Mark Forster (singer)

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Mark Forster
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Mark Forster during 1LIVE event (2017).
Background information
Birth nameMark Ćwiertnia
Born (1984-01-11) 11 January 1984 (age 35)
Kaiserslautern, Germany
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2007–present
Associated actsSido, Eff, Felix Jaehn
Websitemarkforster.de/home

Mark Ćwiertnia (born 11 January 1984), better known by the artistic name Mark Forster, is a German singer-songwriter and television personality. 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.[1] 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.[2] 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[3] 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 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)".

Since 2015, Forster has served as a coach on German broadcaster Sat.1's German version of the TV competition The Voice Kids. In his first year, he coached alongside Lena and Revolverheld singer Johannes Strate.[4] In 2017, Forster became a coach on The Voice of Germany replacing Andreas Bourani and in 2018 was a part of the starting line-up of coaches for The Voice Senior, being replaced by Michael Patrick Kelly in 2019.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[5]
AUT
[6]
SWI
[7]
Karton 45
  • GER: Gold
Bauch und Kopf
  • Released: 16 May 2014
  • Label: Four Music
10 35 37
  • GER: 2× Platinum
Tape
  • Released: 3 June 2016
  • Label: Four Music
2 2 7
  • GER: 2× Platinum
  • AUT: Gold
  • SWI: Platinum
Liebe
  • Released: 16 November 2018
  • Label: Four Music
3 5 8
  • GER: Gold

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Certifications Album
GER
[5]
AUT
[6]
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: Diamond
  • 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: Platinum
  • 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" 24 39 56
[8]
Liebe
2019 "747"
"194 Länder" 20 50

Featured in

Year Title Peak positions Certifications Album
GER
[5]
AUT
[6]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Agnieszka Ćwiertnia Official website Archived 28 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
  2. ^ Mark Forster bei HIT RADIO FFH:„Ich spreche polnisch wie ein Elfjähriger“ Archived 9 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
  3. ^ Kurt Krömer – Kröm De La Kröm (DVD) (in German)
  4. ^ Meedia.de: The Voice Kids: Lena Meyer-Landrut und Johannes Strate bleiben, Mark Forster kommt (in German)
  5. ^ a b c "Discographie Mark Forster" (enter "Mark Forster" into the "Suchen" box). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Discographie Mark Forster". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Mark Forster – Liebe". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  8. ^ https://hitparade.ch/song/Mark-Forster/Einmal-1801587

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