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Cassandra Steen – Soul Singer in Germany

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Cassandra Steen was born in Ostfildern-Ruit near Stuttgart, Germany in 1980. At the age of 17 the singer gained first prominence when she was featured on the song “Wenn der Vorhang fällt” off of the 1997 album Quadratur des Kreises by Freundeskreis, with whom she toured through Germany, Austria and Switzerland for a few years.

In 1998 Steen was signed by Booya Records, but due to musical differences she soon asked for a release. Two years later a demo tape got into the hands of 3p label head Moses Pelham. The rapper initially engaged Cassandra as a background singer for Sabrina Setlur and Xavier Naidoo, before they started working on Steen’s solo debut in late 2000. However, the record became a more common project, and in agreement with composer Martin Haas they decided to release the same-titled album as a trio under the synonyme Glashaus, with Steen contributing the lead vocals.

Among three successful albums and a number of hit singles the trio also partially produced Cassandra’s solo album, Seele Mit Herz, which was eventually released in summer 2003 and yielded the slow jam “Wenn Du Lachst” as its lead single. Both the album the single were a critical success but widely failed to chart or sell noticeably on the German Media Control charts. Additionally, Steen continued singing background and chorus for label mates Illmatic, Franziska and Setlur.

Since 2003 Cassandra Steen has made guest appearances on several new releases by J-Luv, W4C, Melbeatz, Bushido and Curse. Her latest collaboration with rapper Azad, “Eines Tages” was released in 2006 – the same year Steen decided to leave 3p in favour of a new record deal with Universal Records. as she reported on her MySpace, she’s currently working on her second solo album, which is scheduled for a 2008 release.

Visit her official website.

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  8. Steen is the only child born to an African American father and a German mother in Ostfildern-Ruit near Stuttgart, Germany in 1980.[4][5]
    In 1997, Steen’s demo tape got into the hands of a befriended producer, who passed it to an up and coming hip hop group, he was working with:Freundeskreis. Impressed by her voice, Steen was invited to contribute backing vocals to the trio’s 1997 debut album Quadratur des Kreises, gaining her first official feature credit on their collaboration “Telefonterror.”[6] The following year she appeared in Freundeskreis’ music video for their single “Wenn der Vorhang fällt” and accompanied the band on their first tour throughout German-speaking Europe.[6] Further collaborations with Freundeskreis failed to materialize as Steen decided to move to Hamburg in hopes of a solo career launch and soon she was offered a contract with the independent label Booya Records.[4] Due to musical differences she soon asked for a release however.[4] Steen holds both German and American citizenship.
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