Grace Davies is a 22-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist, born in February 1997 in Langho, Lancashire. Her musical talents were apparent from age three and she danced and acted her way through primary and secondary school. For more than a decade she cultivated a passion for West End shows and went on to study musical performance, performing arts and drama at college. However it was when she began listening to old jazz records by the likes of Carmen McRae, Etta James and Billie Holiday that she realised her voice had a unique sound which deserved to be nurtured. By 16 Grace had begun writing songs and taught herself the piano in order to put music to her lyrics. Her voice, with its remarkably wide range, rich, smoky tone and soulful sound, perfectly complements her emotional songs.
In 2015 Grace went out and started performing her original material, which caught the attention of BBC Radio Lancashire where she was to become a staple fixture. This gave her a platform for live performances and she subsequently became a ‘BBC Introducing’ artist who featured regularly on BBC 6 Music. Encouraged by this, Grace took to writing and performing her music full-time.
It was 2017 when Grace took the next leap in her career and auditioned for series fourteen of The X Factor UK, where she performed her original song ‘Roots’. Her heartfelt rendition received four resounding yeses from the judges and left the nation awe - her audition video then went viral and racked up over 20M views. She went on to confidently showcase her own songs throughout the competition – a real first which changed the perspective of the show for songwriters. The public embraced her originality and Grace made it to the final, where she performed with Paloma Faith and eventually placed as runner-up.
Grace’s songs are written about personal experiences spanning from high school crushes at 14, to recent relationships, love, loss and insecurities - making them instantly relatable. Her writing style has a quirky individuality with strong melodies and clever lyrics, which totally reflect her down-to-earth personality and 'tell it like it is' sense of humour. In December 2017 she signed to SYCO Music where she is continuing to develop and write her debut album.