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New Music: Grace

December 10, 2015

MusicReview | by Sophia Miles

Anyone who has been watching TV during this festive period will probably have heard this track a million times already, but just for those who perhaps have made the sensible decision of doing something cultured this season instead of binge watching reruns of Elf on ITV 2, this one is for you. You Don’t Own Me is the latest single from fledgling artist Grace and it is doing rather well for a newbie to the industry – perhaps the fact House of Fraser have gone and nabbed it for their Christmas advert might be helping a bit.


Grace, who is originally from Brisbane, Australia, is a seventeen-year-old vocalist who takes inspiration from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Smokey Robinson. Having already performed at Wireless Festival and been a special guest on Leon Bridges’ UK tour, it seems You Don’t Own Me is just the next step in her rise to fame.

Despite the hefty amount of promotion the record has received, it is actually one that really deserves the credit. You Don’t Own Me is a rendition of the original 1963 classic by Lesley Gore, and it seemingly hasn’t aged a bit. This may be down to the excellent producing of Quincy Jones who mastered it first time around, this time aided by Parker Ighile; or the fact that Grace – at only eighteen – has soulful tones that transport you back to the 1960s but with added spice. It is the production and reworking of the song that really brings it into 2015. It features hip-hop artist G-EAZY who helps to diversify the piece, taking it into a whole new genre from its older counterpart.


Hip-hop beats begin which are then layered with a slick verse from G-EAZY that leads into a chorus of strings and piano. Teamed with Grace’s extraordinary vocals, it makes for a memorable alternative to a traditional Christmas release. The track debuts on the 25th of December on Columbia Records, and having already made it to number one in Australia it is sure to do similarly well here in the UK.


Words by Lauren E Hewitt.