CHICAGO, USA-- One of the questions we most frequently receive from readers and one of the more common search phrases that leads people to our site is "When is Helene Fischer coming to America?"
|Helene Fischer at the observation deck atop |
Rockefeller Center during her recent trip to New York city
The question they're really asking is: When is the 2012 ECHO award-winning, Helene Fischer going to perform in the US?
That we really can't answer.
The gorgeous and talented Rhinelander clearly is getting onto the American pop radar screen. While she seems to be amassing a core of really avid American fans, the number is pretty small by the standards of US pop stardom.
There may be enough die-hard American Helene Fischer fans to fill New York's Madison Square Garden or Chicago's Rosemont Horizon. But they are so widely dispersed across the continent as to make a successful Helene Fischer concert a practical impossibility for now.
But we can report that one year ago this month, Helene Fischer did make her first visit ever to the US, spending the better part of a week in New York City.
Together with her manager, Uew Kanthak, the German schlager superstar, flew across the Atlantic to do some recording work in a New York recording studio and to just generally take in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.
Writing in her in-house fan club publication, Paradies Magazin, last summer, she described her New York experiences in glowing terms.
She wrote that she was awed by the sheer size of the city and its buildings:
"I'm telling you: wow! The view from the observation deck (of the Rockefeller Center) on the 70th floor made me literally speechless. Uwe was unable to resist laughing when I felt I had to take 100 photos in every direction . The view was so impressive for someone who grew up in quiet Wöllstein," she wrote.
Fischer and her manager spent time in the recording studios of American songwriter and producer, Billy Mann. She said they discussed and tried out new song concepts.
She wrote that she was so excited about being in a top-notch, state-of-the-art American studio "that it didn't even feel like work."
Fischer then rounded out her visit by doing the usual touristy things: taking in a Broadway play, taking the ferry ride to visit the Statue of Liberty, dining out and shopping.
Helene Fischer also wrote that she went jogging in Central Park. We can only assume that given her star status, she must have had a body guard or two along for that, as that is not the kind of activity that a single woman undertakes alone. Central Park is notoriously crime ridden as is New York City generally
Helene wrote that she thoroughly enjoyed the short stay and was looking for a reason to make another trip to the US, "whether private, for work or both."
So you North American Helene Fischer fans who are chomping at the bit to see her perform here -- figure out how to fill a concert hall for her -- she says she'd be more than happy to make the trip back.
Here Helene Fischer sings in English, Can you feel the love tonight?:
And can you ever really get tired of hearing Helene Fischer perform her signature song, Und morgen früh küss ich dich wach?:
(Peter Wilde, CSMR UK correspondent contributed to this article from Middlesex, England)