Georgia Box is a social media music star about to burst onto the mainstream! Famous online for rewriting popular male songs to give their silent female characters a voice and for promoting the positive message that young people don’t have to conform or fit into a box, Georgia has built a huge, dedicated fanbase over the past couple of years.
Her videos were streamed more than 90 million times on Facebook in 2017 alone, with her video giving ‘Shaggy’s girlfriend’s version of events’ going viral with 30 million views. She’s racked up more Facebook fans than Raye and Anne-Marie combined. Verge got to catch up with the 22 year old songstress about all things music and football!
When did you first discover you wanted to become a singer?
I always knew I wanted to be a singer since I was a little girl. I always get told I sang before I talked! It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Since leaving education I went straight into gigging locally all around Essex. Also, I post singing videos regularly on social media.
Tell us about your new single I Don’t Want You Anymore. What inspired that song?
When I went into the studio with Tre Jean-Marie we both sat down and talked about what we could write about. The song was inspired by a previous relationship and I also really wanted to break stereotypes of ‘the typical female’ after a breakup. I think most people think females after a breakup are emotional and dwell for a long time. However we are much more stronger and independent than people think. Of course breakups can be hard but we DO get over it. One of the lines in the song is ‘I’m moving on, so move along’. I think this describes the situation perfectly. Haha!
You have quite a following on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. When did that all start for you and how?
Since leaving college I decided I wanted to start uploading videos online. I started to post short covers weekly. They started off getting about 10 likes a time from family and friends, and then as time went on I started to pick up more fans and followers from being persistent with it. I think the turning point was my first viral video, and then it started snowballing from there. The response has been fantastic, from receiving 30m views on my rewrite of Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me to my fans messaging me everyday telling me I empower them to be who they want to be.
Are you making an album?
At the moment I am currently focused on my new single “I Don’t Want You Anymore” which you can stream on iTunes and Spotify. However I’ve been in the studio a lot lately with a lot of really cool writers and producers working on lots of new tracks… so keep an eye out! I can’t wait to show you all them.
What obstacles have you faced? What’s the hardest part of what you do?
I’ve been really lucky so far, because I haven’t faced anything too overwhelming. I write and record my content on a weekly basis so sometimes it can be tricky to juggle music with my personal life and football, especially when I get writer’s block. When I can’t think of lyrics it’s frustrating because I know that’s time lost.
The hardest part is the unknown. With the path I’ve chosen to go down, there is no telling where I am going to be in six months time or 20 years time. I just have to keep working hard at what I do and hope that my fans continue to support me on the journey. They have been amazing so far! I’m also very lucky to have friends and family who are supportive, especially as I gig most weekends and this is when my friends are free, but we make it work during week.
The hardest part is the unknown
As a pop singer and footballer, how do you balance your passions and varied lifestyle?
To be honest I don’t stop, but I LOVE it. As you said, both music and football are my passions, so I feel like I’m constantly doing something I love. I tend to spend most of my days working on online content or in the studio making music and being creative and then football tends to come in at weekends and some evenings. Of course it’s important that sometimes I give myself some time to just sit and relax but honestly music is my release and I feel very lucky to be able to do it daily!
Georgia Box’s I Don’t Want You Anymore is available to stream now on iTunes and Spotify