Grace Davies is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter hailing from the rural Lancashire village of Langho.

Her voice has a rich, smoky tone with a wide range; not surprising from someone who sites their influences as Etta James, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

At 16, Grace taught herself the piano to enable her to write the songs which had started to spill out of her busy brain! Her style has a quirky individuality, which perfectly reflects her down-to-earth personality and edgy 'tell it like it is' sense of humour.

Determined to air her original material to the public, Grace took the decision to audition for series fourteen of The X Factor where she performed ‘Roots’. Her heartfelt song received four resounding yes votes from the judges, left Nicole in tears and the nation in awe. The success of her first audition paved the way for Grace to confidently showcase her own songs throughout the competition – a real first for the programme. Her determination and persistence to sing 100% originals paid off. Her self-penned records peaked at no.2 on the iTunes charts and in turn changed the perspective of the show for songwriters. The public embraced Grace’s originality, voting her into the grand final, where she placed as runner-up to boy-band Rak-Su. She bookended her X Factor journey by performing a stunning duet of ‘Roots’ with British pop star Paloma Faith. Grace’s success on the show was unquestionable, gaining thousands of new fans, and in December she officially signed to SYCO Music where she is a major priority for Simon and the label.

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