Elaiza is a German band from Berlin that represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, with their song "Is It Right". The leader of the group is Ela (Elżbieta Steinmetz), where the band's name refers to. She was born in Ukraine and is of mixed Polish and Ukrainian origin as her mother comes from Poland and her father is from Ukraine. This cultural background is reflected in the sound of her songs.
At the age of 16 Elżbieta "Ela" Steinmetz began to work as a singer-songwriter at Valicon-Studios, Berlin. At the recording studio she met accordionist Yvonne Grünwald. At some event Grünwald saw a photo of Natalie Plöger with her string bass, and Plöger was invited to play with them.
Early in 2013 the three women founded the band Elaiza. At Emil Berliner Studios Elaiza produced in March 2013 the LP "March 28" via direct-to-disk recording. The record was named after the date of recording and was published by the label Berliner Meister Schallplatten. Since then the band applied itself to the production of its debut album, which is in progress in collaboration with the Valicon-producer team at Berlin. In 2013 the band won the newcomer award at the famous Women-of-the-World-Festival. In January 2014 Elaiza released a EP with the songs Is It Right, Fight Against Myself and Without.
2014-present: Eurovision Song Contest and Gallery:
With their song Is It Right written together with Mesanic Music headwriter Adam Kesselhaut, Elaiza applied via YouTube for the so-called wild card for the German preselection, where the broadcaster had seeded seven acts. Elaiza were chosen to perform among the ten best entries at a club concert at Edelfettwerk, Hamburg. The trio won the televoting, which qualified them to start at the German preselection Unser Song für Dänemark at März 13, 2014 at Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, with seven other contenders. In the third and final round Elaiza won the televoting with 55 percent against the band Unheilig, which is very popular in Germany. On 28 March 2014 they released their debut studio album Gallery, it has peaked to number 24 in Germany. Elaiza represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest on May 10, 2014 at Copenhagen.
Elżbieta "Ela" Steinmetz (born October 11, 1992 in Smila, Ukraine) -- vocals, piano,
Yvonne Grünwald (born May 10, 1984 in Salzwedel, Saxony-Anhalt, East Germany) -- accordion, Glockenspiel, backings,
Natalie Plöger (born September 3, 1985 in Leer, Lower Saxony, West Germany) -- string bass, backings
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