British-American singer/songwriter George Pelham is gearing up to release his brand new single, Guilty. George lends his passionate, soulful vocals to the upbeat, catchy track, which blends an emotive string section with a funky bassline. Pre-save the song here.
George has said of the single, ‘I started writing Guilty a couple of years ago at about 3am while I was walking around LA. I’d just met someone back in London, and even though I was thousands of miles away, I couldn’t get her off my mind. Musically, it’s particularly inspired by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; I wanted it to sound dramatic and emotional.’
The young Londoner has just started a vlogcast on Youtube called ‘The Sound Of That’ with Lindsey Isla. Every week, they are interviewing a different artist and discussing their sound, which inevitably reveals things about their lives. George has said of this endeavour, “I’ve always been fascinated by artists’ ‘sounds’. I think it’s because it was such a struggle finding my own. Also, it’s great to shine a light on people whose work I respect and admire.’
Throughout lockdown, George has been playing acoustic gigs for his fans on Instagram live, including festivals for Essentially Pop and When The Horn Blows. He has been cutting his teeth on the live circuit over the last couple of years playing 100s of gigs across the country, despite having only released his debut single What A Time To Be Alive last summer, which has amassed over 950k Spotify streams and counting. Taking any shows he could get his hands on, he’s played gigs that have varied from a 4 month residency at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s, to supporting Rizzle Kicks at Thorpe Park. George also played festivals including
Great Escape and Latitude, as well as a wide range of venues including Mahiki, Alexandra Palace, Soho Farmhouse and the jazz bar at the Pizza Express, Dean Street.
Music was the #1 passion for George growing up – he sang endlessly around the house, joined the school choir, learnt guitar and piano from the age of 7 and started playing open mic nights the moment he was old enough, performing some of his own material and covers like Blackbird by The Beatles. He posted his songs on YouTube, and was quickly discovered by scouts from the X Factor and The Voice, both with requests to enter their respective shows. George swiftly declined, instead preferring to develop his song-writing and figure out his own route. Tragedy then occurred in the summer of 2016 when his family home burnt to the ground – destroying everything except the clothes on his back. George had nothing left to lose, and from that moment on, he had no choice; he knew he had to make it happen.