Daniel Schuhmacher

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Daniel Schuhmacher
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Schuhmacher in 2014.
Background information
Born (1987-04-19) 19 April 1987 (age 31)[1]
Pfullendorf, West Germany
GenresPop, dance pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2009–present

Daniel Schuhmacher (born 19 April 1987)[1] is a German singer and songwriter. In 2009, he rose to fame after winning the sixth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German edition of Pop Idol. His debut album The Album was released later in the same year and topped the German and Austrian Albums Charts, going gold. It spawned the hit single "Anything but Love", his coronation song, which became a number-one hit Austria, Germany, and Switzerland and was also certified gold.

Early life[edit]

Schuhmacher was born and raised in Pfullendorf, Baden-Württemberg[1] Schuhmacher's hobbies are tennis, music, skating, meeting friends, movies, and films.[1] His nicknames are Kell, Kelly, and Schumi.[1] He has 4 tattoos which are located on the hip, neck and both wrists.[1]


2008–09: Deutschland sucht den Superstar[edit]

DSDS season 6 performances and results
Theme (date) Song Original Artist Place/Percentage
The Top 15 — Now or Never (28 February 2009) Broken Strings James Morrison 10.63% (4/15)
Top 10 — Greatest Hits (7 March 2009) If You Don't Know Me by Now Simply Red 13.97% (3/10)
Top 9 — Geschlechtertausch (14 March 2009) Irgendwas bleibt Silbermond 13.11% (3/9)
Top 8 — Party-Hits (21 March 2009) Sweet Dreams Eurythmics 18.39% (1/8)
Top 7 — Sexy Hits (4 April 2009) Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye 21.29% (1/7)
Top 6 — Aktuelle Hits & I love you (11 April 2009) You Give Me Something James Morrison 15.88% (4/6)
Allein Allein Polarkreis 18
Top 5 — Sonne und Regen (18 April 2009) Here Comes the Rain Again Eurythmics 32.68% (1/5)
Ain't No Sunshine Bill Withers
Top 4 — Moviesongs & Unplugged (25 April 2009) Take My Breath Away Berlin 26.59% (2/4)
You Are So Beautiful Joe Cocker
Top 3 — Uptempo, Power ballad & №1 Hits (2 May 2009) Rehab Amy Winehouse 33.81% (2/3)
Get Here Oleta Adams
Stand by Me Ben E. King
Top 2 — Finale — Singer's choice, Highlight Song, Winner's Single (9 May 2009) Soulmate Natasha Bedingfield 50.47% (1/2)
Ain't No Sunshine Bill Withers
Anything but Love Daniel Schuhmacher


Schuhmacher's coronation song "Anything but Love" was released by Sony Music on 15 May 2009. Upon its release, it debuted at number-one on the Austrian, German and Swiss Singles Charts, scoring the highest first week single sales of the year in Germany.[2] The single sold 270.000 copies in total and was eventually certified gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry of Austria (IFPI).[3] It was later included on his debut album, The Album (2009), which was released in June 2009.[4] Helmed by DSDS judge Dieter Bohlen's Dreamfactory,[5] it debuted at number one on German Albums Chart and was eventually certified gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI), selling 137.000 within the first nine months of its release.[3] Critics praised Schuhmacher's vocal performance on the album, but dismissed Bohlen's production and lyrics ambitions.[6] In September 2009, Bohlen and Schuhmacher ended their collaboration.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2014, Schuhmacher came out as gay in an interview with IN.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
The Album
  • Released: 19 May 2009
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 1 4
Nothing to Lose
  • Released: 17 September 2010
  • Label: 313 Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: 25 October 2013
  • Label: 313 Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2009 "Anything but Love" 1 1 1 The Album
"Honestly" 22 62 Nothing to Lose
2010 "If It's Love" 30
"Feel" 50
2013 "Rolling Stone" 86 Diversity
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


Year Award Category
2010 VIVA Comet 2010 Best Newcomer


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Daniel Schuhmacher Steckbrief". Daniel Schuhmacher's Website. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "Daniel Schuhmacher stellt einen neuen Rekord auf". Bild-Zeitung. 2009-05-26. Archived from the original on 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  3. ^ a b "B.Z. im Luxus-Loft von DSDS-Daniel". Berliner Zeitung. BZ-Berlin.de. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  4. ^ "Daniel Schuhmacher–The Album". discogs.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  5. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "The Album - Daniel Schuhmacher". allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  6. ^ Fromm, Dani. "Nicht mal ein Albumtitel war dem Goldkehlchen vergönnt". laut.de. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  7. ^ "Bohlen lässt Superstar fallen". Süddeutsche Zeitung. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  8. ^ "Daniel Schuhmachers Outing: Ich bin schwul!". IN. Starflashd.de. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
  9. ^ "Chartvelfolgung / Yvonne Catterfeld / Longplay" (in German). musicline.de PhonoNet. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  10. ^ "Austrian Charts > Daniel Schuhmacher" (in German). austriancharts.at Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  11. ^ "Swiss Charts > Daniel Schuhmacher" (in German). swisscharts.com Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2016-01-17. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  12. ^ "IFPI Austria Gold & Platin". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Austria. Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  13. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Daniel Schuhmacher)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2010-03-27.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Thomas Godoj
Deutschland sucht den Superstar

Season 6 (2009)
Succeeded by
Mehrzad Marashi