PICS: George Ezra at the Observatory North Park

From "Budapest" to San Diego: George Ezra serenaded a packed Observatory North Park crowd on May 10.

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The acclaimed singer/songwriter (born George Ezra Barnett) got his start across the pond in England. He was born in Hertford, Hertfordshire, before moving to Bristol in 2011 to study at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute.
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Perhaps his biggest break, in June of 2013, Ezra played the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury.
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He released his debut EP, "Did You Hear the Rain?" in October 2013. Just a short time later, Ezra would receive national airplay on BBC Radio 1 with the songs "Did You Hear the Rain?" and "Budapest."
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Fun fact: Ezra's brother is also a singer-songwriter and goes by the name Ten Tonnes.
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The 24-year-old has cited Bob Dylan, Lead Belly, Howlin' Wolf and Woody Guthrie as main musical influences.
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In March 2014, Ezra released his second EP "Cassy O." Later that year, he released his debut full-length album "Wanted on Voyage" -- which entered the UK Albums chart at No. 3.
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In October of 2014, he released a video for the song "Listen to the Man," featuring the incomparable actor Ian McKellen.
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Fourteen weeks after release, "Wanted on Voyage" hit No. 1 in the U.K. It was also named the third best-selling album in the UK in 2014 ("X" by Ed Sheeran and "In the Lonely Hour" by Sam Smith were the other two).
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Ezra was nominated for four 2015 Brit Awards: Best British Album, Best British Male Solo Artist, Best British Single, and British Breakthrough Artist.
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According to Wikipedia, Ezra created a word, "petan" (pronounced "pay-tan") before his rise to fame to "help him to bond with his fans, encouraging them to use it during everyday life. It is commonly used on Twitter and on tour; he has started selling merchandise with the word printed on it."
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In 2015, Ezra performed on "Saturday Night Live," "The Late Late Show with James Corden" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Busy guy!
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On March 23, 2018, Ezra released his second album "Staying at Tamara's," which contained the lead singles "Don't Matter Now" and "Paradise" (which hit No. 2 in the U.K. -- his highest charting single in the U.K. to date). Onward and upward; come back soon, George!
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