FYIG Chats With Singer/Songwriter Grace May

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a 22-year-old R&B neo-soul artist from Toronto, Canada. I lived in Boston for four years, studying at the Berklee College of Music and building who I am as an artist and songwriter.  I’m now based in Brooklyn, New York. I write music, gig and go to live shows whenever I can with friends. I talk with my family every day from back home, I’m so lucky that they are so supportive of me and my career.

How did you get your start in music?

I grew up with music being played around the house, and have always been encouraged to sing and play instruments. I started studying music at the age of 6 and it’s been the root of my confidence and love of my life ever since.

What did you learn in your time at Berklee College of Music that has helped you in your career?

Studying at Berklee taught me how to advocate for myself as an artist. Every single individual who attends that school works hard to ensure that music is what they do for the rest of their life. Seeing that work ethic and passion every day from my peers, taught me to be unapologetic about my artistry and just go for it.

How has your time as a backup vocalist prepared you for a solo career?

My time as a backing vocalist prepared me for a solo career because I was able to watch extraordinary musicians lead band rehearsals and shows. I took so many internal notes from years of watching artists I admired doing it first, and that gave me the confidence and knowledge to embark on the journey myself.

Your latest single is called, “Quiet”. What can you tell us about this song?

“Quiet” is about acknowledging that it still counts if your struggle is silent. That your pain, or what you’re going through doesn’t have to be ‘obvious’ for it to be real. “Quiet” is the anthem for the phrase ‘it’s OK not to be OK’ and if you’re in that place, it’s also okay to ask for help.

Do you have any plans for an EP in the near future?

I do! I am currently working on the first single off of that EP entitled “Angel”.

What advice do you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?

I’m still learning so I’d ask aspiring singers/songwriters to take my advice with a grain of salt. I’d say, don’t write or sing what you think people want to hear. Write and sing what feels right and good to you.

What’s your life like outside of music?

My life outside of music is spent with my wonderful friends and family, I love going to the movies, seeing live shows and baking.

Let the readers know where to find you online.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracegw/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gracemaygw

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracemaymusic/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/73W8eIDTEUAUOePeG2xz0S?si=qG9A9-IvQTC8qL-HS_0luw