Track Of The Week – Georgia Cécile – He Knew How To Love

Hotly tipped Jazz vocalist GEORGIA CÉCILE returns with her boldest release to date, the emotional ballad ‘HE KNEW HOW TO LOVE’. Teaming up with film director RIANNE WHITE, the stunning cinematic music video represents two young women at the height of the game, in association with PRS WOMAN MAKE MUSIC

“Vocalist of the Year” Nominee Jazz FM Awards 2020

“Her voice is spectacular. Cécile & Stevenson are a songwriting pair to watch out for” Jamie Cullum (BBC R2)

“Her clarity of tone, creativity and ability to sing with genuine emotional depth will take her a long way” Jazzwise

One of UK Jazz’s hottest new prospects, Georgia Cécile is at the helm of an exciting new wave of UK female jazz talents. Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by BBC Introducing and Jazzwise Magazine, Cécile’s stock has been rising on the strength of her live performances and her songwriting partnership with award-winning pianist/composer Euan Stevenson

She has an accessible approach to jazz (with pop to soul influences) which is key to her crossover appeal as she cites contemporaries such as Celeste, Melody Gardot and Gregory Porter as influences – as well as old favourites like Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone.

Her new single ‘He Knew How To Love’ is perhaps her most accessible release to date, as the jazz-flavoured beginning builds into a full blown pop ballad at times. Co-writer/arranger Euan Stevenson guides the instrumentation with a cinematic soundscape of strings, percussion, piano and hammond organ as the track ebbs and flows, mirroring the ups and downs of life. As Georgia’s vocals take centre stage, she recounts stories of her father’s love and devotion through the years, taking stock of her journey from childhood into womanhood. She explains:

“He Knew How To Love celebrates paternal love – that special bond that exists between all fathers and daughters but it’s also about difficult choices in life, family and sacrifice. The song captures the essence of my own father – his presence, spirituality and selfless nature – the ways in which he nurtured and shaped my world. The choices and sacrifices he made in life allowed me to pursue my dreams”.

This year, Georgia marked International Women’s Day by performing live for the BBC’s Jazz Nights show and she was included in Jazzwise’s ‘Women In Jazz’ feature that day. Also around that time, her single ‘Always Be Right’ was featured by Wonderland Magazine, and was playlisted on Jazz FM. ‘He Knew How To Love’ is the second single taken from Georgia’s debut album which is due for release early September. In November she will be opening the prestigious London Jazz Festival with the Guy Barker Orchestra and will be recording at Abbey Road this summer.

Previously, her track ‘Blue Is Just A Colour’ premiered on BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum show, following sell-out shows at UK jazz festivals including Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. She was championed by The Scottish Sun, The Herald, The Scotsman and The Sunday post after picking up ‘Best Vocalist’ at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards and a nomination for ‘Vocalist of the Year’ at the prestigious 2020 Jazz FM awards