Mark Forster (singer)
Forster in 2017
11 January 1983
Kaiserslautern, West Germany
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Associated acts||Sido, Eff, Felix Jaehn|
Mark Ćwiertnia (born 11 January 1983), known professionally as Mark Forster, is a German singer, songwriter and television personality.
Forster is of mixed German and Polish descent. He was born to a German father who was born in Dortmund; his mother, Agnieszka Ćwiertnia, was born in Warsaw, Poland. 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. 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 and in 2010 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 2015, Forster became vocalist for the 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
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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)".
From 2015 until 2019, Forster served as a coach on German broadcaster Sat.1's German version of the TV competition The Voice Kids and in 2018 was a part of the starting line-up of coaches on The Voice Senior. Forster is currently a coach on The Voice of Germany, having replaced Andreas Bourani in 2017.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Bauch und Kopf||
|2012||"Auf dem Weg"||49||—||—||Karton|
|"Zu dir (weit weg)"||64||—||—|
|2013||"Ich und du"
(with Anna Depenbusch)
|2014||"Au revoir" (featuring Sido)||2||2||6||
||Bauch und Kopf|
|2015||"Bauch und Kopf"||15||59||—||
|2016||"Wir sind groß"||3||18||16||
|2018||"Like a Lion"
|"Wie früher mal Dich"||—||—||—|
|"Bist du okay"
|2013||"Einer dieser Steine"
(Sido featuring Mark Forster)
(Nazar featuring Mark Forster)
(Victoria Conrady featuring Mark Forster)
|99||—||—||Dein Song 2015|
(Prinz Pi featuring Mark Forster)
|59||—||—||Nichts war umsonst|
(Fidi Steinbeck featuring Mark Forster)
- "What you need to know about Mark Forster". Madame Tussauds. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
- Agnieszka Ćwiertnia Official website Archived 28 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
- Mark Forster bei HIT RADIO FFH:„Ich spreche polnisch wie ein Elfjähriger“ Archived 9 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
- Kurt Krömer – Kröm De La Kröm (DVD) (in German)
- "Discographie Mark Forster" (enter "Mark Forster" into the "Suchen" box). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
- "Discographie Mark Forster". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
- "Mark Forster – Liebe". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
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