A Borders star in the making…

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“SHE has slightly similar characteristics to Irn Bru: she’s no’ orange, she’s no’ fizzy but she is phenomenal!”

The verdict came from a member of the Glasgow audience at Georgia Gordon’s set on the Danny Kyle stage at Celtic Connections 2012. Soon after, Scotsman journalist Brian Ferguson tweeted: “A star in the making. Great find.”

Borders-based singer-songwriter Georgia, 17, (pictured) is undoubtedly catching folk’s attention these days. Kathy Stewart, Americana singer-songwriter, says: “As a songwriter, Georgia is an original – her lyrics are poignant, honest and often haunting. Georgia has a lot to say, and sings it beautifully’.

At a workshop at the Innerleithen music festival when she was 15, Craig Jeffrey, singer-songwriter from Galashiels, persuaded Georgia to play one of her songs and since, apart from an enforced (by her parents!) break for exams, she has played at various venues and gathered fans, young and not so young.

Piano lessons at age seven led to guitar lessons at 11 which led to writing songs at 13. She continues to study both instruments but guitar is her favourite.

She describes her songs as a mix of acoustic/indie/folk influenced by her mood or the bands she’s listening to at the time.

In February 2011 she was a top 10 finalist in a Battle of the Bands and performed at Studio 24 in Edinburgh. Last year, she played various venues in the Borders. A chance encounter with a fellow Scot living in the States while on holiday there led to a spot at a popular bar in Venice, Florida.

The end of last year brought her to the attention of management company RAWK Music who are helping her music career.

Being asked to play at Celtic Connections with a radio interview started 2012 with a bang and her set was aired on Celtic Music Radio. More recently she enjoyed performing at Acoustic Edinburgh.

Working on new songs and organising recordings and filming, she keeps fans up to date via Eacebook, Youtube, Twitter, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.