Marian Gold

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Marian Gold
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Background information
Birth name Hartwig Schierbaum
Born (1954-05-26) 26 May 1954 (age 64)
Herford, West Germany
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Alphaville

Marian Gold (born Hartwig Schierbaum on 26 May 1954) is a German vocalist who gained fame as the lead singer of the German synth-pop recording act Alphaville, but also had recorded as a solo artist.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Born in Herford, West Germany, Gold became part of the Berlin art collective the Nelson Community, where he formed the band Chinchilla Green in the late 1970s, which also included future Alphaville colleague Bernhard Lloyd.[3]


In 1982, he joined Lloyd and Frank Mertens in the band Forever Young, which soon became Alphaville.[3] He sang lead vocals on Alphaville's 1980s pop singles, including "Forever Young", "Big in Japan", "Sounds Like a Melody", "Dance with Me" and "Red Rose". His work is characterised by his English language lyrics, and this contributed to the Alphaville's considerable commercial success in the United Kingdom during the 1980s.

Since the early 1990s, Gold has taken Alphaville from a studio-based project to a successful live act and has established the band's website, Moonbase.[4]

He has remained the only ever-present member of the band, whose latest album Strange Attractor was released in 2017.[5]

On May 25 and May 26, 2018 Marian Gold and Alphaville held a two day concert at the Whisky a Go Go club in Hollywood.[6][7] The two concerts were also live streamed.[7]


Marian Gold (1980s)

Gold's first solo album, So Long Celeste, was released in 1992.[8] Included on the album were cover versions of "The Shape of Things to Come" (originally by The Headboys) and "One Step Behind You" (by Furniture).[citation needed]

A second solo album, United, followed in 1996.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In the late 1980s, Gold lived in Münster with his then wife Amy Magill.[9]

Gold has seven children by four different women.[10]


  1. ^ High Fidelity, Volume 35, Issues 1-6, Page 167
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira. "Alphaville". Trouser Press. 
  3. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Alphaville Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Alphaville". 
  5. ^ "Strange Attractor". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "Alphaville". Whisky a Go Go. May 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Alphaville and Richard Kay put on Chauvet in Whiskey A Go Go Los Angeles". June 28, 2018. 
  8. ^ St. Renburg, Holger (2001) Forever Young, ISBN 978-3831116164, p. 92
  9. ^ "A Special Interview with Marian Gold". Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Vollmer, Simone (23 August 2017). "„Alphaville"-Sänger Marian Gold: Sieben Kinder von vier Frauen!" (in German). 

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