Rising superstar Baker Grace is a singer/songwriter from New Jersey, and is working to create her own enchanting reality aside from the masses. She has recently released her anthemic single “American Dream Girl” and along with the video has inspired and empowered female youth all over the world. A true alchemist does not turn led into gold, but rather they change the world with their words.
As a song writer Baker is quickly changing the landscape of what music has been. With her music, she has proven that the soul is stronger than we think. Just as each star is unique, yet it makes the universe what it is, the light inside Baker Grace makes her exactly who she needs to be. A shining star never gets lost in the darkness.
Baker Grace will be performing at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 in New York City. She will be opening for Jake Huffman. The Mercury Lounge is located at 217 E Houston Street at 6:00 PM.
When you write and compose a song for example “American Dream Girl”… do you seek to relay a message in your lyrics, or does a thought come to you and you just go with it?
When I write a song, it’s normally a response to a spark of inspiration. A lyric and a melody will just pop into my head. After I have the initial idea, I will go to the piano and play chords, or if I’m in the studio, someone else might play chords. I freestyle over the chords for a while and turn on my voice memos. I like to see what comes out naturally first before I write it down (I’m horrible at writing lyrics, I prefer to just memorize them right away). After I feel like I’ve got a good foundation, I go back and edit melodies and lyrics. I do seek to relay a message in my music but that comes very naturally to me. My brain loves to live in deep, existential territory and ask big questions.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time when you’re not thinking about music?
I love to travel and have been to over twenty countries. Traveling is super inspiring to me and gives me a chance to find myself outside of my normal routine. I also enjoy reading, yoga, boxing, and weightlifting. I think exercise is the best antidepressant. I volunteer at my local food pantry whenever I can and spend time with friends and family (whom I don’t get to see often because I’m always traveling for music).
Who are your greatest influences and why (doesn’t necessarily have to be music).
I have always been equally inspired by activists and musicians. Some of my biggest inspirations are those who have done both such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, and Kendrick Lamar. I love when people are able to use art for a greater purpose and encourage positive change.
Thus far in your career what is your biggest triumph and your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge has been the fact that I am not one-dimensional musically. I grew up listening to all different kinds of music and enjoy many different styles. This versatility has made it hard to define my brand and pick a lane to stay in musically. My biggest triumph has been figuring out what my lane and my brand is, which just came together in the past year. I’m releasing an EP in 2024 that I feel encompasses all the things I love and really represents me as an artist. The first single, “Painkiller” comes out on November third of 2023.
Where do you hope to be in five years musically?
I hope to be headlining a tour in 5 years. Performing is my favorite part of doing music and I want to be able to connect with fans in person. I hope the music I’m making inspires people and inspires other artists. I want to push boundaries and create something that has a lasting impact.
What can fans expect from you at the Mercury Lounge?
A LOT of new music. I will be performing all the songs on the new EP as well as some songs that are released. I’m having a full band which makes me really excited because I love to dance and move around. Fans can expect a whole range of emotions, get ready to dance, cry, sing, laugh and maybe see things in a way you never have before.
How was your experience at the Viper Room?
The Viper Room was my first time performing this year. I was nervous the week before, but felt surprisingly calm the day of. It was really fun to test out new material and see the crowd’s reactions. It made me even more confident in the new EP.
What’s next for Baker Grace in 2024 and beyond?
There will be a new EP in the first half of 2024 and if all goes well, an album next fall. I’m having visual stories to go along with the material. I wanted the music videos to tell a story and be like a mini-movie. Hopefully, I can be an opener on someone’s tour next year as well. Needless to say, a lot of really cool stuff is on the way.
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Interview by Eileen Shapiro