Grace Gillespie

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Folk

Instrument/voice type: Songwriter

Location: London


Grace Gillespie is a London-based artist and producer originally from Devon, who started out as part of the live line-up for 4AD’s Pixx. Her sound takes influences from the folk, psych and dream-pop traditions, providing a backdrop to her intriguing vocal melodies, shifting harmonies and introspective lyricism. Grace released her debut EP ‘Pretending’ in 2019 with support from PRS’s Women Make Music funding’ and the released received widespread critical acclaim from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Clash and Earmilk. Her tracks have appeared on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Folk’ playlist and received extensive support from Apple Music, appearing on their ‘A-List’ and ‘Best of the Week’ playlists, as well as backing from NME, Crack In The Road and BBC 6Music. Some of her notable live shows include supporting James Morrison at Dingwalls, Camden and headlining the folk stage at Tipping Point Live festival.
Help Musicians is funding me to support the release of a group of tracks that I am working on with producer Oliver Baldwin in Bristol. The songs take my music and songwriting back to its roots - the sound is very unprocessed and raw, focussing on the songwriting and on my voice - which was extremely scary for me at first! The Corona virus pandemic interrupted the recording of the songs and so this funding will help me to finish them off and most importantly to release them. It has been getting increasingly costly to record and release music, so this funding will be a massive, massive help towards my project. These songs mean the world to me and I am so grateful to have this bit of funding to help me move towards the next steps of a life in music!