Date: 24 October 2006
Originally published in: SWR website (Germany)
She is the daughter of Marty Wilde, former teenager star of the fifties and early sixties in Great Britain, and Joyce Baker, singer from the Vernons Girls. Her first hit was ‘Kids in America’. In 2001 she said that she had quit the music business. She devoted herself to the planning and designing of gardens. Kim Wilde is married to musical actor Hal Fowler and has two children.
For the BBC she made programmes called ‘Garden Invaders’. The programmes consisted of Kim redesigning gardens for strangers.
Brother Ricky still worked as a producer until today and Kim’s sister Roxanne started with her own band Dimestars.
After a long pause ‘Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime’ together with Nena was released – a new version of Kim’s hit ‘Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann’.
In the middle of 2006 came the news: 25 years after her first hit ‘Kids in America’ Kim Wilde releases her new album ‘Never say never’ in September 2006.
In the course of her career Kim Wilde has sold 30 million singles and albums and she was the most successful English female singer. She had several gold and platinum albums and even had a number one hit in America with ‘You keep me hangin’ on’.
Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen (Nena) produced ‘Never say Never’. Next to eight new tracks there are re-recordings of six of her biggest hits, from which ‘You came’ was the first single, released on August 18, 2006.
Next to a new song with Nena Kim has recorded another duet with Charlotte Hatherley from Ash. The new album is the tenth studio album of her career. Kim returns to EMI with this album, where her first three albums were also released. ‘You came’ got into the German charts immediately.