Soul/blues singer Georgia van Etten is no stranger to challenges.
In 2014, the plucky Australian decided to leave her home in Melbourne with nothing more than a suitcase in an attempt to forge her musical career.
The problem was she didn’t have any musical connections.
Fast forward three years, and she is now enthralling audiences around the world with her refreshing creativity and rich vocal tones, at venues and events such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Porretta Soul Festival.
Together with a 10-piece band, van Etten recorded three live music sessions at The Pool Studio, London, which were directed by Mark Fewell of 2ft4.com and perfectly showcased her great vocal delivery as well as her unique blend of soul and sass.
The first song, Take My Hand, which is released on June 30, brings together jazz improvisation with a country/blues and breathes new life into old standards.
Van Etten spent her youth starring in theatre productions, while listening to country and blues music at home.
At age of 14, she joined Sweethearts, a 25-piece, all-girl soul band that over the years performed at, among others, the Jazz à Vienne in France.
Throughout her teens, van Etten built up her knowledge of jazz greats, learning from their stylings and compositions.
Then she began writing music, returning to her roots in blues to create an old southern soul sound reminiscent of Otis Redding, Etta James and Ray Charles.
Since moving to London, Georgia has worked hard to develop a unique sound, and she guests regularly with renowned trumpeter Quentin Collins and soul singers Omar and Earl Thomas.
In 2016, she headlined Stompin' on the Quomps, Europe's largest smooth jazz festival, with band Lola's Day Off and guested at Ealing Blues Festival.
Georgia has also worked extensively with Australian music producer Alice Ivy, and can be heard on her tracks Touch and Almost Here.
Take My Hand is released on June 30