An upcoming jazz artist from Epping who has been described by Pixie Lott as "refreshingly different" has been signed with a record label and is due to release her first UK album next year.

Georgia Crandon, 25 of Loughton has been writing songs and playing the piano from the age of 10.

She has a unique style of music that smashes through the traditional genre barriers by mixing jazz with reggae and ska, ragtime and pop.

In 2016 she released music which pays homage to the Specials’ late trombonist Rico Rodriguez.

The singer-songwriter has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Isle of Wight Festival.

Pixie Lott, a Brit award winner vocalist said: "Georgia is refreshingly different.

“She effortlessly blends the genres in a retro jazz or swing style and throws in some reggae and ska.

"And where did that incredible voice come from?

She's definitely one to watch."

Mo Pleasure, the former musical director of Earth, Wind & Fire said: “She’s a real talent with an intriguing sound.”

Ms Crandon has been signed by Static Wax Records- a retro-soul label releasing original music on vinyl and is due to release her first album with them next year.

She will perform a sneak peak of songs from her new album at the Essex Arms in Brentwood on Wednesday, 27 October at 7:30.