Mark Ćwiertnia (born 11 January 1983), better known by the artistic name Mark Forster, is a German singer, songwriter and television personality. In 2013, he became the vocalist of a duo cooperation, a musical project named Eff in association with DJ and music producer Felix Jaehn.
Mark Forster is of mixed German and Polish origins. He was born to a German father who was born in Dortmund. His mother, Agnieszka Ćwiertnia, was born in Warsaw, Poland. His mother called him Marek and in his early days as a musician used the name Marek Ćwiertnia. He grew up in Winnweiler, Kaiserslautern (State: Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany. He later moved to Berlin where he developed a career as a singer, songwriter, pianist and composer of jingles for television including for the show Krömer – Die Internationale Show. From 2007 to 2010, he accompanied actor and comedian Kurt Krömer as a pianist sidekick.
In 2006, Forster joined the band Balboa as their frontman. He was also in Kurt Krömer's Kröm De La Kröm alongside musician Mitumba Lumbumba and in 2010 was signed to German record label Four Music where he released his albums Karton in 2012. The album was produced by Ralf Christian Mayer and coproduced by Sebastian Böhnisch and recorded in Germany, France and Spain. He toured starting February 2012 with Laith Al-Deen and promoted his album. Two minor singles from the album were released: "Auf dem Weg" and "Zu dir (weit weg)".
In November 2013, he was featured in the rapper Sido's hit "Einer dieser Steine", singing in the refrain. An even bigger hit for Forster was "Au revoir", this time with roles reversed—Forster listed as primary artist and featuring Sido—with this single being a prelude to the very successful album Bauch und Kopf in 2013. The album was certified gold and included the now-smash-hit "Au revoir" and two other follow-up hit singles, "Flash mich" and the title track "Bauch und Kopf", the latter of which won Bundesvision Song Contest 2015.
In 2015, Forster became vocalist for a musical project Eff, made up of Forster as vocalist and Felix Jaehn as DJ and music producer. The two met at an event in Vienna in 2015. Eff is a reference to Felix and Forster. Their debut single, "Stimme", topped the German Singles Chart for three consecutive weeks, also charting in Austria and Switzerland.
In popular culture
Since 2013, Forster engaged as an ambassador for Herzenssache e.V., a children's aid organization sponsored by German broadcasters Südwestrundfunk and Saarländischer Rundfunk, and German banking institution Sparda-Bank.
Along with Tony Mono (Peter Saurbier), he sang for 1LIVE for 2014 FIFA World Cup in support of the German Football National Team. The song was a cover of his song "Au revoir" retitled "Au Revoir, USA!". For the World Cup final, he released an amended take "Au revoir (WM version)".
From 2015 until 2019, Forster served as a coach on German broadcaster Sat.1's German version of the TV competition The Voice Kids and in 2018 was a part of the starting line-up of coaches on The Voice Senior. Forster is currently a coach on The Voice of Germany, having replaced Andreas Bourani in 2017.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Bauch und Kopf||
|2012||"Auf dem Weg"||49||—||—||Karton|
|"Zu dir (weit weg)"||64||—||—|
|2013||"Ich und du"
||Bauch und Kopf|
|2015||"Bauch und Kopf"||15||59||—||
|2016||"Wir sind groß"||3||18||16||
|2018||"Like a Lion"
|"Wo noch niemand war"||—||—||—||Frozen 2|
|2013||"Einer dieser Steine"
||99||—||—||Dein Song 2015|
||59||—||—||Nichts war umsonst|