Elisa Schmidt (born February 14, 1990), also known by the stage name SCHMIDT, is a German pop and jazz singer.
Schmidt grew up in Koblenz, Germany. When 16, she visited Hurtwood House near Dorking, Surrey, England where she began writing songs in English. Aged 17 she left for the USA for a year, returning to Munich, Germany afterwards for finishing school.
Since her childhood she had the wish to become a musician and worked towards that goal.
In June 2010 Schmidt signed with Warner Music Group. In November 2011 Schmidt was romantically linked with English actor Hugh Grant.
Schmidt lives in Berlin and London
Schmidt released her first EP, Above Sin City, in October 2011. Her full-length album, Femme SCHMIDT, followed in May 2012. Schmidt Femme SCHMIDT debuted at #86 on the German iTunes charts. She collaborated with Guy Chambers on both releases.
Schmidt has performed as an opening act for Melanie C, best known as a member of the Spice Girls. Later in 2012 Schmidt is scheduled to open for Elton John and Lionel Richie.
Guy Chambers calls his and Schmidt's genre pop noir. Schmidt describes it as combination of cabaret-jazz and modern pop. She feels inspired by Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Weill, Billie Holiday und Norah Jones.