We had the good fortune of connecting with Georgia Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Georgia, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
To preface, I am going to answer this question in how my background and upbringing impacted who I am today musically; I was born in Ashford, England and grew up closeby right outside of Canterbury. Surrounded by farmland for the most part, I lived in the same spot up until the age of eighteen with my parents and younger sister.
I learned early on that I had a love for singing in particular, and performing. I’ve always had the same dream of being an artist, a singer and a writer. None of my family members have a musical background, but both of my parents had a deep passion for listening, and their introduction to their favourites impacted many of the artists I listened to in my middle to late teens. Looking back now, I believe this period of time and what I listened to is what began shaping the groundwork to my artistry; this was also the age where I first began writing songs I took seriously and was proud of.
A favourite of my dads, one of the first songs I can remember playing on repeat in my home was ‘I got you, babe,’ by Sonny and Cher. Following on from this, Neil Young (+ Crosby Stills and Nash), Bread, America, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, and who they referred to as ‘South Africa’s Bruce Springsteen,’ Rodriguez were all common favourites in my household.
Embarrassingly, through a childhood crush I began listening to The smiths (+ Morrissey solo project) as well as Paolo Nutini, Nirvana and The Kinks. Soon after I fell in love with the angst and writing of bands such as Radiohead, in addition to The 1975 and Coldplay. Sent to me by a friend, I have a strong memory of listening to ‘Lover, you should’ve come over’ by Jeff Buckley for the first time. He has become an obsession of mine ever since, with ‘Grace’ being my audition to song to music schools after high school. His renditions of ‘Just Like a Woman’ and ‘I Know it’s Over’ were also songs that hit me hard; the emotional expression in his voice and guitar playing shaped me massively and since, has always been something I have tried to reproduce myself.
At age 17, I fell in love with John Mayer. I knew every record from front to back, and willingly limited myself to his discography for a very long time (so much so, I find it a little difficult to listen much now).
After moving to the Boston, Ma at eighteen, I became familiar with up and coming indie singer songwriters from the US such as Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus. I dug deeper into the playing and writing of icons such as Joni Mitchell and Gillian Welch and thus have become desperate to write lyrics and melodies as compelling as their own.
At this time, Phoebe Bridgers and Adrianne Lenker are two artists I strive most to be like.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started writing when I was around thirteen; It was always, (and still is) a therapeutic outlet of me. I am proud of the dedication I put into it when I was young and where I feel that has landed me now. I actually enjoy editing songs I have written until they sit exactly where I want them to be emotionally. I think my ability to portray emotion with my voice is one thing that sets me apart from most, and I like to believe that my lyricism is a strong point too.
All artists have similar challenges; from having the means to support yourself as an artist to remaining inspired on a daily basis. Pushing through challenges such as feeling stagnant, uninspired or discouraged is just part of being an artist in this world, but personally, are challenges worth going through for the accomplishment I feel when I make something I deem good. Maybe naively, I like to believe people with a natural talent who work the hardest on their craft will get somewhere close to where they dream to be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I only moved to New York City this past June, so I feel incredibly unqualified to answer this question but here are a couple of my favourites so far.
I live in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. Three of my friends helped me move into my first apartment here, and the first two coffee places we went to as a group became staples for me; Nostrand Coffee Roaster and Stonefruit Espresso & Kitchen.
Bars: ‘Night of Joy’ has a rooftop bar which I love and has been perfect for the past summer months. ‘Dynaco’ is a slightly more intimate ‘hideaway’ type bar which is conveniently close to my apartment.
A more simple pleasure of mine is walking to Herbert Von King park (basically around the corner from me) and reading/talking/hanging out in that park. I am still exploring and finding more places to love, but thats pretty easy to do in a city like this.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to my manager Nicole Arnoldo (firstname.lastname@example.org). An incredibly driven woman in business in the music industry, Nicole works as a manager to several artists and as a Creative Catalog & Administration Coordinator at Sony Music.
I would also like to give a shoutout to ‘She Knows Tech,’ an organization aiming to close the industry’s gender gap through highlighting and celebrating women in music tech.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4OGodtGAXXUvXC4mmJzZNf?si=tahcaL50R0SFq2M0itLSYQ Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/georgia-parker/1281309148 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/georgia-parker-3
Abby McClung, Nicole Arnoldo, Kat Belgendeuz