Born in Berlin as an only child, Mina spent many hours in her childhood bedroom, singing along to her favorite CDs. In primary school she joined the school choir, finding joy in performing on stage. Singing along to Vaya Con Dios during car rides with her father, she fell in love with acoustic guitars and emotional vocals. She started her vocal training at the age of 16 and closely thereafter started learning guitar in order to be able to perform music independently. Soon she could be found every second Thursday evening at jazz and groove sessions in the Bunker Ulmenwall, a literal bunker turned concert venue in Bielefeld, Germany. She began writing songs, some of which she performed at the Bielefeld Women’s March in 2020 and in small local venues around Bielefeld. In 2019 she performed on two occasions with German Singer/Songwriter Bernd Begemann.
Inspired by artists like Lola Marsh and Joan as Policewoman, Mina writes songs on her guitar and ukulele. As a proud and openly bisexual woman and feminist, the LGBTQ+ community and female empowerment are dear to her heart. Enchanting rooms with her honest lyrics, pervasive voice and charming remarks in between, the 23-year-old, who can usually be seen wearing a suit, is now working towards releasing her first EP.
Press: “Mina Schelpmeier enchanted the audience with her strong voice, which is reminiscent of Amy Winehouse” (Lippische Landeszeitung, translated)
Mina (she/her) is half german, half iranian and an intersectional feminist.