Barossa teen George Alice wins Unearthed High 2019

SURPRISE: A regular school photo day was interrupted by Triple J radio presenters Ben and Liam to deliver the shock news.
SURPRISE: A regular school photo day was interrupted by Triple J radio presenters Ben and Liam to deliver the shock news.

Triple j radio presenters Ben and Liam had a surprise visit to Faith Lutheran College in Tanunda to deliver life-changing news to year 11 student George Alice last week.

In front of her classmates and friends, 16-year-old George Alice was named the winner of Unearthed High, a competition to find the most musically talented high-schooler in the country.

"Honestly it's so crazy, but I've had so much support so I'm just stoked that everyone loves it so far," George Alice said on Triple j radio, the day of the announcement.

George's musical influences include Yaeji, Julia Jacklin and Finneas.

Triple j Unearthed music director Dave Ruby Howe said George triumphed against very tough competition.

"In a wickedly competitive field this year, South Australian student George Alice made her voice heard with, well, that voice," Mr Howe said.

"After discovering her debut track 'Circles' in the 2019 Unearthed High campaign it's been impossible to dislodge the way she sings that circular refrain from our heads.

"In George Alice we've found a prolific performer and writer, and we reckon that this 16 year old is ready for very big things."

George Alice's prize includes being flown to Triple j to record, mix and master her music, which will be played on Triple j and Triple j Unearthed.

On top of that, Sam Hales from The Jungle Giants has offered mentorship as part of the program.

Other finalists who just missed out were Debbies, MALi JO$E, Nick Ward, Tulliah and Indigenous Initiative winner Aodhan.

George joins an elite group of previous Unearthed High winners which includes Gretta Ray, KIAN, Arno Faraji, Japanese Wallpaper.