One of Jazz’s hottest new prospects. Scottish singer and songwriter Georgia Cécile is fast building a reputation as one of the UK’s finest vocalists, having just announced a London show for the 1st December 2021. Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by BBC Introducing, Jazz FM and Jazzwise Magazine, topping the UK Jazz charts with her debut album “Only The Lover Sings”, Cécile’s stock has been rising on the strength of her live performances and songwriting.
We grabbed her for 5 minutes to talk to her about her upcoming tour…
How does it feel to have topped the UK Jazz charts with your new album, ‘Only the Lover Sings’? Tell us all about it!
This album has been a long time in the making, we started writing some of these songs around five years ago, so to finally see it out there in world, and for it to be received so positively is wonderful. It’s an album of 10 original songs, all of which I write with my pianist Euan Stevenson. We’ve got a telepathic songwriting relationship, where we both know what the end goal should be. Sometimes we don’t even speak, we just sing and play until it’s right. Every song is different to the next and no two songs sound the same. This album is the result of 10 years of growth, both personal and musical. I think you can really hear that in the music. You can tell I’ve lived these songs… so I’ve been told.
For people that haven’t seen you perform live before, what can they expect?
Lyrically, I like taking people on an emotional journey through my music, where each song takes a step through a different doorway of the heart.
Sonically you can expect sweeping cinematic piano and strings with cool vivacious horns, all framing the intimate lyrics.
Jazz and soul music are at the centre of our sound, so groove and improvisation are another big element. We’ll be playing all the new music from my debut album.
If you had to file your sound next to some big names in the industry, who would you be filed next to?
I’m mostly inspired by artists from days gone by – Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway. But I would say my music is relative to that of modern day artists such as Celeste, Laufey, Norah Jones, Gregory Porter. I actually just found out I’ll be supporting him on his next tour which is absolutely wild.
Which track are you most excited to perform and why?
Harpoon. It’s my favourite song on the album! It started off as a love poem so the music has a sensual old school Latin flavour. The dramatic slow build up to a fortissimo crescendo ending reminds me of something from a 1960’s Bond movie. It always shocks people! Maybe it could be the next Bond song, who knows?
Tickets for Georgia Cecile’s London show are available here: http://gigst.rs/GeorgiaCPRGeorgia Cécile / interview