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Q and A with GRAACE and The Little Miss

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Q and A with GRAACE and The Little Miss

The common theme here is empowerment of the self, delivered through the lens of a modern woman’s struggle to make sense of the world, and to thrive in a game where the deck is still stacked against her.

GRAACE - Last Night

GRAACE is a young singer-songwriter from Australia. Her sound is spacious and warm, with a genuine feeling of honest self-reflection and a wonderful use of simple piano intervals to drive deep and brooding overtones into the mix.

The rough sketch is of a lost love, and maybe a few regrets.

Life itself is the lesson, and she makes no bones about her own decisions:

I took your voice, cause I love to lie
And I weighed you down, so I learned to fly
last night I made you cry.
— GRAACE
 

The Little Miss - Take Me, Too

The Little Miss is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. Her lilted cadence and easy vibrato give a sense of raw inspiration and natural simplicity, so that the lyrics carry the narrative like a Dylan-ized Sylvia Plath.

The breathy harmonium only adds to the modernist feeling, and to the airy gravitas of the lyrics.

It’s a feeling of resolution, of final expectation, and a search for meaning:

I can’t hold back any feeling
as it is I’m already reeling
I hear my thoughts, they talk so loud
— The Little Miss

Learn a bit more about each of these artists below.

 

Q+A with GRAACE

How did you get into music? 

I started playing classical piano when I was 6 years old because my best friends Mum was a teacher. From then naturally I progressed to writing songs singing and playing guitar once my Dad bought me my first one at 12. 

Why do you write? What kind of subjects attract you?

It was the first thing I had found that gave me full comfort to be myself. I write to ease my mind and give myself therapy, so whatever I’m going through at that point in time ill lay down, whether it hits somebody else’s ears or not. I try to teach myself something with every song and I usually do when I spill out words that come to me from my subconscious. 

Who do you look up to right now in your life? 

My Mum and sister. They are such hard working women that always keep my head on straight. They continue to be hardworking in whatever I am doing whether its loving myself, somebody else or my music. 

What do you want to be remembered for? 

Being honest. I can admit when I’m an asshole, when I’m vulnerable, scared or when I’m brave. I want people to remember me as someone not scared of being themselves even if other people don’t like it. 

What is the last album or playlist that you listened to extensively? 

SZA. Her lyrics and voice and production makes me feel so proud to me a woman. 

Where is your favorite place in the world? 

I’ve traveled quite a bit now. I’ve seen so many beautiful locations. I can finally vouch that it's the company you're in rather than the place in the world. I love being anywhere with my best friends or family. But, my last favorite trip was Thailand with a loved one riding motor bikes drinking mojitos and being at the beach. 

Is there anything else you want me to know about you? 

Music is the only reason I’m still alive. It sounds like an exaggeration, but its really not. When I was 14 going through hard times the only thing that kept me calm was writing at my piano, I still do the same thing today whenever I need it, which is everyday.

 

Q+A with The Little Miss

How did you get into music? 

I know this sounds cliche, but I've been singing for as long as I can remember. I wrote and performed my first song at the school talent show in Kindergarten. Was it good? Probably not. Was it about Jesus? Definitely. (I went to a small, Lutheran school.) I used to carry notebooks with my lyrics around at school. Not only that, but I tried desperately to get my friends to rally behind an idea I had for a girl band (a la Spice Girls). I mean, who doesn't want to watch a bunch of third graders sing and dance? Nobody, that's who. 

Why do you write? What kind of subjects attract you? 

I write as a means of catharsis. It's my way of understanding what I'm feeling. I am forever in search of the "magic bullet." I'm always in observation of the human condition, and thus, I am fascinated by the emotions I carry around with me, every stage of life, and trying to unearth new truths about existence. But ultimately, I write most about how much I procrastinate. I think it's something I really resent and don't fully understand about the Hayley condition. 

Who do you look up to, in your life, right now? 

Right now, I find myself looking up to artists who find a way to be unapologetically authentic and true to themselves. Finding one's voice can be more challenging than we are lead to believe, which is why it's amazing when you witness pure expression, in any form. Hannah Gadsby's special on Netflix is a great example of this. She blew up her own genre by doing something that was completely outside the box, and she nailed it. With an overabundance of almost everything, I think we're all craving things that speak straight to the soul. 

What do you want to be remembered for? 

I want to be remembered for having made others feel less alone. I want to be a voice of solidarity and comfort to the people who listen to my music. More than anything, I hope that my expression of pain can heal that of others'. 

What is the last album or playlist that you listened to extensively? 

I listened to Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour" backwards and forwards. It's beautiful. That woman has been touched by an angel, I tell ya. There's also a cheesy Spotify playlist called "Have a Great Day!" (note the exclamation point) that I turn on at work because, well, it helps me to have a great day. You can't be mad and listen to Stevie Wonder at the same time. I dare you to try. 

Where is your favorite place in the world? 

I will forever be in love with Balboa Park in San Diego. I'm originally from San Diego, and grew up going to the zoo and museums down there all the time. That place transports me. It's both nostalgic and refreshing. If you have a chance, go. The museums are great, but I go just to wander around and look at the outside of the buildings. The architecture is gorgeous. 

Is there anything else you want me to know about you? 

Yes! I want you to know that I have a dog named Winnie and that she's super cute. I'm obsessed with her to an incredibly unhealthy degree.

 

Both of these songs are featured on our CHILL NEW Songwriters playlist.

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