Sweet Georgie does it right
Prestige venue, tickets sold, live recording, first ever SLJO concert...zero pressure.
Or so Georgie Fellows made it seem, as she stormed the Wandsworth Fringe Festival, singing crowd pleasers such as the wonderfully named Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money, Too!) and, of course, Georgia on My Mind.
"As the singer, you do feel pretty exposed standing up the front," Georgie said, but added: "The audience seemed to love it, so I guess it went pretty well."
Georgie, 36, is one of the newest members of SLJO. A South Londoner through and through, Georgie has called South Norwood home for the past 9 years having grown up in Wimbledon. She studied Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom and regularly sings on the Bateaux London dinner cruise boats on the Thames.
Georgie is the international production coordinator for Matilda the Musical, and together with her husband Gareth owns V & A Production, a theatre and events company named after their two children Vincent and Albert.
Clearly with time to fill, Georgie auditioned for SLJO. "I've been aware of SLJO for many years, and I wanted to sing with them because not only is it a great band but they gig a lot. It's also a pretty unique opportunity to be able to sing with so many musicians. On my second rehearsal there were over 70 players!"
Georgie said she tries to emulate Keely Smith, a singer from the '50s and '60s who recorded SLJO favourite Jump, Jive an' Wail, among many other Louis Prima charts. But Georgie's tastes are broad. She's currently listening to the Wayne Newton album Mr Las Vegas.
And what's next in Georgie's musical development? Having studied flute as a child, Georgie is now teaching herself ukulele. Er...not for SLJO, Georgie.