Nik P. is an Austrian schlager singer and composer who maintained a moderately successful career regionally before scoring a phenomenal hit in 2007 with "Ein Stern (Der Deinen Namen Trägt)," a duet with DJ Ötzi. Born Nikolaus Presnik on April 6, 1962, in Friesach, Carinthia, Austria, he is of Russian descent. His parents fled their Russian homeland after the Second World War and settled in the Austrian state of Carinthia. After his mother passed away prematurely, Presnik lived with a foster family in Straßburg (an Austrian town in Carinthia, not the French city), completed his Hauptschule schooling, and worked as a bartender. His career was interrupted by a call to military service in the Austrian Bundesheer. Afterward he worked as a carpenter and then got a job in the paper industry.