Whatever that elusive, magic ingredient is that makes an artist really shine; Grace undoubtedly has been blessed with it. – Penny Black Music
A unique and beautiful voice mixed with intelligent and thoughtful lyrics…a unique artist in an increasingly un-unique world -Jote Osahn, Elbow.
Utterly Enchanting– Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky Radio.
Heartwarming and Unique – Sound and Motion Magazine
The world of singer-songwriter Karen Grace is a place where enchanting melodies meet poignantly intelligent lyrics, delivered with a warm wistful voice that moves effortlessly between the fragile and the fiery. It’s a world, which is at once exotic and earthy, where a concert harp takes it’s place next to a harmonium, and the soaring string parts that betray Karen’s classical background as a violinist, nestle into a song next to the sound of the wind and a creaking door.
Lyrically, as you listen, you feel Karen mining her experiences into achingly poignant phrases that stay with you and drift into your consciousness, catching you unawares as you go about your day. Her songs move from the passionate yearning of Deep Down Things, to the cheeky defiance of Sapling, to the heartache of The Wild where you encounter a soul that longs for more freedom.
She says, ‘When I write a song, I ask myself what the simple heart of the matter that I am writing about is, and I make sure that the rest of the song is crafted around that. It’s a process which brings me to a vulnerable place as I ask myself honestly what I want to say, and then put words to it. By distilling my experiences into the simplicity of song, I feel there is something universal that is communicated, that I hope touches those who listen.’
On June 11th 2015, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Bitter Sweet’ which she recorded with producers Iain Archer (Snow Patrol, Jake Bugg) and Dave Lynch (Ed Harcourt). Highlights of the recording process included collaborating with violinist Jote Osahn from Elbow for her songs ‘This Fear’, and ‘The Scapegoat’. Jote also performed with Karen for her EP launch. She has collaborated with multi award winning editor and director Jon Coutts and BAFTA nominated Director of Photography Robert Hollingworth to create a stunning video for her song ‘Deep Down Things.’ After that experience, she took to making her own video for ‘This Fear’ which is a lo-fi, heartwarming gem of a video created as part of a campaign to protect the wonderful 39 year old co-operative where she lives from being removed by the powers that be.
This is music with soul and imagination that will find it’s way to your heart – expect to be spellbound!