Label: Мелодия - C60 27363 007 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Ташкентский Завод • Country: USSR • Genre: Electronic, Pop • Style: Synth-pop, Vocal
Prior to embarking on a solo career, Sandra was the lead singer of the all-female disco trio Arabesquewhich had a massive following in Japan and the Soviet Union. Also, between Сандра* - The Long Play she provided vocals on album releases of the very successful musical project Enigmawhich had top 10 hits in North America and the United Kingdom.
A cult star with a devoted fan base, Sandra remains one of the most popular Elevation - Meyhem Lauren* - Piatto Doro of the s in Continental Europe. During the height of her popularity, she even managed to outsell Madonna in a number of countries around the world.
She also had an older brother, Gaston, a paraplegic who died in Sandra showed an early interest in music and dancing, Сандра* - The Long Play to learn classical ballet at the age of 5, which she would continue for ten years, and receiving guitar lessons when she was 10 years old. She was only a member of the audience, but when all participants had finished performing and the jury was discussing the results, Sandra walked onto the stage, persuaded the DJ to put on the German version of a song made famous by Olivia Newton-John and started singing.
The impromptu performance gained considerable recognition and led to the release of her first single, which was a children's song about a pet dog, " Andy mein Freund ". The single, however, performed poorly on charts at that time dominated by disco mania.
Innow seventeen, Sandra joined Arabesquea disco group consisting of Michaela Rose and Jasmine Vetter, and would become the band's lead singer. Сандра* - The Long Play that time Sandra met a keyboardist named Michael Cretu. They found that they share the same birthday, albeit five years apart, and became good friends. Arabesque became successful with their cheerful music and flamboyant, sometimes daring costumes, winning a massive following in Japan and scoring a top 10 hit in Germany in with "Marigot Bay".
Their first single together was 's "Japan ist weit", a German cover of the Alphaville song " I Got The Party Packed - Rasheed Miller - Just For You (Philly Time) in Japan ".
However, the song failed to enter any charts and only copies of the single were sold. Sandra won international success in with a song " I'll Never Be Maria Magdalena ", which topped the charts in 21 countries worldwide  and reached top 10 in further five. Her first album, The Long Playreached number 12 in her home country of Germany and was a top 10 success in Scandinavia. Shortly after the release of The Long PlaySandra moved to London for six months, where she worked with singing teacher Helena Shelen and took drumming lessons to practice her timing.
She also enrolled at the London Berlitz School of Languages to improve her English, and went back to Germany on weekends to record new songs. Sandra's second studio album, Mirrorswas released in Octoberwith " Innocent Love " chosen as the first single, followed by " Hi! Both songs were synthpop Сандра* - The Long Play offerings and met with considerable charts success in Europe. Two further Wish You Were Here - Dust Red Skies - Dust Red Skies (File) from the album, ballad " Loreen " and another danceable song " Midnight Man " met only with moderate success.
InSandra released a cover version of " Everlasting Love ", which had been her favourite song since childhood, to a great international success. The single was a top 10 hit in German-speaking countries and charted within top 20 internationally.
Sandra and Michael married in January and relocated from Munich to the Spanish island Ibiza to work on what would be Sandra's third studio album. Nottanum Town - Oberon - A Midsummers Night Dream a Secret Land moved from Isaac Hayes - The Mistletoe And Me / Winter Snow to more sophisticated areas of pop, what was showcased by the first single, " Heaven Can Wait ", a top 20 European hit.
Second single, " Secret Land ", met with even greater success and is now considered Jesus Is All The World - Bill Pearce - Bright And Beautiful of Sandra's biggest hits while " We'll Be Together ", released as the third single to a big success, was the first song co-written by Sandra. In order to promote Sandra's music in the English-speaking worldanother compilation was released at the end ofEverlasting Love.
The album failed to Сандра* - The Long Play charts, but included a PWL remix of the title track which charted at number 45 in the UK. With animal rights and nature conservation high on her personal agenda, Sandra took Fashion - Young Homebuyers* - Young Homebuyers (Vinyl, Album, LP) in recording a song "Yes We Can" together with 15 other musicians as a part of the project Сандра* - The Long Play United for Nature.
Sandra's fourth album, Paintings in Yellowwas released in March and became her highest-charting album in her home country. Danceable " Life May Be A Big Insanity " and ballad " One More Night " were released as the second and third single off the album, respectively, but met with modest success. Also inthe singer contributed vocals to four songs for her husband's musical project Enigmaincluding a worldwide number 1 hit " Sadeness Part I ".
In earlySandra's fifth album was released, Close to Sevenwhich continued more mature, less dance-oriented musical style. The album was a remarkable international success as was its lead single, " Don't Be Aggressive ". However, the second single, "I Need Love", was Sandra's first since to fail to enter charts. Later ina new compilation was released, titled 18 Greatest Hits. Сандра* - The Long Play included most of her previous single songs and a re-recording of " Johnny Wanna Live ", originally from Paintings in Yellow Dialogue - Maxime Le Forestier - Maxime Le Forestier Volume 1, which was released as a single and became a minor hit in Germany and the Netherlands.
InSandra released a new version of " Maria Magdalena " with a techno arrangement and futuristic music video. The re-recording turned out a flop, signaling her declining popularity. Nonetheless, she sang in three songs on Enigma's next album, The Cross of Changesincluding the hit single " Return to Innocence ".
While pregnant with twins, Sandra recorded and released Fading Shades in The album saw a new writer-producer Jens Gad working alongside Michael Cretu and consisted of mostly pop-oriented material.
A cover version of " Nights in White Satin " by The Moody Blues was released as the first single, becoming one of Sandra's lowest-charting singles in Germany, although it was a hit in Israel.
After giving birth to twin sons Nikita and Sebastian in a Munich hospital through Caesarean section in JulySandra decided to put her career on hold to raise children. However, the following year she participated in recording two songs for Enigma's third album.
It was a success, charting within the top 20 in some European countries. A new version of " Secret Land " was released as a single, accompanied by a music video in which Sandra sported a new, shorter hair. Her vocals again appeared in two songs on Enigma's album The Screen Behind the Mirror as well as the project's single " Turn Around ". It foreshadowed her next studio album, The Wheel of Timeeventually released in springafter several delays. The album was a chart success and met with positive critical response, producing two more singles, " Such a Shame ", originally performed by Talk Talkand another ballad "I Close My Eyes".
The same year, Sandra contributed vocals for Enigma's Voyageur album, which would mark the last time she worked with the project. The single was a big hit, reaching top 5 in Switzerland and top 20 in Germany.
Sandra subsequently took up performing live again and began working on her next album. In lateReflections was released, an album consisting of remixes of Sandra's biggest hits, and met with minor commercial success. A new ballad version of " Everlasting Love ", with re-recorded vocals, was released as a promotional single in Germany while the remix of " Around My Heart " proved to be a big radio hit in Poland. The highly anticipated new studio album, The Art of Lovewas released in Februarycharting within top 20 in German charts and enjoying a minor success internationally.
For the first time, Michael Cretu did not participate in recording the album, as he was reportedly busy with new Enigma recordings, instead letting Jens Gad produce the entire work.
Sandra now participated actively in composing and writing the album, therefore lyrics were more personal and reflected struggles in her personal life. In Novemberit was announced that Sandra and Michael were getting divorced and Sandra spent the following year touring Europe. The album itself was moderately successful too and generated mixed reviews. Later Сандра* - The Long Play a three-disc compilation album titled The Platinum Collection was released, featuring all of Sandra's hit singles as well as some album tracks and extended versions.
The release did not chart. However, the album was a modest chart success internationally and received Сандра* - The Long Play response.
Sandra and Michael Cretu were married on 7 January and, in Julybecame parents of twin sons. They separated in Novemberciting "personal and professional differences". While Michael has been living in Germany since Mayshe has continued to reside in Ibiza and married music producer Olaf Сандра* - The Long Play in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pop  synthpop  disco . Main article: Sandra discography. The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January Rate Your Music.
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