Grace has been performing professionally for 10 years now and grew up watching her mother sing in the church choir in Memphis. She knew she had an affinity for performing when at just four years old she was asked to sing “This Little Light of Mine” in front of the congregation. As she grew older she realized her inspiration no longer came solely from the church, but from soul and rock and roll artists like Ray Charles. “There’s sound and inspiration all over if you are quiet enough” while listening to all the sounds within the space. Sometimes she’ll use the creaks and groans of the apartment to find inspiration for melodies. Her voice is unique indeed. While still among the greats like Etta James and Mahalia Jackson, Grace presses the bounds of conventional crooning, altering her voice from low and gravely to bright and gospel-like within the same breath.
Bio by Alberto Zanini / Cannonball Collective
Portrait by Nick Griego