Michael Schulte will represent Germany in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'You Let Me Walk Alone'.
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Michael Schulte, 28, started out in 2007 as a YouTube artist playing cover songs. Since then he has amassed over 50 million views and 200,000 subscribers.
In 2011 he was discovered by Rea Garvey who invited him to join him for a gig at the Kieler Woche Festival on the Baltic Coast. The pair went on to write Carry Me Home together, which entered the German charts at #8 in 2012.
Michael Schulte’s first studio album, Wide Awake, was released in September 2012 and hit number one in Germany’s official newcomer charts. Michael then embarked on a solo acoustic tour, performing songs from the album at a host of festivals, including the renowned Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg and the German Festival at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
Following a sold-out tour in 2014, his second studio album, The Arising, appeared before the end of the year. In 2015 Michael took a sabbatical. Seeking to redefine his musical approach, he took part in numerous writing sessions around the globe. Later that year he wrote and sang three songs for the new Alle Farben album. One of these songs – Remember Yesterday – has garnered millions of streams. Michael joined Alle Farben on stage for a number of hugely successful shows in the festival summer of 2016, before accompanying Alle Farben on tour.
In December 2016 Michael began working on the production for his next album, Hold the Rhythm, aided by Swedish producer Kim Wennerström. The album was launched in April 2017, featuring the first single End of My Days. The follow-up single, Falling Apart served as an impressive reminder of what an amazing voice he has.
In addition to his 2.5 million monthly streams on Spotify and 2 million YouTube viewers, ARD German TV also recognized his talent and nominated him as one of six artists to take part in the German heat to decide who would represent the nation at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. The competition only accepts brand new songs, so Michael Schulte locked himself in the studio for the entire month of January, coming up with 10 new compositions.
One track from the pool, You Let Me Walk Alone, quickly established itself as a firm favourite and the perfect song to enter the competition. In what is perhaps his most personal song to date, Michael opens up about his feelings after losing his father. The thoughts, emotions and problems one has to face when a parent passes away too soon – Michael was only 14 years old at the time. Now, 13 years later, he is stronger, more determined than ever.
From the very first note, You Let Me Walk Alone is revealed as something special: catchy and yet deeply emotional. Michael was the clear winner of the national selection and the unanimous choice to represent Germany at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
About the song writers and composers
Thomas Stengaard, 38, is a multi-platinum selling Danish songwriter and producer based in Copenhagen. You Let Me Walk Alone is his second contribution to the Eurovision. He was also one of the co-writers of the Danish entry Only Teardrops, that won the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2015 he produced and co-wrote one of the biggest Danish hits that year, Cisilia's Vi To Datid Nu, that also won Song Of The Year and Newcomer Of The Year at the Danish Music Awards. The year after he co-wrote the song UFO with Alex Mattson feat Solamay, that went double platinum. Thomas is a very versatile writer and producer that apart from pop and dance also has produced and co-written for rock acts such as Carpark North, Dúné, Leslie Clio and The Baseballs. He is signed in Berlin with Germany’s biggest Indie publisher Budde Music and Catchy Music and does most of his work in Germany.
Katharina "Nina" Müller is a Hamburg based film composer, songwriter, pianist and singer. Signed with Bosworth Music she created music for media campaigns by TUI and Google as well as the film score for Dutch movie Cornea and the ZDF TV show Komm schon. She co-wrote five songs of the German Top 40 album Nur zu Besuch by Lina Maly (Warner music) including the title track and the first single Schön genug. Moreover, Nina is the co-writer of songs by several German artists such as Mary Roos, Johannes Falk, Lukas Droese and Phil Siemers. As member of the indie pop duo Poems for Jamiro she regularly plays shows all over Europe. In December 2017 they presented their upcoming album Human (to be released later this year) at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
Nisse Ingwersen comes from the south of Hamburg and started writing rap songs as a teenager in the late nineties. After 10 years of engagement and activity in the hip-hop-scene, his interest increased musically. In addition to his own music as an artist under that name, Nisse now writes and produces for popular acts and newcomers from electronica to pop music, country and rock'n'roll.