Sound was shaped as much by hearing his parents sing classic country harmonies as it was by playing in house bands for hip-hop open mic nights in his native Philadelphia. From that combination of influences; timeless songs and a deep groove, George’s voice was born. Getting his start on trombone, working in horn sections at a young age was an early education in arrangement and composition. The talented multi-instrumentalist and producer puts that knowledge to work, giving his records a sonic and emotional depth. Now based in Los Angeles, Stanford’s songs combine an East Coast soul and West coast sprawl.
Recently, George composed two original songs for ‘The Whole New Everything,’ (2017) starring Oscar winner J.K. Simmons. Both songs made the final cut, including the bittersweet, ‘Movin’ On,’ which perfectly sets the adventurous mood for the film’s opening title sequence. George enjoys working for picture, and has been tapped to provide original scores and songs for a growing list of feature films, such as ‘The Grace of Jake,’ ‘High Road,’ ‘Bad Boyfriend.’ and ‘The Hammer.’
Onstage, George has shined for audiences all over the country; playing his unique take on the American singer/songwriter tradition. He has performed on NPR's Mountain Stage, World Cafe, and NBC's Late Night with Carson Daly. He was recently named an Amazon Music ‘Artist to watch,’ and has been a featured artist on iTunes and SiriusXM’s ‘The Pulse’. He's toured with acts as diverse as Lissie, Babyface and Martin Sexton. Last year, George was invited to perform on Train's 'Sail Across the Sun’ cruise, along with Andy Grammar, Ingrid Michaelson and the Legendary Wailers, among others.
After leaving Mercury Records in 2008 following his debut album ‘Big Drop,’ Stanford set out to capture the spirit of the golden era of the 70's singer/songwriter--Paul Simon, James Taylor, Van Morrison--with a fresh and original approach to the tried genre. Following several independent EP’s, George released the beautiful LP ‘Something Better’ on Oakwilde records in 2014.