A year ago today, George Ezra graced fans’ ears with his second album Staying At Tamara’s for the very first time. Going on to become one of the most prominent and soulful indie records in recent years, this album marks a huge milestone for the Hertforshire singer-songwriter.
Staying At Tamara’s hit number one in the UK, just like his multi-platinum debut Wanted On Voyage did nearly four years prior. It features platinum singles ‘Paradise’ and ‘Shotgun’ – the latter going on to be his first UK number 1 single – as well as hit tracks ‘Hold My Girl’ and ‘Saviour’.
The album represents a pivotal time in George’s life, telling a tale of escapism. With the writing split between Spanish mountains and Welsh cabins, he discovered that the peaceful solitude was all he needed to start the journey of album number two.
“I am not very good at being creative when I am comfortable. There are too many distractions back home. It’s too easy to say yes to going to the pub, especially if you haven’t seen friends in a while.” he told The Sun, “So I booked a month in Barcelona and instead of getting myself a hotel or an apartment I found a room to rent in a flat owned by a lady called Tamara. Tamara had vinyl records everywhere and her friends were artists, musicians and designers. Her boyfriend was in a band and it couldn’t have been better. I felt like I was a student again. There was a point halfway through where I realised how important it was to be staying at Tamara’s. The songs were taking shape and a lot of them are about escaping and taking yourself away from the world around you.”
In the 2018 BBC Radio 1 ‘Hottest Record of the Year’ countdown, ‘Shotgun’ placed sixth. It was also nominated for a BRIT Award earlier this year for ‘Single of the Year’ alongside Staying At Tamara’s itself which was put forward for ‘Album of the Year’.
Earlier this month, he released two hilarious videos for opening track ‘Pretty Shining People’. The first was a karaoke-style lyric video which simply shows the singer, whose voice has been described as older than his years, dressed in a brown grandad suit, performing his heart out to an unreceptive pub audience.
The music video shows him getting just as little recognition as he auditions at a label with the hopes of getting signed, however the place is ran by cynical kids who just slate him for 3 minutes.
Since Staying At Tamara’s‘ release, George has embarked on two sold-out UK tours, both of which were extended with extra dates added due to phenomenal demand. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a ticket though, you can always catch him headlining Neighbourhood Weekender this May…