THREE years ago EMI took a punt signing 17-year-old Sydney singer-songwriter Georgia Odette Sallybanks. It’s a gamble major labels are increasingly reluctant to take.
The end product is To A Stranger, Odette’s debut album, and it’s worth the wait. Despite being just 20, Odette’s ability to construct melodies and poetic lyrics is beyond her life experience.
As the daughter of an African mother and British father, Odette’s voice represents a new Australia. The soul and trip-hop vocals, minimalist piano ballads and slow beats attract obvious comparisons to Alicia Keys.
Beyond the singles Collide and Watch Me Read You, the best moments are the tense Fractured Glass and the poppy Do You See Me. Odette isn’t a stranger anymore.