An interview with singer/songwriter Grace Carter.
1) When did you realise being a singer was the career you wanted to pursue?
Singing is something I’ve always done, but when I was 14 I started
writing. Writing songs definitely made me enjoy singing more, as I was
singing about things I believed in; and saying them in my own words. I
grew up with a single mum and having an absent father had a significant
impact on me as a child. Writing about it allowed me to vent the sad
emotions I was feeling at the time and I still use song writing as an
outlet now. I struggle to talk about things, I much prefer singing about
them and people can take what they like from my lyrics and how I perform
them. Ever since I started writing my own songs and singing them, there’s
been nothing else I’ve wanted to do.
2) How would you describe your sound?
I don’t really have a defined sound yet but I’m definitely
influenced by soul and pop music and I’d describe my songs as
emotional and honest. Up until very recently most of what I’ve done
has been based around the acoustic guitar, but I’ve spent a lot of
time over the last couple of months experimenting with my music and
I’m slowly but surely working out what I want my records to sound like
which is so exciting!
3) If you could support an act on Tour who would that be?
I’ve been loving Kwabs recently, he’s an amazing artist and
performer and someone I would love to tour with. The emotion and power
he brings to all of his songs is incredible. I’d also really like to
support Ed Sheeran. Although he and Kwabs are very different, I love
the honesty he brings to his live shows and he’s another person I feel I
could learn a lot from.
4) What can we expect from Grace Carter in the near future?
My main aim for the next few months is to find a sound I really love.
It’s still really early days and I want the music I release to be the
best it can be, so I don’t want to rush anything. In the meantime I
will be gigging around London and Brighton and I’m also doing a
festival in the summer which is really exciting. As well as working on
my own music. I’ve also been working on a house project as a writer
and feature for the past year which has been amazing. This project is
expected to be released this year, so keep your eyes and ears peeled!
Interview by Sarah Mulindwa
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