Who says a 16-year-old can’t sing the blues? That’s the precise age that Aussie [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Grace Woodroofe[/lastfm] arrived onto the music scene offering something other than the typical, cutesy love story tracks we get from so many other teen artists. After being discovered by the late Heath Ledger, the somber songbird was quickly introduced to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ben Harper[/lastfm], who took her under his wing and within a few years produced her first album, Always Want, set to debut on January 24. Now at 21, Grace finally gets to share her rapid road to adulthood filled with love, loss, and life lessons.
[pullquote quote="The way I write is sort of confessional & honest, the same way that Blues could be described." credit="Grace Woodroofe"]
Grace speaks truth of her definition of Blues in her soulful journey that embodies the album. Each song is deeply personal, complex, and slightly unhinged. Even though the majority of the tracks are brooding, old soul melodies there are a few that break through the mold illustrating the unpredictability of a teenager. Prime example of this transition takes place in the 3rd track “Transformer”, where quiet, acoustic arrangements that we hear in “I’ve Handled Myself Wrong” are replaced with sassy guitar riffs and a bit of funk. In “Nocturnal” we experience the same sound, a sound that also comes from another rock goddess that happens to share the same name.
Always Want is filled with so much heart and raw human emotion it’s hard to imagine it came from someone so young. So if this debut album is any indication of what’s to come from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Grace Woodroofe[/lastfm], we will definitely be in for the long haul.
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Grace Woodroofe[/lastfm] - Always Want
Street Date: January 24
- I’ve Handled Myself Wrong
- Oh My God
- Always Want
- You’ll Never Find Me