Open Mic Day Feature - Grace

I first began pursuing music in the more classical sense and had ambitions of training as an opera singer. I trained really hard throughout my school years and spent all of my free time singing. As I started to get a bit older and head to festivals my motivations in music changed. Whenever I saw the artists on stage I just knew that was the music world I wanted to be part of. I started to experiment with songwriting from the age of 16, whilst teaching myself how to play the piano. I’d always coveted guitars but hadn’t had the courage to try to play one. It wasn’t until I went to uni that I started to teach myself the guitar. From there it just fit and I started to gain confidence in my songwriting. I’ve played gigs in many different locations, the most exotic of which being China, where I worked as a teacher. My main influences are strong female singers like Amy Winehouse, Florence and the machine and Janis Joplin. Their music has that raw honesty that I try to create within my own songs. 


Artists Q&A:


When did you first know you wanted to be a musician?

As cliche as it is, music has always been a big part of my life. When I was growing up I was always surrounded by music and I took a keen interest. A defining moment (that I’m not sure I have been able to top since) was when I was given the lead role in a musical nativity. From a young age I spent a lot of time singing in choirs and for a while pursued a more classical singing route. It wasn’t until I reached my teens that I started experimenting with songwriting and broke away from my classical background. I wrote my first song at 16 and have been working at it ever since. 


What was your musical inspiration?

I always tend to try and listen to as much variety as possible because you can find inspiration from the most unlikely of places. I have to say though that my go to for musical inspiration has to be Amy Winehouse, Florence and the Machine and Jeff Buckley. I love Janis Joplin too. Anyone with real, raw emotion is someone I’m drawn too and take most of my inspiration from that. 


What motivates you to create music?

I think that people can be connected on a deeper level through music. Whenever I’m writing I’m always trying to capture the essence of some kind of elusive feeling I’m experiencing at that particular moment in time; something words alone can’t quite express. Music is a really good way of getting an insight into the human psyche and I hope that through my music someone can hear something that speaks to them and lets them know that other people are feeling the same. 


Where do you imagine yourself in five years?

In five years time I’d hopefully like to be able to do music full time. At the moment I do it as much as I can but can’t support myself financially from music alone. I’d love to have played my music abroad somewhere too. I would absolutely love to do a mini trip abroad taking my guitar with me. 


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