Back in October 2012, we saw George Ezra opening for Jesca Hoop at the Borderline, and were instantly blown away by his huge voice. This shy looking boy, who’d moments before shuffled on stage, looking like he’d been forced up there by his mum, only had to open his mouth to silence the entire room.
So impressed were we, we said: “Warm, gravelly and absolutely huge, it’s like he invented the blues – seriously, it’s that big. People by the bar leave sentences hanging as everyone drifts over to see who on earth is making that noise. As he casually strums an accompaniment, lyrics melt away, overshadowed by his voice.”
Fast forward 14 months and, following a relentless gigging schedule, Ezra has been longlisted for the BBC Sound of 2014.
He’s still just 19, but the Bristol-based singer-songwriter has a voice decades older, echoing the likes of Woody Guthrie. He’s just released his debut EP, Did You Hear The Rain, and with radio stations beginning to prick up their ears, we think things are only going to get bigger for Ezra.