In collaboration with
- Words Aimee Phillips
- Photography Talie Rose Eigeland
GRACEY is here to prove that the pandemic doesn't have to stop you from achieving your dreams. We caught up with the breakthrough star following the release of her mini-album, 'The Art of Closure'.
Having grafted for years at her dream of becoming a popstar, GRACEY’s soar to the stars proves that hard work really does pay off.
The BRIT school alumni spent her evenings as a teenager writing at hit factory Xenomania. By 18, she had co-penned Jonas Blue and RAYE’s platinum-selling “By Your Side”, and by 20, Tiesto and Rita Ora’s smash “Ritual”. Amongst her roster of big names, is pop’s eternal princess, Kylie Minogue.
Last year, however, GRACEY knew it was time to step into the spotlight herself. After a couple of singles and an EP, ‘Imposter Syndrome’, she hit the big time when her club-ready collaboration with 220 KID went viral. “Don’t Need Love” is a certified bop, and as a testament to its addictive power, the song dominated the airwaves throughout most of this year. Riding high on her success, GRACEY then teamed up with Aussie pop prince Ruel for “Empty Love” and then Alexander 23 for “Like That”. Safe to say, they’ve all been streamed millions of times.
Cementing her status as one of the hottest artists this year, GRACEY recently shared her mini-album ‘The Art of Closure’, which featured her released hits, as well as a couple of fresh new tunes.
Rising to fame in the middle of a global pandemic isn’t a usual come-up, but GRACEY hasn’t let the restrictions get in her way. From filming a full music video from her childhood bedroom during lockdown to getting a pervading Top 10 single, GRACEY knows how to think outside the box.
For a woman with the world at her feet, GRACEY is planted firmly on the ground. We caught up at the Polydor 2021 artist showcase to chat about her mini-album, constantly writing, and banana bread.
2020 obviously has come with its challenges for everyone, but I think it in some ways it’s been a time that’s really made me think outside the box in terms of my creativity and trying things I otherwise may not have – for example, I filmed a full music video for my song Empty Love ft. Ruel from my childhood bedroom during the first lockdown, and it ended up being most proud I’ve ever been of a video I’ve done (regardless of me having the technology skills of a grandma). Also having “Don’t Need Love” in the Top 10 was (and still is) pretty mind-blowing to me and I feel so grateful that people were able to listen and connect with it.
Which song defines teenage you?
Anything Sia. She was such an inspiration of mine when I was a teenager, and as I was fast getting into music a lot of my songs were inspired by her style! I really remember Chandelier being the song I rinsed on repeat whilst I was revising for my GCSEs. Her voice makes me feel so euphoric.