George Barnett (musician born 1993)

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AKA George
Birth name George John Barnett
Born (1993-12-11) 11 December 1993 (age 21)
Rugby, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Genres Intellegent Pop,[1] Alternative Pop[2]
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Drums, piano, guitar, bass, keyboard, synthesizer
Years active 2010–present

George John Barnett (born 11 December 1993 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England), known as his stage name AKA George[3] is a British songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Early life[edit]

George Barnett was born in Rugby, Warwickshire on 11 December 1993. He began to learn the piano and drums at an early age and later progressed to other instruments. In 2003, he moved to Herefordshire, England, where he was educated at home by his mother. He won the UK National Young Drummer of the Year competition in 2008.[4]

Music career[edit]

2010–14: Career beginnings[edit]

Barnett began recording his own material in 2010, playing all the instruments on his Sierra Planes EP. His first full-length album 17 Days was then released as a free download from The Pirate Bay in March 2012.[5] A compiled collection of songs released throughout 2011 when he released one song every seventeen days,[6] 17 Days was successful among file-sharing forums.[7] Barnett played all instruments on the album. Where The Devil Sleeps EP followed in December 2012, highlighting an increased baroque and rock influence.[8]

Barnett's mixtape The Red Tape was released for free in September 2013,[9] sampling elements from the soundtrack to the 2012 movie Beasts of the Southern Wild and spoken word excerpts from The Perks of Being A Wallflower.[10] He then went on tour with fellow singer-songwriters Frank Hamilton and Orla Gartland and finished his third EP, mixing in hotel rooms as the tour progressed.[11] Soon after, a new song Animal Keeper debuted on BBC Radio 1. On 6 March 2015, he released the first song in his First Friday series entitled Inertia.[12] On 11 March BBC Introducing played Inertia.[13] Soon after on 3 April he released the single "Hanging By A Thread", the second in his First Friday series. On 4 April "Hanging By A Thread" recived it's BBC Radio premier.[14]


Extended plays[edit]

  • Sierra Planes – EP (2010)
  • Where The Devil Sleeps – EP (2012)
  • Animal Keeper – EP (2013)
  • "TBA" (2015)[15]



  • The Red Tape (2013)


Barnett has directed past videos himself, including Lone Rose, Bewitched and Cassi from 17 Days, and Where The Devil Sleeps. The video for Animal Keeper premiered on 22 September 2013.[16] Barnett has also recorded cover videos, playing all the instruments and singing, including Kendrick Lamar's Swimming Pools (Drank), Daft Punk's Get Lucky, and Lana Del Rey's Ride. All three were included on The Red Tape.[17]

A 10 part video series was released in July 2014 called The George Barnett Diaries which followed Barnett as he toured Europe and recorded new songs. It has since been deleted from his YouTube channel.


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