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What were you doing when you were 11? UNCO[V]ERED artist George Alice was writing songs. That’s 5 years of songwriting under the belt, before she released ‘Circles’ at 16.
‘Circles’ climbed to #1 on Australia’s viral charts for over a week, holding its place in the top three on the viral charts for over a month in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, hit #31 in the world on Spotify’s global discovery chart, winning her the cover of Spotify’s ‘Front Left’ playlist.
“‘Circles’ was I think the first or second song I’d ever recorded. The vocal take you hear on the song was the first vocal take, Maribelle who produced the record had never produced before… it was written and finished in a day… one of those serendipitous moments where everything came naturally and felt so right for my first release,” says George Alice.
While songwriting at 11, George also took to the streets and tried her hand at busking. From there, she began exploring who she was as an artist, choosing to collaborate with other artists and teach herself new skills along the way.
Citing influences like Angus and Julia Stone, DMA’s and Vance Joy, George also admits to having an obsession with country music that has helped shape her tracks.
“When I was younger, I was obsessed with country music and folk, but had trouble writing anything. So I guess I went with the stereotype – if you sing country music you’re usually singing about war or heartbreak. I watched a few movies about war and love, put myself into the position of losing a loved one at war and just went from there,” she told Pilerats.
‘Circles’ speaks to an element of that heartbreak, telling a story of the end of a relationship, where everything is crashing down around you, and you’re lost in your feelings. Intricate and lyrically mature, ‘Circles’ is a stand out release that sets the tone of what’s to come from George Alice.
UNCO[V]ERED premieres on Saturday at 12pm, straight after the Official [V] Top 50. Channel 801, only on Foxtel.