40 countries will be taking part in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Vienna on 19, 21 and 23 May. The next country to be introduced is Germany. Singing for Germany this year is Ann Sophie.
Artist – Ann Sophie
Song – Black smoke
Composers – Michael Harwood, Ella McMahon, Tonino Speciale
Writers – Michael Harwood, Ella McMahon, Tonino Speciale
Event – Grand final
Position – Not drawn yet
Ann Sophie Dürmeyer is twenty four years old and was not born in Germany but in London in the United Kingdom. Her parents are German and moved back there when she was very young. She was predominantly raised in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city and on the River Elbe.
When only four years old, like many young girls, she started to learn ballet. In her teens she set her sights on being a professional singer. Her idols were Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
At nineteen her formal education was over and so she moved to New York. It was there that she went to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, completing a two year course in vocal training.
The next year she took the step of writing and also performing her own songs. This would be mainly in bars.
2012 was the year that saw her record an EP called Time. Soon afterwards she released her first video with the song entitled Get over yourself, again being self penned. This was a professionally produced video and currently has achieved over 200,000 youtube views.
She decided to move back home to Germany in 2013, when she toured in various venues. She took part in the 2014 wildcard concert for the German national final, Unser Song für Österreich, with the song Jump the gun and won with over 24% of the televote. That song, along with the eventual winner, Black smoke, was one of the two that she performed in the German Final.
She regularly plays in the clubs in Hamburg with her band.
She is quoted as saying that it’s important to be yourself and follow your heart. That is evidently the way that she performs.
Also I can only write about things I’ve experienced myself and what I feel. Most of my songs happen completely subconsciously – I play random melodies on the piano and write words to them. It’s very exciting to find things out about myself that I may not have been aware of before. The great art is letting go and being guided entirely by your emotions.