Grace Bawden

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Grace Bawden
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Grace Bawden in 2013
Background information
Born (1992-10-07) 7 October 1992 (age 24)
Origin Adelaide, Australia
Genres Classical crossover, operatic pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels GBP Pty Ltd

Grace Bawden (born 7 October 1992) is an Australian classical crossover singer, who has been dubbed "Australia's greatest operatic discovery", after becoming the Judge's Choice Grand Finalist on the TV talent show Australia's Got Talent in 2008. Despite an offer of contract by a major label, she remains an independent artist.


Bawden grew up in Adelaide, Australia with her mother, Matilda Bawden and brother, Luke Bawden. Bawden's voice was first noticed by her mother, who said that at age two she would mimic sounds and at age three, she could sing nursery rhymes better than any other child she had heard. Matilda attempted to get her singing lessons when Bawden was three years old, but teachers considered her too young. Three years later, Bawden's mother found her mimicking an Italian opera playing on radio after mistaking her for someone singing on the television. Matilda attempted to find her daughter lessons again and Bawden began her training at a local music store at six years old. She went to Thomas More College and Parafield Gardens High School.[1]


Bawden started to enter and win various singing competitions between the ages of 10 and 14, throughout South Australia and started to attract attention.

In 2006, Grace performed in front of an audience of 3o,ooo at the Advertiser-Adelaide City Council, Carols by Candlelight.[2]

In mid-2007, at age 14, Grace came to the attention of Entertainment Editor, Richard Wilkins, and was invited to sing live on the national Channel 9, Today Show.[3]

In February 2007, Bawden co-wrote two tracks and recorded material with multi-award winning producer and songwriter Audius Mtawirira, who has also worked with artists such as Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian and Paulini.

Around this time, Bawden decided to audition for 2008's Australia's Got Talent (AGT) and began to busk around Adelaide to gain confidence.

In December 2007, Grace was invited by former Australian Idol Judge, Mark Holden, to do an interview on live 5AA radio. After singing a Christmas Carol, one of South Australia's most prominent businessmen phoned in to offer to become her first major investor. Soon after, Grace Bawden Promotions Pty Ltd was formed, with the support of many other investors.[4]

She entered AGT in February 2008 and the judges unanimously put her through to the next round after receiving a standing ovation for her rendition of O Mio Babbino Caro. In the semi-finals of the competition she was named the Judge's Choice after performing "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" from La Wally to go through to the Grand Final. In the Grand Final, Bawden performed The Flower Duet to which she made up her own English lyrics, by request from one judge that she sing something in English.[1] Bawden was in the second pair of contestants that were voted off, making Top 6.

After the show, Bawden recorded her debut album and was signed to celebrity Manager, Max Markson [5] and began negotiations with a major label. Despite an offer of a contract, Grace Bawden Promotions eventually released a six track EP independently after a loss of confidence in the company.[6]

In 2008, Bawden appeared at the South Australian National Football League Grand Final, in front of a crowd of over 40,000.[1]

Her debut album Gifts of Grace was released in September 2009.

In September 2010, Bawden travelled to London and Italy where she auditioned for opera schools, including one run by Mirella Freni, the Centro Universale del Bel Canto (CUBEC) and La Scuola Dell' Opera Italiana (SOI) in Bologna. Bawden was ranked "fit for entry" to CUBEC, but due to her young age missed out on a scholarship. Despite her age, she was subsequently accepted for private tuition with SOI.[7]

Music and Voice[edit]

Bawden has been classified as a lyric-coloratura soprano [8] and has a vocal range of over 3½ octaves.[9] Although she became known as an opera singer on Australia's Got Talent, Bawden also sings pop, contemporary, jazz, traditional, musical theatre and arias. Her debut album features cover versions of Midge Ure's "Dear God", Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia", Barbra Streisand's "People", Kansas's "Dust in the Wind" and Paul McCartney's and John Lennon's "Long and Winding Road".

In early 2009, Grace was introduced to Los Angeles, Animation and Film Score Composer, Gregory Hinde by Krystine McLeod to co-write "Angel Will Watch", which was included on "Gifts of Grace".[10]

Grace's debut single, Iva Davies's "Man of Colours", and film clip [11] received his blessing and was aired on national television program, Rage on 4 September 2009.[12][13][14]

Charitable Work[edit]

In November 2009, Grace received the "Living Legend Award" for the City of Salisbury in recognition of her long-standing charitable work within her local community, her contribution as a role model for young people and for her accomplishments in the Arts.


In September 2009, Grace featured as a model in the Spring Edition of "My Wedding Magazine".[15]


  • Gifts of Grace (2009)

Track listing:

Track listing:

  • "Man of Colours"
  • "Dust in the Wind"
  • "Streets of Philadelphia"
  • "Flower Duet"
  • "Long and Winding Road"
  • "Dear God"


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  5. ^ Markson Sparks Online Archived from the original on 13 October 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Hurt, Jessica, Adelaide Confidential, "CD's A Gift from Grace", 10 August 2009
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  9. ^ South Australian Legislative Council, 15 October 2008 Archived from Hansard the original Check |url= value (help) on 6 July 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Gregory Hinde  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Man of Colours, Debut Single  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  13. ^ Vlach,Anna,Adelaide Confidential,"Iva shows good grace", 25 August 2009
  14. ^ Rage Playlist  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ My Wedding Magazine  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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