is a Swiss
She was born in the village of Alle in the Canton of Jura
, on May 24, 1963 as Catherine Meyer. From the age of thirteen, she sang in the choir
at her home village church and performed at several local events.
In 1989 she moved to Geneva
where she began singing in night clubs
. She also performed in the cellars of St-Germain-des-Près
, and in Parisian jazz
Leander was one of the best performers at a country music festival in Geneva
in 1991, and won the 1992 Europa Song Festival, held in Bordeaux
She was an employee of a bank
when she was chosen by Swiss television to represent her country at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest
, singing the ballad Mon Cœur L'Aime
(My heart loves him). She was promised a recording contract if she finished in the top five places in the contest, but she placed only 16th. On her return from Oslo Leander returned to her day job.
In 2000, now calling herself Catherine Leander
, she duetted with Enric Orlandi on a single, Weil ich zu dir gehör'
, released in the German-speaking countries. The following year she released Rêves à deux
, an album of romantic duets with French singer Alan Ségal (the album was credited to Cathy et Alan Ségal
), which was very popular in Ségal's home region of Alsace
. Since 2003 she has been a backing singer for Swiss rock
musician Stef de Genf
In 2003 Leander came third in the talent show Merci, on vous écrira
organised by Swiss TV station TSR. Her... Read More