I recently spent a day with Grace Pitts who is an amazing singer and song writer from Cronulla in Sydney. She was recently on tv show THE VOICE Australia and was eliminated just before the live shows started.
We spent the day laughing, taking photos and Grace performed a few songs from her EP for us.
Throughout the day I asked her a few questions, check it out:
Grace, I was recently asked this question and wanted to know what you preferred, Chairs that look good or chairs that are comfortable?
Haha – Definitely comfortable chairs over good looking ones!
Great to hear we’re both on the same page with the chairs! When did you start playing guitar?
Well I started playing the Piano first, then realised I’d have to play the guitar to be the lead singer in a band which has always been a dream of mine. I started learning the Guitar when I was about 8 years old.
So you’re not going to run solo for ever?
Well I don’t want to be lonely on tour so once I figure out exactly who I am as an artist then I think it’s a band all the way! I’m not entirely sure about what my favourite genre of music is yet so being solo is good for now as it allows me to do whatever I want creatively.
Do you remember the feeling you had when you performed in front of your first live audience?
OMG SOOOO NERVOUS! When I first sang I was shaking, my knee caps were just out of control.
How did you get to audition for The Voice?
They contacted me, they found a video of me and my friend Nathan Hawes, he’s also on the voice at the moment and currently in the live shows!
Shoes or bare feet?
UM BARE FEET
Before the voice, what was the biggest audience you’d performed for?
Probably like my school assembly.
I can only imagine the pressure you must of felt hoping that a chair would turn around then?
It’s like I was singing in front of my biggest audience to date and going for a job interview at the same time. You just don’t know if they like you so when that first chair turned around it was a massive relief.
Have you been invited to more parties now that you’ve aired on the voice?
Life has changed a little, especially at school. I was at Gloria Jeans the other day and the guy serving me looked up and froze, he walked away for a second before serving me! Came back and was like omg omg omg.
Do you drink a lot of coffee?
I used to but my boyfriend and I decided to give it up because the cost adds up when you have 3 or 4 a day.
Were you born in Australia?
I was born in Melbourne but my family moved to America when I was 4. We were there for 8 years before returning to Australia for dads work and now Cronulla is my home.
Tell me something that only your close friends and family would know about you?
Um I don’t know, probably how uncoordinated I am, I’m such a Klutz. Delta was trying to get me to dance on the Voice and it was just a complete disaster! My feet just don’t do what my brain tells them to do.
Would you consider yourself a morning person?
Yep! … Well I’m an all day person, I don’t really sleep very much. I’ve got so much going on that my mind is always active.
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Your lunch looked nice! What was in your roll?
I don’t know just chicken and salad…. haha a chicken salad roll I guess.
Where would you travel to tomorrow if you could go anywhere?
Probably Italy or Greece.
What specifically attracts you to those countries?
Just the scenery probably, i’ve always wanted to visit them from the photos I see.
You’ve released your first EP, tell me about that.
Well I saved up a lot from singing at weddings and funded it all myself. I was hesitant as I didn’t know if anyone would buy my music so it was a big risk, a few weeks ago my EP hit number 4 on the Singer Song Writer Charts which was such a relief and a massive personal accomplishment. It gave me confidence and has inspired me to just go all in with music now.
Congratulations, that’s amazing! You probably get asked this a lot but where do you get your inspiration from?
Hmmm, I think just my life experiences in general. Two of my favourite artists of all time are Joni Mitchell and Ben Howard who I also feel a lot of inspiration from.
If you could interview a movie star, who would it be?
George Cloony for sure!
Why George Clooney?
I’ve always gone for the older guys haha
How many hours per week on average do you practise music?
Oh gosh, at least 15 hours. I have a Piano in my room so I just go between the both whenever i’ve got some spare time!
When you played that song earlier, I noticed you have your hair across your face a lot when you’re singing, why is that?
It’s like my safe space, it’s a major protection thing for me. People always tell me that but I just do it without thinking about it.
Do you often worry about getting sick and being unable to perform for upcoming events?
Oh my gosh YES, it’s the scariest thing because you can’t control it. Especially in Winter, I’ve got such a horrible immune system and when I get sick it really effects me.
I’ve listened to your EP and I love the song ‘RUN’ – What’s the meaning behind that song and what inspired you to write it?
I’ve never told anyone the meaning of this song until now. When listening to it, most people would assume I’m singing about a guy. I was actually in a relationship but it was me that I wasn’t happy with. I wrote the song to myself because I was really depressed with everything going on in my life at the time. I was convincing myself to escape. I was telling myself to run away from everything.
Prior to our shoot you mentioned signing with a modelling agency might be in the works, tell me more about that.
Well yes I’ve been offered representation by Five Twenty Model Management. It’s pretty cool, I never thought about modelling but I’m just going to take it as it comes. Music definitely comes first though and is my main passion.
Is modelling something you’ve thought about doing before or were you completely surprised when you were contacted?
I never thought I could really model because I’m so focused on music. I have never really had confidence within myself and never really thought I was beautiful. I had a really bad hair cut when I was younger and I remember hating it. My dad told me that I was beautiful which was last conversation I ever had with him and those words have really stuck with me.
Thanks for chatting with me today and giving an insight in to your life! Lastly, what’s one piece of advice you would give to anyone wanting to enter the music scene?
It’s been so much fun! Hmm I think you really need to develop your own sound and style, it’s important to be different in a way that people can hear that it’s you singing before they can actually see you. Make sure you put a spin on your work and keep it interesting.
Keep up with Grace:
Hair and Make up – Pam Nolan
Stylist – Holly Jade from Goddess Flora
Photography and Interview – www.simoneveriss.com
Shot at – Sun Studios
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