Edinburgh based vocalist and songwriter Georgia Cécile is at the helm of an exciting new wave of UK female jazz talents. Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by BBC Introducing and Jazzwise Magazine, Cécile’s stock has been rising on the strength of her live performances and her songwriting partnership with award-winning pianist/composer Euan Stevenson.
Her new single is a hugely impressive pop-jazz crossover offering entitled ‘Always Be Right’. Out today, it showcases Cécile’s effortlessly cool and fluid vocal ability and comes with a beautifully positive message. The song expresses the joy found in overcoming dark times and was inspired by an extremely difficult period as Georgia’s younger brother recovered from serious illness. The lyric “Made it through my darkest day, you became my saving grace…” particularly hits hard. Watch the music video below which encapsulates the exciting live sound of the track, which Georgia explains:
“This song is all about the pure live energy of the band, and I wanted to capture that in the video and show how much fun we have in the studio. I hope that feeling translates!”
Musically, it’s a timeless mixture of live instrumentation, Memphis soul horns, gospel grooves and a rich sounding production which forms the foundation for Cécile’s soulful vocals to take centre stage. Her music has nods to legends like Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone but you can clearly hear that she cites contemporaries such as Celeste, Melody Gardot and Gregory Porter as influences as well.
The amount of accolades and support from the Jazz fraternity would suggest that she is certainly one to look out for. ‘Always Be Right’ is currently playlisted on Jazz FM and last week Georgia took over ‘Women In Jazz’s’ socials for a ‘day in the life’ special. She has been championed by Jamie Cullum at BBC Radio 2 and bagged a nomination for ‘Vocalist Of The Year’ at last year’s Jazz FM Awards.
If you like your music soulful and with interesting jazz flavours then Georgia Cécile is someone to keep tabs on. Follow: @georgia.cecile