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Saygrace
Birth nameGrace Sewell
Born (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 23)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated actsG-Eazy[1]
Websitewww.callmesaygrace.com

Grace Sewell (born 8 April 1997), known mononymously as Grace and more recently SayGrace,[2][3] is an Australian singer and songwriter. She is best known for "You Don't Own Me", a cover version of the 1963 Lesley Gore song, produced by Quincy Jones, Parker Ighile and featuring G-Eazy.[4] The song, a single from her debut album with Regime Music Societe[5] and RCA Records, was a number-one hit in Australia.[6].

Early life[edit]

Grace is from Brisbane and attended All Hallows' School and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Sunnybank. She grew up listening to musical artists such as Smokey Robinson, Janis Joplin, Shirley Bassey, and Amy Winehouse.[4] Grace comes from a family of musicians. Her grandparents toured with the Bee Gees. Her brother Conrad Sewell is also a singer, best known for featuring on Kygo's song "Firestone" and for his solo hit "Start Again". When "Start Again" hit number one on the ARIA Charts in June 2015, Conrad and Grace became the first Australian born siblings in the history of the charts to hit number one as separate acts.

Career[edit]

2015-2018: Memo and FMA[edit]

She performed for Dropout Live UK, singing a cover of "Do It like a Dude" by Jessie J.[7] Grace signed with Regime Music Societe[5] and RCA Records in 2015 and began recording in Atlanta with Puff Daddy and Quincy Jones.[6]

Grace released "You Don't Own Me" in March 2015 as a tribute to and cover of the original singer, Lesley Gore, who had recently died.[8] Grace recorded the song with rapper G-Eazy, with Quincy Jones returning to co-produce the track.[9] It was her first single with RCA Records. The song became a top 10 viral track on Spotify in April 2015,[10] and debuted at number 14 on the ARIA Singles Chart in May 2015, later peaking at number 1.[11] She released her debut EP Memo in May 2016. In July 2015, she was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally where she performed live her single "You Don't Own Me". The song was used to promote the Australian TV series Love Child, and was used in Christmas advertisements for House of Fraser in the UK. In 2016, the song was used in the trailer for the film Suicide Squad. She also was shown performing the song on a season 3 episode of NCIS: New Orleans.

"You Don't Own Me" was included on Grace's debut studio album, FMA, which stands for Forgive My Attitude, was released on 1 July 2016.[12][8] Grace also co-wrote a track for the album with Fraser T Smith, which features additional writing and production contributions from Parker Ighile, Diane Warren, and Quincy Jones.[13] In September, she released the official single version of "Boyfriend Jeans" which had been included as a demo version on her debut EP, Memo. Grace was the featured artist on Live from Daryl's House on 16 June 2016.

2019-present: The Defining Moments of SayGrace[edit]

In October 2019, Grace rebranded herself to SayGrace and released the single "Boys Ain't Shit".[2] On 22 November 2019, she released the single "Doin' Too Much" and confirmed to Billboard the name of her new EP, The Defining Moments of SayGrace: Girlhood, Fuckboys & Situationships, which was released on 7 February 2020.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[14]
CAN
[15]
UK
[16]
US
[17]
FMA
  • Released: 1 July 2016
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
32 93 42 34

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[17]
Memo
  • Released: 26 May 2015
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
149
Defining Moments of SayGrace[18]
  • Released: 7 February 2020
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, streaming
-

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[19]
BEL
[20]
CAN
[21]
IRL
[22]
NZ
[23]
SPA
[24]
SWI
[25]
UK
[26]
US
[27]
Credited as Grace
"You Don't Own Me"
(featuring G-Eazy)
2015 1 42 45 13 5 19 60 4 57 Memo
"Dirty Harry"[33]
"Boyfriend Jeans"[34]
"Hell of a Girl"[35] 2016 FMA
"Honor"
(DJ Cassidy featuring Grace and Lil Yachty)[36]
2017 Non-album single
Credited as SayGrace
"Boys Ain't Shit"[37] 2019 86
[38]
[A] The Defining Moments of SayGrace: Girlhood, Fuckboys & Situationships
"Doin' Too Much"[40]
"Priorities"[41] 2020
"Gone"[42]
"Girl"[43]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Love Me or Leave Me" 2015 N/A Nina Revisited... A Tribute to Nina Simone
"Don't Let Me Go" G-Eazy When It's Dark Out

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"You Don't Own Me"
(featuring G-Eazy)
2015 Saul Salmonman
"Boyfriend Jeans" Ellis Bahl
"Dirty Harry"
"Hell of a Girl" 2016 N/A
"Boys Ain't Shit"[44] 2019 Mercedes Bryce Morgan[45]
"Doin' Too Much"[46]
"Gone"[47]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Boys Ain't Shit" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 17 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moran, Jonathon (19 September 2013). "Unknown brother-and-sister Aussie musos Conrad and Grace Sewell on a patch to fame and fortune". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "'SAYGRACE' - @SAYGRACE on Twitter". 11 October 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Daw, Stephen (22 November 2019). "Saygrace Wants the Girls Who Are Told They're 'Doin' Too Much' to Hear Her 'Anthem of Authenticity'". Billboard. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b Harr, Dan (18 March 2015). "Grace Teams Up With G-Eazy and Quincy Jones to Recreate Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me"". Music News Nashville. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Aussie Singer Grace Talks Remaking Lesley Gore's 'You Don't Own Me' With Quincy Jones & G-Eazy". Billboard. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Aussie singer Conrad Sewell is touring with Ed Sheeran after scoring US deal". News Australia. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  7. ^ Corbett, Sean (19 March 2013). "Dropout Live (VIDEO): Grace Sewell 'Do It Like A Dude'". Dropout UK. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  8. ^ a b "RCA Singer Grace Recreates You Don't Own Me With G-Eazy & Quincy Jones". The Source. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  9. ^ Florina, Rick (17 March 2015). "Song of the Week: Grace 'You Don't Own Me' featuring G-Eazy". Artist Direct. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks". Idaho Statesman. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  11. ^ "australian-charts.com - Grace feat. G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  12. ^ "GRACE ALBUM GO!". auspOp. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Grace Sewell collaborates with Fraser T. Smith for debut RCA project". Hamada Mania Music Blog. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  14. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Billboard Canadian Albums". 23 July 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  16. ^ "GRACE | full Official Charts history" (Click on "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Top 200 Albums – Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Defining Moments of SayGrace (EP)". Apple Music. 7 February 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
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  20. ^ "Grace feat. G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  21. ^ "Grace – Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  22. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". www.chart-track.co.uk. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  23. ^ "charts.nz - Grace feat. G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  24. ^ "Spanish Charts | GRACE FEAT. G-EAZY - YOU DON'T OWN ME (SONG)". www.spanishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Discographie Grace" (select "Charts" tab). swisscharts.com (in Swiss German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  26. ^ "OFFICIAL SINGLES CHART RESULTS MATCHING: YOU DON'T OWN ME". www.officialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  27. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2019 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  29. ^ "Certified Awards Search" (To access, enter the search parameter "Grace" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  30. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Grace – You Don't Own Me". Music Canada. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  31. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  32. ^ "New Zealand single certifications". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  33. ^ "Bomb Sounds: Grace X Dirty Harry". The BK Bombshell. 30 March 2015. Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  34. ^ "Boyfriend Jeans - single". iTunes Australia. 26 September 2015.
  35. ^ "Hell of a Girl (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  36. ^ "Honor (single)". iTunes Australia.
  37. ^ "Boys Ain't Shit (single)". Apple Music.
  38. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  39. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  40. ^ "Doin' Too Much (single)". Apple Music.
  41. ^ "Priorities (single)". Apple Music. 17 January 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  42. ^ "On A New EP, SayGrace Breaks Down Her 'Defining Moments'". WTVF. 2 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  43. ^ ""Girl" - single". Apple Music. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  44. ^ "SAYGRACE - Boys Ain't Shit (Official Video)". YouTube. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  45. ^ ""[...]I got to work with the most amazing director and producer @mercedez42[...]" - Instagram". 18 October 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  46. ^ "SAYGRACE - Doin' Too Much (Official Video)". YouTube. 23 November 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  47. ^ "SAYGRACE - Gone (Official Video)". YouTube. 7 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.

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