Born Mar 24, 1960

Gabriele Susanne Kerner, better known by her stage name Nena, is a German singer and actress. She rose to international fame in 1983 with the New German Wave song "99 Luftballons". In 1984, she re-recorded this song in English as "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".… Read More

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1960 Birth Gabriele Susanne Kerner was born on 24 March 1960 in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany while her family lived in the nearby town of Breckerfeld. … Read More


1977 17 Years Old In 1977 she left high school before graduation, and in the three following years she was trained as a goldsmith. … Read More
1979 19 Years Old Nena's musical career began in the summer of 1979 when guitarist Rainer Kitzmann offered her a position as the lead singer in his band The Stripes.


1982 22 Years Old 1 More Event
The group had a minor hit with the song "Ecstasy", but never achieved mainstream success and disbanded in May 1982 when Nena and her then-boyfriend Rolf Brendel moved to West Berlin. … Read More
1983 23 Years Old In 1983, the band released its first album Nena, which contained the singles "Leuchtturm" ("Lighthouse") and "99 Luftballons" (the English version is called "99 Red Balloons"). "99 Luftballons" became a number-one hit in West Germany and the Netherlands in 1983 and went on to major international chart success the following year, an English version hitting number one in the UK and the original German version hitting number two in the United States, behind Van Halen's "Jump". … Read More
1984 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1984 whilst on a tour in the UK, Nena made the headlines of the British red-top press for having unshaven armpits. … Read More
The band split in 1987, and Nena went solo thereafter.
1989 29 Years Old Nena's first solo album Wunder gescheh'n ("Miracles Happen") was released in late 1989. … Read More


1993 33 Years Old In 1993, following the indifferent performance of her second solo album Bongo Girl, Sony decided not to renew Nena's recording contract and the label which distributed her third, RMG Music Entertainment, disappeared shortly afterwards.


2002 42 Years Old In 2002, Nena celebrated her 20th anniversary on stage with the album Nena feat. … Read More
2005 45 Years Old Having regalvanised her career by virtue of her 1980s hits, Nena reestablished herself as a force with entirely new material with the 2005 album Willst du mit mir gehn ("Do You Wanna Go with Me?") which quickly achieved platinum status and climbed to No.2 in the German charts. … Read More
2007 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 2007, Nena released a new album entitled Cover Me, made up entirely of cover songs. … Read More
In 2009 she recorded and released a new version of her hit song "99 Luftballons", which more closely follows the 1980s original, in contrast to her 2002 version. … Read More


2011 51 Years Old In 2011, she contributed vocals to the track "Let Go Tonight" by Kevin Costner and Modern West.
2012 52 Years Old In late 2012 Nena released her 11th solo studio album, Du bist gut ("You're Good"), which peaked at No.2 in the German charts, although the tracks released as singles from the album were not as successful as those from her previous albums since her 2002 "comeback".
Nena's next album, Oldschool, which was produced by the German rapper and hip hop artist Samy Deluxe, was released on 27 February 2015. … Read More
2016 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Then, in April 2016, 14 months after Oldschools release, the third single from the album, "Genau jetzt", returned Nena to the German Top 30 singles chart for the first time in 6 years.
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