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George Ezra's Biography

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Who is George Ezra?

George Ezra was born George Ezra Barnett on 7th June 1993 in Hertfordshire.

The son of an Art teacher and a Deputy Head, it was his elder sister and younger brother who were thought to have more musical talent. George appeared in speaking roles in school plays rather than musical events.

His deep, rough, Baritone voice developed as a 14-15yr old teenager development and skill with audiences was honed on the ‘open-mic’ clubs when he moved to Bristol at 17 years of age to do a BTec in music.

He completed 1 year of a degree course at the Brighton and Bristol based BIMM, before being signed to Colombia records on the strength of his internet clips.

His early influences included Woody Guthrie , Bob Dylan and Leadbelly. He has a fascination for these old American singer songwriters.

He writes all his own songs, accompanying most on the guitar, although he says he can blag his way on bass and keyboards.

Budapest, co written with the musician Joel Pott of the group Athlete, was released in 2014 and peaked at #3 in the UK singles chart. It was considered to be the song of that summer with its haunting lyrics and memorable chorus – but he hadn’t visited Budapest let alone bought the ‘beautiful castillo with its golden grand piano’ .

In the same year he released ‘Listen to the man’ performing in the video with Sir Ian McKellen – watched as of August 2015 by 18 million viewers.

His studio album ‘Wanted on Voyage’ was released in 2014 and featured these singles but four others Barcelona, Cassy-O, Did you hear the Rain, and Blame it on Me were also released from it. Although not topping the seven top ten hits from Thriller the success of this as a first Album cannot be denied.

Although he says he prefers to play theatres to Festivals in 2015 he appeared at all the Major UK festivals and in the Summer in the USA he headlined at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco and iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

In 2018, George Ezra released the album Staying at Tamara's, which got to number 1 in the UK charts.

In 2020, he revealed he had a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) known as "Pure O".

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