Introducing… George The Poet!
Born to Ugandan parents and raised in Stonebridge Park North West London, 21 year old George The Poet (aka George X) George consistently strives to resist hackneyed stereotypes and provide an inspirational alternative. While many of his peers dropped out of education and turned to crime, George studied hard with the result of him achieving three Grade A A Levels and being accepted by Kings College Cambridge, where he is currently completing a degree in Politics, Psychology and Sociology. Literary yet ‘road’, socially-politically informed yet street savvy, and influenced by a diverse range of literary and musical figures (from poet Maya Angelou to rapper Jay Z), George’s work is inspired as much by what he has learnt, seen and heard in the classroom as on the streets of his local estate.
George was the face of the 2013 BBC Hackney Weekender ad campaign, in which he recited his poem ’My City’. The poem was then adapted into a vocal symphony by BBC Singers’ Associate Composer Gabriel Jackson. This year has also seen George starring in Sky Sports’ bumper ad for their Formula 1 coverage, and Channel 4 broadcast a short film of George reciting his poem ‘Passion Fruits’ (part ii to ‘My City’) as part of their cutting edge ‘Random Acts’ series. The short received a higher viewing figure than any other in the series.
George’s profile has stretched beyond the Broadcast industry and into the worlds of music and finance. Managed by rapper Wretch 32, George The Poet has supported Nas and Angel live, worked in the studio with Emile Sande and Labrinth, and featured, alongside Tinie Tempah and Professor Green on the Naughty Boy album ‘Hotel Cabana’. George was also employed to speak at the 2012 Euro Finance conference in Monaco and in March of this year won The Barclay’s Bank backed competition ‘The Stake’ which asked aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for a start up business.
George The Poet will be performing live at Elgar room at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 14 January. Tickets are available through www.royalalberthall.com/tickets.