Griff (singer)

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Griff
Born
Sarah Faith Griffiths

(2001-01-21) 21 January 2001 (age 19)
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Musical career
GenresPop
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2019–present
LabelsWarner

Sarah Faith Griffiths (born 21 January 2001), known professionally as Griff, is an English singer and songwriter. In 2019, she released her debut single, "Mirror Talk", through Warner Records. This was followed by her debut extended play, The Mirror Talk, later that year.

Early life[edit]

Griff was born on 21 January 2001 as Sarah Faith Griffiths, and was raised in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.[1] She was born to a Jamaican father and a Chinese mother, as well as having Jamaican grandparents that were part of the "Windrush generation". Griff has stated that she feels "more in touch" with her Chinese ancestry, since her mother is a first generation migrant that migrated to England during the Vietnam war.[1] Griff's parents foster children.[2]

Griff stated that her earliest memory of loving music was being gifted an iPod Shuffle with the 2008 Taylor Swift album Fearless downloaded to it,[3] when she was around the age of eight.[4] She then taught herself to record and produce music on her brother's laptop, and used tutorials on YouTube to inform her on techniques.[1] While attending school, Griff kept her musical life private, due to not knowing if her musical career would be successful, and adding "no one likes that person at school who talks about how they want to sing".[1] After finishing her A Levels, she told teachers that she was taking a gap year, rather than informing them on her music ventures.[1] On using the stage name Griff, she stated: "Sarah Griffiths isn't that glamorous, I sound like I have a mortgage and 4 kids, it's very corporate".[4]

Career[edit]

On 4 July 2019, it was announced that Griff had been signed to Warner Records.[5] On the same day, Griff released her debut single "Mirror Talk", accompanied by a music video. Annie Mac featured the song on BBC Radio 1 under the New Name playlist.[6] She stated that the writing process for the song took an hour.[1] Griff described the release as a career highlight, since it was released immediately after she had finished her A Level exams.[3] Billboard described the song as an "electrifying debut", and praised her "powerful voice and vulnerable lyrics".[5] The next month, Griff released her follow-up single, "Didn't Break It Enough",[7] accompanied by a music video in which the clothing worn was made by Griff herself.[8][9] She released the single "Paradise" in October 2019,[10] which was followed by the release of Griff's debut extended play, The Mirror Talk, on 15 November 2019.[11] In December 2019, Griff released a cover of the Bangles' 1989 song "Eternal Flame".[12]

On 7 February 2020, Griff released the single "Good Stuff". Despite people thinking the song is about a romantic breakup, she clarified that the subject of the song is about missing children that her family fostered. She stated: "I fall in love with every child that's ever been with us and they kind of become like a brother and sister. But, they always move on. They always get adopted to a more permanent place. You end up missing them. It's like a break up, or whenever anyone leaves your life, you remember the good stuff. It obviously makes you miss them more. And that's why this song is called, 'Good Stuff'".[13] In March 2020, a song titled "I Love You's", that Griff co-wrote, was released by American singer Hailee Steinfeld.[14] This was followed by "Forgive Myself", a song released by Griff on 29 May 2020. The Music Mermaid stated that the song "snaps with little bursts of neon electronica while dabbling in the tender soul that Griff exudes in each performance",[15] while NME described it as an "anthem".[16] In July 2020, Griff was nominated by The Ivors Academy for an Ivor Novello Rising Star Award,[17] and later that month, she released the song "Say It Again".[18] In October 2020, she was part of two collaborative songs; "1,000,000 X Better" with English band Honne,[19] and "Inside Out", a song with German DJ Zedd.[20][21]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
The Mirror Talk

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
UK
[22]
"Mirror Talk" 2019 The Mirror Talk
"Didn't Break It Enough"
"Paradise"
"Eternal Flame" Non-album single
"Good Stuff" 2020 TBA
"Forgive Myself"
"Say It Again"
"1,000,000 X Better"
(with Honne)
"Inside Out"
(with Zedd)
"Love Is a Compass" 42

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Mirror Talk" 2019 Sylvie Weber
"Didn't Break It Enough" Rory DCS
"Paradise" Unknown
"Good Stuff" 2020 Imogen Snell and Riccardo Castaneo
"Forgive Myself"
"Love is a Compass" Angella Affinita
"Say It Again" Stephen Isaac-Wilson

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Artist Year Album Notes
"I Love You's" Hailee Steinfeld 2020 Half Written Story Co-writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "griff is the uk teen talking you out of negative body image with her pop music". i-D. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Premiere: Multi-Disciplined Soul Singer Griff Copes With Separation By Remembering The "Good Stuff"". Complex. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "get to know: griff". 29 August 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Notion 86: Griff". Notion. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Griff Signs to Warner Records, Makes Electrifying Debut With 'Mirror Talk': Exclusive". Billboard. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Griff Releases Debut Track And Video MIRROR TALK". BroadwayWorld.com. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  7. ^ "GRIFF REVEALS NEW TRACK "DIDN'T BREAK IT ENOUGH"". Elicit Magazine. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Griff Continues Her Precocious Rise With 'Didn't Break It Enough'". Clash. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Griff faces down the frustratingly illogical lows of post-breakup funk on "Didn't Break It Enough"". The Line of Best Fit. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Rising Star Griff Has Just Released A New Single That'll Take You To 'Paradise'". Cool Accidents. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  11. ^ "U.K.'s Brightest New Pop Star, GRIFF Releases 'The Mirror Talk' EP". Rain. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  12. ^ "GRIFF RELEASES NEW HOLIDAY TRACK "ETERNAL FLAME"". Elicit Magazine. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Griff Is a Star in the Making". Ones to Watch. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Hailee Steinfeld Shines In Brand New Song "I Love You's"". TellyMix. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  15. ^ "UK Pop Artist Griff Drops Tender Empowerment Anthem "Forgive Myself"". The Music Mermaid. 18 June 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Griff: British pop phenomenon taking control of their destiny". NME. 3 June 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Ivor Novello nominee Griff further proves her pop prodigy calibre with "Say It Again"". The Line of Best Fit. 6 August 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Griff launches video for new single, 'Say It Again'". WithGuitars. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  19. ^ "GRIFF Releases Stellar New Single 1,000,000 X Better With HONNE". Melodic. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  20. ^ "Listen to a Preview of Zedd's Upcoming Single "Inside Out" With Blossoming UK Pop Singer Griff". EDM.com. 20 October 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  21. ^ "Zedd Recruits Griff For Fresh New Single 'Inside Out'". Cultr. 23 October 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  22. ^ "Griff | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 December 2020.