Gracie Abrams

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Gracie Abrams
Abrams in 2020
Abrams in 2020
Background information
Birth nameGracie Madigan Abrams[1]
Born (1999-09-07) September 7, 1999 (age 22)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Instruments
Years active2019-present
LabelsInterscope
Associated actsBenny Blanco

Gracie Madigan Abrams (born September 7, 1999) is an American singer-songwriter. Her father is American film director J. J. Abrams.[3] Her debut EP, Minor, was released on July 14, 2020, by Interscope Records.[4] Her debut studio album, This Is What It Feels Like was released on November 12, 2021.[5]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Abrams is the daughter of J. J. Abrams, a film director, and Katie McGrath, a film and television producer.[6] She has two brothers, Henry and August.[7] She became interested in music at a young age. She attended The Archer School for Girls.[8] After graduating high school in 2018, Abrams studied international relations at Barnard College but took a break after her freshman year to focus on music.[9] Her father's family is Jewish.[10]

Career[edit]

In October 2019, Abrams released her debut single, "Mean It", under Interscope Records.[11]

On July 14, 2020, Abrams released her debut EP, Minor.[12] The EP was supported by several singles, including "I miss you, I'm sorry" and "Friend".[13]

On March 24, 2021, Abrams released a new single with Benny Blanco titled "Unlearn". The single is part of Blanco's album Friends Keep Secrets 2.[14]

On May 7, 2021, Abrams released the single "Mess It Up" along with its music video.[15] In October 2021, Abrams released her single "Feels Like" which followed with the music video.[16] This was followed by her release of a new song titled "Rockland", which was created with Aaron Dessner.[17]

On November 1, 2021, Abrams announced her second commercial project This Is What It Feels Like. The project was released on November 12, 2021.[18] The project includes the preceding singles "Feels Like" and "Rockland".[19]

Artistry and reception[edit]

Abrams has cited Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Kate Bush, the 1975, James Blake, Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Phoebe Bridgers as her musical influences.[20][21][8]

Bridgers, Lorde, Post Malone, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo have each expressed their admiration for Abrams,[22][23] with Rodrigo crediting Minor for inspiring her hit single "Drivers License".[24]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with release date and label shown
Title Album details
This Is What It Feels Like

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with release date and label shown
Title EP details
Minor
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions, and album name shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
Hot

[25]
"Mean It" 2019 Non-album singles
"Stay"
"21" 2020 Minor
"I Miss You, I'm Sorry"
"Long Sleeves"
"Friend"
"Brush Fire" Non-album single
"Unlearn"
(with Benny Blanco)
2021 Friends Keep Secrets 2
"Mess It Up" Non-album single
"Feels Like" 37[26] This Is What It Feels Like
"Rockland"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abrams, Gracie Madigan. "ASCAP Ace Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  2. ^ Dunn, Frankie (May 20, 2020). "10 things you need to know about bedroom pop angel Gracie Abrams". Retrieved May 28, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Gracie Abrams". Interscope Records. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Genius".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Genius".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Sundberg, Emily (April 6, 2018). "Lorde-Approved Gracie Abrams Is Instagram's Favorite Songwriter". The Cut. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  7. ^ "IMDb".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ a b Wood, Mikael (July 29, 2020). "Her famous dad's a fan. So is Phoebe Bridgers. But Gracie Abrams has a voice all her own". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  9. ^ "Her Famous Dad is a Fan. So is Phoebe Bridgers. But Gracie Abrams has a voice all her own". LATimes. Retrieved 14 Dec 2021.
  10. ^ Greenberg, Brad (May 7, 2009). "J.J. Abrams talks about 'Star Trek,' being Jewish and interfaith marriage". Jewish Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  11. ^ Kato, Precious (October 24, 2019). "Gracie Abrams' "Mean It" Is a Heartbreaking Debut". Onestowatch.com. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  12. ^ Graves, Shahlin (July 1, 2020). "Gracie Abrams to release 'Minor' on July 14". Coupdemainmagazine.com. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  13. ^ Krol, Charlotte (July 15, 2020). "Gracie Abrams – 'Minor' EP review: virtual confessions connect LA bedroom star to the world". NME.com. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  14. ^ Schube, Will (March 24, 2021). "Gracie Abrams and Benny Blanco Unite For New Single 'Unlearn'". Udiscovermusic.com. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  15. ^ Peters, Jo (May 12, 2021). "Songwriter Gracie Abrams has shared her poignant new single 'Mess It Up' • WithGuitars". WithGuitars. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  16. ^ Graves, Shahlin (October 8, 2021). "Gracie Abrams - 'Feels Like' music video". coupdemainmagazine.com. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  17. ^ Ackroyd, Stephen (October 22, 2021). "Gracie Abrams has dropped a Really Very Good new single, 'Rockland'". readdork.com. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  18. ^ Graves, Shahlin (November 2, 2021). "Gracie Abrams announces new project 'This Is What It Feels Like'". coupdemainmagazine.com. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  19. ^ Rincón, Ally (November 15, 2021). "Gracie Abrams' 'This Is What It Feels Like' Is Painfully Relatable Songwriting at Its Finest". onestowatch.com. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  20. ^ "Gracie Abrams". Interscope.com.
  21. ^ "Gracie Abrams on Being Inspired by Lorde's Pure Heroine". Consequence of Sound. February 4, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  22. ^ Bennett, Willa (October 13, 2020). "Live From Gracie Abrams's Bedroom". GQ. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  23. ^ Lecoq, Noémie (September 12, 2020). "Musician Gracie Abrams on Why Music Should be Opinionated". L'Officiel. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  24. ^ Darmon, Aynslee (2021-01-14). "Olivia Rodrigo On The Massive Success Of 'Drivers License': 'I Can't Believe Any Of It'". ET Canada. Archived from the original on January 20, 2021. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  25. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 11, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  26. ^ "HOT 40 SINGLES WAIATA TAKITAHI, WERA RAWA 40". Retrieved January 21, 2022.