Gracie Abrams

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Gracie Abrams
Gracie Abrams @ El Rey Theatre 03 05 2022 (52297976119) (cropped).jpg
Abrams in March 2022
Born
Gracie Madigan Abrams[1]

(1999-09-07) September 7, 1999 (age 23)
Alma materBarnard College
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2019–present
Parent
Relatives
Musical career
GenresPop[2]
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals, Piano, Guitar
LabelsInterscope
Websitegracieabrams.com

Gracie Madigan Abrams (born September 7, 1999) is an American singer-songwriter. Her debut EP, Minor, was released in July 2020 through Interscope Records.[3] Her second EP, This Is What It Feels Like, was released in November 2021, with singles "Feels Like" and "Rockland".[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Los Angeles County, California, Abrams is the daughter of J. J. Abrams, a film director, and Katie McGrath, a film and television producer.[5][6] She has two brothers, an older brother Henry and younger brother August.[7][8] She became interested in music at a young age. She attended The Archer School for Girls.[9] After graduating high school in 2018, Abrams studied international relations at Barnard College but took a break after her freshman year to focus on music.[9] Her father's family is Jewish, while her mother's background is Irish Catholic.[10]

Career[edit]

In October 2019, Abrams released her debut single, "Mean It", under Interscope Records.[11]

On July 14, 2020, Abrams released her debut EP, Minor.[12] The EP was supported by several singles, including "I miss you, I'm sorry" and "21".[13] She colaborated with producers such as Joel Little and Blake Slatkin.[14]

On March 24, 2021, Abrams released a new single with Benny Blanco titled "Unlearn". The single is part of Blanco's album Friends Keep Secrets 2.[15] On May 7, 2021, Abrams released the single "Mess It Up" along with its music video.[16]

In October 2021, Abrams released the single "Feels Like" and its music video.[17] It was followed by her release of a new song titled "Rockland", which was created with Aaron Dessner.[18][19] The next month, Abrams announced her second commercial project This Is What It Feels Like. It was released as an EP on November 12, 2021.[20] The project includes the preceding singles "Feels Like" and "Rockland".[21] In support of this EP, she embarked on the This Is What It Feels Like Tour, which started on February 2, 2022, in Salt Lake City and concluded on May 31, 2022, in Stockholm.[22] Along with her headlining tour, Abrams opened for Olivia Rodrigo as the supporting act for her Sour Tour, where she performed songs of her latest project.[23]

"Block Me Out" and "Difficult" were released in April and October of the same year respectively, as standalone singles.[24][25]

On January 9, 2023, Abrams announced her debut album, Good Riddance, to be released on February 24, 2023.[26] The lead single, titled "Where do we go now?", was released on January 13. Abrams will be an opening act on selected shows of the US leg of Taylor Swift's upcoming The Eras Tour.[27] She will also embark on the Good Riddance Tour, her third headlining concert tour.

Artistry and reception[edit]

Abrams has cited Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Kate Bush, The 1975, James Blake, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Metric, The Killers, and Phoebe Bridgers as her musical influences.[28][29][30][9]

Swift, Bridgers, Lorde, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, and Olivia Rodrigo each expressed their admiration for Abrams.[31][32][33][34]

Activism[edit]

After a leaked draft opinion showed that the U.S. Supreme Court was planning to overturn abortion rights established in Roe v. Wade, Abrams was among 160 musical artists including Clairo, Lorde, Olivia Rodrigo, and Phoebe Bridgers that signed a full-page ad in The New York Times in May 2022 condemning the planned Supreme Court decision.[35][36] In July 2022, Abrams released a limited-edition t-shirt whose complete sale proceeds would go to the National Network of Abortion Funds. While this is "only a small part in a massively anti-democratic effort that is underway in this country" Abrams admits, she believes that she can "use my platform to amplify the experts in this moment".[37]

In a 2020 interview, Abrams supported expressing personal views through music, saying, "I can't separate my music from my opinions... it's a whole that reflects my way of thinking. You shouldn't be afraid to talk about what you believe in."[38]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Good Riddance

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Minor
  • Released: July 14, 2020
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming
This Is What It Feels Like
  • Released: November 12, 2021
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: vinyl, digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions, and album name shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
Hot

[39]
"Mean It" 2019 Non-album singles
"Stay"
"21" 2020 Minor
"I Miss You, I'm Sorry"
"Long Sleeves"
"Friend"
"Brush Fire" Non-album single
"Unlearn"
(with Benny Blanco)
2021 Friends Keep Secrets 2
"Mess It Up" Non-album single
"Feels Like" 37 This Is What It Feels Like
"Rockland"
"Alright"
"Block Me Out" 2022 Non-album singles
"Difficult"
"Where Do We Go Now?" 2023 23 Good Riddance

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
"Pad Thai"
TJANI featuring Gracie Abrams
2017 Non-album single

Tours[edit]

Headlining
  • I've missed you, I'm sorry Tour (2021)
  • This Is What It Feels Like Tour (2022)
  • Good Riddance Tour (2023)
Supporting

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abrams, Gracie Madigan. "ASCAP Ace Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  2. ^ Dunn, Frankie (May 20, 2020). "10 things you need to know about bedroom pop angel Gracie Abrams". Vice. Retrieved May 28, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "minor". Genius. Retrieved August 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "This Is What It Feels Like". Genius. Retrieved August 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Sundberg, Emily (April 6, 2018). "Lorde-Approved Gracie Abrams Is Instagram's Favorite Songwriter". The Cut. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  6. ^ Ogunnaike, Nikki (July 27, 2022). "Gracie Abrams on Her Laid-Back Personal Style". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  7. ^ "Katie McGrath". IMDb. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  8. ^ "J.J. Abrams". IMDb. Retrieved August 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ a b c Wood, Mikael (July 29, 2020). "Her famous dad's a fan. So is Phoebe Bridgers. But Gracie Abrams has a voice all her own". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  10. ^ Greenberg, Brad (May 7, 2009). "J.J. Abrams talks about 'Star Trek,' being Jewish and interfaith marriage". Jewish Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  11. ^ Kato, Precious (October 24, 2019). "Gracie Abrams' "Mean It" Is a Heartbreaking Debut". Ones to Watch. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  12. ^ Graves, Shahlin (July 1, 2020). "Gracie Abrams to release 'Minor' on July 14". Coup de Main Magazine. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  13. ^ Krol, Charlotte (July 15, 2020). "Gracie Abrams – 'Minor' EP review: virtual confessions connect LA bedroom star to the world". NME. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  14. ^ Cantor, Brian (February 20, 2020). "Gracie Abrams Releases Utterly Engaging, Undeniably Excellent New Song "21"". Headline Planet. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  15. ^ Schube, Will (March 24, 2021). "Gracie Abrams and Benny Blanco Unite For New Single 'Unlearn'". Coup de Main Magazine. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  16. ^ Peters, Jo (May 12, 2021). "Songwriter Gracie Abrams has shared her poignant new single 'Mess It Up'". WithGuitars. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  17. ^ Graves, Shahlin (October 8, 2021). "Gracie Abrams – 'Feels Like' music video". Coup de Main Magazine. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  18. ^ Ackroyd, Stephen (October 22, 2021). "Gracie Abrams has dropped a Really Very Good new single, 'Rockland'". Dork. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  19. ^ Daly, Rhian (November 15, 2021). "Five things we learned from our In Conversation video chat with Gracie Abrams". NME. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  20. ^ Graves, Shahlin (November 2, 2021). "Gracie Abrams announces new project 'This Is What It Feels Like'". Coup de Main Magazine. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  21. ^ Rincón, Ally (November 15, 2021). "Gracie Abrams' 'This Is What It Feels Like' Is Painfully Relatable Songwriting at Its Finest". Ones to Watch. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  22. ^ Paul, Larisha (September 29, 2021). "Rising Pop Singer Gracie Abrams Announces 2022 'This Is What It Feels Like' Tour". uDiscover Music. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  23. ^ Caramanica, Jon (April 6, 2022). "Olivia Rodrigo's Punky Heartbreak Revue". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  24. ^ Shafer, Ellise (April 5, 2022). "Gracie Abrams on How Songwriting Is 'Like Breathing,' Touring With Friend Olivia Rodrigo and Making New Music With Aaron Dessner". Variety. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  25. ^ Schube, Will (October 7, 2022). "Gracie Abrams Releases New Single 'Difficult'". udiscovermusic. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  26. ^ Ingle, Alex (January 9, 2023). "Gracie Abrams has announced her debut album, 'Good Riddance' | Dork". readdork.com. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
  27. ^ Willman, Chris (November 1, 2022). "Taylor Swift Announces 2023 'Eras Tour' of U.S. Stadiums". Variety. Retrieved November 1, 2022.
  28. ^ Williams, Jenessa (July 8, 2020). "Gracie Abrams: LA singer-songwriter baring her soul to the internet". NME. Retrieved November 12, 2022.
  29. ^ "Gracie Abrams". Interscope. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  30. ^ "Gracie Abrams on Being Inspired by Lorde's Pure Heroine". Consequence of Sound. February 4, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  31. ^ Nugent, Annabel (June 26, 2022). "Meet Gracie Abrams, the bedroom pop singer catching the attention of Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift". The Independent. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  32. ^ Bennett, Willa (October 13, 2020). "Live From Gracie Abrams's Bedroom". GQ. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  33. ^ Lecoq, Noémie (September 12, 2020). "Musician Gracie Abrams on Why Music Should be Opinionated". L'Officiel. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  34. ^ Darmon, Aynslee (January 14, 2021). "Olivia Rodrigo On The Massive Success Of 'Drivers License': 'I Can't Believe Any Of It'". ET Canada. Archived from the original on January 20, 2021. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  35. ^ Campbell, Erica (May 13, 2022). "Billie Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers, and Halsey sign letter against US Supreme Court's overturn of abortion rights". NME. Retrieved July 13, 2022.
  36. ^ Hatfield, Amanda (May 13, 2022). "160 artists condemn Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade plans ahead of rallies & marches on Saturday". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved July 13, 2022.
  37. ^ Roundtree, Cheyenne (July 26, 2022). "After Roe's Fall, They Turned Their Songs Into Abortion Fund Donations". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  38. ^ Lecoq, Noémie (December 14, 2020). "Gracie Abrams: "I can't separate my music from my opinions"". L'Officiel. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  39. ^ Peaks on the NZ Hot Singles Chart:

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