Hey Grace, how are you?
I'm great thank you!
First up, can you tell us a bit about your background.
I was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia and went to school out there but my Dad is from the UK so growing up I spent a lot of time in England. I've been singing for as long as I can remember and music has always been a massive part of my life. I started writing when I was around 9 or 10 and was fortunate enough to sign my first publishing deal at 14. Through my publisher at the time I met my current manager and I continued to develop and grow as an artist. When I was 17 I finished school and moved to the States so I could focus full time on music. I showcased for a bunch of labels with the music I had been collecting over the past 3 years and ended up signing with Sony, RCA.
Tell me a bit about the experiences you had to get to releasing your debut, FMA.
I was pretty much in the studio day and night, and playing shows in between but it was amazing. I love writing. I don't think I could be an artist and not write my own stuff so creating FMA was just fun. I got to work with all my favourite collaborators who I've been working with since I was 14 and consider family now. And the best part is I just got to tell stories; mostly about my own personal experiences but also based on the experiences of my closest friends and family too.
What was your process for writing/choosing songs for the album?
My process is different each time. Sometimes I'll come into the studio with a firm idea of what I want to do and what I want to talk about and then sometimes I'll just hear a beat or some chords and be inspired.
Picking and choosing which songs made the cut for the album was a little tricky, haha. I was pretty attached to everything we had created through the process but I think in the end we picked a solid bunch. For me every record on FMA serves a purpose and that's all I can really ask for.
What have you enjoyed most so far about the whole recording / releasing cycle?
Just seeing people's reactions. There is no better feeling in the world than playing someone something you've poured your heart and soul into and watching them smile or cry or get up and dance. At the end of the day that's why we make music right? To move people.
What’s your favourite song on the album? (For the record, mine’s ‘Church On Sunday’)
Church is actually my favourite too!! Church and 'From You' closely tied with 'How To Love Me'.
When I listened to the album I thought that your voice has a touch of Amy Winehouse about it and I see Rolling Stone has used that comparison too. Is that a lazy comparison, or is that pretty cool?
That's probably the most humbling comparison anyone could every receive, haha. Amy is a legend and most definitely a massive influence of mine.
What’s been your best experience so far this year?
Being able to release FMA and knowing that people are finally able to listen to this thing I've poured so much into for the past year or so. And I've played some pretty badass shows and venues like Glastonbury and the O2 which is super cool.
You’ve played for some big crowds at festivals this summer. Do you enjoy live shows?
I love playing live. It's definitely where I feel most comfortable. Getting to connect with a crowd, whether it's 5 people or 5000, is such an incredible feeling.
And how was Glastonbury?
Glastonbury was amazing! So much fun. I was not prepared for the mud, haha, but the actual show was a blast. Definitely one to tick off the bucket list.
You’re pretty active on social media so my question is: pain in the butt or vital to artists in 2016?
I'd say it's pretty clutch in today's world and to be honest I think were very lucky as artists to be able to connect with the fans on so many platforms and create these very real bonds.
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
'Already Knew That' - Ro James.
Thanks so much for your time Grace. Good luck with the album!