Coach premiere on “The Voice”: Five interesting facts about singer Peter Maffay

Coach Premiere on “The Voice”
Five interesting facts about singer Peter Maffay

Peter Maffay (left) with his “The Voice” colleagues.

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In 2022, Peter Maffay will be looking for the “Voice of Germany”. You should know these facts about the exceptional artist.

Together with Rea Garvey (49), Stefanie Kloß (37) and Mark Forster (39), Peter Maffay (72) sits on the red chair as a coach on “The Voice of Germany”. “I have always admired how many great talents choose ‘The Voice of Germany’ as a springboard into a career as a musician,” explains the musician in a statement. “I think it’s great that I might be able to help with this, together with my colleagues.” He is looking forward to good music in good company and many interesting encounters. Maffay looks back on a long music career.

Successful chart topper

The musician has been on stage for over 50 years, has 20 number one albums and over 50 million records sold. This makes him one of the most successful artists in the German charts. His breakthrough came with the song “Du”, which became the biggest German-language hit of 1970. “And it was summer” (1976) or “So bist du” (1979) are also among his biggest hits. From the 1980s, the musician underwent an image change from ballad singer to rock musician and celebrated success with the albums “Steppenwolf” and “Revanche”. The latter features “You have to go over seven bridges” and the album sold over two million copies. In 2021 his last album “So Weit” was released. In autumn 2022, Maffay will be celebrating his 50th stage anniversary.

Unusual music beginnings

Maffay was born in 1949 in Brasov, Romania. “Our circumstances in Romania were modest, but that was no different with all the neighbors,” said the musician in 2021 in an interview with spot on news. “I didn’t know at the time that my father was being threatened by the Securitate secret service. I only found out much later. My parents wanted me to be able to grow up carefree.” As a child, he had to learn the violin, Maffay revealed. His mother insisted. “I liked making music from the start, but in the long run the violin wasn’t the right instrument for me.” At the age of 14 he got his first guitar, “I was already in Germany. That changed everything”. From then on he knew “that I don’t want to do anything else. I am infinitely grateful to life that I was able to turn my passion into my profession”.

Co-inventor of a cartoon character

In addition to rock music, Maffay has created a fairy tale with the “Tabaluga” series, which consists of six albums. The little green dragon conquered the musical stage and also became the protagonist of an animated series and a movie (2018). Maffay is also patron of the Tabaluga Children’s Foundation, which takes care of socially disadvantaged, traumatized and seriously ill children and young people in projects.

Social Commitment

The musician is also involved in many other social projects, founded his own foundation in 2000 and received the Federal Cross of Merit in 2008. A year later he was awarded the honorary prize of the Hans Rosenthal Foundation for his great social and humanitarian commitment and received the Bavarian State Medal for social services in 2014. He also campaigns against racism and for more tolerance and has appeared on “Rock gegen Rechts” among other things. Animal welfare is also important to the singer, so he has already campaigned against wearing fur or trophy hunting in South Africa.

Excursions as an actor

As early as 1986, Peter Maffay proved that he doesn’t just enjoy music. In “Der Joker” (1986), directed by Peter Patzak, he played the main role of Commissioner Jan Bogdan, who investigates a criminal organization. Maffay also played one of the main roles in Patzak’s film “Captured in Yemen” (1999). The German rocker also conquered the book market, in 2009 he published his biography “On the way to me”.

Now the singer is trying to coach “The Voice of Germany” – and does not regret the decision, as he did after the first days of shooting at Instagram reveals. “Our assessment of the first few days – it was a good decision to accept the invitation and come to Berlin.” “The Voice” offers a “great platform to enable young talents to get into the music business and for me it’s a wonderful experience to see so many young, talented musicians from a wide variety of genres”. He has “great respect” for the competence of his coach colleagues.


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