Elif Demirezer (born 12 December 1992 in Berlin) currently known by her stage name Elif, is a German pop singer and songwriter of Turkish descent. Elif Demirezer was born as the daughter of Turkish immigrants in Berlin and has three siblings. She grew up in the Berlin district of Moabit and attended the OSC KIM school. In addition to performing in both the school musical and the school choir, Elif took guitar lessons as a teenager. It was during that time that she wrote her first songs. At 16 years old, Demirezer competed in the eighth season of the ProSieben talent show Popstars. She made joint appearances with the All American Rejects (The Wind Blows) and Cassandra Steen (Never Knew I Needed) and finished together with her partner Niklas Dennin to earn second place in the final.