Nyah Grace

FRESH: ‘My Sista Told Me/I Don’t Really’ – Nyah Grace

Nyah Grace double A’s with “My Sista Told Me” and “I Don’t Really”

Nyah Grace is a teenage prodigy with an old soul, a love of new tech, an astonishing voice, and a knack for telling stories. Her early singles have signposted her limitless potential, resulting much coverage plus live performance for Link Up TV and Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality Climate Change event. Those supporters demonstrate the breadth of her appeal. She’s a teenage artist who naturally connects with her generation, while also having the ability to crossover into a mainstream audience.

Her debut album, “Honey-Coloured”, is set for release on July 24th, Nyah Grace is now set for a further wave of discovery with a double-A side single featuring “My Sista Told Me” and “I Don’t Really”. “My Sista Told Me” is a slick, sun-kissed slice of modern soul, which delivers feel-good vibes and uplifting funk in equal measure. Nyah’s timeless voice carries the power and nuance of a veteran artist, while a verse delivered in a mix of spoken word and rap adds a fresh angle to her versatile vocal. And to cap it all, the song was composed and performed with Grammy Award-winner Corinne Bailey-Rae!

Fittingly for a song which passes advice from one generation to the next, Nyah Grace and Corinne Bailey-Rae co-wrote the song together. It was completed with a further co-write from producer Steve Chrisanthou, who produced some of Corinne’s biggest hits. Nyah tells us, “Corinne and I started writing this song when we first met, but it was a year later that I saw her again and we were able to finish the song. I couldn’t get the verse quite right, but she suggested that I try this and it immediately worked. I’m not a rapper, so this was really fun and out there for me”.

The second track, “I Don’t Really”, flows with a different kind of energy. A rejection of a love interest that didn’t meet the grade, it’s an empowered strut of modern pop, throwback R&B and understated jazz flourishes. Nyah Grace wrote the song alongside Michael Kwesi Graves. “Michael played the most beautiful set of chords I’d ever heard and put in some chords, quickly found the drum loop and it sounded amazing” recalls Nyah. “I wrote all the lyrics at home that same day and put in some vocals. The next day I thought a voicemail part would be cool, so I edited together all the messages in my phone. It has my grandma, plus all my friends from elementary school, because no one’s left me a voicemail forever. I’m really proud of it”.

The “Honey-Coloured” album represents the culmination of Nyah Grace’s journey so far. You’ll hear echoes of influences spanning decades of music history, from H.E.R. and Mac Ayres to Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and Estelle and back to Billie Holiday. Excitingly her identity, however, is very much her own. All of which makes ‘Honey-Coloured’ a modern classic that’s waiting to be discovered. “I want ‘Honey-Coloured’ to be the record that you put on with friends late at night” Nyah concludes. “I love writing stories. I want people to hear a combination of words and think that’s so poetic, and be moved by it”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!