Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Newcastle Upon Tyne singer Georgia Lee to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from Newcastle Upon Tyne and I first got into music when I was 9 years old. I’d already had a few guitar lessons etc, but my first real taste for performance was when I got up in a bar to sing an Amy Winehouse tune on holiday… I remember seeing people outside, stop to watch inside and after that the manager offered my family free drinks to get me to sing some more, which worked a trick. I think everyone was shocked I got up to be honest, I was really shy!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I was really into my Rock growing up (and now), so I definitely idolised the likes of Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger and Janis Joplin, but I always found room to be infatuated with Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and Cher too. I was in love with those warm vocals, raspy elements and strong attitude, along with witty word play and I still am.
How would you describe your sound?
Soul and Funk infused Pop… with an old school rock edge from time to time.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My debut single is called Focus and has just been released last week! Focus is about taking your rose-tinted glasses off and addressing your personal issues upfront, eventually learning how to take your own power back and look out for yourself in the right ways- using my own personal experiences for lyrical content.
What’s your local music scene like?
Newcastle at the moment is like a musical all you can eat, so it’s class if you’re starving for some fresh talent. Not being biased or owt. The North East rap scene has definitely found its footing, alongside a load of quirky acoustic acts that you can catch in your local or even just in Northumberland Street- It’s so hopeful seeing so many deserving acts only get better and better.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I just wrapped up filming the music video for Focus last week which will be due for release in September, so I’m dead excited about that.
I’ll also be due to release my second single in January 2020, which is going to be a lot more upbeat and funkier compared to Focus. The lads and I will be playing West Street Live in Sheffield on September 11th and will be playing Head of Steam Newcastle on September 21st with a load of other talent, so if you’re around- catch us and come heckle me.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I am absolutely loving the lads who have popped up from the North, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender, Yungblud… so the idea of that would be mental! It would be class to collaborate on a rap track too with some of my more local pals, so that could definitely be a possibility for the future!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
One of my favourite parts of performing is the crowd and honestly, the rowdier the better! I could go on for ages about what I’ve witnessed so far but it might get inappropriate but word of advice, if you’re really feeling one of our songs… please don’t strip off too much. Oh and I will state the fact that if you ever do come to a gig, you will be in for a chance to watch me fall over, I do that a lot. A lot.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
No limits and no spectrum, if you’ve got a free night and you want to have a dance and sing ya heart out, come along to one of our shows and bring your mates, your nan, your dog and everyone along too and come and say hello!