Gracie Abrams

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Gracie Abrams
Birth nameGracie Madigan Abrams[1]
Born (1999-09-07) September 7, 1999 (age 22)
California
OriginLos Angeles
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Instruments
Years active2019-present
LabelsInterscope
Associated actsBenny Blanco

Gracie Madigan Abrams (born September 7, 1999) is an American singer-songwriter. Her father is American film director J. J. Abrams.[3] Her debut EP Minor was released on July 14, 2020, by Interscope Records.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Abrams is the daughter of J. J. Abrams, a film director, and Katie McGrath, a film and television producer.[5] She also has two brothers, Henry and August.[6] She became interested in music at a young age. She attended The Archer School for Girls.[7] She is studying international relations at Barnard College.[8] Her father's family is Jewish.[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". Abrams promoted the release with performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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.[12]

On May 7, 2021, Abrams released the single 'Mess It Up' along with its music video.[13] Later, Abrams released her single ‘Feels Like’ which followed with the music video. A few weeks after, she announced her new song ‘Rockland’ which was created with Aaron Dessner.

On November 1, 2021, Abrams announced her new album This Is What It Feels Like. She then surprised-released her song 'Alright,' on November 10, 2021, claiming she was releasing it 'just for fun' on her Instagram. The project was released on November 12, 2021. The project includes the preceding singles 'Feels Like,' 'Alright' and 'Rockland.'

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.[14][15][7]

Bridgers, Lorde, Post Malone, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo have each expressed their admiration for Abrams,[16][17] with Rodrigo crediting Minor for inspiring her hit single "Drivers License".[18]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Minor (2020)

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles[4]
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
Hot

[19]
"Mean It" 2019 non-album singles
"Stay"
"21" 2020 Minor
"I Miss You, I'm Sorry"
"Long Sleeves"
"Friend"
"Brush Fire" TBA
"Unlearn"
(with Benny Blanco)
2021 Friends Keep Secrets 2
"Mess It Up" TBA
"Feels Like" 37

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". Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Gracie Abrams". Interscope Records. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "genius".
  5. ^ Sundberg, Emily (April 6, 2018). "Lorde-Approved Gracie Abrams Is Instagram's Favorite Songwriter". The Cut. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  6. ^ "IMDb".
  7. ^ a b 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.
  8. ^ "Gracie Abrams | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 March 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". Onestowatch.com. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  11. ^ Graves, Shahlin (July 1, 2020). "Gracie Abrams to release 'Minor' on July 14". Coupdemainmagazine.com. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  12. ^ Schube, Will (March 24, 2021). "Gracie Abrams and Benny Blanco Unite For New Single 'Unlearn'". Udiscovermusic.com. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  13. ^ Peters, Jo (May 12, 2021). "Songwriter Gracie Abrams has shared her poignant new single 'Mess It Up' • WithGuitars". WithGuitars. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "Gracie Abrams". Interscope.com.
  15. ^ "Gracie Abrams on Being Inspired by Lorde's Pure Heroine". Consequence of Sound. February 4, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  16. ^ Bennett, Willa (October 13, 2020). "Live From Gracie Abrams's Bedroom". GQ. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  17. ^ Lecoq, Noémie (September 12, 2020). "Musician Gracie Abrams on Why Music Should be Opinionated". L'Officiel. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  18. ^ Darmon, Aynslee (2021-01-14). "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 2021-01-29.
  19. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 11, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.