LA-based pop artist Caroline Grace is excited to release two new tracks – dance pop hit “Alone” and R&B infused track “All Figured Out” – in her newest double release SUS.PACK, out everywhere now. The tracks, produced by Reef (know by his work with Cody Simpson), come after Caroline’s summer debut EP Afraid of the Dark.
Listen to “Alone” and “All Figured Out now on all platforms.
Caroline released her first single “Show Me” exactly two years ago, a track she wrote with Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, the well known Justin Bieber producer / collaborator. They collaborated on that track and Caroline’s second single “Move Alone,” which earned her recognition on Billboard Magazine. In 2018, Caroline opened for KYLE on his Lightspeed Tour along with Tobi Lou and Marc E. Bassy, and later played stadium shows with R&B legends Ginuwine and Isley Brothers.
About Caroline Grace
The debut EP from R&B-pop artist Caroline Grace, Afraid of the Dark is a deliberate uncovering of all the imperfections and messy feelings she’d long kept hidden from the world—and a quietly powerful testament to the beauty and bravery in total vulnerability.
“In my music and in my life in general, I used to try to conceal certain parts of myself and pretend like everything was perfect,” says the L.A.-based singer/songwriter. “But as I grew into myself a bit more, I realized that being truthful is what makes you connect to other people. It’s like how you can’t bring a photo to light until it’s fully developed—you can’t be the most authentic version of yourself until you’ve dealt with your baggage, and that’s what this project was for me.”
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Produced by JD Walker, Afraid of the Dark sets Grace’s lyrical outpouring to a delicately arranged backdrop of dreamy beats and low-slung grooves. And as her songs explore everything from insecurity to obsession to emotional damage, each track centers on the magnetic vocal presence she’s recently revealed in sharing the stage with such icons as the Isley Brothers and Ginuwine and in completing her debut tour with KYLE, Marc E. Bassy, and Tobi Lou.
Throughout Afraid of the Dark, Grace displays the sophisticated musicality she’s cultivated almost her entire life. Growing up in Laguna Beach, she began taking piano lessons as a little girl and studying with a vocal coach at age nine. “I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t serious about music,” she says. “I begged my parents to let me work with a vocal coach, and they found me someone who did classical training. At the time it was frustrating because I wanted to make pop music, but looking back it gave me a really strong foundation for my singing.”
Though Grace’s parents supported her musical ambitions, they also insisted on shielding her from the pressures of the music industry until she reached adulthood. “They wanted me to just be a normal kid, so when I was 14 I started going around the neighborhood and knocking on doors, asking if anyone had any connections in music,” she recalls. One of those neighbors turned out to be an aspiring artist, who invited Grace to join in a songwriting camp in L.A. Soon enough, she linked up with an established producer and recorded her first song, tapping into the songwriting skills she’d developed on her own since fourth grade.
Honing her songcraft all throughout high school, Grace later headed to the University of Southern California to study writing. As she continued working on her music, she eventually connected with Grammy Award-nominated songwriter/producer Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd (Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Usher), with whom she collaborated on her 2017 debut single “Show Me.” In the process of putting “Show Me” out into the world, Grace drew from the same ingenuity and initiative she’d brought to breaking into the music business in the frst place. After self-managing the release, she decided to further pursue her entrepreneurial passion by launching an indie record label and production company, now called Illuminate Creative Group. “Your artistry goes so far beyond the music itself it’s everything surrounding it,” Grace says. “I learned so much from putting my frst song out, and I wanted to just keep going and see what more I could do.”
For Grace, that self-possessed spirit is closely aligned with one of her main missions as an artist: empowering others to reach their full creative potential. “Before I made Afraid of the Dark I asked myself, ‘What’s the point in creating anything if it’s not 100 percent honest?’” she says. “When people listen to these songs, I hope it gives them the courage to be truthful with themselves in the same way. I hope it inspires them to be completely authentic, in whatever it is that they want to create in their own lives.”
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