Meet Georgia Grae

Born in the small town of Copmanhurst in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Georgia is a talented 21-year-old singer and guitarist in her second year at Southern Cross University Lismore, studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music. Unfortunately, she was a victim of having all her first gigs cancelled thanks to COVID but she didn’t let that stop her. A five-track EP is on the way which Garrett Kato – the vocal engineer behind Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ – helped produce.

You can tell Georgia knows her stuff; when we asked what her favourite cover song is to perform, she steered away from the usual Tracy Chapman. Georgia’s favourite is ‘Into The Wild’ by Lucy Rose because it works beautifully with vocals and guitar. Here’s how the rest of our conversation went.

How did it all start for you?

My primary school teacher in Year Six got us all to play music, and at the end of the year I ended up buying a really cheap guitar off eBay. I sat the guitar in my room so I would force myself to play and then I never stopped.

When did you know that you were made for the music industry?

I actually had heaps of people from primary school tell me how terrible I was all the time… I feel like that’s just what people do when you’re young. Then when I got to high school, I was playing guitar in the school band and started singing a little bit and my friend said, “wow, your voice is so good!” I was like, wait whaaat?!

How have your studies at Southern Cross University helped you advance in your career?

I was really just guessing how it works before Southern Cross. It’s really good to know all the theory behind it and learn from my lecturers, who are all professionals in the industry and have some great contacts.

Who is your musical inspiration?

It’s funny, all of my favourite musicians I could go see tomorrow. They pretty much all live around Byron and are buskers. I LOVE Kim Churchill and Ziggy Alberts.

Ah yes Ziggy Alberts! Your producer Garrett Kato has worked with him a lot. How did you manage to get in touch with Garrett?

I emailed him years ago and didn’t hear back, and then later at Southern Cross University, I recorded some demos to make sure I had something to show. Once I sent an email with a demo, I got an email back from his manager that same week! The next month I was in the studio with him, it was very surreal!

Southern Cross University is a proud sponsor of this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards.

IMAGE: Georgia on stage in the Studio One29 performance space on Lismore campus.

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