Multi-instrumental, singer-songwriter George Stanford is ready to make his full-length debut on June 3rd with Big Drop (Mercury Records)- an eleven-song pop-rock collection that harkens back to an era when musicianship and storytelling ranked supreme. While not on the road supporting such acts as Babyface, Sara Bareilles and Martin Sexton or playing events ranging from Sundance to the Green Apple Festival, Stanford made time to record a video for his first single â€œMy Own Worst Enemy.â€
The reaction to Stanfordâ€™s live show and his EP- currently available on iTunes- has been strong with Billboard calling it â€œa promising debut from a serious talent.â€ The Boston Herald caught him in concert noting, â€œupstart Philly songwriter George Stanford impressed the early crowd with surprisingly funky and even occasionally inventive arrangements. The multi-instrumentalist and singer mixed hip-hop beats with blue-eyed soul and classic pop structures in his short but adventurous set.â€
George made his national television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly on April 22nd. Daly became an instant fan after seeing a live set at this yearâ€™s SXSW proclaiming â€œheâ€™s gonna be big.â€ The captivating solo performance on baby grand can be streamed here.
April also found George performing on the popular NPR show â€œWorld CafÃ©.â€ Joined by his backing band- bass and drums- he performed three songs. WXPN was one of the first to support him stating â€œâ€™My Own Worst Enemyâ€™ is the first great pop song of 2008.â€ The set is available for stream here. You will also be able to catch George on an upcoming edition of the syndicated radio program “Mountain Stage” beginning May 30th and throughout the following week.
Stanfordâ€™s first taste of music came at age 9 when he picked up the trombone- appropriate since Big Drop opens with it. The bug kicked in, and he was soon picking up any instrument around- the piano, bass, guitar. After getting kicked out of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he was perusing a degree in jazz performance and years on the road touring with the band Townhall, Stanford found himself living above the laundromat where he worked. Isolated from the rest of the world, he began writing songs that would eventually become Big Drop.
Catch George Stanford live in the following cities:
02- New York, NY- Mercury Lounge **
03- Burlington, VT- Higher Ground Showcase Lounge**
04- Boston, MA- CafÃ© 939 @ Berklee College **
05- Newmarket, NH- The Stone Church**
07- Philadelphia, PA- FYE In-Store (Broad & Chestnut)
09- Arlington, VA- Iota Club & CafÃ©**
10- Hoboken, NJ- Maxwellâ€™s