four times. In 1998, Ute Freudenberg was awarded the coveted Goldene Henne media prize. In addition, the readers of Super-Illu and Super TV and the viewers of MDR voted the song Jugendliebe the most popular GDR hit of all time. In 2008, Ute Freudenberg was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany as part of her commitment as patron of McDonald’s Children’s Aid. These awards are followed by other renowned prizes that appropriately honor the multifaceted work of the artist.
“The beauty of life can actually only be found in deceleration.”
About herself Ute Freudenberg says that she has had a total of three lives. Until the mid-1980s she lived in East Germany, where she was born and grew up. Then she had a short interlude in the West, as she says herself. A few years after reunification, Ute Freudenberg finally returned to her old homeland. A song from her career connects the three lives of Ute Freudenberg: the hit Jugendliebe. Ute Freudenberg wishes for the future in Germany that people would no longer constantly talk about East and West.
|Estimated value:||€2 million|