Pop diva Michelle spent more than a decade in the upper echelons of the German charts. Born Tanja Oberloher in Villingen-Schwenningen on February 15, 1972, she grew up in the Blumberg area, singing in local bands as a teen. Appearances on radio outlet Südwestfunk led to her discovery by singer Kristina Bach, who produced the renamed Michelle's 1993 debut single, "Und Heut' Nacht Will Ich Tanzen." The single proved a hit, and she was invited to appear on the television music showcase ZDF-Hitparade in support of her first LP, Erste Sehnsucht. With "Silbermond und Sternenfeuer" Michelle placed second in the 1994 Deutschen Schlager-Festspielen, and three years later she competed in the annual Eurovision Song Contest with "Im Auge des Orkans."