Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
It seems I came out of the womb, as a singer! :) I never wanted to do ANYTHING else...When adults would ask me "what do you want to be when you grow up" I would reply "A Singer" They would always say "You can't be that" Then I'd say," An Actress!" ... The conversation would continue back and forth, but I was relentless.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Well, there hasn't been a CRAZY thing that happened! However, my innocence, put me in a few situations! Years ago I was hired to be the vocalist for a Cover Band, but before I could start, they said I needed new photos, so I had some done...BUT the "Manager" of the Band kept calling me saying the photos were "missing something"...so I had MORE photos taken.
What has been the high point of your music path?
There have been quite many! Some you realize at the moment; some take you a few years to appreciate! I've had one of my songs play on a Daytime Drama, Won Awards for my Original Music, performed one of them at Lincoln Center...And my fondest thrill was the chance to meet my idol and have a conversation with the Legendary Song-Stylist Miss Nancy Wilson, and she agreed to listen to a demo one of my original songs!!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I tend to work better with a musician, usually a pianist or guitarist to complete the song. The germ a melody and the lyrics come in my sleep, while watching a movie, doing laundry, or on the subway. At times the whole song is in my head and won't leave, until I do it. I tend to write in a notebook, still to this day, then I'll do a scratch recording on my phone.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge is not having the BIG MACHINE to back you. It can feel overwhelming at times.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
After seeing her LIVE, Miss Reba! After seeing them in general...Bruno Mars or Snoop or George Benson, and I think I'd have FUN with Lizzo! You get the feeling a LOVE all genres of music! :) As to why, they are TRUE Performers in every sense of the word, and you can tell they LOVE what they do:)
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Hate rehearsing, so I try to make them as quick and painless as possible for everyone!!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
If the writing is too much of a challenge, I put it away and wait for the right time! My hardest song to record was TIME! A tragedy had happened in the world, and I couldn't focus...kept crying through the takes...I didn't think we'd get it done, but we did.
What's coming up in the future?
A New jazz funk CD Single GOT TO BE SURE! A new Jazz CD is in the works...and Of course more LIVE performances. I'm really excited that Jazz Legend, the saxophonist LEW TABACKIN is doing a concert with MY Band...The GRACE GARLAND BAND! (One more thing OFF the bucket list):)
Tell us where fans can access your music?
GRACE GARLAND Music can be found of all streaming sites and my Official website! With a BIG THANK YOU for listening!
About Grace Garland
“GraceGarland, Singer, Actress, Songwriter, Brings A Unique Fusion Of JAZZ And Contemporary Blues To Her Ultra-Sultry Lyrics.” GRACEGARLAND has been described as “THE TINA TURNER OF JAZZ” due to her energy and passion! GRACEGARLAND is an Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter-Producer; a SAG/AFTRA AEA Actress. Ms. Garland has toured Internationally with her own Jazz Band, sharing the Stage/Spotlight with Cyrus Chestnut, Leonid Ptashka Peter Cincotti, Miss Phyllis Hyman, Misha Tsiganov, Jeff Barone, Cleve Douglass, Ms. Bobbi Humphrey, Evgeny Lebedev, Andrei Ryabov, Valery Ponomarev, Michika Fukumori, Nutsa, to name a few! GraceGarland’s Interviews are included in Books featuring Indie Jazz Musicians including Houston Person, Bobby Sanabria: TASTY JAZZ JAMS FOR OUR TIMES (Grace is Chapter 12) by Debbie Burke; and PAUSE PLAY REPEAT (Grace is Page 90) by Sammy Stein, which also includes Ivo Perlman, Tony Kofi.