Sandra is one of Germany's most popular singers in modern times. At the age of 16 she fronted the all-girl disco trio Arabesque from 1978 to 1984. She rose to international stardom in 1985 with the release of her single (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena - its synth-based 1980's dance sound crafted by boyfriend Michael Cretu proved to be an overwhelming success, reaching #1 in 21 countries. Through the following years she had a string of major top 10 hits, including In the Heat of the Night, Hi! Hi! Hi!, Everlasting Love, Heaven Can Wait, Secret Land and Hiroshima.
In 1988 Sandra Lauer married the Romanian musician and composer Michael Cretu (born Mihai Creţu) and reloca