Pop singer Sandra
is back! Her new album "Back To Life" proves
that an artist can very well be successful after more
than 20 years in the music business. Her new album
convinces you with beautiful ballads and temporary Latino-Dance
songs as well as typical Pop songs. On 9th May in this
year, Sandra and Thomas Anders will launch their
contribution to the Summer Hit 2009 since their Duet
"The night is still young" will be released
that day. We talked to Sandra about the album and her
am doing my thing!
- "Back To Life" is the
name of your new album. Sandra is back! What kind of
expectations do you have for the album?
Sandra: Well, I think that
this is by far the best pop album I have ever recorded. I
mainly recorded it in New York and wanted to make sure
that I combine as many different styles of music as
possible. Some songs were recorded at my studio on Ibiza
and due to modern technology, I was able to stay in touch
with Toby in the USA. I want to be surprised but I hope
that it will enter the charts on a higher position than
"The Art Of Love". I wish for the new album to
be within the Top 15. Maybe the second single will push
the album some more.
- How was it for you to have
several producers working on the new album instead of
working with Michael only?
Sandra: Well, when I
recorded "The Art Of Love", I was already
separated from Michael and therefore worked with Jens. I
loved his easy and uncomplicated way of working on the
album. Michael always had a strict concept about how the
album was supposed to be. Toby and Jens work differently.
We try many things just for the fun of it and if we don't
like it, we just start all over again. I love working
with them and I enjoy my freedom as an artist.
- Were there any songs that did not make it
on the album?
Sandra: Oh yes, there were
many songs left! "Kiss my" ended up being a
bonus track on the single, "Redis moi" and
"Echo of my heart" turned out to be bons tracks
on the iTunes version of the album. The remaining songs
will be used for the next album. I was fighting hard in
order to get "Kiss my" to be a regular album
track but the record company decided against it. I love
this song because it's so different and totally crazy but
still suits my voice.
- One of the bonus
tracks is called "Echo of my heart". Does the
song have anything to do with the song "Prince of my
heart", which was originally written for "The
Wheel Of Time" but didn't make it on the album?
"Prince of my heart" was written by Michael and
has nothing to do with the new song. Any resemblance is
- When will the new single be released?
night is still young" will be released on the 9th of
May and I am really looking forward to it. We have just
finished the video shoot on Ibiza and it was lots of fun
recording a video again. We rented a pirate's ship and it
became a real summer video. It was raining on the island
of Ibiza through out the whole winter but we got lucky
the day of the video shoot! I insisted on shooting a
video for this song!
- Are there any TV performances scheduled
Sandra: Yes, we will
perform the song at Carmen Nebel's evening show, the
Fernsehgarten and at "The Dome". Most likely we
will also have a performance at the summer edition of
"Wetten dass...?" on the island of Mallorca.
- Unfortunately, music videos seem to
Sandra: Yes, that's a shame.
I always loved shooting music videos. Most record
companies don't invest any more money in music videos and
most companies are suffering these days anyway. We still
had to pay half of the costs as that is normal for any
- Will there be a third single?
Sandra: Yes! I would love
to release a ballad around Christmas time. It will either
be "Just like breathing" or "Behind those
words". We will still have to debate which one to
pick. I am never sure what to chose or what the radio
stations might play. When it comes to the radio stations
I honestly have no clue why they play what and how to
even foresee that.
- Toby Gad is a very successful
and very talented producer. Did Jens happen to introduce
you to Toby?
Sandra: Yes, exactly. Jens
called Toby and shortly after that, Toby said that he had
a few songs that were perfect for my voice. I flew to the
USA and listened to all of them, picked a few and started
recording them one after the other. By the way, even
though "Just like breathing" bears a
resemblance to "If I were a boy", I have to say
that my song was written before Beyonce's song!
- The song "Redis moi"
is a bonus track on the iTunes version of your album. The
song is very temporary and could do very well at clubs.
Are there any plans to send the song to several DJs?
Sandra: I wrote the song
myself! Of course you can still hear some of the Cretu
elements but I guess after more than 20 years of
influence, that's normal. My son Nikita loves this song
and I must admit that I was surprised to hear that from
him since he only watches British MTV. Maybe we should
consider spreading the song at clubs.
- "Tete a Tete" is in French...
Sandra: Yes, that's true. I
wrote this song for the French market. I felt like I owed
a song like this to my French fans since I have sold so
many records in France already. The new album will not be
released in France and other European countries until May
of this year so I can have enough time to promote the
album in Germany first. I used to be in Paris a lot and
got inspired by Vanessa Paradis' song "Joe le Taxi".
- Are you going to release different songs
as singles in different countries?
Sandra: I am planning to
release "Tete a Tete" in France in order to
promote the album.
- Why did you pick "In a heartbeat"
as the first single?
Sandra: My record company
made that decision. I wanted "The night is still
young" as first single but it was too early for a
summer song. After that, the record company ran a few
surveys and chose "In a heartbeat".
- You are wearing a
beautiful necklace showing all zodiacal signs. The necklace
can be seen on the cover of your CD as well...
Sandra: This is our
engagement necklace and it means a lot to me! I don't
really believe in Horoscopes but I liked the idea of
putting it inside the CD cover as well.
- Your appearance changed a lot since your
last album. Was that planned?
Sandra: No. I think it is
normal to change. I usually don't plan something like
that. I wanted to wear a simple, white suit on the new
cover instead of being all sexy again like I was on the
previous covers. I wanted to keep it light and simple. I
will have to figure out what to wear for the performances
coming up. I usually carry a lot of clothes with me so I
can decide spontaneously what to wear. I still have tons
of clothes from the past and I don't throw away anything.
This jacket that I am wearing today is over 10 years old
and I still love wearing it.
- You sing in English, French and Spanish.
Any plans for a song in German?
Sandra: No, definitely not!
As an international artist, I can't sing in German. A
German artist can always sing in English but it doesn't
work the other way round. It still have to go well with
my other songs too.
- Is it true that you will go on a big
Sandra: Yes, that's true
and I am looking forward to it. These days I practice
with a bunch of live musicians in my house and let me tell you, it
grooves like hell! I finally know again why I decided to
become a singer! It's so much fun and I can't wait to get
on stage. We already have quite a few concerts confirmed.
We will have a total of 40 concerts in Russia, 5 in the
USA, 3 in Israel, 3 in the Emirates and 10 concerts in
- Are there going to be any concerts in
Sandra: In Germany, you can
only go on tour if your album hits number one and I am so
tired of that. That's the reason why I haven't been on
tour for so many years and therefore I will start outside
of Germany. Nobody wanted "Maria Magdalena" in
Germany at first and after a while it made its way to the
top of the charts through the other countries. We sent
out flyers to every concert agency in Germany and we hope
that we will have a few confirmed dates in Germany as
well as soon as they see the growing success in the other
countries. Of course I would love to perform in Germany,
so we will see. I don't follow the rules this time, I am
simply doing my own thing now!