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Grace Potter
Potter in 2019
Potter in 2019
Background information
Birth nameGrace Evelyn Potter
Born (1983-06-20) June 20, 1983 (age 37)
Waitsfield, Vermont, U.S.[1]
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
Years active2002–present
Associated actsGrace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Evelyn Potter[2][3] (born June 20, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who formed Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in 2002. Potter released her debut solo record Original Soul on 2004 via Grace Potter Music. Potter and her band parted ways in 2015, just before the release of her solo album, Midnight. Her latest album, Daylight, was released in 2019.[4] In 2011, Potter and Higher Ground founded Grand Point North music festival in Burlington, Vermont. The music festival celebrates local acts, promotes area businesses and has attracted national performing artists, including Kenny Chesney, Jackson Browne, The Avett Brothers, Trey Anastasio, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Flaming Lips, Trampled By Turtles, Gov't Mule, and more.[5]

Solo career

Since the formation of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Potter has gained notability as a singer-songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and actress.

Film and television

As an actress, Potter appeared in an episode of One Tree Hill, performing her original song "Apologies." In 2010, Potter re-recorded "Something That I Want" with altered lyrics for the end credits to Disney's animated feature Tangled. The following year, Potter was the voice of Carol in Disney's Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, for which she also wrote and recorded "Naughty, Naughty Children (Better Start Actin' Nice)." Potter made guest appearances on ABC's The Chew in 2012 and 2015.[6][7] In 2015, Potter performed The Star-Spangled Banner during Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots' season opener.[8] On January 25, 2016, Conan O'Brien aired an hour-long special episode of Conan (talk show) on TBS that chronicled a trip the comedian made to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar; he was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama with Potter as his musical guest.[9]


Potter performing in 2015

Potter has developed a successful working relationship with country music star Kenny Chesney; their duets have climbed the country music charts and received critical acclaim.[10] Potter earned her first Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "You And Tequila" with Chesney.[11] The pair has performed together live numerous times, and their collaboration on the song "Wild Child" off of Chesney's album The Big Revival garnered award nominations from the Academy of Country Music, CMT Music and the Country Music Association.[12][13][14] Chesney appeared at Potter's Grand Point North music festival in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2018.[15]

Potter has also enjoyed a fruitful relationship with The Flaming Lips. In 2012, she joined the band during their show at The Lyric in Oxford, Mississippi, which was part of their attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Most Concerts Played in multiple cities in a 24-hour period.[16][17] That same year, Potter and The Flaming Lips collaborated on a recording of "My Mechanical Friend" (which she also wrote) for the companion soundtrack to Disney and Tim Burton’s film Frankenweenie.[18] In 2014, she contributed to their cover of The Beatles’ "Good Morning Good Morning" for their With a Little Help from My Fwends album. The Flaming Lips performed during Potter's Grand Point North music festival in 2015.[19]


Potter's second solo album, Midnight, was released on August 14, 2015, on Hollywood Records.[20] Midnight was recorded and mixed at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood with producer Eric Valentine, who has worked with artists ranging from Queens of the Stone Age to Nickel Creek. The core studio band consisted of Potter and Valentine along with Matt Burr on drums and percussion. Members of Potter's band The Nocturnals – Scott Tournet, Benny Yurco and bassist Michael Libramento – played guitar, while friends such as Rayland Baxter, Audra Mae, Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, and Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age played various instruments. Potter cites an eclectic array of musical influences for Midnight's unique sound, including Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie, Blondie and Beck.

The seeds for Midnight were planted in Vermont during the fall of 2013. Potter explains the evolution of the record:

I had been messing around for a few weeks with making really wacked-out home demos – lots of sounds, beats and melodies that I had never tried before. It was a dark, stormy, moody day and I could hear the thunder in the distance – these big ominous clouds were rolling in fast. There was something about that threat of inclement weather beyond my control that just made me vibrate with anticipation and adrenaline, so I channeled it into this heavy boogie song—it goes right for the throat and says ‘Own your existence on earth, because who knows what’s gonna happen next.’ That solitary moment guided everything that followed.[20]


Potter in 2019

Potter's third solo album, Daylight, was released on October 25, 2019, on Fantasy Records.[21] Eric Valentine produced Daylight, and added guest musicians Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, and Benmont Tench.[21] The Daylight Tour began on January 8, 2020. During the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. Potter launched the weekly Twilight streaming series, taping a special episode on the set of the original Star Trek.[22]

In popular culture

Potter's version of the Stealer's Wheel song "Stuck in the Middle with You" was used as the theme song for the Netflix series Grace and Frankie (2015–2020).

"Something That I Want" appeared in the closing credit of the animated film Tangled (2010).

In 2017, her song "Instigators" was featured in the video game Dirt 4.

Personal life

Potter and her husband,[23] record producer Eric Valentine, had a baby boy, Sagan Potter Valentine on January 12, 2018.[24][25] Potter had previously been married to Nocturnals bandmate Matt Burr, on May 11, 2013.[26] Upon their divorce,[27] Burr departed from the Nocturnals.

Throughout her career, Potter has championed the Alzheimer's Association in honor of her paternal grandfather's battle with Alzheimer's disease. She frequently participates in the "Night At Sardi's" annual fundraiser in Los Angeles.[28][29]



Year Album details Tracks Peak chart positions
US US Rock US Heat US Digital US Taste.
2002 Red Shoe Rebel
  • Released: 2002[30]
  • Label: Dream On Productions
  • Produced by Grace Potter, Tom Tafuto
2004 Original Soul
1."At Your Request" 2:43
2."Go Down Low" 3:23
3."Crazy Parade" 3:49
4."I Chose You" 3:07
5."Deliverance Road" 4:14
6."Gumbo Moon" 3:23
7."Hidden Superstition" 3:34
8."Moonbeams" 3:37
9."No Good, Mean Old, Lowdown Lover Man" 4:26
10."Somebody Fix Me" 4:30
11."Driving Blind" 4:05
12."Bull in a China Shop"Potter, Chuck Eller1:39
13."Kissing in a Tree" 4:30
Total length:47:00
2015 Midnight
1."Hot to the Touch" 3:31
2."Alive Tonight" 2:53
3."Your Girl" 3:38
4."Empty Heart"Potter3:15
5."The Miner" 4:01
6."Delirious" 4:56
7."Look What We've Become"Potter, Valentine, Daniel Merriweather, Matt Rad, Ruth-Anne Cunningham3:11
8."Instigators" 3:08
9."Biggest Fan"Potter3:42
11."Nobody's Born with a Broken Heart" 3:54
12."Let You Go" 4:17
Total length:44:30
26 4 12 3
2019 Daylight 74
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US US Adult
US Rock US Rock Digital
2008 "I Want Something That I Want" Bethany Joy Lenz Galeotti + Grace Potter
2015 "Alive Tonight" 29 Midnight
"Empty Heart" 15
2019 "Love Is Love" 8 Daylight
"Back to Me"
(featuring Lucius)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2011 "You and Tequila" Kenny Chesney 3 33 62
  • US: Platinum
Hemingway's Whiskey
2015 "Wild Child" 9 1 56 3 69 The Big Revival
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Songwriting and appearances

Year Album Song(s) Performing Artist Credits
2015 Ashes & Dust "Gold Dust Woman" Warren Haynes (feat. Railroad Earth & Grace Potter) Performer
2014 The Big Revival "Wild Child" Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter Performer
2014 With a Little Help from My Fwends "Good Morning Good Morning" The Flaming Lips (feat. Zorch, Grace Potter & Treasure Mammal) Performer
2013 Shout! "Whisper in Your Soul" Gov't Mule Feat. Grace Potter Performer
2013 Love for Levon: A Benefit to Save the Barn "I Shall Be Released" Grace Potter + Don Was + Matt Burr Performer
2012 Welcome to the Fishbowl "You and Tequila (Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre)" Kenny Chesney (featuring Grace Potter) Performer
2012 Frankenweenie Unleashed! "My Mechanical Friend" Grace Potter Feat. The Flaming Lips Performer
2011 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice "Naughty Naughty Children (Better Start Actin' Nice)" Grace Potter Writer/Performer
2010 Hemingway's Whiskey "You and Tequila" Kenny Chesney (feat. Grace Potter) Performer
2010 Tangled "Something That I Want" Grace Potter Writer/Performer
2009 OKNO "Wellwisher" Phonograph (feat. Grace Potter) Performer


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