Matthias Reim in 2006
|Birth name||Matthias Reim|
|Born||26 November 1957|
|Origin||Korbach, Hessen, Germany|
|Genres||Schlager, Pop music, Rock music|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Musician|
|Associated acts||Bernhard Brink, Christoph Brüx, Roberto Blanco, Jürgen Drews, Tina York a.o.|
Matthias Reim (born 26 November 1957 in Korbach, Hesse) is a German singer-songwriter. His 1990 single "Verdammt, ich lieb' dich", ("Damn, I love you") was a hit in several European countries, and spent sixteen consecutive weeks at the No.1 spot in the German charts. He unexpectedly returned 23 years later to No.1 on the charts with "Unendlich" in February 2013.
Reim was born on 26 November 1957 in Korbach, Hessen. He grew up in Homberg (Efze). His father was the director of the gymnasium in Homberg. After receiving his Abitur, he began his undergraduate studies in the German and English languages as well as Germanistic and Anglistic literatures in Göttingen. This took 18 terms – this is above average, as he spent its time predominantly in the music studio and not in the lecture-room.
Matthias Reim composes, writes lyrics, mixes and plays songs himself. The music to some songs comes from the German composer and music producer Christoph Brüx (Hamburg), for example Das erste Mal (The first time). He composed for many other performers such as Bernhard Brink, Roberto Blanco, Jürgen Drews and Tina York. His first own LPs with his bands Fallen Dice and Fair Tax did not bring commercial success.
Reim's first - and largest - hit came out in 1990 – called "Verdammt, Ich lieb' dich" ("Damn, I love you"). The single sold 2.5 million copies world-wide and was at the top of the pops of German charts for 16 weeks - between 18 May and 6 September - since 1971 no other single stood longer without interruption at place one but Matthias Reim shares this record with Boney M. The first album Reim was released soon after.
Until 1999, he published nine further albums with Polydor. His LP Zauberland was also released in an English-language version in Canada – there called Wonderland.
In the year 2000, the first out of (so far) six LPs by Reim were released by his new record company EMI. They are called
- Wolkenreiter (Cloud rider)
- Morgenrot (Morning red)
- Unverwundbar (Invulnerable)
- Männer sind Krieger (Men are Warriors)
- Sieben Leben (Seven lives).
- 1990: Reim
- 1991: Reim 2
- 1993: Sabotage
- 1994: Zauberland
- 1995: Wonderland (Zauberland in Canada)
- 1995: Alles Klar
- 1997: Reim 3
- 1998: Sensationell
- 1999: 10 Jahre intensiv
- 2000: Wolkenreiter
- 2002: Morgenrot
- 2003: Reim
- 2004: Déjà Vu
- 2005: Unverwundbar
- 2006: Die Fan-Edition
- 2007: Männer sind Krieger
- 2010: Sieben Leben
- 2011: Sieben Leben Live 2011
- 2013: Unendlich
- 2014: Die Leichtigkeit des Seins
- Swiss hit parade Das erste Mal
- Matthias Reim: Discography 17.12.2010
- swisscharts.com: Matthias Reim 17.12.2010
- (de) Matthias Reim's official website
- (en) Biography of Reim on IMDb
- (en) Biography of Reim on allmusic.com