German singer and record producer who is known as the lead singer in the music duo Modern Talking.
He performed for the first time at age 7 and studied musicology for five semesters at Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany.
He once competed in a Radio Luxembourg music contest in 1979 but did not win.
He married Claudia Hess in 2000 and the couple has a son, Alexander, who was born in 2002.
In 2006, he and Vicky Leandros represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest.