Georgia Cécile – Come Summertime (Video)

“Her voice carries hope and a bright light. Delicate night of passion and essence embraced by the southern skies. All this on a top-notch melody with feeling and we have a winner. ”

One of Jazz’s hottest new prospects, Scottish singer and songwriter Georgia Cécile is fast building a reputation as one of the UK’s finest vocalists. Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by BBC Introducing and Jazzwise Magazine, winner of ‘Best Vocalist’ at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards and ‘Vocalist Of The Year’ nominee at the 2020 Jazz FM Awards, Cécile’s stock has been rising on the strength of her live performances and songwriting partnership with award winning pianist and composer Euan Stevenson.

After releasing a series of singles this year, Cécile is set to share her debut album entitled ‘Only The Lover Sings’. Being released independently on 17th September, the highly anticipated LP features ten original songs co-written and arranged with Stevenson, featuring a lush acoustic palette of jazz quartet, Hammond organ, strings and horns. The elegant collection of songs showcase Cecile’s hugely impressive natural vocal ability and take the listener on a journey through heart wrenching moments to elevating highs, with lyrics which bare her soul and touch on themes such as love, loss, nurture and spiritual growth.

Described by Jamie Cullum as a “songwriting pair to watch out for”, the songs bear the fruits of a decade-long songwriting partnership between Cécile and Stevenson, a collaboration which sees the pair draw inspiration from an era when composers such as Burt Bacharach, John Barry and Marvin Hamlisch enjoyed mainstream appeal whilst wearing their jazz credentials proudly on their sleeves.

Supported by Creative Scotland, the album was recorded throughout 2020 at GloWorm Recordings in Glasgow, engineered, co-produced and mixed by Iain Hutchison. Featuring top UK session players such as violinist Seonaid Aitken and trumpeter Ryan Quigley, the album has a timeless, cinematic quality, fusing classic jazz and soul influences as diverse as Duke Ellington, Nancy Wilson and Stevie Wonder with a contemporary edge in the vein of Gregory Porter, Norah Jones and Melody Gardot.

The album follows the singles ‘He Knew How To Love’ and ‘Always Be Right’ which have picked up plenty of media support ranging from BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing and Jazz FM to The Independent and Wonderland Magazine. Also this year, Georgia marked International Women’s Day by performing live for the BBC’s Jazz Nights show and she was included in Jazzwise’s ‘Women In Jazz’ feature that day.

The official album launch concert will be held at Edinburgh Queen’s Hall on 16th of October and will feature Cécile’s eleven-piece ensemble, including live strings and horn section. She will also be performing at the Limerick Festival in Ireland in September, and in November she will be opening the prestigious London Jazz Festival with the Guy Barker Orchestra as part of the ‘Jazz Voice’ concert, which in previous years has hosted vocalists such as Jacob Collier, Paloma Faith, Gregory Porter and Corinne Bailey Rae. In previous years, Cécile has performed sell-out concerts across UK jazz festivals, notably London Jazz Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Reviewed by Nagamag on October 18, 2021

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