Originality. Integrity. Songs that draw inspiration from musical legends, but are uniquely her own.
Grace O'Shea is an artist on a journey to tell stories--her stories, friends' stories, stories of the world.
Hailing from Milton, MA, a town 20 minutes south of Boston, she grew up listening to Celtic music in her father's gift shop, and, frankly, whatever else anyone played on the radio (as the youngest child, she usually didn't get to pick).
As she grew older, she came to love first country, and then Americana/folk music. Citing influences such as modern day singer-songwriters Kacey Musgraves, Lori McKenna, and Tyler Childers, as well as country music legends Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Johnny Cash, she has big shoes to fill, but believes the most important part of music is the story that's told. Last summer, Grace played over 45 shows in the Greater Boston area, traveling to restaurants, outdoor concert series, and farmer's markets alike. She attends Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she aims to co-write with as many of her fellow students as possible, form a band, and play as much as she can! Nashville venues she's played include the revered BlueBird Cafe, Bobby's Idle Hour, Alley Taps, Belcourt Taps, and Boulevard Record Shop.
A NOTE FROM ME
I'm not ashamed to admit it-- I was first drawn to country music when I heard Taylor Swift's "Teardrops On My Guitar" on the radio. I was captivated by the melody & the music, but mostly the story. From there, the fascination grew. From Taylor to Miranda, Miranda to country legends like Dolly, Johnny, & Loretta, to acclaimed modern singer-songwriters like Lori McKenna, Kacey Musgraves & Brandi Clark. While different in style, they all had one thing in common--they knew how to tell a compelling story. Some of their best stories capture the ups & downs of everyday life, the give & take of being a person in general: the overall enigma of our existence.
Fittingly enough, "Teardrops" was the first song I ever learned on guitar, and once again I was hooked. I started playing for hours every day, and haven't stopped since. After I started playing, songwriting came pretty naturally to me--and the rest is history (lol hopefully).
I started playing gigs out when I was 16 --a year and a half after I'd picked up a guitar for the first time-- and fell in love with performing. I've played at weddings, restaurants, community events, Farmers Markets, and in Writers Rounds--rounds where each writer gets a chance to tell their stories.
I moved to Nashville for college, studying Music Business at Belmont University, and to be in a city that celebrates its songwriters like Nashville does is so exciting. I cannot wait to see what's to come--EP's, CD's, performances, meeting the greats, and more that I haven't even begun to fathom.
I hope you'll come along with me for the ride.