George Ezra was the first act announced for the Queen’s Platinum Party at the Palace in front of an audience of 22,000 – and he can count on the support of one royal family member in particular.
The award-winning singer has revealed the Duchess of Cambridge is a fan of his tunes and could be the reason he was so hot on the hitlist of artists to play the momentous occasion.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's jubilee concert, he tells OK!: '“I’ve heard that Kate Middleton has one or two of my CDs! I haven’t met the Queen yet but if I do I’ll be on my best behaviour.”
It would be little surprise that George is on the Duchess of Cambridge’s radar. Both of the Hertford-born musician’s first two albums, 2014’s Wanted On A Voyage and Staying At Tamara’s, which was released in 2018, reached No1 and between them spent more than 330 weeks in the charts – figures that put him in the same category as Ed Sheeran.
Even those who don’t know Ezra by name will recognise his catchy hit singles Budapest and Shotgun on the airwaves.
Despite his massive success, the 28-year-old – who has only played three shows since 2019 – is feeling petrified about playing his biggest gig to date.
“I played my first gig in London two weeks ago and just stood at the side of the stage saying, ‘How the f**k am I going to do this?’ I have to remind myself pop music should be fun. With the jubilee, it’s easy to overwhelm myself and get nervous. If I look too far ahead my mind starts to melt,” says George.
“I remember these events growing up, and I think I’ve got a little bit of imposter syndrome. Diana Ross is playing, you know.
Kate recently revealed how she turned to music to get her through a “bleak time” during the pandemic, saying "music was so important to me during the pandemic as I think it was to so many people too.” And she recruited two of her favourite singers Ellie Goulding, who sang at her wedding, and Leona Lewis to perform at the Westminster carol concert in December.
Saturday’s concert features a host of headline acts, three stages linked by walkways, and light projections across the face of the iconic building.
Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow will share the three-stage set up with the likes of Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Mimi Webb, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Celeste, Nile Rodgers, Sigala and Diversity – all performing their biggest hits in a star-studded tribute to Her Majesty’s unprecedented anniversary.
The evening will pivot around global themes that have been born, or evolved, during the breadth of Her Majesty’s reign due to extraordinary British and Commonwealth contributions including Fashion, Sport, The Environment, 70 Years of Pop Music and Musicals.
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