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Guido Stoecker

 And The Winner Is!!!!! Bodyguerra won the Innocent Awart in the category "Best Breakthrough Artist 2023". 

The band took their name from a Spanish mare, a Baroque horse from Majorca, which was called “Body.” Someone misspelled her name “Bodeguerra” and wrote it down in the stable’s register as “Body-Guerra.” Guido read it and liked it. Hence, in 2010, he called his newly found band Bodyguerra. 

As a modern rock band, Bodyguerra embodies heavy and punchy guitar driven rock that is characterized by Guido Stoecker ‘s virtuoso guitar playing. Complemented by Adrian Benten´s heavy drumming and Bassist Jonny Beier driving bass playing, the band provides the foundation for Ela Sturm’s vocals. With its four octave range, her voice sounds equally impressive in the lows as in the highs. 

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Ela Sturm

 Bodyguerra published their debut album, “Freddy … nothing as it seems“, in 2013 via Dust on the Tracks Records (MIG)/Sony. Soon other projects followed, among them the compilation album “For the Ocean – a Tribute to Sea Shephard” (Bellaphone). 

In 2018, Bodyguerra impressed the crowds as special guests for Graham Bonnet (former Rainbow/MSG vocalist) and his band on a tour through Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. In spring 2020 the confirmed tour with David Reece Band (Accept, Bonfire) got cancelled due to Corona.

 In late 2019, Guido and Ela started writing new songs. The result is the band’s actual album “Fire & Soul” featuring eleven brandnew rocking-bluesy tracks plus two special bonus track; recorded at Empire Studios, mixed, mastered, and co-produced by Rolf Munkes (Crematory). ‚Fire&Soul‘ hit the streets on October 15th, 2021 and reached #15 in the official german Rock-and Metalcharts in February 2022. 

 

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Robert Brenner

2022 saw the band on the „The show must go on tour“ as Very Special Guest for legendary british rockers The Sweet. Bodyguerra convinced the audience with their powerful performance, according to the motto: A force on stage! A journey, that has continued in autum 2023 over Germany. 

Bodyguerra teamed up again with co-producer Rolf Munkes at Empire Studio to produce the follow-up album. 'Invictus' marks a new chapter in the band's history. 

Bodyguerra are nominated for the Innocent Award 2023 in two categories, once for the category Best Rock Album 2023 with Invictus and second as Best Breakthrough Act 2023. “Invictus” was released worldwide on September 15, 2023 and has set new standards and placed itself in the official German rock and metal charts at number 6 in the first week of 2024.