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Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor (2007)
Background information
Birth name Sarah Lewe
Born June 13, 1980 (1980-06-13) (age 29)
Delmenhorst, Lower Saxony, Germany
Genres Pop, R&B, soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter, dancer, pianist, philanthropist
Years active 2001–present
Labels X-Cell/Universal Music
Epic / Sony Music
Associated acts Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Natural, Naturally 7, Marc Terenzi, TQ, Enrique Iglesias
Website www.sarah-connor.com

Sarah Terenzi (née Lewe; born June 13, 1980), better known as Sarah Connor, is a German singer and songwriter. She debuted in 2001 under the guidance of musicians Rob Tyger and Kay Denar and became the first act to ever have four consecutive chart-topping hits on the German Media Control singles chart. Following success in mainland Europe with her single "From Sarah with Love," a series of hit records established her position as one of the most successful German pop vocalists to emerge in the early 2000s with the sales of over 12 million copies worldwide.

Connor's personal life began to gain substantial media attention after her 2005 marriage to American pop-rock musician Marc Terenzi, which resulted in two children, Tyler (born in 2004), and Summer (born in 2006).

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Biography

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Early life

Connor is the eldest of six siblings born to Michael Lewe, an advertising writer of American descent, and his wife Soraya Lewe-Tacke (née Gray), a former fashion model and homemaker of Scottish, Irish and German heritage, in Delmenhorst, Lower Saxony.[1] She has four sisters: Anna Maria, Marisa, Sophia-Luisa, and Valentina; and one brother, Robin. Her maternal half-brothers Mick and Lex were born in 2008.[2]

Connor grew up listening to soul music, mostly influenced by her paternal grandfather who was born in New Orleans.[3] A church choir became her first experience in the gospel music field at a very young age. In her teen years Connor tried out and was accepted to a performing arts school. Although all students were required to choose an instrument, Connor was the only one allowed to study voice.[4] She took vocal lessons once a week and worked as a waitress in a hotel to pay for them.

In 1997, Connor was picked to sing with the backing choir during the performance of "Heal the World" at Michael Jackson's HIStory concert tour in Bremen, Germany.[1] Overwhelmed by a personal meeting with Jackson at the end of the show,[1] she signed a contract with her first management the following year, that resulted in her pseudonym Sarah Gray and the recording of a number of demo tapes,[3] including cover versions such as "Silent Night" and "This Christmas" and the local radio success "Ula la Ula."[5] In 1999, she provided the leading vocals for producer Michael van Linden's dance remix of the 1982 record "Last Unicorn," which reached number 86 on the German Singles Chart. Unhappy with her management though, Connor teamed up with manager Carlo Vista,[5] who got her signed as Sarah Connor with producer George Glueck's label X-Cell Records a short time after. As a direct consequence, she decided to quit school and leave home at the age of 19.[1]

Recording and performing career

2001–2003

Connor fluctuated between Hamburg, Hannover and Berlin to work on her debut album, involving producers such as Bülent Aris, Toni Cottura, Diane Warren, and the production duo Rob Tyger and Kay Denar. Green Eyed Soul which was eventually released on November 26, 2001 in German-speaking Europe; Connor co-wrote four songs on the album which yielded her first two singles “Let’s Get Back to Bed – Boy!,” a collaboration with American singer TQ, and “French Kissing,” a song based on BLACKstreet’s “No Diggity.” However, it was the album’s third single “From Sarah with Love” which reached the top position in Germany, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland and raised Connor’s fame all over Europe. The song garnered the singer a Comet and an ECHO Award. Album reviews were generally positive, with laut.de especially praising Connor’s vocal strengths.[6]

Only ten months later, her second album Unbelievable (2002) was released in Europe. Wyclef Jean wrote, produced and rapped on the album’s lead single, “One Nite Stand (of Wolves and Sheep),” which once again entered the top 5. Unbelievable simultaneously achieved gold status in Germany within 48 hours and spawned another three singles, including Diane Warren-penned “Skin on Skin,” “He's Unbelievable” and “Bounce” (which would be released as a single on 3 different occasions and countries including the United States.)

In October 2003, Connor released a live DVD branded Sarah Connor Live – A Night to Remember: Pop Meets Classic, whose performance had been recorded at the Alten Kasselhaus in Düsseldorf on January 24, including indiviudal performances of own songs with a classical orchestra backing her up. In November 2003, in spite of being heavily pregnant with her first child, Connor released her third album called, Key to My Soul. The album’s first single, “Music Is the Key” featuring New York a cappella singers Naturally 7, became her second number-one hit in Germany. “Just One Last Dance”, the album's second and final single, was a re-recorded edition of the album’s original version, including new vocals by Marc Terenzi’s band Natural. The duet once again reached number-one in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland and the top 20 on a composite World Top 40.

2004–2006

The album "Sarah Connor" featured the first single, "Bounce". It was released in many countries. including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. In Germany, the single made it to #14 on the charts. In England and Ireland it peaked at number 14 and was certified gold in Australia. In America, the song only managed a #54 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album made it to number 106 and took off in the U.S., selling almost 100.000 copies.

After this success, she worked on her album "Naughy but nice." It made it to No. 1 in Germany on the charts and earned platinum. After a short hiatus following the birth of her son Tyler, Connor returned with “Living to Love You,” which again peaked at number-one in Germany and Switzerland. In March 2005, she contributed to the soundtrack of the computer-animated movie Robots with her single “From Zero to Hero;” The song became her fifth chart-topping single in Germany and the fourth number-one hit single in a row. The following summer Connor and husband Marc Terenzi starred in their own reality show Sarah and Marc in Love on the ProSieben network. The series was a one off type documentary that led up to Sarah and Marc’s re-wedding in Spain at the end of July. A DVD featuring all of the episodes was released on November 25, 2005.

In December 2005, as Connor toured to support her new album Naughty but Nice, Connor released a Christmas album, Christmas in My Heart.

Naughy nice but was very successful and got platinum in Germany and Switzerland and in Ösrerreich gold. It sold more than 300,000. In December 2005, as Connor toured to support her new album Naughty but Nice, Connor released a Christmas album, Christmas in My Heart. Its same-titled lead single reached number 4 on the German singles chart, while the album reached the top 10 of the domestic albums chart. The album came in Germany, like Austria and Switzerland at # 6 in the charts and reached platinum status. Following this, it was announced during her tour in December 2005 Connor was again pregnant and did so for the time being her music was put on hold

2006–2008

On November 24, 2006 Connor released a new Christmas single titled “The Best Side of Life.” The song debuted at number 6 on the German Singles Charts and was used for Coca Cola’s christmas promotional campaign in Germany. On the same date Connor also reissued her Christmas album, Christmas in My Heart, this time featuring the new single. The reissue debuted at number 49 in Germany. Her final 2006 release was the Christmas in My Heart DVD.

In February 2007, it was announced that Connor was working on a new album, called Soulicious. Mainly made up of 1970’s Motown covers, but also including two originals, the album spawned the single “The Impossible Dream (The Quest),” which was featured in a publicity campaign for the comeback fight of German boxer Henry Maske. Eventually released on March 30, 2007 the album debuted at number 6 on the German Albums Charts. The album's second single, a remixed version of Marvin Gaye's “Sexual Healing”, featuring the American singer Ne-Yo in support, charted at number 11 in Germany. A third single, “Son of a Preacher Man” was released towards the end of the year.

Heading into a new musical direction, Connor started intensifying work on her sixth regular studio album with producers such as Remee, Thomas Troelsen and J.R. Rotem. On May 21, 2008, it was announced Connor and her family would once again participate in an eight-part reality show titled Sarah and Marc: Still Crazy in Love" on ProSieben. The special began airing on July 3, 2008, and followed the recording and promotional events for the new album, branded Sexy as Hell.[7][8] Its first single, "Under My Skin," co-written by Troelsen, was released on August 1, 2008, in German-speaking Europe, with the album following on August 22, 2008. The second single, "I kiss it away" was ranked 21 of the German charts. Subsequently, she was nominated at the Echo but did not win against Stefanie Heinzmann. In the whole time she was often look in the press, until her divorce from husband Marc Terenzi and then with her affair with the Bremen Fussballapieler Diego.

2009- present

In April 2009 she released a duet with singer Enrique Iglesias called "Takin' Back My Love". The song peaked #9 in Germany and was a hit in several countries within Europe. in 2010 she will be one of the three judges of the German version of the British TV show The X-Factor aired on German channel VOX.[9] She will also release a new studio album later this year.

Personal life

Connor speaks three languages fluently: English, German, and Spanish.

In 1997, Connor started dating singer Martin Scholz, who was a member of the German boy band Touché and thus, shared the same management with her.[10] Their three-year relationship ended in early 2000.[10]

Following rumors about affairs with fellow collaborators TQ and Wyclef Jean, Connor met Marc Terenzi, lead singer of American boy band Natural, backstage at Bravo Happy Holidays festival in Rust, Germany on July 27, 2002. In June 2003 the couple became engaged and announced Sarah was pregnant with their first child, Tyler Marc Terenzi, who was born on February 2, 2004 in Orlando, Florida.

On February 29, 2004 the couple invited their friends to a dinner supposedly to celebrate the birth of their son; however they announced that they in fact had eloped. The couple renewed their vows this time with a big family wedding on August 18, 2005 in Altafulla, Tarragonès, near Barcelona in Spain. The wedding was the subject of their reality show Sarah and Marc in Love.

On June 23, 2006 Connor gave birth to their second child, a girl, named Summer Antonia Soraya. Summer was named after Terenzi's mother Antonia and Connor's mother Soraya. It was revealed a short time later that Summer had a hole in her heart. Summer had an operation in August 2006, and has been in good health since.

In November 2008 the couple announced their separation to the Bild tabloid newspaper.

Connor is alleged in a relationship with Brazilian footballer Diego Ribas da Cunha, although the couple claims to be just good friends.[11]

Impact and controversy

Connor has made an impact in Germany as well as surrounding countries. She is one of the best-selling German artists of all time, holding records for having four consecutive number ones (ending with “From Zero to Hero”), the first artist to accomplish this, and five number ones overall (four of which are ballads); she ties with Modern Talking and Boney M for this latter feat.

Image wise, her image and logo have graced several products. In Germany outside of her own promotional merchandise, she has her own line of jeans, perfume, and her own cakes.[12]

Connor has also been embroiled in a few controversies. In January 2002, she performed on the popular German television show Wetten, dass..? wearing a tight and revealing dress. Rumors swirled she had worn no panties, which created such a controversy that the front pages of popular tabloids (including Bild) ran headlines about it. Connor had actually worn skin colored panties so they would not show. She later auctioned the dress off for charity.[13]

In June 2005, she got into another controversy, when she performed the German national anthem at the opening ceremony of the new stadium in Munich, at the Allianz Arena, singing “Brüh im Lichte dieses Glückes” (“Scald in the light of this fortune”) instead of “Blüh im Glanze dieses Glückes” (“Flourish in the blessing of this fortune”).[14] This faux pas was documented in her show 'Sarah and Marc in Love'.

Some of the impact and controversy has also touched her personal life. In 2005, German comedian Oliver Pocher mocked and parodied Connor’s reality show Sarah and Marc in Love on his show Rent a Pocher. Not liking having her family mocked, Connor brought legal action against him. The outcome is unknown but he did eventually apologize.[15]

Chart success

With the debut single "Let's Get Back To Bed - Boy!, along with rapper TQ, Connor managed in 2001 not only made it into the German charts, but also landed a hit in the United Kingdom. With the single "From Sarah with Love" and the debut album "Green Eyed Soul", they reached the final breakthrough in Europe. "From Sarah with love" has sold in Germany almost 500.000 times. It has also received a gold award in Belgium. It is Connor's most successful song. It came in the top ten in Hungary, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and also number one in Switzerland, Germany and Portugal.

The song "Bounce!" 2003, managed to jump into the U.S. charts and was also a hit in Japan, in addition, it was in Australia, Gold (for more than 35.000 copies sold). The album "Sarah Connor" has changed in the U.S. its almost sold 100,000 times. In Germany, she landed with "Music Is the Key", "Just One Last Dance", "Living to Love You", "From Zero to Hero" and the album "Naughty but Nice" equal to five-point one-placings in a row.

Discography

Studio albums

Other albums

Awards

2001
2002
  • ECHO – “Best National Female Rock/Pop”
  • Goldene Europa – “Most Successful German Female Singer”
  • BRAVO Otto – “Supersinger National” (Silver Otto)
  • Radio Regenbogen Award – “Best Hit 2001” (“From Sarah with Love”)
  • Maxim – “Woman of the Year – Popstar”
2003
  • Radio Hamburg Award – “Best Female National Pop Act”
2004
  • World Music Award – “Best Selling German Artist”
  • Neo Award – “Most Successful Download Album” ("Key to My Soul")
2005
  • Diva Awards – “Music Artist of the Year”
  • Goldenen Kamera – “Pop National”
  • BRAVO Otto – “Supersinger Female” (Golden Otto)
  • Comet – “Best Female Artist”
  • Eins Live Krone – “Best Female Artist”
2006
  • BRAVO Otto – “Supersinger Female” (Golden Otto)
  • Comet – “Best Female Singer”
2007
  • BRAVO Otto – “Supersinger Female” (Golden Otto)
  • Comet – “Best Female Singer”
2008
  • BRAVO Otto - “Supersinger Female”
2009
  • Comet – “Best Female Singer”

References

  1. ^ a b c d Philipp Jessen (2007-04-05). "“Sarah Connor: Das nackte Leben”". Vanity Fair Magazine. http://www2.vanityfair.de/articles/leute/sarah-connor/2007/04/05/1/00236/. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  2. ^ "“Sarah Connors Mutter bekommt Zwillinge”". Die Welt. http://www.welt.de/vermischtes/article2045523/Sarah_Connors_Mutter_bekommt_Zwillinge.html. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  3. ^ a b Drago Bonacich. "“Sarah Connors - Biography”". Yahoo! Music. http://music.yahoo.com/ar-305393-bio--Sarah-Connor. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  4. ^ Absolute Sarah Connor goes Soulicious!
  5. ^ a b "“Sarah Connors Weg zum Erfolg”". Delorado. 2005-08-11. http://www.deldorado.borgmeier-media.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=33. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  6. ^ "Green Eyed Soul review". LAUT. http://www.laut.de/lautstark/cd-reviews/c/connor_sarah/green_eyed_soul/index.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  7. ^ http://www.prosieben.de/music_cd/samil/artikel/52525/
  8. ^ http://unterhaltung.de.msn.com/stars/news-artikel.aspx?cp-documentid=8346012
  9. ^ http://www.gala.de/stars/news/96648/Sarah-Connor-Jurorin-bei-X-Factor.html
  10. ^ a b ""Sarah Connors Ex-Freund pleite!"". Bild-Zeitung. 2006-02-16. http://www.bild.de/BTO/leute/aktuell/2006/02/08/connor-ex-freund-schulden/connor-ex-freund-schulden.html. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  11. ^ Wie entscheidet sich der Fußball-Star?
  12. ^ "Sarah Merchandise and Collectables". Absolute Sarah Connor. 2001-04-24. http://www.sarahconnor.org/?id=collectables. 
  13. ^ Absolute Sarah Connor goes Soulicious!
  14. ^ First Word » National Anthems
  15. ^ TVBlogger.de » Oliver Pocher vs. Sarah Connor

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