Helene Fischer

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Helene Fischer
Born (1984-08-05) 5 August 1984 (age 38)
Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Singer
  • dancer
  • entertainer
  • television presenter
  • actress
Years active2005–present
Musical career
OriginWöllstein, Germany

Helene Fischer (/heˈleːnə ˈfɪʃɚ/; German: [heˈleːnə ˈfɪʃɐ]; 5 August 1984)[1] is a German schlager singer. Since her debut in 2005, she has won numerous awards, including 17 Echo awards, four "Die Krone der Volksmusik" awards and three Bambi awards. She has sold at least 15 million records.[2] In June 2014, her multi-platinum 2013 album Farbenspiel became the most downloaded album ever by a German artist and is currently the sixth bestselling album of all time in Germany.[3] Her signature song "Atemlos durch die Nacht" was the bestselling song in Germany in 2014. She has had the best-selling album of the year in Germany five times, in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.[4][5][6][7][8] She ranked No. 8 on Forbes' list of "The World's Highest-Paid Women In Music 2018", earning $US32 million.[9] Fischer has been referred to as the "Queen of Schlager".[10][11][12][13]

Early life[edit]

Helene Fischer was born in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, to Pyotr and Marina Fischer.[1] Her father worked as a physical education teacher and her mother as an engineer. Her paternal grandparents were Black Sea Germans[14] who were among those sent to forced settlements in Kazakhstan and Siberia.[1] In 1988, at the age of three-and-a-half, she emigrated with her parents and her six-year older sister to Wöllstein, West Germany.[15][16]

After graduating from high school, Fischer attended the Frankfurt Stage & Musical School for three years, where she studied singing and acting.[17] During this time, she performed on stage at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, as well as on the stage of the Volkstheater Frankfurt.


During her time at the Stage & Musical School, Fischer's mother secretly copied a demo CD with six of Fischer's songs and sent it to different recording studios to gauge the reaction of professionals.

Fischer's debut on stage took place on 14 May 2005, in a programme by the TV channel ARD. It was a duet with the singer Florian Silbereisen. The two later became a couple.[15]

She has won 17 Echo awards, the "Goldene Henne" award seven times, and the "Krone der Volksmusik" prize four times. All her albums and DVDs have achieved multiple gold and double platinum status. Her songs, with their stories of the everyday worries and woes of home-loving folks, are lyrically close to what could be called "country music" although musically quite different.

Her fanbase extends beyond Germany, Austria and Switzerland to Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, Finland, the United States, and New Zealand.

She released her first English album, The English Ones, on 7 June 2010. The album was produced by Jean Frankfurter [de] (Erich Ließmann), a German producer, composer and arranger. On singing in English, Fischer commented: "I have always dreamed of singing my songs in another language. English is the language of Country, the music that we call 'Schlager'. Language is a tool, but it is important that what you sing comes from the heart – and that is what this album is about."

Fischer on Tour with orchestra May 2011

In January 2013, she made her acting debut in an episode of the German TV series Das Traumschiff.

On 4 October 2013, she released her album Farbenspiel in Germany. She went on tour in 2014 and a big stadium tour in 2015.[18] She played in the Olympia Stadium in Berlin in front of 120,000 people. The album received platinum after five days in Germany, Denmark and Austria. Farbenspiel is the most successful release of a German female artist in the first week of release in the last 10 years. To date, over 2.4 million copies of the album have been sold.

On 13 November 2015, Fischer released a Christmas album entitled Weihnachten. It consists of two CDs, the first being Christmas songs sung in German and German dialects, and the second is songs sung in English.[19] The album reached number 1 of the year-end charts in both Germany and Austria and received altogether 14 platinums in both countries. It sold over 1.3 million copies.

In 2016, she sang the German version of "How Far I'll Go" (Ich bin bereit), the title song of Disney's Moana.

On 12 May 2017, she released her eighth studio album, which bears her own name of Helene Fischer. It was released by Polydor. The album debuted at number one on the Austrian, German, and Swiss Albums Chart and reached the top ten in the Netherlands and the Flemish region of Belgium. In Germany, Helene Fischer sold more than 300,000 copies in its first week of release, making it the highest-selling debut since Herbert Grönemeyer's 2002 album Mensch. It won nine platinums in Germany and Austria and has sold over 1 million copies in both countries to date. She performed all her new songs and several hits from previous albums in the Kesselhaus, Munich and released the album Helene Fischer – Das Konzert aus dem Kesselhaus showcasing this performance. In June 2018, she started her second stadium tour, performing in Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Austria. In several locations on this tour, she performed up to five times in a row. Her show was developed together with 45 Degrees of Cirque du Soleil.[20] In October 2018, The New York Times ranked Fischer seventh in terms of the world's biggest touring musician acts of the year. In the 2018 Forbes list of top-earning female artists worldwide, she ranked 8th.[21][22] This also makes her currently the most successful non-English singer.

Fischer sang at the SnowpenAir 2022 Music Festival in Grindelwald Terminal in the Switzerland Alps. There, she sang the protest song Freiheit (song) as her response to the most recent Russian invasion of Ukraine and another forced resettlement by Russia. [23] Fischer wore a blue and yellow ribbon in solidarity with Ukraine, [24] tearfully introduced the song describing the sorrow being experienced by Ukrainian families being resettled and torn apart from each other in war, and sang the song with blue and yellow highlights on the stage. [25]

Die Helene Fischer Show[edit]

Fischer hosts the yearly music entertainment show Die Helene Fischer Show [de], which is broadcast during Christmas on German public TV. In this show, she has performed with various artists, including David Garrett, Michael Bolton, Tom Jones, Max Raabe, Take That, Udo Jürgens, Olly Murs, Andrea Berg, Bryan Adams, Unheilig, Kiefer Sutherland, Freya Ridings, Nick Carter and Queen. She accompanied Lindsey Stirling with an acrobatic performance.


Fischer in 2013

Guest appearances and duets[edit]


  • Mut zum Gefühl – Live 2008 (2008)
  • Zum ersten Mal mit Band und Orchester Live (2011)
  • Für einen Tag Live (2012)
  • Open Air-Tour 2013 (2013)
  • Farbenspiel Live (2014/2015)
  • Helene Fischer Live 2017/2018 (2017/2018)
  • Die Stadion-Tour 2018 (2018)



  • 2013: for Musik national
  • 2014: for Entertainment
  • 2017: for Musik National


  • 2009: for Deutschsprachiger Schlager
  • 2009: for DVD Produktion des Jahres (Mut zum Gefühl Live)
  • 2010: for DVD Produktion national (Zaubermond Live)
  • 2012: for Deutschsprachiger Schlager
  • 2013: for DVD Produktion national (Für einen Tag – Live 2012)
  • 2013: for Deutschsprachiger Schlager
  • 2014: for Album des Jahres
  • 2014: for Deutschsprachiger Schlager
  • 2015: for Schlager
  • 2015: for Album des Jahres
  • 2015: for Hit des Jahres
  • 2015: for Musik-DVD/Blu-Ray national[26]
  • 2016: for Musik-DVD/Blu-Ray national (Weihnachten), (Farbenspiel Live)
  • 2016: for Album des Jahres
  • 2016: for Live-Act National
  • 2016: for Crossover
  • 2018: for Schlager

Goldene Henne

  • 2007: for Aufsteigerin des Jahres
  • 2008: for Musik
  • 2010: for Leserpreis Musik
  • 2012: for Publikumspreis Musik
  • 2014: for Musik
  • 2014: Superhenne (Special 20th Anniversary Award)
  • 2016: for Musik
  • 2020: for Entertainment with Die Helene Fischer Show 2019

Goldene Kamera

  • 2012: for Beste Musik national
  • 2016: for Beliebtester deutscher Musik-Act

Krone der Volksmusik See: Krone der Volksmusik

  • 2008: for the Erfolg des Jahres 2007
  • 2009: for the Erfolg des Jahres 2008
  • 2010: as Erfolgreichste Sängerin 2009
  • 2012: as Erfolgreichste Sängerin 2011


  • 2014: as Beliebteste Moderatorin – Show

World Music Awards

  • 2014: Best-selling German Artist


  1. ^ a b c "Певица Хелен Фишер: "Я родилась в Сибири" /Singer Helene Fischer: "I was born in Siberia"" (in Russian). aif.ru (Argumenty i Fakty). 25 February 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2017. Хелен Фишер родилась 5 августа 1984 года в Красноярске. В июне 1998 года с родителями эмигрировала в Германию. После окончания школы Stage & Musical School / Helene Fisher was born in Krasnoyarsk, 5 August 1984. In June 1998, with her parents she emigrated to Germany. After graduation from Stage & Musical School in Frankfurt...; Бабушки и дедушки Лены Фишер разделили судьбу сотен тысяч поволжских немцев, которых в 1941 году сослали в Казахстан и Сибирь. / Her grandparents shared the fate of hundreds of thousands of Volga Germans, who in 1941 were exiled to Kazakhstan and Siberia.
  2. ^ Music certifications: AT Archived 1 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine CH DE DK Archived 19 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
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  14. ^ "Im Gespräch mit Helene Fischer im Deutschen Bundestag". Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat (in German). Retrieved 16 November 2018.
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  19. ^ "Helene Fischer - Weihnachten". UKMIX Forums. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  20. ^ NewsWire.com Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  21. ^ The World's Highest-Paid Women In Music 2018. Forbes.com Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  22. ^ Grenier, Elizabeth (22 November 2018). "Better paid than Britney Spears: Who is Helene Fischer?". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Helene Fischer gets emotional when she returns to the stage because of the Ukraine war: "It breaks my heart"". World Today News. 28 March 2022. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  24. ^ Helene Fischer „Luftballon“ (Live am Snowpenair 2022 in Grindelwald Terminal) on YouTube
  25. ^ 2022-03-27 Intro zu Freiheit ~ Helene Fischer @snowpenair on YouTube
  26. ^ Brunner, Ula (27 March 2015). "Die Helene-Fischer-Festspiele haben begonnen" [The Helene Fischer festival has begun]. RBB online (in German). Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.

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