New Australian pop artist Graace pulls heartstrings with debut
- November 22, 2019
- By Admin: Ida Nelson
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AUSTRALIAN indie pop artist Graace had no idea she was writing her debut hit in the back of a taxi on the way to her first co-writing session.
After uploading her song Cold Without You on to Triple J’s career-making Unearthed site for unsigned artists last year under her real name Grace Pitts, the classically-trained pianist and guitarist was flooded by offers from potential managers.
A few weeks later, one of the them had set up a songwriting session with the successful Australian electronic artist Hayden James and their collaboration Numb turned out to be his next single and a platinum pop hit with more than 40 million streams.
“When Hayden sent me the track, I’d never done a session before or written with anyone else so I had no idea what to expect,” she said.
“I was in the taxi on the way to his house and I liked the last minute of the track, so I chopped that and looped it while I’m in the back of the taxi and wrote my part of the song.
“I was so nervous … as soon as I sang it to him he said ‘I think I want this to be my next single’. To this day he helps me so much.”
Now the 21-year-old singer and songwriter — who changed her name because of the plethora of Graces currently in the pop field — has launched her own debut EP Self Sabotage.
The song Last Night has already clocked up more than two million streams on Spotify and is winning fans for its different take on broken hearts.
This time around, the girl is apologising to the boy for being a relationship vampire.
Pitts has scored raves from critics for one of those clever choruses that stop you in your tracks when you hear them.
“I blinded you cause I love your eyes / 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.”
She said the song was her way of sorting out her toxic relationship patterns and admits sharing her vulnerability with the world wasn’t easy.
“It’s a hard thing to admit that you’ve gone into a relationship not really knowing what you fully want and you are kind of taking pieces of everyone you are with to try to fill this hole that you have,” she said.
“For so long so many people haven’t felt OK to admit they f … ed up or someone f … ed them up and they feel crap.”
While there is still plenty of escapism party pop populating the charts and airwaves, Australian artists are increasingly catching the ears of the world because they are baring their souls.
Pitts said her generation in particular wants music that reflects their emotional battles.
She said artists such as Lorde ushered in the trend and the recent bloke breakup anthem Be Alright from Dean Lewis was a perfect example of pop therapy.
“It has now got to the point that if you want to stand out and hit someone’s heartstrings and have someone listen to your song, you are going to have to be brutally honest. We are saying stuff everyone wants to say,” she said.
The singer and songwriter heads to America at the end of the month to explore her American label options and will be joining some major Australian tours in early 2019.