Roland Kaiser is a highly successful German pop singer and musician with a wide-ranging career. Despite facing health challenges, he continues to entertain audiences with his music and live performances.
His contributions to the music industry, both as a singer and a lyricist, have made him a celebrated figure in popular music.
Roland Kaiser’s Biography
Roland Kaiser, born May 10, 1952, in West Berlin, is a German pop singer and musician. With over 90 million records sold, he is one of the most successful performers in the genre.
His breakthrough came in 1980, when he sold 1.2 million copies of the song Santa Maria.
Roland Kaiser grew up in the Wedding area of postwar West Berlin with a foster mother. His adoptive mother had sole custody, and his real mother had abandoned him as a foundling in a basket.
After his adoptive mother died, he dropped out of school and was cared for by his aunt. He completed sales training and worked in the advertising department of a Ford dealer.
Roland Kaiser sang at West Berlin pubs and at weddings while working as a telegram carrier during the day in the mid-1970s. Gerhard Kampf and Thomas Meisel noticed his musical aptitude, which led to the release of his first song in 1974.
In 1976, he had his first commercial breakthrough with a cover version of Ricky King’s Verde, which charted at number 14 in Germany. He went on to have several other hit singles, including Seven Barrels of Wine and Amore Mio.
Santa Maria, Kaiser’s most successful single to date, was released in May 1980. The song topped the German singles charts for five weeks, as well as in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Kaiser established himself as a popular pop vocalist with the success of Santa Maria.
Kaiser continued to create albums and singles into the 1990s, despite declining chart success. In the year 2000, it was discovered that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Despite his health problems, he continued to perform and release albums such as Alles auf Beginning, Pure Lust, and Sexy. Kaisermania, his annual live concerts at the Dresden Film Nights, began in 2003.
Kaiser has also worked as a songwriter for other musicians such as Peter Maffay, Milva, Nana Mouskouri, and Karat. He’s also done some acting and written a children’s book called The Giblings.
Roland Kaiser is well-known for his social and political zeal. He has organised benefit concerts and contributed to a variety of charity causes. His song “Everything You Want” was used as the theme song for RTL’s medical series Dr. Stefan Frank: The Doctor Women Trust.
Roland Kaiser Family
Roland Kaiser has been married three times. His first marriage was to Christina Keiler, who later married actor Michael Lesch. He was then married to Anja Schuete from 1990 to 1995 and has a son from this marriage.
Since 1996, he has been married to Silvia Keiler and has a son and a daughter with her. He currently resides in Münster with his wife.
His three children are Hendrik Kaiser, Jan Kaiser and Annalena Keiler.