Mark Forster (singer)

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Mark Forster
1LIVE Krone 2015-3598.jpg
Mark Forster during 1LIVE event (2015)
Background information
Birth name Marek Ćwiertnia
Born (1984-01-11) 11 January 1984 (age 34)
Kaiserslautern, Germany
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Sido, Eff, Felix Jaehn
Website www.markforster.de/home
Mark Forster in Kieler Woche (2014)

Marek Ćwiertnia (born 11 January 1984), better known by the artistic name Mark Forster, is a German singer.[1] In 2013, he became the vocalist of a duo cooperation, a musical project named Eff in association with DJ and music producer Felix Jaehn.

Career[edit]

Mark Forster is of mixed German and Polish origins. He was born to a German father who was born in Dortmund. His mother, Agnieszka Ćwiertnia, was born in Warsaw, Poland.[2] His mother called him Marek and in his early days as a musician used the name Marek Ćwiertnia. He grew up in Winnweiler, Kaiserslautern (State: Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany.[3] He later moved to Berlin where he developed a career as a singer, songwriter, pianist and composer of jingles for television including for the show Krömer – Die Internationale Show. From 2007 to 2010, he accompanied actor and comedian Kurt Krömer as a pianist sidekick. :)

In 2006, Forster joined the band Balboa as their frontman. He was also in Kurt Krömer's Kröm De La Kröm alongside musician Mitumba Lumbumba[4] and in 2000 was signed to German record label Four Music where he released his albums Karton in 2012. The album was produced by Ralf Christian Mayer and coproduced by Sebastian Böhnisch and recorded in Germany, France and Spain. He toured starting February 2012 with Laith Al-Deen and promoted his album. Two minor singles from the album were released: "Auf dem Weg" and "Zu dir (weit weg)".

In November 2013, he was featured in the rapper Sido's hit "Einer dieser Steine", singing in the refrain. An even bigger hit for Forster was "Au revoir", this time with roles reversed—Forster listed as primary artist and featuring Sido—with this single being a prelude to the very successful album Bauch und Kopf in 2013. The album was certified gold and included the now-smash-hit "Au revoir" and two other follow-up hit singles, "Flash mich" and the title track "Bauch und Kopf", the latter of which won Bundesvision Song Contest 2015.

In duo Eff
Felix Jaehn at Airbeat One Festival 2015

In 2015, Forster became vocalist for a musical project Eff, made up of Forster as vocalist and Felix Jaehn as DJ and music producer. The two met at an event in Vienna in 2015. Eff is a reference to Felix and Forster. Their debut single, "Stimme", topped the German Singles Chart for three consecutive weeks, also charting in Austria and Switzerland.

In popular culture[edit]

Since 2013, Forster engaged as an ambassador for Herzenssache e.V., a children's aid organization sponsored by German broadcasters Südwestrundfunk and Saarländischer Rundfunk, and German banking institution Sparda-Bank.

Along with Tony Mono (Peter Saurbier), he sang for 1LIVE for 2014 FIFA World Cup in support of the German Football National Team. The song was a cover of his song "Au revoir" retitled "Au Revoir, USA!". For the World Cup final, he released an amended take "Au revoir (WM version)".

In 2015 and 2016, Forster served as a coach on German broadcaster Sat.1's German version of the TV competition The Voice Kids alongside Lena and Revolverheld singer Johannes Strate.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certifications
GER
AUT
SWI
2012 Karton 45
  • GER: Gold
2014 Bauch und Kopf 10 35 37
  • GER: 2x Platinum
2016 TAPE 2 2 7
  • GER: 2x Platinum
  • AUT: Gold

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Certifications Album
GER
AUT
SWI
2012 "Auf dem Weg" 49 Karton
"Zu dir (weit weg)" 64
2013 "Ich und du"
(with Anna Depenbusch)
non-album single
2014 "Au revoir" (featuring Sido) 2 2 6
  • GER: 2x Platinum
  • AUT: Gold
  • SWI: Platinum
Bauch und Kopf
"Flash mich" 11 10
  • GER: Platinum
2015 "Bauch und Kopf" 15 59
  • GER: Gold
2016 "Wir sind groß" 3 18 16
  • GER: Platinum
  • AUT: Gold
  • SWI: Platinum
TAPE
"Chöre" 2 2 7
  • GER: Platinum
  • AUT: Gold
  • SWI: Gold
2017 "Sowieso" 22 7 23
  • GER: Gold
  • AUT: Gold
  • SWI: Gold
"Flüsterton" 93
"Kogong" 34 7 9
  • GER: Gold
  • AUT: Gold
2018 "Like a Lion"
(featuring Gentleman)
38 64 non-album single
"Einmal" 60 LIEBE

Featured in

Year Title Peak positions Certifications Album
GER
AUT
SWI
2013 "Einer dieser Steine"
(Sido featuring Mark Forster)
4 12 8
  • GER: Gold
30-11-80
2014 "Camouflage"
(Nazar featuring Mark Forster)
Camouflage
2015 "Maniac"
(Victoria Conrady featuring Mark Forster)
99 Dein Song 2015
2017 "Das Original"
(Prinz Pi featuring Mark Forster)
59 Nichts war umsonst

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