David Brandes

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David Brandes
Born (1968-12-09) December 9, 1968 (age 47)
Ethnicity Jewish
Occupation songwriter
record producer
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Deena Brandes
Children Aviva and Noa Brandes

David Brandes (born December 9, 1968 in Basel, Switzerland as David Brändle) is a Swiss-born German songwriter and producer.


Brandes was born to a Jewish family[1] in Basel, Switzerland and raised in Germany. He has written and produced for many artists, including E-Rotic, Bad Boys Blue, Chris Norman, Lemon Ice and Vanilla Ninja. Brandes also had two hits in Europe during 1994, with "Heartbreak Angel" and "Heartless Dancer".

In 2005, it was revealed that Brandes had bought hundreds of his own CDs (Gracia, Vanilla Ninja, Virus Incorporation) to manipulate the charts.[2] The musicians produced by Brandes were banned from the German Top 100 for three months. In contrast to Vanilla Ninja, Gracia continued her co-operation with Brandes.

Due to his managing both Gracia and Vanilla Ninja at the time, Brandes had two songs in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005; Gracia's "Run & Hide" for Germany and Vanilla Ninja's "Cool Vibes" for Switzerland. In 1999, Brandes co-wrote the play, The Quarrel with his friend Rabbi Joseph Telushkin based on a short story by Yiddish writer Chaim Grade.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Brandes is married to Deena Brandes; they have two daughters, Aviva and Noa.[1] They are members of Beth Jacob Congregation.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Jewish Journal: "Pico-Robertson: Live in the Hood" by David Suissa September 28, 2006
  2. ^ "Musik-Charts manipuliert?" (in German). TV magazine. 24 March 2005. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Jewish Journal: "UJ Stages ‘The Quarrel’" by Gene Lichtenstein January 7, 1999

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Preceded by
Sven Lõhmus
Manager of Vanilla Ninja
Succeeded by
Christoph Helbig