Meet Meet George Brown

Meet Meet George Brown

Acoustic-Folk artist Meet George Brown just released her self-titled EP

Meet George Brown: she is an indie-folk-rock artist born in Malaysia but living London, a mother of two, a songwriter, musician, and she goes by "Meet George Brown."

Inspired by California sunshine of the 60s and the contemporary indie-folk scene, Brown's storytelling style transforms the two sounds into one signature creation. Melodic acoustics combined with entrancing harmonies are only some the aspects that make her debut self-titled EP, released April 7th, pleasantly memorable.

Tell me about your music career!

I used to work in the City as an insurance broker, but a year and a half after I had my first little boy (who is now six), I realised that I needed to start pursuing my love of music. Not only for my own fulfillment but also to show him that you have to do whatever it is that you want to do regardless of whether you are good at it or not, and regardless of the result, but as long as you love doing it, have the passion for it and believe in it.

Brown began busking around London on the weekends in order to hone her performance skills. After securing a spot in a café, she met Felix Mackintosh, who recorded and produced the EP with the help of a successful IndieGoGo campaign.

What's the story behind your EP artwork?

Ha! No story behind the artwork except that I asked my very creative 6 year old to draw something to go on the cover of the CD.

Imagine your perfect do-nothing day. You wake up rested, and you spend all your time enjoying yourself, the sun, and the people who love you. That spirit of easy contentedness is easily captured in this light and joy-filled EP. "Heartbreaker" is a catchy dance-song-without-being-a-dance song, that will slide its way into your head and never lead. "What's It Like in Denver Today?" is another upbeat tune layered with wonderful lilts and whirls that give them the perfect amount of complexity and energy.

How would you define your music to someone who has never heard it before?

I would say that it is indie folk rock with a twist of '60s and '70s California. I would also specify the part of California being Laurel Canyon in LA but I am aware that not too people are aware of Laurel Canyon and its legacy. So I would also name my influences as being Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills and Nash, James Taylor, The Eagles and perhaps a bit of Carole King, as well as some contemporary bands.

Then "Paper Hearts (Dancing in the Wind)" and "For C&C" are slower jams with that same complexity, but also provide a window to Brown's soul, as if you're listening to her life through her ears. The vocal harmonies are especially well-crafted and a joy to listen to.

What inspires you as an artist?

I would say that half of the songs are based on personal experience, and the other half are of everyday stories or experiences. So I think that the music is very relatable, or at least it is easy to empathise with the "characters" or the "protagonist" in the songs.


Go listen to the EP--Meet George Brown's album has a wonderfully whole and complete sound that will take up a place in your heart and your music library. We're already waiting in anticipation for her next album!

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, listen on Spotify, and definitely buy the EP on iTunes and Amazon.


Cover Image Credit: Tigersonic Studios

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Such is not the case in China, however. As we would find out toward the end of our trip, Playboy is merely another everyday clothing brand, albeit a popular one. There is nothing raunchy or sexually suggestive about it at all. Who knew? Talk about getting some much-needed closure.

The picture below is a spot-on representation of what Playboy means to the Chinese consumer. Quite different from that first depiction, don’t you think?

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