Better known as Sandra Cretu, because of her relationship with Michael Cretu which is behind the world known artist Enigma. Sandra and Michael were married on 7 January 1988. In July 1995, they became parents of twin sons, Nikita and Sebastian. They separated in November 2007, citing “personal and professional differences”. While Michael has been living in Germany since May 2009, she has continued to reside in Ibiza and married music producer Olaf Menges in 2010. In 2014 they got separated, but still Sandra makes music.
2007–present: A new musical direction
The highly anticipated new studio album, The Art of Love, was released in February 2007, charting within top 20 in German charts and enjoying a minor success internationally. For the first time, Michael Cretu did not participate in recording the album, as he was reportedly busy with new Enigma recordings, instead letting Jens Gad produce the entire work. Sandra now participated actively in composing and writing the album, therefore lyrics were more personal and reflected struggles in her personal life. “The Way I Am” was the album’s lead single, peaking at number 50 in Germany, while the second single, “What Is It About Me”, failed to chart. However, her version of The Hooters’ “All You Zombies” became a big radio hit in Poland. In November 2007, it was announced that Sandra and Michael were getting divorced and Sandra spent the following year touring Europe.
A new Sandra album, titled Back to Life, was released in March 2009, showcasing an up-tempo material, influenced by Latin pop, dance and R&B. “In a Heartbeat” and “The Night Is Still Young”, the latter featuring Thomas Anders of Modern Talking, were released as singles and both met with modest success in Germany. The album itself was moderately successful too and generated mixed reviews. Later in 2009, a three-disc compilation album titled The Platinum Collection was released, featuring all of Sandra’s hit singles as well as some album tracks and extended versions. The release did not chart.
2012 saw the release of Stay in Touch, Sandra’s tenth studio album. Produced by a German DJ duo Blank & Jones, the album incorporated 1980s sound into songs, reproducing the pattern of Sandra’s early albums. “Maybe Tonight” was released as the first single, peaking only at number 77 in Germany, while the second single, “Infinite Kiss” failed to enter charts. However, the album was a modest chart success internationally and received warm response.
In both Poland and Germany, she is still a disco queen. Also in Russia she is still very known. However here in the so called “western world”. We tend to throw out such artist because it doesnt fit the time!? But Sandra is loyal to her audience and as you can see in the video above. She did live performance on one of Poland’s biggest private held tv stations called TVN. Infinite Kiss is a new song with 80’s sound vibes for sure and Sandra looks great at the stage also. Fantastic disco queen for sure!