INTERVIEW: Jeorgia Rose on her latest single “That Day”

Jeorgia Rose

Still just a teenager, Jeorgia Rose is living every young artist's dream. A multi-instrumentalist, she's wowed audiences and impressed critics alike with her ability to channel real-life events into her songs, making many of them incredibly relatable to music fans of all ages.

Her latest single, "That Day", is one of her strongest releases to date, and she spoke to XS Noize about the inspiration to the track while teasing some exciting plans for the rest of the year.

You've loved music since you were young and began learning the piano at the age of 6 before picking up several others; the harp, flute and guitar. Of all the instruments you can now play, do you have a favourite?

Yeah, for sure! I grew up playing piano, harp and flute and didn't actually pick up the guitar till later in life, but it's definitely my favourite instrument now. I still play the piano a lot also but not as much as the other two. With being a songwriter, I find it easier to write on the guitar and piano, although I hope one day I can pick up where I left off and try to play the harp again!

You have also been writing your own songs since you were nine years old. Can you remember the first song you wrote and what made you write it?

Yes, I can. When I was younger, I didn't really know what to write about half the time because I had yet to experience the normal things that most songs are written about. So, I used to write songs on books I'd read of movies I'd seen because I could take inspiration from the story. I'm pretty sure I titled it "Missing You" or something along those lines.

Which bands and artists did you grow up listening to that you loved and felt inspired by? Have those inspirations and influences changed much over the years?

My biggest inspiration is definitely Taylor Swift, especially her earlier music. I've listened to her for as long as I can remember, so she's had a huge impact on my writing and music for sure. I also take inspiration from the likes of Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and, more recently, Olivia Rodrigo. Lyrically, I also take inspiration from bands such as The 1975 or Catfish and the Bottlemen.

You were discovered by Grammy-winning writer Femke Weidema and mentor Neal Handforth. How did those instances come about?

I met Neal when I was around 14, honestly, just kind of randomly. I used to post singing videos where I'd sing my own songs, he heard one, and I think saw the potential and also a lot of passion. He helped me out here and there for around a year, and after sticking with it and seeing that this was really what I wanted to do, he introduced me to Femke over a zoom call, and all three of us did a write together.

Tell me about your new single, "That Day." What's the story behind it, and how long did it take for you to write?

"That Day" was a song that sprung out of nowhere, honestly. I rarely have times when I sit down, and the song just flows, but that's what happened with this one. Normally I'll write maybe a verse and chorus and then go away, sit with it for a while and eventually come back to finish it. However, I remember the moment so well. I was sixteen, and I'd just been out with this guy who I had liked for such a long time, and it had just never really worked out, but we had such a good day together. I remember I got home, sat on my bed and just started writing everything I was feeling in the moment. Above everything, the song is supposed to show how happy I was in that moment.

From who or where do you find most of your song-writing inspiration these days?

I think my best songs are ones that come from a real-life experience or emotion, and whether that's something I write in the moment, later in life or even when I'm writing with other people, I find I can make songs relate more to people when I can actually relate to it myself. Having said that, I also have lots of fun writing about stories or other people's lives - just like I used to do when I was younger.

You've played several big shows, including the BCMA Fest in Liverpool and hit the road with Keiza Gill and Jade Helliwell on their Girl Country UK tour; how important to you is support like that?

Honestly, support from anyone means everything to me. Whenever I receive opportunities like this, it's so important. I thank not only the people who invited me but also the people listening because they don't have to if they don't want to, you know? It makes me feel so happy because you feel like these people see something in you for you to be up on stage.

As someone who is still just a teenager, you've grown up in a world and society seemingly obsessed with, and with some could say overwhelming reliance on technology and social media. How do you feel about both as an artist and an individual?

I think, a bit like everyone, I view social media and technology as a good and a bad thing. I think social media, on the one hand, is such an amazing thing for me, to be able to share my music and to find other artists, and not only for musicians but for anyone to be able to share their passion and just parts of their life is so cool. Also, thanks to technology in general, the fact we can FaceTime and call our loved ones from all the way across the world is such an amazing thing.

However, there is a bad side, and I think it's so easy to compare yourself to other people when you see something new every day. I know it's a lot easier for me now - I'm slightly older and able to block things out and tell myself to not get so down about it, but when I was around fifteen in high school, I definitely felt the pressure to look a certain way and act a certain way; which was only elevated by social media.

Who would you most love to tour with and why of all the bands and artists throughout history?

This is such a tricky question because I love so many people, haha! I think I'd have to choose Taylor. I'm such a big Swiftie, and as I said before, she's been my biggest inspiration since I can remember. I see so much of myself in her, especially when she was younger, so if I could only choose one, it would have to be her.

Are there plans for you to head out on your own headline run of dates any time soon?

Not right now, no, but this is a goal in the future for sure. It's something I've always dreamed of.

Finally, are there any other plans or projects for 2022 you can tease?

Yes! I will be releasing a few more singles and an EP later in the year! These are some of my favourite songs I have ever put out, so I am beyond excited for everyone to eventually hear them.

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