George Simpson

Music & Art has always been in George’s blood. With a grandmother who was a fine pianist and a grandfather who was an outstanding artist and architect, it was only a matter of time before George got the music bug!

George had split influences in music with both being huge music lovers, his father being into Led Zeppelin & Genesis and his mother being more into George Michael and other singer songwriters so looking back it is clear to see who had the most influence on him.

George was always drawn towards more mainstream acts was very fond of the 60’s with the likes of the Beach boys and Manfred Mann, and then moving on to the Brit Pop 90’s with bands such as Shed 7 , Oasis and more modern brit pop bands such as Sterophonics and Travis. Acoustic guitar driven music and melodic easy listening songs with great singers and harmonies really took a hold on George and influenced him to start experimenting with the guitar and piano a lot more and even started to song write as soon as he knew a few chords!

Band History

At 20, George developed rapidly as a singer when he became a front man for a local popular cover band in Melton Mowbray, called Shine which gave him great live gigging experience and confidence. In the background George was still learning to play the guitar and developing his song writing.

After 5 years, George was approached by 4 enthusiastic artists approached George to ask him to be lead singer and songwriter. This was when ‘Lux Mundi’ was formed, who’s style could be described at progressive Rock/pop.

By this time George was a competent acoustic guitarist and a much more able pianist which contributed massively to his song writing ability.

George brought a pop edge to the band in terms of his effortless creation of melodic hooks and interesting but yet appealing lyrics. The band really accelerated his song writing ability and stretched him as a vocalist. The band had a great collection of intricate, powerful and emotive music but however, like many bands, a common ground for music style and direction became a problem with fellow band members wanting to go more, heavy rock and George wanting to create something more commercial.

Maslow and going solo - The turning point

In 2010, George was approached by two very talented musicians who called themselves Maslow. This was a pivotal turning point for George who made a fresh start by leaving Shine after 10 years and also parting company with Lux Mundi.

Maslow offered a great alternative. Performing covers in their own unique style giving George something creative but yet appealing and essentially something to earn a living from.

Playing For Strangers - Abbey road - BBC Introducing

In 2012 George recorded his debut album ‘Playing for strangers’ with Ben Haynes, a Derby based music producer who he found via a random Google search.

George developed his demo’s and Ben brought them to life which was a great partnership which resulted in a host of great songs, produced to a excellent standard and taking George on a journey that he never thought would be possible a few years before.

George finished the album off at Abbey Road Studio with mastering engineers Geoff Pesche, and then released his first single ‘Never Leave You out in the rain’ along with an eye catching music video.

Never leave you out in the rain in the first year received over 50,000 You Tube views, was aired Nationally on BBC Radio 2s Jeremy Vine show & Good Morning Sunday, and the great pop rock music video was play listed on SUB TV which received regular plays across the UK’s university student unions.

Music has rewarded George with some great experiences and playing for the likes of Jeremy Vine, Ainslie Harriett, Dirty Sanchez & Legend ‘Sade’ and has shared the stage with The Platters lead singer Keith Tyne and Rock legend Howard Rose.

George has numerous live Radio session experience and was featured on BBC London’s Simon Lederman show in 2013 as well as interviews with BBC Introducing and various regional BBC stations.

George spent 2014 writing and recording his second album ‘Get on this ride’ and was completed at Abbey Road again, in November 2014 with Christian Wright, who mastered Ed Sheeran & George Ezra’s 2014 albums as well as many other top artists and acts.

George hopes to build on the success of Playing for Strangers and continue developing as a songwriter whilst building his fan base and continuing to be one of the UK’s top unsigned artists.

George Simpson