Katharina Franck

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Katharina Franck
Katharina Franck - ColognePride 2009 (2511).jpg
Katharina Franck on the Cologne Pride 2009
Background information
Born (1963-07-28) July 28, 1963 (age 55)
Origin Düsseldorf, Germany
Years active 1980s–present
  • Sans Soleil
  • Mute
  • Skycap
  • Premium Records
Associated acts
Website KatharinaFranck.De

Katharina Franck (born July 28, 1963) is a German singer-songwriter who became famous with her band Rainbirds and has produced several solo albums.


Franck was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, but spent her childhood in Portugal and Brazil before, at the age of 18, moving to Cologne, Germany, and then (a couple of years later) to Berlin, Germany.

In 1986, she founded Rainbirds, which went through various iterations over the 13 years, until finally in 1999 the group dissolved. From 1990 to 1994, while still with Rainbirds, she was also a member of the group Stein (which included her Rainbirds band member, Ulrike Haage), which produced three albums.

With Haage, she has worked on two radio plays focusing on the life and work of Jane Bowles, 1999's "Bei unserer Lebensweise ist es sehr angenehm, lange im voraus zu einer Party eingeladen zu werden" ("Living the Way We Do, It Is Delightful to Be Invited to a Party a Long Way Off") and 2005's "Ich war fischen" ("I Was Fishing").

Franck has also released several solo albums: "Hunger" ("spoken pop songs" set to music by Haage) (in English and in German) in 1997; "Zeitlupenkino" (2002) (in German); "First Take Second Skin" (2006) (in English); and "On the Verge of an Autobiography" (2008) (in English).



  • Rainbirds (1987)
  • Call Me Easy, Say I'm Strong, Love Me My Way, It Ain't Wrong (1989)
  • Two Faces (1991)
  • In a Different Light (1993)
  • The Mercury Years (1995)
  • Making Memory(1996)
  • Forever (1997)
  • 3000.live(1999)
  • Yonder (2014)

Katharina Franck (solo)[edit]

  • Hunger (1997)
  • Zeitlupenkino (2002), Mute Records
  • First Take Second Skin (2006)
  • On the Verge of an Autobiography (2008)
  • Musik! Musik! (2018)

Franck & Haage[edit]

  • Bei unserer Lebensweise ist es sehr angenehm, lange im voraus zu einer Party eingeladen zu werden (1999)


  • Stein (1990)
  • Steinzeit (1992)
  • König Zucker (1994)

Special Appearances[edit]

  • Members of the Ocean Club (1996/2004)
  • Seven Dances of the Holy Ghost (1998)
  • Coisário (1999)
  • Edgar Allan Poe - Visonen (2006)

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