German Schlager and pop star Vanessa Mai – Ambition and discipline on the way to the top

26. June 2024 – Katharina Schlangenotto

Vanessa Mai. Former pop star. Now a pop pop star who has consciously broken away from the strict rules of the pop industry and has not used filters on social media since 2021. The 32-year-old wants to set an example of authenticity.

Vanessa Mai’s story makes impressive reading:

Even as a little girl, she was fascinated by music. Her father was a musician and she often accompanied him with the tambourine at his gigs. She quickly developed a deep passion for music and began to sing at every opportunity, preferably German pop songs. She made her first appearances with classics such as “Er gehört zu mir” and “Schuld war nur der Bossa Nova”. She also took every opportunity to be musically active at school and appeared on stage in the musical “The Wizard of Oz”.

In addition to singing, she loved dancing and showed considerable talent in this area.  As a teenager, she became a member of the hip-hop dance group “Getting Craz’d” and won the German hip-hop championship with her group.

Vanessa Mai – with Ambition and discipline on the way to the top

Vanessa pursued her path with ambition and discipline. After graduating from secondary school, she trained as a media designer without losing sight of her dream of a career in music.

Her big breakthrough came in 2012 when she got the opportunity of a lifetime. After the keyboardist and guitarist of “Wolkenfrei” left the band for health reasons, Vanessa Mai was asked to be the new singer and accepted immediately. The newly formed band’s first single “Jeans, T-Shirt und Freiheit” was released in July 2013, and the first album “Endlos verliebt” followed six months later, reaching number 18 in the German album charts.

Following this success, Vanessa Mai continued “Wolkenfrei” as a solo project. In 2015, she released the second album “Wachgeküsst”. She appeared on the ARD show “Die Besten im Sommer” with the single “Wolke 7” – her biggest TV appearance to date, which catapulted her to the top of the pop charts and even knocked Helene Fischer out of first place.

In her private life, she has been married to the band’s manager at the time, Andreas Ferber, since 2017. He is the stepson of German Schlager star Andrea Berg and also became her manager.

In 2016, she released her third album “Für Dich” and toured with other pop stars such as Ross Antony and Florian Silbereisen. Her first own tour followed shortly afterwards, with 25 concerts in Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark.

From German Schlager to pop hits to German-language music

Vanessa Mai’s musical style developed from classic Schlager to pop-Schlager. She herself describes her music simply as German-language music, without committing herself to one genre. Her fans love this openness, and she continues to surprise them with new musical experiments, such as her collaboration with rapper Sido on the single “Happy End”.

In addition to music, Vanessa Mai has also conquered television. In 2016, she was a judge on “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”, in 2017 she danced in the RTL show “Let’s Dance” and came second. In the ProSieben show “Schlag den Star” she prevailed against Luna Schweiger. In 2020, she made her acting debut in the TV movie “Nur mit Dir” and has since hosted the SWR show “On Mai Way”.

Vanessa Mai as a speaker: the woman has something to say.

Vanessa Mai has now published her first book, entitled “I do it MAI Way”. In it, she tells her own story about “the longing for the big stage, hard work, first successes, bitter defeats, comebacks and the way to the top. She reveals her entire story with impressive honesty and shows why it’s worth fighting for your dreams.”

ARD has also filmed a three-part documentary about her, which can be viewed in the media library. In “MAI Time is Now”, the singer talks about highs and lows as well as her very personal artist metamorphosis.

There is no doubt that Vanessa Mai has not only made a name for herself as a well-known singer and entertainer, but also as an impressive speaker. It is important to her to inspire many people with her story and her career. Because alongside all her fame and success, she has also suffered setbacks and had to overcome numerous hurdles in the course of her career. Her message:

“With perseverance and passion, you can achieve anything!”

One particularly formative experience was her serious back injury, which presented her with a major challenge. With an iron will and a positive attitude, she fought her way back onto the stage and proved that you can emerge stronger from even the most difficult situations. She says: “Every challenge has made me stronger. My broken back was tough, but it showed me how important it is to keep getting back up.”

Another chapter in her career is the recording of an album that was never released. She worked with a famous producer in the USA who had also produced with Taylor Swift. But during the collaboration, she felt: “It’s not possible, it’s too big for me.” What remained were 12 hard-working songs that were never released. She reflects: “Not everything we start leads to success. But every experience takes us further and teaches us valuable lessons.”

She now shares this and other experiences as a speaker in panel discussions and moderated talks. She wants to encourage others to stand up for themselves, trust their inner voice, never give up and believe in themselves.

Top speaker Vanessa Mai: Successes and setbacks are what make a personality

As a speaker, Vanessa Mai makes her audience think and inspires them to go their own way. She talks openly about her successes and setbacks and how she has managed to motivate herself time and again.

Her message is clear: with passion, courage, and perseverance, you can overcome any hurdle. She emphasizes: “It’s important to believe in yourself and fight for your dreams. Only those who dare can win.”

With her talks, Vanessa Mai encourages people to do their own thing and not to give up, no matter how rocky the road may be. Her authentic and positive manner makes her an outstanding speaker who inspires and motivates her audience. “Positive thoughts and a strong self-confidence are the key to overcoming any hurdle,” she says.

If you are looking for an inspiring personality who encourages others to be real, pursue their goals and never give up, then Vanessa Mai is the perfect choice. Let her energy and optimism infect you and experience how she moves people with her story and charisma.

Her presentation topics are:

  • Personal branding – Unadapted: How Vanessa Mai built her personal brand
  • Becoming successful with self-motivation & self-discipline
  • Getting up after setbacks – now more than ever!

“Sometimes it’s the hardest times that teach us the strongest lessons. Giving up was never an option for me.”

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Vanessa Mai

Singer, Actress & Dancer, Social Media Star & Brand Ambassador