George Ezra, who was discovered and signed whilst a student at BIMM Bristol, has had an incredible 2014 — and now his success has been recognised by the BRITs, nominating him for a remarkable four awards!
He’s on the list for both British Breakthrough Act and British Male Solo Artist, as well as British Album Of The Year for ‘Wanted On Voyage’, and British Single for ‘Budapest’ — and he’ll be performing at the ceremony itself too!
It means that the Hertford-born songwriter is competing with some of the biggest names in British music: he’s up against the likes of Damon Albarn, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and Mark Ronson.
George was discovered at a BIMM Bristol showcase and he was snapped up by management company Closer Artists, before being signed to Columbia Records.
He then became one of 2014’s biggest success stories. His debut album, ‘Wanted On Voyage’, hit number one in the album chart on two separate occasions and was certified as “double platinum”— meaning it sold over 600,000 copies.
George is excited, of course: “Having grown up watching the BRITs it’s a huge honour to be invited to perform. And it’s on the telly as well so my mum gets to see it, which is nice.”
Everyone at BIMM is staggered this year by the major awards successes of our ex-students.
We were thrilled when ex-BIMM Brighton student James Bay was named the winner of the 2015 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award, and now George has shown that he can be regarded alongside the UK’s musical heavyweights.
Of course, we all think that George deserves to win all four awards — and we’re sure everyone connected to BIMM will help him out by voting for him in the British Breakthrough Act category here!
But even if he doesn’t win them all, he’s got a fantastic 2015 to look forward to: he’s heading back to the USA in March and April for a headline tour, including a gig at the legendary Coachella festival.
The BRITs are live on ITV on the 25th February – we’ll all be glued to our TVs and crossing our fingers for George!