The Academy Green Room, Dublin: 18th March 2020.
Tickets from €17.45 incl booking fee
Doors 8.00pm | Over 18’s | ID Required
Grace grew up in North West London in Kensal Rise before moving to Brighton when she was nine. She took her formative musical inspirations to school, performing odes to Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ at primary school live auditions, but it was the later ballads of female singer songwriters like Alicia Keys and Adele that made her want to sing out her experiences. “I was singing along to them at the top of my lungs before I really knew what they meant!” she laughs.
After moving to the predominantly white area of Hove, it was the feeling of alienation and disorientation thanks to her unconventional family set up - a single mum, a foster sister and absent father - that started to shape her. Grappling with her own mixed-race identity and the abandonment from her father drove Grace to write out all the things she couldn’t say out loud, where she retreated to the safe space of her bedroom.
Her recent live shows have connected with audiences - and artists. After hearing her, she was invited to tour with HAIM, Mabel, and upped the scale as support for Dua Lipa’s UK and European tour, performing to 5000 people and sold out Brixton Academy shows. Discussing it, it still makes her giggle. “I didn’t expect anything and I would go out and sing a ballad and everyone would shine their torches on their phone and I’d see the young girls crying at the front. They really connected, and that’s really what the music is supposed to do”. Ahead of her debut album offering next year, is her upcoming tour, and it’s here that Grace is stepping out, inviting the world to hear her outside of crowds of people. “I want my music to connect with people in their rooms, inter cars - this album is me saying, you know what you’re feeling? I’ve felt it too. Here’s how it sounded”.