Grace Weber

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Grace Weber
Birth nameGrace Weber
Born (1988-06-28) June 28, 1988 (age 30)[1]
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active2011–present
LabelsBig Mouth Records
Websitegraceweber.com

Grace Weber (born June 28, 1988[1]) is an American singer-songwriter from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.[3] She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.[4] She has performed on the television shows Showtime at the Apollo and The Oprah Winfrey Show.[2]

Early life[edit]

Grace Weber was born on June 28, 1988[1] in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Third of four children to Ralph Weber, a lawyer, and Patricia Mueller, a teacher, she grew up in a large and musical family.[5] Her grandfather required each of his 10 children to learn an instrument, so she was exposed to music from a young age from that family heritage.[6]

At 12, she joined the Central City Youth Gospel Choir in Milwaukee and began singing gospel in earnest at churches and revivals around the city, as the choir gave her "instant validation that [her] voice could move people."[7][8][9]

In 2004, at age 16, she performed on the nationally televised Showtime at the Apollo in Harlem, NY.[10][11] She sang the gospel hymn "His Eye is on the Sparrow". In the same year she was asked to perform at soccer icon Mia Hamm and baseball player Nomar Garciaparra's wedding in Santa Barbara, California.[12]

In 2006, she was nominated for and became a Presidential Scholar for the Arts, through her receipt of the Silver Award in Popular Voice from the National Young Arts Foundation in the same year.[13] As a part of the Presidential Scholars, Weber performed at the Kennedy Center shortly after.[14]

Also in 2006, Weber attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and created a major in Music Performance and Music Marketing with a minor in Studio Art. Weber graduated from NYU in May 2010.[15]

Music career[edit]

Early career: 2009–2010[edit]

In 2009, in her senior year at NYU, Grace submitted a video of herself singing Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman" to Oprah Winfrey Show as part of its Karaoke Challenge.[16][17] As one of the 8 semi finalists chosen from all entries, Grace performed live on the Oprah Show. Hosts included Billy Ray Cyrus, Gladys Knight and Ashford and Simpson.[18]

In 2010, Grace was a Spotlight Artist to Watch in Billboard.[19][20]

First release: 2011[edit]

Before the release of her first album, Hope & Heart, Grace was asked to perform at the official commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Paris, where she performed her original song, "Leave the Light On".[21][22]

Her first album, Hope & Heart, was released on September 13, 2011 and produced by Michael Mangini.[23] Notable singles from the album include "Leave the Light on" which was licensed to the Red Cross in October 2011,[24] and "Baby Come Down" which was an in-store Starbucks play in January 2012.[25]

The run up to sophomore: 2012-present[edit]

Throughout 2012, Weber received more press for her debut album, including being an NBC "First Look" in February 2012[26] and Huffington Post’s A-sides with Jon Chattman performing "Hitchhiker".[27]

In 2013, Weber began production on her sophomore album, which to finance Weber ran a Pledge Music campaign; this campaign reached and exceeded the fundraising goal.[28] The producers on this album were Malcolm Burn & Geoff Stanfield who helped direct her to a ‘grittier’ sound.[29]

Notable singles from the album include the first release, "Perfect Stranger", the follow up release, "Oil & Gold" and the pop ballad "Till I Hurt You", which was the third single off the album and premiered on Conan O’Brian’s Team Coco.[30] Collectively, the songs and the album received coverage from notable outlets including USA Today,[31] Lucky,[32] Soundcheck,[33] NPR Music,[34] Access Hollywood,[35] Good Day New York, Blackbook,[36] Relix,[37] Entertainment Weekly,[38] Audio Tree,[39] and Kick Kick Snare.[40]

In 2014, Weber was featured as one of Buzzfeed's "11 Independent Musicians Who Are Making a Name for Themselves", described as "old soul with new boogie shoes."[41] Weber also showcased at SXSW 2014[42] and was featured as one of Maxim's "Hot 10".[43]

In 2015, Weber was named one of New Music Seminars' "Artist's on the Verge" along with artists like Wild Adriatic, Twin Peaks and Perfect Pussy. This development was covered by Billboard.[44]

Weber was given the prestigious honor of performing for the National Music Publishers Association's annual event in Washington, D.C. opening for Lady Antebellum.[45]

Musical influences[edit]

In terms of her singing, Weber has noted influences including "strong women": Eva Cassidy, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and India Arie, where her songwriting is inspired by poets including Joni Mitchell, Thom York and Patty Griffin.[46][47]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • Hope & Heart (2011)[43]
  • The Refinery (2014)[43]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Grace Weber - Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Collar, Matt. "Grace Weber - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Grace Weber On Mountain Stage". NPR. January 9, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (September 5, 2014). "Grace Weber tells us her New York City playlist". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Gass Weber Mullins - Classic Trial Lawyers". gasswebermullins.com.
  6. ^ "Grace Weber". notmuch.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-25.
  7. ^ "Grace Weber". theswervemagazine.com.
  8. ^ "Grace's gospel". www.gmtoday.com.
  9. ^ "amfm". amfm-mag.com.
  10. ^ "Grace Weber Covers Warren Zevon's "Reconsider Me" - American Songwriter". American Songwriter.
  11. ^ "Grace Weber On Mountain Stage". NPR.org. 9 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Vox Magazine - Spring Preview 2012: Music". voxmagazine.com.
  13. ^ Kinetz, Erika (26 April 2006). "Fostering Young Artists: Start Spreading the News" – via NYTimes.com.
  14. ^ "Young Arts: Fall 2006". idigitaledition.com.
  15. ^ "Grace Weber + Robin Bacior + Merrily and the Poison Orchard and more". Time Out New York. 5 November 2012.
  16. ^ "What Did Grace Weber Learn from Performing on Oprah?". PEOPLE.com.
  17. ^ Grace Weber - Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin Cover) - Official Oprah Karaoke Challenge Submission. YouTube. 27 October 2009.
  18. ^ "Oprah's Karaoke Challenge". Oprah.com.
  19. ^ "Grace Weber". Rock Lobby.
  20. ^ "An Evening of Music with Grace Weber, Shannon Curtis & Jeanna Salzar". allevents.in.
  21. ^ "Good Cop Public Relations: BILLBOARD'S 'ARTIST TO WATCH', GRACE WEBER TO PLAY HOTEL CAFE IN CELEBRATION OF HER DEBUT RELEASE, 'HOPE & HEART'". Good Cop Public Relations.
  22. ^ "Road Work: Schedule Of Tours". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Grace Weber- Hope & Heart". The Front Row Report.
  24. ^ GIVE HOPE: Souris Valley United Way and American Red Cross.mov. YouTube. 15 October 2012.
  25. ^ "Local singer featured at world's Starbucks". wauwatosanow.com.
  26. ^ "1st Look Loves: Indie Soul Songstress Grace Weber". NBC 7 San Diego.
  27. ^ "A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Eve to Adam, Anna Rose, and Grace Weber Go It Acoustic". The Huffington Post.
  28. ^ "Grace Weber". PledgeMusic.
  29. ^ "Elmore Magazine - Grace Weber – The Refinery (Grace Weber Music)". Elmore Magazine.
  30. ^ "Grace Weber "Till I Hurt You" - Video Premiere". teamcoco.com.
  31. ^ Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY (14 July 2014). "Playlist: What's Brian Mansfield been listening to?". USA TODAY.
  32. ^ "13 of the Coolest New Musicians". shorefire.com.
  33. ^ "Gig Alert: Grace Weber".
  34. ^ "The Austin 100: A SXSW 2014 Mix". NPR.org. 3 March 2014.
  35. ^ "Grace Weber Talks 'The Refinery' Smash Success". Access Hollywood.
  36. ^ "Premiere: Grace Weber Sings Her Way From Her Gospel Choir to Deep Water Oil Spills". www.bbook.com/.
  37. ^ "ON THE VERGE Grace Weber". www.relix.com/.
  38. ^ "Grace Weber tells us her New York City playlist". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com.
  39. ^ "Grace Weber Audio Tree Live". Audiotree.tv.
  40. ^ "Grace Weber: Till I Hurt You". kickkicksnare.com/.
  41. ^ "11 Independent Musicians Who Are Making A Name For Themselves". BuzzFeed.
  42. ^ Levy, Piet. "South by Southwest 2014 - SXSW 2014 Reviews: Rico Love, Yellow Ostrich, Youngblood Brass Band, Anna Vogelzang, Grace Weber". jsonline.com.
  43. ^ a b c Lyons, Alexa (October 21, 2014). "The Hot 10: Grace Weber". Maxim. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  44. ^ "John Fullbright, Twin Peaks on New Music Seminar's 'Artist on the Verge' Class of 2015". Billboard.
  45. ^ "LADY ANTEBELLUM to Headline NMPA Spring Songwriter Showcase". www.nmpa.org. Archived from the original on 2015-04-15.
  46. ^ "Grace Weber — The Soul Singer Straight Out Of Brooklyn". Refinery29.
  47. ^ "The Attic Sessions: Grace Weber". tpac.org.

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