Earlier this week I wrote an article for Idolator about women on the cusp of pop greatness. The title of the piece was 12 Women About To Pop In 2012 but math has never been my strength and I, rather stupidly, profiled 13 soon-to-explode divas. One had to go and Australia's Georgi Kay drew the short straw. Shame. The 19-year-old has been generating buzz for the past couple of years on the indie singer-songwriter scene but she reached a whole new audience with her feature on Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl's club smash "In My Mind".
That became a huge crossover radio hit and eventually caught the attention of Flo Rida. He has a history of bastardising club hits - see his destruction of Avicii's "Levels" - but "In My Mind (Part Two)" works quite well and is already shooting up iTunes. Georgi could have the last laugh and get the jump on the other ladies on my list if the song is selected as a single in the US. Anyway, here's my deleted Idolator blurb about the girl some critics are hailing Australia's next big thing:
Australian pop stars really made their mark on the Hot 100 this year. Gotye topped the chart for 8 weeks with “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Sia visited the top 10 twice and Havana Brown is still climbing the countdown with her infectious party anthem “We Run The Night”. The next addition to that list could be 19-year-old Georgi Kay. She has been a rising star on the indie-pop scene since releasing her debut EP in 2009 but stepped outside her comfort zone to lend her smoky vocals to Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl’s dance smash “In My Mind”. That record was subsequently discovered by Flo Rida and heavily sampled on the appropriately-titled “In My Mind (Part Two)” – a cut from his Wild Ones album.
Check out 2011's "Lionheart" (below) for a better idea of Georgi's pared-back, folk-pop sound. I can't wait for her next move. That voice is completely disarming and I love that she looks like a less feminine member of Tokio Hotel.