In the opening of the music video for “Black Mamba” (Georgie Kay’s debut single), the 19-year-old British R&B singer struts across the pavement in black, thigh-high boots and an oversized white crewneck sweatshirt emblazoned with “NOT YOUR BABY” in black lettering across the chest. With the wrong artist, this type of stereotypical “girl power” branding could have easily felt dated or contrived, but holy shit, Georgie Kay is the right artist for the job. Homegirl is OWN-ING-IT.
Georgie Kay has the type of voice made for serving up bold and powerful lyrics — and she uses it. She may be young, but she has already found a wise and soulful voice. Her sound has the type of timeless style that will never be without a loyal audience. In beautiful command of her lower range, Georgie Kay leads up to the “Black Mamba” chorus with a line that just might need to become my new mantra: “She dreams and she owns and she lives and she breathes and she kills ittttt….” YES, sister!!!
The following interview with Georgie Kay is part of Steereo‘s Emerging Artist Series with Like a Boss Girls.
Name: Georgie Kay
Band Name: Georgie Kay
Currently based in: Bournemouth, England
Originally from: Bournemouth, England
LET’S START WITH A WARM-UP ROUND OF QUESTIONS!
I can get my leg behind my head! I can also lick my nose with my tongue. But I can’t say either of those talents are particularly useful on a daily basis.
Biggest pet peeve:
People that walk slowly! (Editor’s Note: There seems to be a theme here….)
Favorite 90s jam?
Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name” or TLC – “No Scrubs”
What are some of your interests outside of music?
Photography and making films.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would you love to splurge on (something totally impractical & just for you)?
A private plane so I could go on holiday wherever and whenever I wanted!
What is a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.
NOW, SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR MUSIC!
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
Yes! It was a performance in my school talent show. I was so nervous because all my friends came to watch and they hadn’t heard me sing before.
How would you describe your sound?
R&B and Soul
What are the main themes or topics in your songs?
Empowerment, independence, freedom and love
As a whole, what is the message your hope to put forth with your music?
Be strong and believe in yourself
Who are some of your favorite artists/which artists are your greatest musical inspiration?
Beyonce. I also really wanted to be a member of The Saturdays when I was younger. I was their biggest fan!
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with in the future?
Drake or Sam Smith
How do you feel your music has evolved since you first started as a group or solo artist?
I’ve become more honest with it. When I first started, I was singing music I thought people would want to hear. Now I’m singing R&B and soul music in a style that’s much more well-suited to me.
Do you play any instruments, and if so, which ones?
No. I tried to learn guitar, piano and violin when I was younger, but I gave up because I was scared it wouldn’t look ‘cool’. Now that’s my biggest regret. I wish I could play an instrument!
Who writes your songs?
What do you do or where do you go when you need to find inspiration for your music?
I was told by someone once to listen in on other people’s conversations for lyrical inspiration, because they might say something that would work really well in a song. I’m not saying that I listen into everyone’s conversations now, but I do carry a notebook with me just in case!
What is a project you’re currently working on that you are most excited about?
I’m currently writing music with a few producers for upcoming films and TV series – I’m really excited about that!
What has been one of your favorite performances of all time?
The first time I performed in London. The performance was only at a Christmas market, but I felt like it was quite a big moment. It was definitely a big step up from only performing in my local area!
What stands out as one of your worst/most horrifying performances of all time?
I haven’t had a horrifying experience yet (knock on wood!) that was worse than forgetting my lyrics.
What is one thing that you have accomplished as a musician that you’re most proud of?
Releasing my first song, “Black Mamba“.
Share a story of a time you screwed up in your musical career and how you recovered:
One time, I forgot my lyrics on stage and I accidentally sung out loud, ‘I don’t know the words’. It was one of those moments when you accidentally say what you’re thinking. I don’t think anyone noticed though, so it was quite easy to recover.
What (in your opinion) is one of the greatest challenges facing your industry today?
Standing out. There are so many talented R&B singers in my industry that finding a way to stand out from the crowd can be tough.
If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you’d be doing?
Sound design for film
Where can people go to hear your music?
Georgie Kay is part of the Emerging Artist Series by Steereo, Steereo is a new rideshare-integrated music discovery platform for emerging artists.