She laughs, throws her head back, her long hair falls curly over her shoulder and she says: "I think I am so full of life because I write such melancholic songs. Everything belongs to life. The joy and the sorrow. The great happiness and the deep blows of fate." "Life is beautiful, you say, are you crying?" says one of her songs. Nadine Maria Schmidt squeezes her eyes together. Everything about her laughs. Suddenly she looks like a little girl of five. But if you listen to her music, her lyrics, her deep mature voice. Then a completely different picture of her opens up.
"She is different [...] You cannot get past her voice..." writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung in a concert review. Nadine Maria Schmidt stands for a highly individual combination of voice and poetry. With her band "Frühmorgens am Meer" she has released three albums so far. All of them have been nominated for the German Record Critics' Award, and the album "Songs from Autumn", which was released in 2014, was nominated twice. In addition, the songwriter was awarded the renowned Förderpreis der Liederbestenliste 2016. Lyrics of her songs have been published in various poetry anthologies and her rilke setting and film adaptation is used in teaching at German and American universities. Her songs on the refugee debate receive special attention (DIE ZEIT, Konstantin Wecker). Hundreds of live concerts all over Germany, some of them as opening act for artists like Sarah Lesch, Alin Coen, Maike Rosa Vogel or Manfred Maurenbrecher, create a steadily growing fan base.
Nadine was born in Thuringia in 1980. She grew up in the small town of Elsterberg in the Vogtland. She finds her way to music only at the age of 23. She goes the autodidactic way without any musical education and with the medical diagnosis not to be anatomically predestined for singing. At the end of 2007 the first concert, still with English songs. In 2011 she founds in Leipzig together with Till Kratschmer on piano and Chris Turrak on bass the band "Nadine Maria Schmidt & Frühmorgens am Meer". In doing so, they work together with a large number of guest musicians time and again. The first German-language album "Blaue Kanten" will be released in 2012. "Lieder aus Herbst" will follow in 2014. "Ich bin der Regen - Lieder aus Gedichten" in 2016. All of them are fully or partially financed by their "Best Fans of the World" and sponsors. The releases are received with much applause by the critics. TV reports and radio interviews follow. At the same time Nadine finishes her studies (German as a foreign language, journalism and comparative literature) at the University of Leipzig. Her thesis is published as an extended textbook. She rejects a job offer from Cairo. Decides to go into music. In 2017 and 2018 the artist has to cancel almost all concerts due to a private stroke of fate. In 2019 she is back again and works with composer and cellist Christoph Schenker on the arrangements of her fourth album "Die Kinder an unseren Händen". Texts about the life stories of others as well as contemporary historical events are the focus of the album. Children play a central role again and again as a symbol of love and trust, but also of responsibility for them and that across the generations. Originally the album was to be presented on June 6th, 2020 at the Neues Schauspiel Leipzig, but "Corona" came in between and the release is now planned for spring 2021.