Mandy Grace Capristo (born March 21, 1990) is a German singer, songwriter, dancer and model. Born in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg and raised in Bürstadt, Hessen, she was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions in 2001, when she won Kiddy Contest, a reality television singing competition for teens in Austria, with her song "Ich wünsche mir einen Bankomat". In the mid to late 2000s, Capristo rose rose to fame as a founding member of the girl band Monrose, the result of the fifth season of the German television talent show Popstars. Until their disbandment in 2011, the trio released four studio albums and eleven singles.
Following the break-up of Monrose, Capristo launched her solo career as a singer. In 2011, she collaborated with singer Peter Maffay on his Tabaluga musical track "Die Zeit hält nur in Träumen an". In between recording her first solo album Grace (2012), Capristo participated in the fifth season of Let's Dance. Her first solo single, "The Way I Like It", was released in April 2012.
Life and career edit:
Early life and career beginnings edit:
Born to an Italian father, Vittorio Capristo, and a German mother, Carmen, in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Capristo grew up in Bürstadt, Hesse. Her elder brother Anthony was born in 1986. Capristo's parents separated in her early teens.
Capristo was at the age of four years when she began gymnastics, dance and piano lessons. Three years later she enrolled in dancing and video clip dancing. In 2001, Capristo's music teacher proposed her for the Kiddy Contest in Austria. She won the competition with her song "Ich wünsche mir einen Bankomat", which subsequently appeared on the number-one compilation album Kiddy Contest, Vol. 7 (2001). Capristo appeared in shows such as Tabaluga Tivi or 1, 2 or 3 and in 2002 she recorded the song "Mosquito" for another Kiddy Contest album.
2006-2010: Monrose and modeling edit:
In 2006, Capristo decided to participate in the German television show Popstars on the ProSieben network. At the finale, the audience chose Capristo via televoting to become the final member fof the girl band trio Monrose alongside Senna Guemmour and Bahar Kızıl. The group's debut single "Shame" peaked at number one on the German Singles Chart and became one of the best-selling singles of the year, resulting into a sales total of 200,000 copies Europe-wide. The group released their debut album Temptation in December 2006, which debuted the charts at number one and was certified two times platinum by Media Control Charts in 2007. Since 2006, the girl group released four studio albums, Temptation, Strictly Physical, I Am and Ladylike which entered the charts in the Top 10. Their singles Shame and Hot Summer have charted at number one. Overall, they released eleven singles, which seven of eleven reached the Top 10 in the German Charts. In 2008, they won their first Comet Award for Best Single with "'Hot Summer" and in 2009 for the best band. The group has sold almost two million copies worldwide. Monrose have become one of the most successful girl group in Germany, the first band who hold more than three years.
In 2007 Capristo was ranked on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" as tenth place. In 2009 she was voted "Sexiest Woman in the World" by the readers of the German FHM Magazine. In addition, she graced again in the June 2010 issue of the German cover of FHM Magazine and posed in the same calendar. On November 25, 2010 Monrose announced that they would separate ways and focus on their solo projects. Rumors said the reason for the break up was that their latest studio album "Ladylike" sales flopped. The band confirmed on TV that the less sales of "Ladylike" was definitely not the reason for the break up. Bahar Kizil said that they grow up and they swear from the beginning of their music career as a band to go separate ways when the moment is right. Their record label "Starwatch Entertainment" and "Warner Bros. Records" actually want to continue their collaboration but the band refused it. The last official TV appearance had Monrose on February 27, 2011 with their single "Like a Lady" at the finale for the third season of Austria's Next Top Model.
2011-present: Debut album Grace, Let's Dance edit:
After the disbanding of Monrose Capristo confirmed in an interview that she already started the recording sessions for her first debut album in November 2010. In May 2011 she performed two songs of her first album. One track is called "Be You", it will be the B-Side of her first single and it was written for the Be-Yu Cosmetics. The other song is called "Overrated" which will also appear on the album. Because of a cooperation with Peter Maffay they recorded the song "Die Zeit hält nur in Träumen an" (German) and performed on October 8 at Wetten, dass ..?, in October 2012 the singer is going on Tabaluga-Tour with Peter Maffay. The single with Peter debuted at number 86 in the German Charts.
In March 2012, Mandy announced her first solo single "The Way I Like It" written and produced by David Jost, which will release on April 13. Her first album is going to be called Grace, release on April 27 under her new record label EMI and Starwatch Entertainment.
She also took part in March 14, 2012 with professional dancer Stefano Terrazzino at the dance show Let's Dance, the German version of Dancing with the Stars. The second and last single from the album was Closer (released August 31st 2012).
Music and voice edit:
Capristo has published songs in English; only for the Tabaluga project and the feature film Rapunzel has she sung in German. She also sang the song "Grace" in Italian, although she does not speak that language. A complete production of their songs was used in acoustic versions. Capristo said, "I feel most comfortable with English, because I personally think that my voice sounds at its best. Although German is my native language, I feel more comfortable in English." In addition, she added: "It is very important that I decide my projects." In a review of the album Grace the music magazine Laut.de wrote: "Grace is a nice debut-intentioned work, but which, unfortunately, proves that the chick from Monrose-targeted new style does not get paid on album length. ... "It Don't Matter" and the acoustic session was the best, without all the trappings actually show her vocal talent." CD Bewertungen.de: "Her fans can look deep into her soul and makes clear that a lot is just smoke and mirrors as well as a "Star" has its problems, is lonely, has been violated." The British magazine Popjustice wrote: "We love it in a very deep and pure way, of course, but we were hoping Mandy's album Grace would contain so many extraordinary tunes that we could make one of them a Big Song instead. The Way I Like It gets its time in the sun after all, and that's not a completely bad thing because it is, of course, a cracker.
Capristo called Beyoncé Knowles as her musical influence, and her idol. Thus she sang If I Were a Boy at the Comet music award . She also called Whitney Houston as another influence, for their sake she has begun to sind. She also said: "Destiny's Child have accompanied me all my life, and so I made my first steps into the music. I also hear India.Arie and Sade Adu. Eventually, she wants to work with them. Other musical influences are Rihanna and Nicole Scherzinger. In addition, she got experience with Peter Maffay and learn from him the major foundations for her solo career.
Advertising contracts edit:
2007 Capristo signed an advertising contract with Gillette Venus. That same year, Capristo modeled for the fashion brand Ed Hardy. 2008 Capristo turned commercials for ProSieben. There, she presented the We Love Collection, a coorperation with Otto. In October 2008, Capristo was the testimonial for the Nintendo DS game Just 4 Girls. The following year, Capristo modeled for the Otto catalog and was on the cover. In spring of 2010 she had completed a two-year contract with the cosmetics brand BeYu and modeled in 2011 for the brand at the Mercedes Fashion Week in Berlin.
Social Commitment edit:
2007 Capristo occurred on "Schau nicht weg!", a concert that is opposed to violence. It was a campaign of the magazine BRAVO, the young people should arrange to deal with issues such as social hot spots, violent conflict or bullying. 2008 Capristo was ambassador of the "Federal Foundation for Children's Hospice", supporting the Climate Change Programme Climate fashion as jury president. For this, the fashion designers made the clothes exclusively with environmentally friendly and sustainable materials. In addition, since 2011 Capristo was in the context of Germany's Relief for victims of famine in East Africa. Capristo said: "It is important for me, especially in this superficial world in which we live and to forget in this superficial business, we should make positive use.."