Her song may have been stolen, but the spotlight still remains on Victoria-based musician Georgia Murray.
Back in 2010, Georgia received an email telling her that her song, “We’ll Never Know” was plagiarized by one of Korea’s biggest pop stars. Lee Hyori released an identical track as the leading single off her fourth album and it hit number one. She, however, had no idea it was stolen in the first place. It was a producer she worked with who tried to pass it off as his own.
After dealing with the stress of proving that it was, in fact, created in her own basement studio two years prior, Georgia eventually settled out of court. This bizarre experience was one that ultimately helped her career. “I really tried to make the very best out of the situation that I could,” says Georgia, “and it turned out to be very positive.”
She ended up gaining a lot of media coverage, even being featured in the Korean version of Elle Magazine and in a documentary by Korean company Indie To Go. With the money she was compensated with from the scandal, she was able to fund her debut EP, Just a Dream, in 2011, which features songs such as “SRH” and “Runaway.”
Since then, she has been spreading her “dark, alternative urban-influenced” sound around the world. She was in town for Canadian Music Week and performed three shows. Arriving in Toronto after a trip to Russia, Georgia was running off a hectic schedule, but made it here all in one piece–even after flight delays, broken equipment and lack of sleep. It all worked out and she was happy with the turnout.
Being a part of the Canadian music industry means a lot to Georgia. “It’s awesome and I wouldn’t change it. It feels so special,” she says. “I think it’s an amazingly strong scene. There are so many artists from Canada that are dominating internationally. I’m so proud to be part of it.”
She even went to school with one of them: fellow West Coast songstress Carly Rae Jepsen.
It hasn’t been an easy road though. “It’s a grind. Nobody does anything for you and it’s all about making it happen for yourself,” she says. “I think the element of challenge is what keeps me going.”
And she has big dreams. “You can see me at The Grammys nominated for Best New Artist in about three years.”