Best known for the song "Jugendliebe," German pop singer Ute Freudenberg was one of her country's most popular vocalists in the early '80s, but her career stretched from the '70s to the 2000s. Born in Weimar in 1956, Freudenberg was a founding member of the rock band Elefant. After Elefant disbanded in 1983, Freudenberg moved to Düsseldorf and worked as a session vocalist. In 1994, she released her first solo album, and by 1996, she had moved back to Weimar and founded the Ute F. Live Band, with whom she recorded the following year's Land in Sicht. In 1998, Freudenberg won the Golden Henne for Music while in 2008, she received the Federal Cross of Merit for her work with the McDonald's Children's Aid Foundation.