Gracelyn is an 18 year old singer/songwriter and former radio host from Rhode Island. She plays guitar, ukulele, piano and drums. She has been writing and performing her own songs since early 2013. Gracelyn has performed at the House of Blues, Boston, MA and The Hard Rock Cafe, Foxwoods, CT. She has been the opening act for several national acts including, Lee DeWyze and Howie Day and has performed beside American Idol top ten act Erika Van Pelt. In September of 2016 Gracelyn was honored with the Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year Award at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, TN.
How would you characterize your musical style?
It is hard to put my musical stylings into one group or genre. I would say that my music varies between each song; all of which, telling a story. Some of my songs are more complex, while others are very straight forward. I enjoy listening to songs where I have to really think about the meanings, so that is how I like to write. Genre-wise I would say that my music fits in somewhere between 'acoustic/pop', 'indie', and 'singer/songwriter'.
Who are you- what is your story?
I became sick after getting a vaccine when I was 12, which caused me to lose all confidence in myself. I was very outgoing as a kid, and very involved in the theatre community. When I got sick, I lost all of that, and I thought that I would never get it back. My mom signed me up for a songwriting class, just to get me out of the house.... and that changed my life for the better.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
Good music is a song that makes you dance. That song comes on the radio, and you say "Oh my gosh, I love this song, turn it up!!!!!". But, great music is a song that makes you feel. When THAT song comes on, your emotions take over your body. Whether you relate to it so much that it brings you back to another time in your life. Or it makes you cry because you've never related to a singer/song so much. Or it just genuinely makes you smile because you've never had a song make you feel this way before. That is great music. Its not just about the chord structure, or the melody. Its also about the lyrics and how they all come together to make you feel something powerful.
What are the biggest challenges of being a young musician.
Whether you are younger or older, musicians always face challenges....EVERYONE faces challenges. As a young musician, people don't take me seriously. They think, "you're only a kid, what do you know?" It's hard to be looked down on, just because I am young, but that will never stop me. Another challenge is getting gigs! A lot of shows are at 21+ venues or bars....which I can't get into!
What does it mean to be chosen as a Pavoh Music Awards Finalist?
It means I am worth it. It gives me the hope that there are actually people out there that care about the local, young musicians. It means the world to me and is such an honor to be chosen. It means people are LISTENING. Thank you, Pavoh!!!