'No Longer A Stranger!'
From an early age, Christian George knew his place – and that’s center stage. Now after spending years paying his dues as a dancer and stylist working with music’s hottest acts, today George steps up as a truly commanding musical frontman.
A multitalented vocalist and songwriter sporting chiseled, GQ-ready looks and a physique that gives David Beckham a run for his money, George makes his debut with the single “Strangers,” a percolating, sultry shot of infectious R&B pop.
Urban yet silky, ranging from seductive neo-ballads to driving dancefloor-ready anthems, George’s first batch of songs (to be released on Chauncey Digital) signal the arrival of a fresh, new soulful powerhouse. Having paid his dues in front of stadium-sized crowds with the best of the best, he’s more than primed for his place in the spotlight.
“I want people to know that with whatever I’ve done, I’ve done it at the top of the food chain,” he shares. "As a dancer, as a stylist, to moving up to the top on my own. I’ve always worked towards this dream, and I’ve learned so much working with these superstars.”
Those superstars have included Kanye West, Britney Spears, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Queen Latifah, and Will Smith – an impressive roster of professional company to say the least.
One thing’s for certain: George will have a lot of hearts beating at accelerated speeds and riddled with potent pop bullets when he finally takes command of the mic and stage. “It’s a great place to be, having the confidence that what you’ve got is stellar,” he states, “and I truly believe that about this first record. It’s about to be on.”
Taking it from the top and what were your musical influences growing up and how many still factor into your music today? "MY TWO MAIN INFLUENCES WERE ELVIS AND GEORGE MICHAEL...BOTH WERE WHITE ACTS DOING BLACK, SOUL MUSIC FOR THEIR GENERATIONS. EVEN THOUGH MY FIRST RELEASE IS A DANCE SONG, THE MEAT OF MY RECORD IS SOUL/R&B, SO VERY HUMBLY SPEAKING, I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING THE THIRD COMING OF WHAT THEY WERE."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying your new debut CD, how would you yourself describe your sound? "MY SOUND IS VERY 80'S R&B/POP BUT DONE ONLY LIKE I CAN DO. THERE IS SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL THAT WAS CAPTURED ON THIS RECORD WHICH YOU WILL NOTICE UPON LISTENING."
Does your upcoming debut have a name yet ... and if so, does it originate from a more personal standpoint for you? "RIGHT NOW THE ALBUM IS SELF-TITLED AND SET TO BE RELEASED IN LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL OF 2008, AND YES, THIS ALBUM IS VERY PERSONAL. I'VE ALLOWED MYSELF TO BE VERY VULNERABLE ON THIS FIRST ALBUM BECAUSE I WANT THE LISTENER TO REALLY FEEL ME AS A PERSON AND MY EXPERIENCES THAT ULTIMATELY WERE THE BACKDROP FOR ALL THE SONGS. THIS ALBUM IS A VERY INTERESTING JOURNEY INTO THE LAST FEW YEARS OF MY LIFE."
Also, please reveal to us more about your days dancing back-up with such acts as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears. Is there a funny/interesting story to tell about one of those gigs, perhaps? Come on now, you KNOW there is, so let's been 'avin it! "WELL, THE FUNNIEST STORY ACTUALLY IS ABOUT MY FIRST JOB EVER IN CALIFORNIA AS A DANCER. WHEN I FIRST GOT TO LA, I TOOK A HIP-HOP DANCE CLASS THE FIRST DAY I WAS IN TOWN. THE TEACHER APPROACHED ME AFTER THE CLASS AND INVITED ME TO GO WITH HIM TO AN AUDITION THE NEXT DAY FOR BRANDY. I WENT AND ENDED UP GETTING THE JOB...HE DIDN'T. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT HE IS STILL A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE TO THIS DAY."
With the looks you have and the body to go with it, why hasn't Runway Modeling and/or magazines such as GQ, etc. taken away all your time ... and given you boat loads of money also at this stage?! "I WAS ALWAYS MORE INTERESTED IN DANCING AND MAKING MUSIC RATHER THAN JUST HAVING MY PICTURE TAKEN. I'VE ALWAYS CONSIDERED MYSELF MORE CREATIVE THAN JUST SMILING OR POUTING IN FRONT OF A CAMERA."
Indeed, how easy (or hard) is it to constantly create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "SURE IT'S DIFFICULT TO BE FRESH WITH THE SOUNDS OF YOUR MUSIC, BUT ULTIMATELY IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE SONG. IF YOU CAN'T WRITE A GOOD MEMORABLE SONG AND MELODY, THEN THE MUSIC DOESN'T MATTER. AT LEAST THATS HOW I FEEL."
Please tell us more about why you chose the '80s icon Laura Branigan to borrow the vibe from for your debut single 'Strangers'? "WE DIDN'T BORROW ANY VIBE WHEN WRITING “STRANGERS.” MIKE ANTHONY, THE CO-WRITER OF THE SONG, THOUGHT THAT THE "OH , OH ,OH'S" JUST FIT IN THE HOOK AND I AGREED... SO WE LEFT THEM IN, THAT'S ALL!"
From what I can tell half of the songs on this debut album are about sex and the other half are about heartbreak! But, as there has always been a fine line between both in real life and music how many of these songs are true stories of your life?! "ALL OF THEM ARE TRUE STORIES. WHEN IT COMES TO MY MUSIC, I’M AN OPEN BOOK. IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME TO MAINTAIN AN HONEST JOURNEY INTO MY WORLD."
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today if asked by a charity organization ... and why choose that one in particular?! "'C'EST LA VIE' BY ROBBIE NEVILLE....IT'S ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SONGS."
Lastly, and throwing in a comedic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "ONLY THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS.....I’M A VERY PROUD PITTSBURGHER!"
Thanx again for doing this for us today, and we wish you all the best for the future "MY PLEASURE, PLEASE KEEP UP WITH EVERTHING I HAVE GOING ON AT www.christiangeorge.net - ONCE THERE, YOU WILL FIND A HYPERLINK TO MY MYSPACE AS WELL...CHEERS!!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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