During an evening of star-studded talent during a showcase at The Bedford pub in London, there was one act who stood out amongst the rest. Georgia (Crandon, minus her backing band The Vintage Youth) took to the stage with only her piano for company, playing a selection of stripped back versions of her retro-pop flavoured songs.
Amongst the set list was a rendition of current single, ‘Overthinker’, a remarkably astute look at what it means to be a young woman in your twenties being told constantly that these are “the best years of your life” The song is already tongue-in-cheek on record, but it’s taken a step further when Georgia plays it live.
Her attitude and performance style, clearly honed from years on the festival circuits, is almost too big for an indoor gig. Georgia’s cheeky grin is hidden under a huge mass of blonde hair and eyeliner, reminiscent of fellow retro-pop juggernaut Amy Winehouse. Her voice is another comparable aspect, with rich, full tones tackling each number with vigour and confidence, and her interactions with the audience come thick and fast between, and during, songs.
All in all, this is the mark of a true performer whose talents and ambition will not be stemmed by the disappearance of true live gigs. Even in a pub, during lockdown, Georgia’s star quality shines. We can’t wait to see what she does next.