The good strat
was a single "Maria Magdalena"- it became a
huge hit and was played in the all clubs in Europe
through the last months of 1985 and carnival.
|Gold record for "Maria
| She was afraid of her
second single. Fans had very high expectations of the
next song. They wanted hit like "Maria Magdalena".
They put a lot of effort and time into the next project.
As it was done, with an anxiety they had waited for
accepting new single "In The Heat Of The Night"
in Germany. Fortunatelly, fears turned out to be
unnecessary. This song was definitely going to be a smash
hit and that it happened. And this time the business
stayed at home because Michael Cretu was a producer of
all Sandra's albums which were made in record studio in
Munich and Ibiza.
|During work in recording
| The first album called
"THE LONG PLAY" and it was published in the end
of 1985 by Virgin. It was very popular. In Sandra's songs
they put emphasis on arrangement and strong sound. Apart
from synthesizers, they used guitars. Markus Lohr played
on guitar in most of Sandra's songs. The album had 3 mega
hits: "Maria Magdalena", "In The Heat Of
The Night" and "Little Girl".
In the last
months of 1985 Sandra had a big European tour. Her visit
ticket was a videoclip "In The Heat Of The Night".
She visited Italy, France, Spain, Benelux and Scandinavia
countries. After Christmas break, which she spent in
Munich, Sandra went to USA and Japan.
1986 Sandra had moved to London for 6 months, where she
had taken singing lessons for 6 hours a day. She also
took English lessons in London Berlitz School and played
the drums. During weekends she was coming back to Munich,
where she continued working in studio and creating new
|Sandra by her house in
||Sandra during drums lessons
| Her second album "MIRRORS"
came out in October 1986 and was not good musical enough.
There were too much electronic music, none of the songs
stand out from the album. Even though, her commercial
value found pop music followers. She got some smash hits
like: "Innocent Love", "Hi! Hi! Hi!",
"Midnight Man" and "Loreen". If it
comes about the lyrics it is worth pay attention on two
songs: "Don't Cry (The Breakup Of The World)"
inspired of Tcharnobyl trategy and ballad "Loreen"
- about moral support, which needed close friend.
Then Sandra had two years holiday, which she
spent with Michael in Great Britain. During their stayed
in England she published another album and video cassette
called " TEN ON ONE (The Singles)". On this
album she added two new songs which were not published
ealier: old and refreshed hit "Everlasting Love"
and "Stop For A Minute" - a soundtrack to not
interesting crime movie Tatort called "Salü Palü".
This two years break bore fruit with a new
album called "INTO A SECRET LAND".
|Sandra during shooting
"Secret Land" clip
| For sure, everyone knows
those club songs: "Heaven Can Wait", "Secret
Land", "We'll Be Together" or "Around
My Heart". This album differs so much from the
previous album. It is more subtle, balanced, soft and
reflective. Michael had no fears to have on the album his
original arrangement like: "La Vista De Luna"
and some interesing music solutions - "Around my
Heart". There were also slow and moody songs like:
"Just Like Diamonds" or "Children Of
England". Sandra promoted her new album on Europe
and USA tour. She performed in Budapest, Scandinavia
countries and ahe had five concerts in Germany and Russia.
in Moscow was the biggest experience of Sandra
| Then she went to Belgium,
Holland, Luxembourg, eight times performed in France.
Next she was in Italy, Austria, Sweeden, Prague and USA
in New Jork.
|Information about Sandra's
in New York in "Palladium"
|Sandra on Manhattan
in New York
In the mean time in
Sandra's life was a change. From her home town - Munich
she moved to Ibiza - Baleares island.
|Sandra at home in Ibiza
| Sandra and Michael settled
down in a modernized, 500 years old rural house, with
swimming pool and record studio called "A.R.T.
Studio". Sandra's parents also moved to Ibiza and
took care of her house, when Sandra was away from home.
In the new house there are: ballet room with dressing
room and big mirrors - in front of them Sandra exercises
On the 7th of June in 1988 Sandra and Michael
got married and Miss Lauer became Mrs Cretu.
|Wedding of Mrs and Mr Cretu
| In home studio in Ibiza
another - fifth album in Sandra's discography came out.
It called "PAINTINGS IN YELLOW" - Sandra with
her family liveliness and naturalness created some
beautiful paintings by singing her velvety voice. It is
the most quiet album she recorded with mind about
American commercial market too, intended for a wide
circle of pop music audience. All the songs were written
by Michael Cretu and some support of his friend Frank
Peterson - Michael resigned from his old co-workers.
This album was more ambitious and lyrics more
serious: antiwar song "Hiroshima" - it was a
guide single, then "Johnny Wanna Live" - says
about animals protection. Love songs like "One More
Night", "Lovelight In Your Eyes" are more
poetic and sensual.
First single "Hiroshima" - a great
cover of Wishful Thinking band - it lets us to watch a
real gallery of art on this album and it became the
greatest hit since 1985. The dance song "(Life May
Be) A Big Insanity" and beautiful ballad "One
More Night" are stunning works of very impressive
exhibition and ingenious combinations in this music
journey - they became a smash hits, too.
|Promotion of "Paintings
In Yellow" in press
| Album "PAINTINGS IN
YELLOW" once again showed the subtlety, elegancy and
style created by singer and a producer of these songs. It
is full of feelings, emotions, soul, sound which can be
compared not only to international pop music, but also to
a new standard's group.
Sandra celebrated success of her next album, Michael
hidded in his record studio and in 1990 created "cathedral-pop"
- sombre, singing in Latin gregorian choral church songs,
in which you can hear hollow rythm of disco music.
Finally he decided to name his project Enigma but he
assure his wife part in his new created sound.
|Michael during work in
His first single "Sadeness-
part one" achieved an incredible success - 50 000
singles were sold in one day in Germany, even though
nobody knew what was hidden under the word "Enigma".
Then the new album "MCMXC a.D." was sold fom
the CD shops.