WHY GEORGE EZRA IS THE NICEST GUY IN MUSIC
Musicians can be a funny bunch. Some spend all their dollar on flash cars, some refuse to speak to the media and others refuse to take their sunglasses off indoors (it’s cool to wear them EVERYWHERE, apparently) …but then there are a few that are down-to-earth, you know, humble about their success and generally just really nice people – some like George Ezra!
First of all, if you haven’t heard of George Ezra…shame on you. The guy is the real deal. His voice is as smooth as the finest Columbian cocoa beans, his lyrics are a combination of playfulness, realness and meaningfulness and his talent is unrivalled – he’s everything you’d want from a singer-songwriter. And to make things even better, he’s an all round good egg.
*Shameless plus alert* if you’re a big George Ezra fan and you want to see the man live here in Birmingham, then you’ve got to join us for his first live arena tour next March! Tickets on sale Friday!
So, why is George Ezra a really nice guy I hear you scream…well, here’s a few examples proving that not all musicians are egotistic, Lamborghini driving, mansion owning, champagne sipping icons. (PS if you can detect an air of jealous in my tone, you’re correct. Who doesn’t want a mega-rich superstar) right back to George…
Modest beyond belief
Most pop stars crave attention, you know, selfies, paparazzi, limelight…even when they are in “disguise” (snapbacks and shades) it’s obvious that most still want to grace us mere mortals with their glorious presence – but not our George. In a recent interview with The Guardian, he admitted that people do occasionally stare at him: “People look at me” he said “but just because I look awful.” This was just before he politely suggested that they ‘took the bus’ during his whistle stop radio tour – THE BUS – how many No.1 selling artists would you see hopping on the Arriva 110? Not a lot.
He can take the micky out of himself
“If you’ve already taken the p*** out of yourself, nobody can do it for you” never a truer word spoken. George is not one for shying away from a bit of banter and has realised how important it is to show your personality in the music industry. In some of his more intimate gigs, especially those with competition winners and loyal fans, he’ll mix up performing with generally chatting and laughing with the fans giving them an actual experience of George Ezra, the funny, down to earth chap, rather than just George Ezra, the pop star. His quick wit and infectious personality also landed him a spot on Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out which again, demonstrated how George can effortless poke fun at himself.
He also had a right old giggle with the lovely lot from BBC Radio 1 as fans called in and put silly football lyrics into the instrumental of Shotgun – George then went one better and joined in with the World Cup version of his song, belting out it’s soccerfied edit live on the show.
That time he encouraged people NOT to buy his single
This may just be a music industry first. George Ezra’s Shotgun had been sitting pretty as the UK No.1 single for two weeks back in July and you could hear 'I’ll be riding shotgun, underneath the hot sun, feeling like a someone' playing on almost every radio station. But George, being the guy he is, urged people to stop streaming his single and demanded we do all we can to knock it off the No.1 spot, paving way for Baddiel and Skinner’s Three Lions! If you missed his plea, relive his urgent Twitter message here.
What a hero!
He speaks openly about mental health
It’s truly fantastic to see the rise in people talking about mental health, it’s lonely, it’s absorbing and it’s not something you can get through easily – but – seeing people from all walks of life opening up about their mental health, including movie stars, sports personalities and musicians, it helps everyone tackle their issues openly. George Ezra is one of them. He didn’t want the media to twist or glorify his anxiety issues he suffered a few years ago when, in his words, suffered “an acute feeling of worthlessness” but still encouraged people to talk about his issues, no matter how big or small. He’s now an ambassador for Mind and continues to work with closely with the organisation, who do an amazing job tackling mental health issues.