Vanessa Struhler

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Vanessa S.
Birth name Vanessa Struhler
Born (1985-11-04) November 4, 1985 (age 29)
Origin Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Genres R&B / Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2003- present
Labels Sony BMG
Website Official site (offline)

Vanessa Struhler (born November 4, 1985 in Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia), better known as Vanessa S., is a German singer and songwriter who came to fame as a finalist of the first season of the television show Deutschland sucht den SuperStar, the German version of Pop Idol.


Struhler was born in Oberhausen, Germany to a Filipina mother, Lorna Abracosa, and a German father, Klaus Struhler[citation needed]. She has a younger brother, Christian.

In 2002, Vanessa participated in the first season of Deutschland sucht den SuperStar. She was only 17 at the time and the youngest contestant. Though she received a wildcard and became the last candidate to join the ten finalists, Struhler was able to boost her popularity constantly with performances of Christina Milian's "When You Look At Me", Oleta Adams' "Get Here" or Vanessa L. Williams' "Save The Best For Last". However, in the end she was voted out on February 8, 2003, and thus got fourth place in the competition. As of 2007, she holds the record for the most times in the bottom three on the series.

After the show, Struhler teamed up with Hip-Hop producer DJ Tomekk to create her debut album. The pre-release duet "Ride or Die (I Need You)", a collaboration with German rapper Trooper Da Don, became a major hit, eventually peaking at #4 on the German singles chart. In summer of 2003, Struhler (now performing under her pseudonym Vanessa S.) released her R&B influenced first album Ride With Me. The album managed to peak at #30 on the albums chart but failed to earn critical and commercial success, selling 30,000 copies only. Nevertheless Struhler's records company decided to release three further singles, including the double A-Single "Ey Ey Ey/Back To Life", which became another Top 20 hit.

Vanessa Stuhler's second album Independence was released in 2004. The partly self-written album failed to chart on the German 100, but spawned three singles with "Blah, Blah, Blah" featuring David Jassy, "Don't Say (You're Sorry)" and "Bonafide".

Vanessa was focusing on Eastern European and Asian markets, and she achieved a Promo Tour in China and gave a concert in Poland.

As of January 2009, Vanessa is currently recording a new album.


  • Ride With Me (Released: August 2003) – Charts: Peak 30[1]
    (2 Wo.)
  • Independence (Released: October 2004)

single positions[edit]

Jahr Title Peakposition date of release
DE[2] AT[3] CH[4]
2003 Ride Or Die (I Need You)
Ride With Me
(9 We.)
(6 We.)
(2 We.)
Releasedate: 25. August 2003
(Feat. Trooper Da Don)
2003 Fiesta[6]
Ride With Me
(9 We.)
(4 We.)
(4 We.)
Releasedate: 21. July 2003
(Feat. Ferris MC)
2003 Ey Ey Ey / Back to Life[7]
Ride With Me
(9 We.)
(4 We.)
Releasedate: 29. September 2003
(Feat. Said)
2003 One Single Tear
Ride With Me
(7 We.)
Releasedate: 8. December 2003
2004 Blah Blah Blah
(1 We.)
Releasedate: 2004
2004 Don't Say (You're Sorry)
Releasedate: 2004
2005 Bonafide
Releasedate: 2005
2007 Got Twisted
Releasedate: 2007
(Feat. Koba & Baponga]])


  • Bitza feat. Vanessa S. – Take Me Slow (2005) on the album Sinuciderea unui înger
  • Taichi feat. Vanessa S. – Leb dein Traum (2006) on the album Top Story
  • Robird Styles feat. Vanessa S. – Unendlichkeit (2006) on the album Charterflug
  • Taichi feat. Vanessa S. – Keine Wahl (2007) on the album Aussenseiter
  • Taichi feat. Kobra & Vanessa S. – Ich denk an dich Pt. II (2006) on the album Aussenseiter


  1. ^ Album
  2. ^ Germancharts
  3. ^ Austriacharts
  4. ^ Swizzcharts
  5. ^ Ride Or Die
  6. ^ Fiesta
  7. ^ Ey Ey Ey

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