Australian vocal powerhouse, Grace has released her debut EP, Memo, via Regime Music Societe/RCA Records. The EP was executive produced by Efe Ogbeni (Enrique Iglesias, Akon, Red One). Memo is filled with original songs that highlight her influences, which range from Gladys Knight to Amy Winehouse. Grace co-wrote all of the EP’s five songs, including the title track song when she was only 16 and recording it on her iPhone.
Grace’s first single off of her debut EP is a cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” featuring new verses rapped by G-Eazy and was produced by its original producer, the legendary Quincy Jones and also Parker Ighile (Nicki Minaj), who produced the majority of the songs on the EP. The track hit #1 on the charts in Australia.
Eighteen-year-old Grace is one of the hottest pop-soul prospects this year. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia with UK roots, she grew up where the sounds of Smokey Robinson to Janis Joplin, and Shirley Bassey to Amy Winehouse, filled her home and fueled her soul. With a strong musical heritage (her grandparents toured with the Gibb brothers), Grace has developed a raw, throaty, soulful sound whose emotional timbre belies her tender years. It’s easy to understand how that style was developed when she name-checks her biggest influences as Shirley Bassey, Minnie Riperton, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin and Michael Jackson just to name a few.
“[Grace] has the toughness of Janis Joplin and the sultry moodiness of Joss Stone…” — Billboard
"We hope you get the Memo. Grace is one of the year's most important new voices that needs to be heard. Meet soul music's 21st century superstar. “ — ArtistDirect
“’You Don't Own Me’ is a starting-stopping-heart-halting kiss-off…” — HitFix
"(You Don’t Own Me) … has serious international hit potential and provides one hell of an introduction to the newcomer. (“Memo (Boyfriend Jeans”) …. is a raspy, soulful delight complete with amazing lyrics (“told me I was your Bey and I was your Jay Z“) and a gut-wrenching chorus." — Idolator