Nena is a German pop singer, who started her career by forming a band with the same name. The group appeared in 1981 in Berlin thanks to the efforts of Gabriele Susanne Kerner (better known as Nena). The singer was born on 26 March 1960 in Hagen, Germany. In 1979, she became a vocalist for the band STRIPES where she met Rolf Brendel. The artist later became one of her group members. In 1981, STRIPES fell apart. Kerner and Brendel moved to Berlin to look for new opportunities to form their own group.
Gabriele got a job in the office of the successful band, Rheingold. She had to go through fan mail. At the same time, she and Rolf worked on their demo album. They presented the demo to the members of Rheingold, who appreciated the effort and allowed the young artists to record songs in their studio.
The band Nena performed in Berlin clubs and became popular on the local level. One day, they were noticed by the representatives of the German branch of CBS. The artists signed a contract with the company.
In 1982, Nena was invited to the TV show, Musikladen, where the artists conquered the public with their talent. Gabriele, dressed in a red suit, became a sex symbol of the local pop scene.