About Tanya George

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Tanya George was born and raised in St Kilda, Melbourne’s ever-evolving arts and entertainment hub, and it shows; her evolutionary electro-pop takes the genre to innovative new heights. Whether performing a cappella with a vocal looper or surrounded by her dedicated band, she’s astounded countless audiences with her 4.5-octave vocal range.

As a regular on the Australian festival circuit, Tanya has performed on a diverse range of stages including St Kilda Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Womadelaide, and Queenscliff Music Festival, where she won the 2018 QMF busking competition. Earning her stripes as a sensation in the Bourke St busking scene, Tanya has crafted and refined the art of combining elements of soul, jazz and pop, and delivers excellence through her unique and dynamic vocal looping setup.

After releasing her first solo EP Sonder (2018, produced by Tommy Spender) with a sold-out launch at Revolver Melbourne, Tanya followed up with her sophomore EP, Normality (2020), produced by the formidable Jimmy Alexander (Awaken I Am). The album received high praise for her songwriting and vocal performance, particularly on singles ‘Writing Machine’, ‘My Hymn’ and the title track ‘Normality’ which rose to the top of multiple Triple J Unearthed charts. The EP earned George a feature in Rolling Stone Australia and the title of the 2020 Alex Legg Memorial Foundation Award recipient.

As part of the Melbourne Music Week and Metro Tunnel Project ‘Home Made Sound’ initiative, George produced a stand-alone single, ‘Welcome’ earlier this year, to similar success.

On Friday 25 June, Tanya released her new single ‘Can’t Do Anything Right’. This song explores the socially systemic hypocrisy behind expectations and the clear double standards between male and female counterparts. “‘Can’t Do Anything Right’ is about the frustrations of not being able to live up to anyone’s expectations. The literal feeling of not being able to do a thing right, especially as a woman.” explains George.

As per her signature style, George built ‘Can’t Do Anything Right’ through using only her unique vocal-looping technique, enlisting the help of Michael Cooper for engineering and mixing, and long-time collaborator, Nicholas Di Lorenzo (Panorama Mastering), for mastering.

Tanya is also excited to announce, after a sell-out show in February, she will return to the stage for one night only at Chapel Off Chapel on Friday 17 December. Go to the Upcoming Events page for all of the details.

Tanya’s fresh, eclectic sound and her thirst and drive for an explosive career has gained her recognition by artist Herbie Hancock, artist/producer Don Was, and many others:

“Tanya George’s music lures you in swiftly with strong melodic threads and jagged lyrics, it’s easy to get familiar and comfortable, not realising she has sculpted this soundscape entirely with only the human voice, coupled with her savviness with technology, she completely destroys the normal and has you suddenly questioning everything, all the while, bobbing in a sea of syncopated rhythms.” Diesel (Mark Lizotte)

“Like Japanese House but more funky.” Pip Rasmussen (TV presenter ABC Me)

“The soulful pop blend just runs rings around you.” Declan Byrne (Home & Hosed Host, Triple J Unearthed)

“Tanya takes vocal looping to a completely new level.” Roland

Tanya George has cemented her place as one of Australia’s most exciting rising acts and has secured her future through consistent dedication to her craft, her hunger, her ambition, and impeccable vocal abilities.

As Forté Magazine recently wrote, “If you don’t know the name, now is the time to start paying attention.”

 

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