Mon, 18 May 2015 13:03:34
New Brisbane soul siren talks debut EP and "You Don't Own Me" with G-Eazy.
Grace possesses a downright massive voice, and it's the driving force on her forthcoming debut EP for RCA Records. The 17-year-old Brisbane, Australia songstress turned heads this year with an alternatively soulful cover of Lesley Gore's classic "You Don't Own Me" featuring G-Eazy and produced by Quincy Jones.
Now, she's poised to breakout big in 2015. Her pipes instantly transfix a la Etta James or Amy Winehouse, and she taps into a sweet sense of soul that's utterly timeless. Meet your new favorite singer. She sat down with us for an exclusive interview about "You Don't Own Me," the best lesson she received from Quincy Jones, her favorite flick, and so much more.
What attracted you to "You Don't Own Me?"
As a woman, naturally you just cling to that kind of song. It's a women's anthem and, when it was released, there was a message and meaning behind the song. It was a really big deal.
You and G-Eazy both preserve the meaning and the message, while adding your spin.
I think that G-Eazy was essential to keeping the vibe young and fresh with the hip-hop elements. He jumped on it and killed the verse. He kept it fun and classic with the elements the original song has.
Did you two click instantly?
We are all in the same circle. We played the song for him, and he loved it and wanted to jump on it right away. We have a creative understanding and love for the same types of music.
Listen to "You Don't Own Me"
What's your vision for the EP?
The EP has that element of classic-ness and the voices in that song are a big part of it. It's everything that I love about music, and I hope people like it.
What artists shaped you?
My mom used to play a lot of Motown music like Smokey Robinson and The Temptations. People like Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse are artists I look up to as well.