Elaiza is a German musician center from Berlin. The band name is based on the short form of the name of the frontwoman Elżbieta “Ela” Steinmetz, whose Polish-Ukrainian origin characterizes the sound of their folk-pop songs. The band represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 (ESC) in Copenhagen with the song Is It Right and took the 18th place.
Steinmetz met the accordionist Yvonne Grünwald in a recording studio in Berlin. At an event, Grünwald discovered a photograph of Natalie Plöger with her double bass; After the contact Plöger joined the duo. In early 2013, the three women founded the band Elaiza. Their first concert was given by Elaiza on 11 January 2013 in the small Café “Sally Bowles” in Berlin-Schöneberg in front of about 20 spectators.
In March 2013, Elaiza produced the LP March 28 in the direct-to-disc process at the Emil Berliner Studios. The record was named after the recording date and has been released under the label Berliner Meister Schallplatten. Afterwards, the band dedicated themselves to the production of their debut album, which was produced together with the Valicon producer team in Berlin. The group won the prize of the prestigious Women-of-the-World-Festival in 2013. In January 2014, Elaiza released an EP with Is It Right / Fight Against Myself and another title called “Without”.
Elaiza won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song “Is It Right” for the German pre-decision and entered the so-called club concert in the Edelfettwerk in Hamburg. The band came out of the club concert as the winner and thus received the Wildcard for Our Song for Denmark on 13 March 2014 in the Cologne Lanxess Arena. There, the group finished the final with 55 per cent of calls against Unholy. In the final of the ESC 2014 in Copenhagen on 10 May 2014 the contribution of Elaiza received 39 points. Thus the band took the 18th place among 26 participants.
- Elżbieta “Ela” Steinmetz (* October 11, 1992 as Elżbieta Sosnowska in Smila, Ukraine). Her Polish mother was a student of opera and jazz, her Ukrainian father guitarist in a rock band. After his death, she moved to Poland with her mother. When her mother became acquainted with a miner from Schiffweiler, she moved with her to the stepfather in Saarland at the age of eight and attended grammar school at Krebsberg in Neunkirchen after the elementary school of Hüttigweiler. At the age of 16, she commuted to Berlin and began working as a singer-songwriter at Valicon Studios. Already before her Abitur 2011 she had in Berlin first jobs as a singer and songwriter.
- Natalie Plöger (born September 3, 1985) studied the Ubbo-Emmius-Gymnasium Leer. In the school orchestra, only the bassist’s place was free, she learned to play double-bass. After completing her high school diploma, she completed a classical music studies at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, which she completed in 2010 and to which she attached a still-running school music study. Plöger plays in various projects such as the Gabriela Koch Trio and the Fabergé Quartet.
- Laura Zimmermann (* April 8, 1989 in Munich) studied Lehramt with double music and the profile violin at the University of Music and Theater Munich. Laura has been playing violin since she was five years old. From 2004 – 2008 she was a member of the German string orchestra and played numerous concerts and broadcasts at home and abroad. Since 2008 she has played in various orchestral projects, was a member of the Irish Speed Folk Band Cellarfolks and played as an electric violinist at various DJ gigs in the USA. Since August 2016, she has been part of Elaiza, replacing the role of Yvonne Grünwald.