If you know the famous song 99 Red Balloon you know this German singer:)
Nena (born Gabriele Susanne Kerner, March 24, 1960, Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany) is a German singer and actress. She acquired her nickname, based on the Spanish word “nena” (same meaning as “niña”), or “little girl”, at the age of three, while on a vacation to Spain with her parents.
She rose to international fame in 1984 with the New German Wave song “99 Luftballons”, whose English version is called “99 Red Balloons”. “Nena” was also the name of the band with whom she released the song. With the re-recording and subsequent release of some of her old songs, her career re-emerged in 2002. In 2007, she co-founded the school “Neue Schule Hamburg”.
Besides her singing career, she has also voiced the character Saphira for the German dub of the movie Eragon and the role of the Princess for the German version of Arthur and the Invisibles alongside Tokio Hotel’s Bill Kaulitz. Kaulitz has also stated on many occasions that Nena is his favorite singer.
In 2007, jointly with Philipp Palm, Thomas Simmerl, and Silke Steinfadt, she founded the Neue Schule Hamburg, a school following the Sudbury model.
Nena wrote an autobiographical book, Willst du mit mir gehn (Do you want to go with me?), jointly with Claudia Thesenfitz, a journalist. Nena’s contributions are her disparate accounts of various episodes in her life. Most of Thesenfitz’s contributions are excerpts from interviews of many of Nena’s friends, co-workers, and relatives.
Nena is still active in singing. She has a few new releases for 2010. NENA – IN MEINEM LEBEN is one that I like very much. My husband is a big Nena fan. As soon as he hear Nena voice he tells me about her career and life. Listen to a few of her past songs and recent I understand why he like her so much.