In October 2010, a few months before the release of her debut album Einfach Anna!, Zimmermann, her manager, and an assistant were in a helicopter accident while on their way to collect the Ballermann Award. All passengers and the pilot suffered severe injuries, and Zimmermann was left in a coma for 18 days. Luckily, she fully recovered. Einfach Anna! was released in December 2010, but even though the lead single "Frei Sein" entered at number 69, the album itself failed to chart.
After a period of convalescence, Zimmermann returned to the stage in June 2011. In early 2012, she released her second solo album, Hautnah, which entered the charts at number 47 and yielded the singles "Leben" and "Mit Dir." ~ Christian Genzel