Netherlands-born Elisabeth Geel is a singer-songwriter with a personal guitar style and warm mezzo soprano vocals. She credits Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro as early influences, but throughout her life she has been inspired by artists from a variety of genres, i.e. Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Steely Dan, Ivan Lins, Michael MacDonald, George Benson, Sarah Vaughan, Gino Vannelli, etc.
As a songwriter she evolved by distilling these influences to eventually develop her own unique writing style. During the course of her career not only funk, soul, and rock left their marks; the influence of traditional and Brazilian jazz ultimately shaped her as a composer, as the harmonies of the majority of her songs clearly disclose.
About her songwriting she says:
"Lyrics and music should intertwine, like two people holding each other in a tight embrace. Only this way the song can be that smoothly flowing vehicle to communicate effectively."
Elisabeth Geel is also a visual artist.