Georgia VanNewkirk’s new song “Malibu Honey” is at the top of our “Dreamy Vibes” playlist. Georgia gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what inspired her song and everything that went into its sweet music video.

“The inspiration behind ‘Malibu Honey’ came from driving down the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) in Malibu with my family,” Georgia told us. “I realized that I had allowed California to become associated with people in my life who were no longer there, and I let this nostalgia take so much power over me…I know this sounds cheesy, but really being there and rolling down the windows helped me to let go and just live in the moment.”

In the music video, Georgia cruises solo down a California street to the beach. She shared with us that it was the product of hours of Zoom meetings and creating moodboards for a video “starts out gloomy and dreary and then leads to an explosion of color.” She calls it a “Malibu dream sequence.”

While the video might seem like the perfect dream, Georgia was hard at work putting it together. “I flew in the day before we shot it…and we shot it all in one day, in 94 degree weather.” From there, Georgia and her team had to cut the footage into a “colorful patchwork of moments.” “The story came together so nicely,” she said, “and I am so thankful to all of the people who help create the vision in my brain.”

Two members of that team were dancers Taylor Quinn and Myranda Gibson who feature in the second half of the video. “My favorite moments were shooting and editing the scene where Taylor and Myranda danced in front of me…with the ocean and a purple backdrop behind us. It was a magical moment to spend with two of my favorite girls.”

Georgia also told us that the dance scenes in the “Malibu Honey” video were a long time coming. “I have been friends with Taylor and Myranda for so long, and we’ve talked about doing a song where they dance since we were seventeen. Back then it was a far off dream, but seeing it happen was a huge moment for all of us,” she said. “I wanted the dream sequence to feel euphoric and glamorous, and having dance helped convey the flow and vibe. I think dance makes absolutely everything better, and it was an honor to work with two of my favorite dancers.”

“Malibu Honey” is Georgia’s first single under her new label, Morning Moon Productions. It is available to stream now on Spotify and Apple Music. “This single is the beginning of a new chapter for me in my music,” she said, “and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.”

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