Gracie Abrams

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Gracie Abrams
Gracie Abrams at Neumos in Seattle, March 2022 (cropped).jpg
Abrams in March 2022
Born
Gracie Madigan Abrams[1]

(1999-09-07) September 7, 1999 (age 23)
Alma materBarnard College
OccupationSinger, songwriter
Years active2019–present
Parents
Relatives
Musical career
GenresBedroom pop[2]
Instrument(s)Vocals
LabelsInterscope
Websitegracieabrams.com

Gracie Madigan Abrams (born September 7, 1999) is an American singer and songwriter. Her debut EP, Minor, was released on July 14, 2020, through Interscope Records.[3] Her second EP, This Is What It Feels Like, was released on November 12, 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, Henry and August.[7] She became interested in music at a young age. She attended The Archer School for Girls.[8] 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.[8] Her father's family is Jewish, while her mother's background is Irish Catholic.[9]

Career[edit]

In October 2019, Abrams released her debut single, "Mean It", under Interscope Records.[10]

On July 14, 2020, Abrams released her debut EP, Minor.[11] The EP was supported by several singles, including "I miss you, I'm sorry" and "Friend".[12]

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.[13]

On May 7, 2021, Abrams released the single "Mess It Up" along with its music video.[14] In October 2021, Abrams released her single "Feels Like" which followed with the music video.[15] This was followed by her release of a new song titled "Rockland", which was created with Aaron Dessner.[16]

On November 1, 2021, Abrams announced her second commercial project This Is What It Feels Like. The project was released on November 12, 2021.[17] The project includes the preceding singles "Feels Like" and "Rockland".[18] In 2022, Abrams began touring with Olivia Rodrigo as the supporting act for her Sour Tour.[19] On April 8, 2022, she released the single "Block Me Out".[20]

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, and Phoebe Bridgers as her musical influences.[21][22][8]

Swift, Bridgers, Lorde, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, and Olivia Rodrigo each expressed their admiration for Abrams.[23][24][25][26]

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.[27][28] 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".[29]

Abrams has also said that "I can't separate my music from my opinions".[30]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
This Is What It Feels Like

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Minor
  • Released: July 14, 2020
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: LP, digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

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

[31]
2019 "Mean It" Non-album singles
"Stay"
2020 "21" Minor
"I Miss You, I'm Sorry"
"Long Sleeves"
"Friend"
"Brush Fire" Non-album single
2021 "Unlearn"
(with Benny Blanco)
Friends Keep Secrets 2
"Mess It Up" Non-album single
"Feels Like" 37[32] This Is What It Feels Like
"Rockland"
2022 "Block Me Out" TBA

Tours[edit]

Headlining

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

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. ^ "J.J. Abrams". IMDb. Retrieved August 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Greenberg, Brad (May 7, 2009). "J.J. Abrams talks about 'Star Trek,' being Jewish and interfaith marriage". Jewish Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Kato, Precious (October 24, 2019). "Gracie Abrams' "Mean It" Is a Heartbreaking Debut". Ones to Watch. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  11. ^ Graves, Shahlin (July 1, 2020). "Gracie Abrams to release 'Minor' on July 14". Coup de Main Magazine. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  12. ^ Krol, Charlotte (July 15, 2020). "Gracie Abrams – 'Minor' EP review: virtual confessions connect LA bedroom star to the world". NME. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  13. ^ Schube, Will (March 24, 2021). "Gracie Abrams and Benny Blanco Unite For New Single 'Unlearn'". Coup de Main Magazine. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  14. ^ Peters, Jo (May 12, 2021). "Songwriter Gracie Abrams has shared her poignant new single 'Mess It Up'". WithGuitars. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  15. ^ Graves, Shahlin (October 8, 2021). "Gracie Abrams – 'Feels Like' music video". Coup de Main Magazine. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  16. ^ Ackroyd, Stephen (October 22, 2021). "Gracie Abrams has dropped a Really Very Good new single, 'Rockland'". Dork. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  17. ^ Graves, Shahlin (November 2, 2021). "Gracie Abrams announces new project 'This Is What It Feels Like'". Coup de Main Magazine. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Caramanica, Jon (April 6, 2022). "Olivia Rodrigo's Punky Heartbreak Revue". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "Gracie Abrams". Interscope. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  22. ^ "Gracie Abrams on Being Inspired by Lorde's Pure Heroine". Consequence of Sound. February 4, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Bennett, Willa (October 13, 2020). "Live From Gracie Abrams's Bedroom". GQ. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  25. ^ Lecoq, Noémie (September 12, 2020). "Musician Gracie Abrams on Why Music Should be Opinionated". L'Officiel. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ Roundtree, Cheyenne (July 26, 2022). "After Roe's Fall, They Turned Their Songs Into Abortion Fund Donations". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  30. ^ Lecoq, Noémie (December 14, 2020). "Gracie Abrams: "I can't separate my music from my opinions"". L'Officiel. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  31. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 11, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  32. ^ "HOT 40 SINGLES WAIATA TAKITAHI, WERA RAWA 40". NZ Top 40. Retrieved January 21, 2022.

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