Behind the Music: Interview with Rachel Grace

‘With music I’m constantly stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things I would have never dreamed of’

Describe your music in no more than 5 words:
It’s really hard to describe!

Age:16

Where are you from: Wexford Town

Which instruments do you play?: Anything I can get my hands on really! The main ones are guitar and piano but I can also play ukelele, saxophone, banjo and the bodhrán.

Where is your go-to place for writing new tracks: My bedroom with minimal lighting, candles and a cup of tea.

Do you have any releases and or performances coming up soon? I’m getting ready for the launch of my new EP on the 27th of May in the Crown Live! I am also supporting the amazing Don Mescall at the Home Birds Music Festival in Youghal, Cork on the 18th of May and in St. Patricks Gateway Centre on the 20th of May. 

Do you prefer performing live or recording in a studio?: Tricky. What I loved about recording in a studio was that I could take an acoustic song and build it up to an amazing full piece that I could never recreate live by myself. But it is hard to recreate that unexplainable feeling you get from playing live so I would have to go with live!

When did you first become involved in music?: Like most artists, I’ve always had a love of music but it was after I sang at a local talent competition, when I was 12, that I realised music was something I wanted to pursue as more than just a hobby. I started to do gigs and different bits and bobs here and there whenever I got the chance and released my first album that same year!

What has music enabled you to do? Be myself! (cheesy but true). I was a shy girl growing up and suffered from terrible stage fright. It stopped me from doing what I wanted to do. But now with music I feel like I’m constantly stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things I would have never dreamed of doing years ago. I’m meeting new and inspiring people everyday and it’s because of them that I’m confident enough to be my weird self in front of people!

What is the first concert/gig you were involved in? I think it was a fundraising gig for The Women’s Refuge on Wexford Quay when I was about 10. I was petrified but it was for a great cause!

What is the most recent performance you did? I played for a past mayors 60th birthday party alongside Corner Boy a couple of days ago!

Who was the first musician/band you saw live? Miley Cyrus…

What is the point of music?: To distract people, inspire people, relate to people and heal people.

Any interesting facts? I wear odd shoes to all of my gigs because they’re a visual representation of my odd personality!

Follow Rachel Grace on: Twitter and Facebook.
Listen to Rachel Grace on: Spotify
Find out more about Rachel Grace’s music at: Track Review: Rachel Grace: You Don’t Know

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