Ex-No Angel now Dresdner “medl”: Nadja before the group’s return

Ten years after leaving the girl group No Angels, singer Nadja Benaissa is once again part of a professional female ensemble. “Full of anticipation, also a little excited,” the 38-year-old recounts her feelings a few hours before the group’s return on Friday evening at the open-air theater Junge Garde in Dresden. With the a cappella pop group medlz, she rehearsed the program “Runs with us” for weeks and, because of Corona, longer than expected and recorded an album for this “soundtrack of our lives”. After a long wait, the three new colleagues are finally on stage – then on tour.

The Berliner was hired in October 2019 for the outgoing viola of the quartet. In the 2000s, Benaissa celebrated success with girl group No Angels, which emerged from the TV casting show “Popstars”, between the two as a solo artist. After leaving in 2010, she completed high school and apprenticed as an event manager. Two years ago she started singing in choirs and groups again – then the request came from medlz. “I didn’t expect to be in a band again,” she recalls.

At the hearing in summer 2019, the native of Hesse convinced and immediately said “yes”. A year later, the chemistry between the three blondes and the brunette is still good. The women spent a lot of time together in the rehearsal room and in the studio. Benaïssa talks about a professional relationship. “But friendship grows there too,” she said. “Making music together, these environments which are very familiar to me make me very happy.” If it’s going well, it should be a longer affair.

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Benaissa’s fellow singers have been medlz since 2005, with their own bass, rhythm and vocals sound. Before that, since 1999, five of them were the “nonets”. The medlz also appear in television programs such as the ZDF Fernsehgarten, have their own label and recording studio – and have fans all over Germany.

Benaissa likes to remember her days as a girl group. “The No Angels are part of my life that I’m very proud of,” she says. The step in the spotlight does not leave the professional cold. “Right before I go on stage my heart kicks in, and then I usually need two or three songs before I can breathe more easily and control my voice,” she says. “Stage fright is one of them for me.”

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