C. Catch was born in the Netherlands and moved to Germany in the late 1970s with her family.She was supported by her parents from an early age, when they recognised her talent and encouraged her wish to be a famous singer. Her father was especially supportive and played a very important role in her successful career as her manager and tour-manager.
It was during one of the performances in Hamburg that she was discovered by the German songwriter and member of Modern Talking, Dieter Bohlen. Shortly afterwards, she signed a contract with Bohlen, which was to launch her solo career. She and Bohlen decided on the artist name of C. C. Catch, the two “C”s standing for the first initials of her two first names, and “Catch” which she thought was a good idea and looked great with the initials.