Friday, July 10, 2015

George Ezra (Hertfordshire, 1993) is an English singer-songwriter. After releasing two EPs, Did You Hear the Rain? in October 2013 and Cassy O’ in March 2014, Ezra rose to prominence with the release of his hit single Budapest, which reached the top 10 in numerous countries around the world, reaching number one in Austria, New Zealand and the Czech Republic.

Ezra’s debut studio album Wanted on Voyage, which was released on June 30, 2014, reached number one in the UK and the top ten in seven other countries. It was also the third best-selling album of 2014 in the UK. Zane Lowe, one of the most popular Radio 1 DJs, called him “one of the most compelling and powerful new vocalists around.”

Ezra cites Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie as his main musical influences. His bass-baritone range has been described as bluesy, with When the Gramophone Rings calling it “a voice beyond his years,” with “a soulful, wizened tone that somehow would feel more at home coming from an Alabama shrimp boat captain than a 21-year-old Bristolian.”

A youthful obsession with Dylan prompted Ezra to seek out earlier American folk and blues artists. “Out of curiosity, I went to find out who he had been listening to,” he says. “That’s when I found Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie and Howlin’ Wolf.” Ezra had heard a Lead Belly compilation and had simply tried to sing like him. “On the back of the record, it said his voice was so big, you had to turn your record player down,” Ezra says. “I liked the idea of singing with a big voice, so I tried it, and I could.”


Blame It On Me

Cassy O’

Did You Hear the Rain?

Listen to the Man (ft. Sir Ian McKellen)


George Ezra, please come to Manila!

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