The end of 2018 saw 25-year-old British singer/songwriter George Ezra perform hit single Shotgun, off his latest album, at Strictly and The X-Factor Final alongside a genre-spanning panel of Chic & Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding, Take That, James Arthur and Anne-Marie. These Saturday night TV performances, winning the hearts of the nation and teenage girls alike – although, he is “very much in a relationship” he tells Press Association; the impetus it seems, for his new album Staying at Tamara’s.
George Ezra rose to fame in 2014 with his breakthrough single Budapest, which soared through the charts peaking at number 3 in the UK, whilst achieving the number one spot and international acclaim in Austria, Belgium, New Zealand and the Czech Republic. His follow-up debut album Wanted on Voyage then spending four weeks at UK number one. Fast forward four years, a period in which Ezra credits the blossoming of his current romance to his second album – “Three months or four months before the last record was completely wrapped up, I met my now-girlfriend. The timing was brilliant because we actually got to spend time together and go on a few dates” – and Ezra prepares for his first string of arena shows, beginning at Newcastle’s Metro Arena, 7 March 2019 – get tickets HERE
What’s more, speaking on ITV’s The BRITS Are Coming Ezra announced he is up for three awards this year, likening the ceremony to the “World Cup of music”. The BRIT Awards 2019 will take place February 20 at The O2 Arena, London with Staying at Tamara’s nominated for British Album of The Year, Shotgun competing for British Single and Ezra facing the likes of Sam Smith, Craig David, Aphex Twins and Giggs in a bid for the coveted British Male Solo Artist award.
With a particularly exciting year ahead, Ezra headlines Saturday 25 May at this summer’s Neighbourhood Weekender, alongside Britpop legends Primal Scream. Other names over the weekend include Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, fellow singer/songwriter Tom Grennan, punk paragons The Blinders and rising stars Pale Waves.