The Boy Behind ‘Budapest’.

George Ezra Barnett, the good looking English singer behind the title, 'Budapest'. Photo by BBC.
George Ezra Barnett, the good looking English singer behind the title, ‘Budapest’. Photo by BBC.

When I first heard the song ‘Budapest‘ aired on public radio, I thought, wow, this must be a black singer or a jazz specialist. Not wanting to rouse the racial police but I’ve heard my share of blues or jazz singers with this kind of deep, soulful voice. And it was sung with what seemed like a unique sort of slang. At least, that was what it was to me. That was when I first heard the song. And then I decided to Google it to find out who was behind this delectable number.

Wait a gosh darn minute… George Ezra? He’s English?? And he’s white! No, no, don’t cuff me yet. I’m not quite done.

To be honest, when I first heard the song, I couldn’t quite place the words in his lyrics. Many times, I misheard the lyrics and assumed a different meaning for each verse. Only after I’ve looked them up on Google, then I realised that it actually is a nice song. His bass-baritone range has been described as bluesy, with a “voice beyond his years” and a “soulful and wizened tone that somehow would feel more at home coming from an Alabama shrimp boat captain than a 21 years old Bristolian.” Now that did get me thinking… He DOES have a rather deep and unusual voice!

Okay, you can haul me in now. I’m done. I only have to say this: He looks young, and rather charming too!

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