Sandy Mölling

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Sandy Mölling
Picture of Sandy Mölling
Mölling in 2013.
Born Sandy Mölling
(1981-04-27) 27 April 1981 (age 35)
Wuppertal, West Germany
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • model
  • songwriter
Years active 2000–present
Children Jayden Bernadina, Noah
Website sandy-moelling.com
Musical career
Genres
Labels

Sandy Mölling (born 27 April 1981) is a German singer-songwriter, actress and television personality. Born in Wuppertal and raised in Koblenz, she performed in various singing competitions and became a studio singer in her teenage years. Möllig later rose to fame as one of the members of the girl group No Angels, which were formed in 2000 on the German television talent show Popstars, becoming one of the best-selling girl groups of European origin of all time.[1] During their hiatus, Mölling released a solo album, Unexpected (2004), which produced the top ten singles "Unnatural Blonde" and "Tell Me", and became as a judge on the fourth season of Popstars.

In 2006, she released her second studio album Frame of Mind to moderate success and finished third on the debut season of Let's Dance. The following year, she became a presenter and actress in several short-living television shows on Sat.1, Das Vierte, and VIVA Germany before serving as a judge on Die singende Firma. In 2010, Mölling made her stage debut in the musical Vom Geist der Weihnacht, which led her to parts in productions such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Cabaret. For starring as Eliza Doolittle in the 2016 Bad Hersfeld revival of the musical My Fair Lady, she won the Audience Award for Favorite Actress.

Throughout her career, Mölling has scored four number-one hits and sold over 5 million albums and singles worldwide.[1] Outside her work in the entertainment industry, she is involved in many charitable activities, promoting various causes, including education, children's care and animal welfare. In 2015, she co-authored the children's book Pumpel, der Baumzwerg along with her mother. The same year, Mölling relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she gave birth to her second son, her first child with Canadian music producer and Magic! lead singer Nasri Atweh.

Early life[edit]

Mölling was born in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany, to Lothar Mölling and his first wife, Dagmar Sprenger-Fuchs.[2] She has three brothers, Brian, Kevin and Dustin, and a younger half sister named Melina.[3] After her parents divorce Mölling, her mother, and her siblings moved from Remscheid to Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, where she finished secondary school and later quit the gymnasium to start an apprenticeship as a retail saleswoman at a jeans retailer.[3]

Career[edit]

2000—2003: Breakthrough with the No Angels[edit]

Main article: No Angels
Mölling backstage in 2002.

In 2000, Mölling auditioned for the debut installment of the German reality television program Popstars, entering the competition with thousands of other women. She earned a position in the top thirty finalists and immediately travelled to Majorca, Spain to join her competitors for a workshop, where she made it to the final ten on the show despite of her struggle with dancing choreographies. During a special episode in November 2000, jury member Moslener eventually disclosed that Sandy was chosen to become part of the final five-member girl group No Angels.

With the final five members of the band in place, Popstars continued tracking the development and struggles of the group who left homes to move into a shared flat near Munich, Bavaria. However, it took another four months until the band released their debut single "Daylight in Your Eyes," which would subsequently appear on the band's debut album Elle'ments (2001). Both the single and the album became an unexpected but record-breaking success, when both instantly entered the top position on the Austrian, German and Swiss Media Control singles, albums and airplay charts, making the No Angels one of the most successful debuts in years.[4]

In the following years, the No Angels released another two number-one studio albums, Now ... Us! and Pure, a live album and a successful swing album branded When the Angels Swing, totalling twelve singles altogether - including four-number one singles. Eventually selling more than five million singles and albums worldwide, the No Angels became the best-selling German girl band to date[1] and the second most successful girl group of Continental Europe between the years of 2001 and 2003 after Atomic Kitten.[1] On 5 September 2003 the four remaining members of the band (Jessica Wahls had left the band following the birth of her first child in March 2003) announced that they would no longer be performing together after three years of continual touring and increasing cases of illness. The release of The Best of No Angels in November of the same year marked the end of the band, with each member going their separate ways in early 2004.[1]

2004—2006: Career development[edit]

Mölling spend much of early 2004 with the recording of her solo debut album. After months of intensive recording sessions in Sweden and Great Britain Sandy released her first solo single "Unnatural Blonde," which became a Top 10 success and the highest charting single of all solo releases by all former band members. The summer-laid follow-up "Tell Me", a ballad, saw similar success in August of the same year, becoming another Top 10 hit.

Mölling in Salzburg in 2005.

Following the successful release of the singles, Mölling's full-length debut album Unexpected was released on 13 September 2004. It debuted at number 13 on the German albums chart. A third single, "Unexpected" (featuring German rapper Manuellsen), was released when Sandy was chosen to represent Rhineland-Palatinate in the Bundesvision Song Contest 2005. The singer eventually finished last with 10 points, while the single entered a moderate number 29 on the German singles chart. Around the same time Sandy received an ECHO nomination for "Female Artist National (2005)".

After a few hosting jobs and a sudden label change Sandy released her minor succeeded second album, Frame of Mind (#53), in May 2006 via Starwatch Music. The album's first single, "Crash", was a cover version of the same-titled 1988 UK hit (released by The Primitives) and peaked at number 24 on the German singles chart. Additionally Sandy was seen as a competitor in TV contest Let's Dance, eventually ending third. The album's second single, "Living without You" was released in November 2006 and entered the German single chart at number 36.The song was lyrically dedicated to her step father who died in early 2005.

2007—present: Reformation of the band[edit]

In mid-2006, Mölling agreed upon former bandmate Lucy Diakovska's request to reunite for a musical comeback. However, all band members have affirmed that they will continue to pursue individual careers as solo artists at suitable opportunities. Sandy has also presented three television programes on two different German networks, including Autsch TV on Das Vierte and both Du bist... and Damenwahl on the music channel VIVA.

Personal life[edit]

Sandy Molling has one son, Jayden Mölling (born 27 March 2009), by her long-time friend and manager Renick Bernadina, whom she split from in 2008.[5] Since 2009, she has been romantically involved with Canadian singer/songwriter Nasri Tony Atweh. The two met while working on the No Angels album Welcome to the Dance. In October 2015, she had her second son Noah.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUT
[6]
GER
[7]
SWI
[8]
Unexpected 13 73 91
Frame of Mind
  • Released: 26 May 2006
  • Labels: Starwatch
  • Formats: CD, digital download
53
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUT
[8]
GER
[7]
SWI
[8]
"Unnatural Blonde" 2004 8 29 41 Unexpected
"Tell Me" 10 34 46
"Unexpected"
(featuring Manuellsen)
2005 29 52
"Crash" 2006 24 Frame of Mind
"Living Without You" 36 71

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e ots. "BLITZ Spezial über die No Angels". Presseportal (in German). Retrieved 5 April 2007. 
  2. ^ RP (2007-12-17). "Eindrucksvoll und authentisch". RP Online (in German). Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  3. ^ a b Fritzsche, Lara (2005-12-02). "Oh Gott, ich hör mich an wie 'ne Nonne". Kölner Stadtanzeiger (in German). Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  4. ^ "No Angels - Biography". Chart-King (in German). Retrieved January 31, 2007. 
  5. ^ Sandy Moelling is a Mama: http://www.t-online.de/unterhaltung/stars/id_18253282/no-angels-saengerin-sandy-moelling-ist-mama-geworden.html (German)
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Sandy" (in German). Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Charverfolgung / Sandy / Longplay" (in German). Musicline.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Sandy" (in German). Swisscharts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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