Adelaide student George Alice is undoubtedly in the midst of one school day she’ll likely never forget, receiving the news she’s this year’s triple j Unearthed High winner.
Back in June, triple j put out their annual call for Unearthed High musicians, and as always, they received a huge amount of entrants, receiving over 1,500 tracks this year.
After the usual period of careful deliberation, the station introduced us last week to their Class of 2019, revealing that just one of these talented artists would go on to be crowned the Unearthed High winner for this year.
Hitting up Tanunda’s Faith Lutheran College in South Australia today, triple j’s Ben and Liam surprised 16-year-old year 11 student George Alice with some exciting news, revealing she was the winner of this year’s Unearthed High competition.
Having uploaded her debut single ‘Circles’ to the triple j Unearthed website, George Alice instantly managed to stun listeners around the country.
Kicking off her music career as a busker at the age of 10, this amazing musician has seen her songwriting and performing continuously grow to the point where she is now named alongside other Unearthed High alumni such as Gretta Ray, KIAN, Arno Faraji, Japanese Wallpaper, and much more.
“In a wickedly competitive field this year, South Australian student George Alice made her voice heard with, well, that voice!” explained triple j Unearthed Music Director Dave Ruby Howe.
“After discovering her debut track ‘Circles’ in the 2019 Unearthed High campaign it’s been impossible to dislodge the way she sings that circular refrain from our heads. In George Alice we’ve found a prolific performer and writer, and we reckon that this 16 year old is ready for very big things.”
The immediate future is looking incredibly bright for this student from Adelaide’s north, with her prize set to include a trip to the triple j studios to record, mix and master her music before it’s played on triple j and triple j Unearthed.
George Alice is also set to receive some invaluable guidance from a musical mentor as well, though their identity is being kept under wraps until later this arvo.
Of course, while George Alice has taken out this year’s comp, it goes without saying that the other finalists – including Debbies, MALi JO$E, Nick Ward, and Tulliah – are some of the most talented young musos in the country, as is this year’s Indigenous Initiative winner, the breathtaking Aodhan.