It’s been an incredible year for UK singer songwriter and former BIMM Bristol student George Ezra. His highly anticipated sophomore LP ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ is officially the UK’s best-selling artist album of 2018, and now the acoustic indie-pop troubadour has been selected as Music Week’s Artist Of The Year.
The news comes in recognition of fantastic chart positions and touring successes for the young artist. Staying At Tamara’s topped the UK album chart on its release back in spring of 2018, receiving positive reviews and cementing a triumphant return for the Columbia Records signee. The album has since sold 595,033 copies, with lead singles ‘Paradise’ and ‘Shotgun’ receiving widespread mainstream radio support and racking up over a million sales each.
Fresh off the back of his incredible chart positions, George went on to headline Boardmasters and Standon Calling festivals in the summer before embarking on a sell-out UK tour, which included his first arena performances.
George also launched his own podcast series, George Ezra & Friends, which debuted at No 1 on iTunes. His guests have so far included Ed Sheeran, Rag & Bone Man, Craig David and Jesse Ware. As George explained: “What started as a labour of love and somewhat of a passion project, is shaping up to be one of the best and fulfilling projects I’ve ever been a part of.”
This impressive sequence of successes are not just testament to Ezra’s phenomenal songwriting abilities, but to his strong work ethic too. In fact, 2019 is already shaping up to be another incredibly busy year for the 25 year old, with further tour dates taking him all the way round Australia and Europe until next Summer.
We’re incredibly pleased for George after what has been yet another fantastic album cycle. You can read more details on his nomination as Music Week’s Artist Of Year, here.
If you’re interested in studying at BIMM Bristol, like George did, why not come along to one of our Open Days to meet our tutors, see our facilities and start your journey to a life in music.
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