Born in 1963 in Düsseldorf, grew up in Portugal. From 1974 to 1977, she lived
in São Paulo, Brazil, began playing guitar and soon began to write songs
in English. Upon returning to Portugal, she had her first band, stage, and studio
experiences. In 1981, she left home and moved to Cologne. First German-language
attempts at cut-ups, poems, and prose. First singing lessons. In 1983, she moved
to Berlin. Supports herself with part-time jobs, always the morning shift, and
spends the rest of her time in practice rooms and at the movies.
In 1985, she retreats so that she can write songs for her own band. In the
spring of 1986, she founds the band, "Rainbirds," named after an instrumental
song by Tom Waits, plays a mind-blowing first concert with her band at the Villa
Kreuzberg, wins the senate's rock competition, is signed by Mercury (today,
Universal), and, in November 1987, becomes a pop star with her debut album "Rainbirds"
and the hit single "Blueprint."
In the spring of 1989, the second album "Call Me Easy, Say I'm Strong,
Love Me My Way, It Ain't Wrong" hits the market with the evergreen "Sea
of Time." Photographer and video director Anton Corbijn makes a groundbreaking
video for this song, but the band, unable to handle the consequences of its
overnight success, breaks up.
At the end of 1989, Katharina Franck turns the band into a duo with composer
and pianist Ulrike Haage. In 1991, their album "Two Faces" comes out.
In 1993, it is followed by "In a Different Light." They go on tour
twice. The band's make-up varies. They also go on a European-wide promotional
campaign. Together with F.M. Einheit and Ulrike Haage, Katharina Franck becomes
the third member of the group Stein, appears on the albums "Stein,"
"Steinzeit," and "König Zucker," tours Germany, Austria,
and Switzerland, plays concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg as well
as in the United States.
In 1994, Katharina Franck and Ulrike Haage turn the Rainbirds into a trio with
drummer Tim Lorenz. The contract with Mercury ends after the release of a "Best
of"album. The band tours and, in 1995, is signed by Rough Trade (today,
In March 1996, the album "Making Memory" comes out, followed, in
October 1997, by the album "Forever." Shortly thereafter, the small
Sans Soleil label releases "Hunger," Katharina Franck's first production
with "spoken pop songs" that were set to music by Ulrike Haage. In
1998, as Ulrike Haage, Andreas Ammer, and F.M. Einheit's guest, she undertook
a role in the radio-play opera "Schlachtplatte" which was performed
several times at the Marstall in Munich, in St. Pölten (A) and in Linz
(A). In the Ammer/Haage production "Seven Dances of the Holy Ghost"
she speaks and sings, and, at the request of the Bavarian Broadcasting Company,
works on the manuscript to a radio play of her own.