You can read more over at BBC:

Singer-songwriter George Ezra has taken fifth place in the BBC’s Sound Of 2014 list, which showcases emerging artists for the coming 12 months.

After leaving Hertford, north London, to pursue a degree in music in Bristol, 20-year-old Ezra (real name George Barnett) began writing songs and playing in local pubs on his own, allowing the city to become his musical home.

He soon realised that gigging and playing in front of people on a regular basis “was an option” and dropped out of university.

“Bristol’s not a massive place but there’s so much going on,” he says.

“Music and creativity are in your face, it’s a brilliant city. It wasn’t the plan to just do a year [of university] but there was an opportunity to gig around the UK and an opportunity to record. I knew I couldn’t do both because I’d jeopardise one so I thought I’d set sail and see how it worked out.”

His music is a fusion of old and new, American and British, with the likes of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and newcomers Crybaby and Sweet Baboo, all musical influences.

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