Georgie Raft, Adelaide, Australia

After years of honing her musical skills on the family dog, Georgie turned her songwriting talents to professionally recording her first tracks at 13, culminating in 4 International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist gongs all before the age of 16. In March 2021 Georgie was fast-tracked to Finalist, out of 26,000 entries from 158 countries, with three of her songs nominated for the semi-finals. She reached ‘Winner’ status (Youth) with her single ‘Breathing To Prove That I Can’.

With so many changes happening in her life, music and songwriting was the constant. Writing contemporary pop music on both piano and guitar, Georgie gained acclaim for her heart-rending lyrics and “soaring vocals” and began to get the notice of industry professionals; “two bars and I was hooked, first vocals sent shivers down, tender and powerful with a freaking good voice” (Triple J).

In 2021, Georgie took out the title in the Songwriters Composers and Lyricists Association’s (SCALA) ‘Festival of Original Music’, competing with national and international entries of all ages. In addition to this, Georgie became a People’s Choice Finalist in the South Australian Music Awards, won 2021 Young Composer of the Year (SA Pop/Contemporary) and currently has two songs in the finals of the 2022 Australian Songwriting Awards, following earlier successes in this competition for her pop collaboration with Sony ATV’s Alex Hosking.
She was awarded 2020 'Best Soloist' in the National Choral Association after her small jazz ensemble took out the National Overall Champion award, and expressing further versatility, was awarded the Joan Lyons Scholarship to the inaugural State Opera of SA's Winter School, winning a place in her first professional opera.  

With songwriting inspirations including Lennon Stella, JP Saxe, Lizzie McAlpine and Julia Michaels, Georgie writes from an observational viewpoint, describing personal experiences – the good and the bad – through her heartachingly beautiful lyrics. Themes of toxicity, mental health issues, relationship complications and the struggles of adolescence are evident in her songs, showcasing her talents as a mature and relatable artist.

After collaborations with some of the industry’s best producers, Georgie released her debut EP ‘Breathing to Prove That I Can’ in 2020 with Adelaide’s award-winning Mario Spate, and is currently in the process of recording more of her original music for release in 2022.