In the tradition of great female crooners like Dolly Parton and Linda Rondstadt, Dear Georgiana delivers heartfelt songs with a charming twang and a bright twinkle in her eye - an authentic Southern Belle-de-force!
Produced by Josh Kaufman. Engineered by Jim Smith. Recorded at Saltlands Studio and Homeward Sound in Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by D James Goodwin at IsOkOn.
All songs written by Lauren Balthrop.
Lauren Balthrop - vocals and a little bit of everything
Josh Kaufman - vocals, guitars, and lot of other stuff
Jason Lawrence - drums and percussion on 'Wanna Be In Love'
Growing up in a big musical family on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, her mother and aunts (Aunt Dorothy and Aunt Sweetie) would constantly break into 3-part harmony to entertain each other. She grew up listening to them sing The Andrew Sisters around the house. While both of her older brothers would go on on to become accomplished singer-songwriters, her muse led her to Florida State University where she studied musical theater. Her southern drawl rang through the dormitories, soaring high on the melodies of Sondheim, Gershwin & Rodgers. After college Georgiana followed her brother Pascal to New York and the two began the brother-sister collective "Balthrop, Alabama": a 15-piece musical troupe complete with a live illustrator. The group presented a whimsical take on Americana that was a big hit with audiences at esteemed downtown venues like Joe's Pub. In 2009, she formed "The Bandana Splits"-a retro-inspired girl-group with fellow singers Dawn Landes and Annie Nero. The trio released an album on Boyscout Records and garnered acclaim stateside and internationally in the press.
With that under her belt, all the while touring the world as a backing vocalist for artists like Ximena Sarinana, Georgiana began to work on the songs for her ?rst solo release. The result is the self-titled debut, "Dear Georgiana", a timeless collection of songs with subjects ranging from romance to the Apocalypse. The album was masterfully produced by Josh Kaufman (of Brooklyn based 'Rocketship Park' and 'Yellowbirds') and weaves together moments of grace and groove, that are at once haunting and beautiful. The record, like the world of its namesake, culls its signature sounds equally from a neon-bathed urban street.and a star-drenched Southern boulevard.
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