In the fall of 2008, Grace sang "At Last" by Etta James at a first of many performances at Amateur Night at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. The youngest of the performers, Grace won the notoriously tough crowd over week after week all the way through to the Top Dog round, placing in the top three spots.
At the age of seventeen Grace picked up her first acoustic guitar. Having had no lessons or experience under her belt, Grace began to teach herself the guitar. It quickly became a passion, and she eventually traded in the piano for the guitar as her main songwriting tool. She now has over 50 songs written on both piano and guitar. Grace has also built up a reputation for bringing the house down singing Jazz standards for the Jon Doty band, singing blues and rock n' roll with D-3 Band (comprised of 3 of her uncles - music runs in her family), as well as playing solo sets of her own music (acoustic and full band). As a result of her hard-working attitude and eagerness to learn and progress musically, Grace has grown accustomed to performing with musicians posessing decades of professional experience. On November 19, 2009, the singer-songwriter created a YouTube channel, GraceSings, where she continues to post original and cover songs.
In October 2010, Grace was chosen out of thousands of singers and performers from all over the country as a top 6 finalist in Alloy TV's web series Talent: The Casting Call, which featured six aspiring singers/actors competing for the lead role in a scripted web series as well as a recording contract with Jive Records. Alloy TV is responsible for such hit shows as Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. Grace wowed the show's viewers and judges, one of which included Keith Naftaly, Vice President of A&R at Jive Records, with her soulful version of the traditional "ABC" song, which was required to be improvised on the spot. She went on to place fourth in the competition and was the only contestant chosen to return by popular viewer demand for the series' after show, hosted by Take180/TheSoWhat.
Grace's acoustic YouTube version of "U Smile" by Justin Bieber was selected by Paula Abdul as one of her top 19 most inspiring YouTube videos, and was featured on the front page of YouTube.com.
In January of 2011, Grace released her first original demo song entitled "Let Go of Me" – a slow, acoustic pop song about a struggling relationship. "Let Go of Me"has recieved rave reviews from listeners and critics worldwide, as well as thousands of song downloads. Following her first demo single came "Off The Ledge," a rock ballad which she performed live at Mercy College's Discovered Singing Competition, where she placed in the top ten out of thousands of contestants from all over the country. Grace has released her Stuff From My Brain, which features a handful of songs exclusively composed by the singer/songwriter.
To be continued…