Hey! I’m Grace Palmer and I am a young singer songwriter from Cheltenham. I’m originally from Surrey, then after a short time in Tetbury we finally found the wonders of Cheltenham eleven years ago!
It’s mainly acoustic pop folk with a little bit of country. I’m working on finding my ‘sound’ which is exciting.
I’ve been playing some sort of instrument for as long as I can remember. I think it must have all started with my cringe-worthy recorder playing at primary school. I also played saxophone and piano for a while, but it was three years ago when the guitar caught my eye and I haven’t put it down since.
I’ve been actively gigging since the end of 2013. I don’t think it was a decision I made to become a musician, I just found myself being so passionate about everything that had anything to do with music. I think it gets to the point that if you love something enough then it isn’t a choice you knowingly make. Music was like that for me.
Most of the music I listen to influences me in some way I think. I normally take inspiration from everything around me, so there isn’t usually a specific artist or band who influences me, I love everything I hear.
I’ve been compared to a few people like Gabrielle Aplin, Lucy Rose and Taylor Swift. It’s a huge compliment that people would compare me to such talented people!
I’ve recently released my new song, ‘Long Way Gone’, which can be found on my soundcloud.com/gracepalmermusic page.
I’m currently writing and recording new material. As for inspiration and how I write, I don’t think there is a set way of writing. Whether it’s starting with a guitar part, a few lyrics or even a production idea, it happens differently every time which is one of the reasons I love writing so much. I find inspiration for songs in just about anything. Everyone has their own story, and I often find myself wondering about the experiences other people have gone through.
There are normally quite a few different people which is always really nice. I’ve been overwhelmed by the response my music has had at gigs. It’s amazing to be able to perform locally, and I’ve met so many incredible people through music.
Thank you! I’m so, so, so excited about Wychwood. It’s a great opportunity and I am incredibly grateful for it. The line-up looks brilliant. I’m absolutely thrilled to be playing, it’s such a fantastic event.
Yes, last year I was at Walk The Line, Gloucester Quays Food Festival and SportBeat which were a few of my highlights. I love playing any venue, but festivals have a slightly different vibe which I love. I haven’t quite mastered the camping side yet though!
They’ve all been highlights – I’ve genuinely loved each one. I’ve been so lucky to have played at such a variety of events. I’ve recently been played on BBC Introducing, which was incredible.
It’s too hard just to choose one. Walk The Line Festival, Christmas Light Switch On at The Brewery, 2 Pigs and Badlands for Record Store Day – plus so many other favourites. I also had the opportunity to play at Cheltenham Town Hall recently, which is a really beautiful venue.
I’d always wanted to play Wychwood, so I’m thrilled to be performing there this year. Dreams do come true! I would also really love to play Gloucester Guildhall one day.
It was 2 Pigs for one of their acoustic nights. It was awesome.
Glastonbury would be amazing one day!
I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t making music. There’s always something musical going on, and that’s one of the things I love about the music scene in Gloucestershire. If I’m having a rare day off, you’d probably find me snuggled up on the sofa with a good book or catching up with friends.
Hunter Hayes’ debut album is one of my most played. He wrote/co-wrote every song, produced the tracks and played every instrument that features – which I think is pretty impressive.
To work within the music industry would be incredible whether that would be performing, writing, producing or music management.
I’ve hugged Taylor Swift’s mum, if that counts!
Probably the same advice that people have given me; to get involved as much as possible, work really hard, to learn as much as you can, develop and improve. There are so many opportunities locally, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there or try something new.
I’m pretty busy over the next few months, and details of gigs and dates can be found on facebook.com/gracepalmermusic. Amongst others, I’m at the Gloucestershire Uni, Wychwood, Coaleyfest and Rovin’ Fest.
At Studio 340, exhausting the sound engineers with my new song ideas. And changing my hairstyle… again…
By Alice Lloyd
Friday 15 May 2015
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