"Georgia Paterson merges catchy hook laden nuggets with lyrics that draw you in and make you want to know more. This girl has got something special—she’s certainly one to watch."
- Alan Thompson, BBC Radio Wales
Over a decade ago, singer-songwriter Georgia Paterson left behind a promising music career. At the time, the acclaimed Welsh artist had reached a creative zenith working alongside some of her favorite musicians. Unfortunately, she succumbed to self-esteem issues. It would be a spur of the moment open mic gig that would awaken her dormant music soul. Georgia’s journey back to her musical self is a triumphant tale about realizing that what’s often standing between you and accepting your inner gifts--is you. Now, she embraces an era of fertile creativity with an EP and an inspired body of work ready to be recorded.
“Life can be a huge struggle at times, but never give up because the future is not fixed,” the UK-based artist says. “I’ve had my struggles with depression, weight, grief, and finding love. Today, I’m in a much better place.”
Georgia’s folk-pop is inspired by such classic and contemporary artists as Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Laura Marling, Beth Orton, Melissa Ferrick, KT Tunstall, Indigo Girls, and Brandi Carlile. Her songs are both personal and universal. She crafts memoir musings into broadly resonate lyrics brimming with metaphor, poetry, and sage life lessons. Georgia’s songwriting is transporting, evoking lush rolling hills, sunsets on countryside porches, and the promise of new mornings. Her aesthetic traverses American country and folk, a hint of Celtic music, and irresistible adult contemporary pop-rock. Georgia’s vocals soar with sweet emotionality conveying warm love, vulnerability, and soulful self-examination.
Georgia has the distinction of being named BBC Radio Wales Welsh Artist of the Week. Back home and internationally, she’s garnered acclaim from press, radio, and from her engaged fanbase. In addition, her powerful music celebrates the LGBTQ community. Some highlights in accolades and coverage include Diva Magazine, Lezbelib Magazine, and Buzz Magazine, among other outlets. Throughout, she’s worked with a broad array of distinguished names in the studio and onstage. She’s worked with drummer Aled Richards from the popular Wales alt-rock band Catatonia, she’s recorded with award winning producer Greg Haver (Melanie C, Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia), and esteemed producer Charlie Francis (REM, The Noisettes). Live highlights include playing live on BBC Radio Wales, supporting Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran's Grammy award winning co-writer), many star-studded festival dates centered around Pride celebrations and LGBTQ cultural events, and numerous charity gigs.
For Georgia, it’s like someone came in and suddenly pushed pause on a promising music career. In her early 20s, a complicated relationship, perceived pressures to get “a real job,” and this unfounded but ever nagging feeling she didn’t have what it takes broke her artistic spirit. Adding to the painful complexity was the passing of her father. “I found out he had terminal cancer while I was in the studio working with these amazing musicians. One of the last things he said to me was that I should be a singer-songwriter,” Georgia recalls. Overwhelmed with everything she retreated into a conventional work and home life.
In 2009, a friend organizing an open mic night needed to fill some slots, and asked Georgia if she would perform. “I got such a positive reaction, and I realized the desire had not gone away and that I still had something to share,” she explains. With the support of friends, a loving wife, and, most importantly, the drive and confidence to pursue a life in music, Georgia committed to her art for good.
Georgia’s first order of business in this reinvigorated era has been properly recording and releasing her back catalog of songs. Her debut EP, Hear Your Voice, is an intimate and introspective four-song collection of folk-pop, overflowing with balmy hooks and elegantly emotive lyrics. Recently, she released the track and video “Not Enough Words.” With sun-kissed harmonies and uplifting hooks, and snapshots of wedding celebrations, Georgia is spreading a profound message of the power of love. “I’m passionate about LGBTQ rights. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but it is wonderful to see how far we’ve come,” she says.
Up next, Georgia is readying a release of newly written and recorded music. Her new music embraces slight shades of country and liberating self-reflection. “I've always used songwriting as a way to deal with and process my emotions. I’ve been through loss and grief, and I have a newfound appreciation for what I have in this life. Also, I’ve overcome a lot of depression and struggles with my body image, so there is a message of empowerment in these new songs,” Georgia reveals. Songs to be recorded include, “In The Midst Of Life,” “Don’t Give It Away,” and “If You Broke My Heart.” The track “If You Broke My Heart” is a dark love song about infidelity with a Patsy Cline-esque burning poignancy. “That song came from a dream I had that my wife was cheating on me. I think may it be a signature song. It's a love song but a more worldly love song,” she says with a good-natured laugh.
In this winding path, Georgia says the most profound thing she’s learned is the power of emotional honesty. “It’s hard to go onstage and share your heartbreak, but people really respond to that, and it makes you feel like you’re not alone up there. You feel love and support from the stage. I didn’t see that before, and, now that I have, I won’t give up.”