Born on June 13, 1998, in Hamburg, German pop singer and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Lewe, better known as Sarah Connor, grew up listening to soul music, mostly influenced by her grandfather who was born in New Orleans. A church chorus became her first experience in the gospel music field at a very young age. After participating in different musicals while still attending middle school, Sarah Connor started sending demos to different record labels. The opportunity to achieve her goal came when rhythm & blues and urban producer TQ responded to one of them. In 2001, the catchy debut single, "Let's Get Back to Bed...Boys," became a chart-topping song in Germany. The powerful ballad "From Sarah with Love" followed in 2002. Both songs were featured on her debut album Green Eyed Soul. A sophomore effort, Unbelievable, was released in several months' time but was only available to European fans. American pop music fans got their chance to hear Connor's work when she released her self-titled album, which was a collection of her previously issued overseas work, in spring 2004. Connor released the Europe-only Key to My Soul that same year, and Naughty but Nice followed in 2005 in both Germany and the U.S. A holiday album, Christmas in My Heart, followed later that same year. Around that time, Connor increased her visibility by appearing in a highly rated German reality TV series, Sarah & Marc in Love, with her then-husband Marc Terenzi, lead singer of the American boy band Natural which had enjoyed success in Germany. After a hiatus during which she gave birth to her second child, she released her fifth "proper" studio album, Soulicious, a collection of covers of classic Motown material, in 2007. The following year's Sexy as Hell was cross-promoted with another reality TV series, Crazy in Love; then, after a stint as a judge on Germany's X Factor, Connor returned to performing in 2010 with her seventh album Real Love. Following a hiatus, in 2014, Connor appeared in the reality television series Sing meinen Song - Das Tauschkonzert, the German version of The Best Singers series and released her ninth studio album Muttersprache, her first album to be entirely recorded in German. Upon its release, Muttersprache debuted on top of on the German Albums Chart, becoming her second number-one album following 2005's Naughty but Nice. The album also debuted at number-one on the Swiss Albums Chart, her first album to do so. Connor came back in 2019 with the album Herz Kraft Werke, which topped the charts in Germany and Austria. Despite failing to achieve major international success, Connor was a force to be reckoned with in German pop; none of her albums failed to hit the German Top Ten, and she is also popular across German-speaking Europe.