Hansi Kürsch

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Hansi Kürsch
Kürsch at Rockharz Open Air 2017
Kürsch at Rockharz Open Air 2017
Background information
Birth nameHans Jürgen Kürsch
Born (1966-08-10) 10 August 1966 (age 55)
Lank-Latum, West Germany (now Germany)
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1984–present
Labels
Associated acts

Hans Jürgen "Hansi" Kürsch (born 10 August 1966) is a German singer, songwriter, record producer and former bass guitarist, best known as a member of the power metal band Blind Guardian. One of the founders of the band, he has been its lead vocalist since its creation in 1984, and also acted as the band's bass guitarist until 1996.

He is also the former lead vocalist of Demons & Wizards, a side-project with Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer until his departure from the project in 2021.[1] Additionally, he worked prominently as a guest with other artists, including Angra, Edguy, Iced Earth, and Therion; he notably played characters in the Ayreon albums 01011001 and The Source.

Early Life[edit]

Hansi Kürsch was born on August 10, 1966 in Lank-Latum, Germany, in a working-class family. He's the youngest of four siblings.

Kürsch was raised in the suburb of Lank-Latum, near a castle called Burg Linn. Having spent his childhood playing football near the castle nurtured his love and passion both for football, as well as fantasy and fairytales, which later became the main source for his lyrics.

By the time he was ten, Kürsch discovered his love for music, specifically Classic Rock bands, such as the Electric Light Orchestra, Genesis or Queen. However, the turning point for him was coming across Deep Purple’s 24 Carat Purple for the first time, which not only started his love for Hard Rock music, but also introduced him to bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin, and others. He lists Ian Gillan, Freddie Mercury, and Peter Gabriel as his favorite singers, and the ones who influenced him the most. [2]

Personal Life[edit]

In 1984, while being a Commerce School student, and on the same day Kürsch met his current bandmate and the person he formed Blind Guardian with, André Olbrich, he became aware of a female student called Andrea, whom he later married in 1991. Their son, Jonas, was born in 2001. Together with his wife and son, Kürsch still now resides in Krefeld. [3]

History[edit]

A signature of Kürsch's songwriting is his practice of overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping harmonies on his recordings, creating the atmosphere of a huge choir. The track "Chant" on the first Demons & Wizards album is vocal only, in the style of a traditional Gregorian chant; Kürsch's is the only voice on the song.

Kürsch's lyrics revolve around various themes prevalent in the power metal genre, including medieval fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien, religious/mythological tales, and legends/stories, both his own and from the literary world. His lyrics in the first Demons & Wizards album tackle even various themes, whereas "Touched by the Crimson King" was based primarily off different fantasy novels.[4]

Kürsch had also recorded three albums for his side project with Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards until his departure in 2021.

Although mostly known for being a clean singer nowadays, Kürsch's early technique made use of a harsher, "screaming" technique. He can be heard using similar, more aggressive, technique while singing guest vocals for Heaven Shall Burn's cover of "Valhalla".

Guest appearances[edit]

Kürsch in 2007

Provided lead vocals, unless stated otherwise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JON SCHAFFER's Longtime Friend And Bandmate HANSI KÜRSCH Officially Quits DEMONS & WIZARDS Project". Blabbermouth.net. 1 February 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Biography Blind Guardian". blind-guardian.com. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Biography Blind Guardian". blind-guardian.com. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Interview Blind Guardian3". Metalcovenant.com. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Guest Musicians". New Ayreon Album. Retrieved 29 December 2016.

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