Her music deserves its own playlist. It's meditative, innovative, soulful, and cleansing. A breath of fresh air. Whim Grace EMBODIES her music, and you'll feel her presence in every note and strum of the guitar. And since she does everything from songwriting, to piano, to self-managing, it's not surprising that Whim's songs exude her presence so strongly. Please take a moment to read more about this beautiful soul and to listen to her music.
What is your name?
My name is Whim Grace.
Describe your music style to our readers.
I write Ambient Whimsy Soul Folk.
I read that you are a "child of the world". Can you tell us about this?
I was born in the Philippines, and most of my family was born outside the U.S. I am a mix of Chinese, Spanish, Philippino, Austrian, Swiss, Italian, and Dutch. My mother was born in the United States, and I have lived most of my life in this country, but we moved and traveled often. I feel a deep connection to many places and many cultures. For me, home is found in the heart.
How has being a three time top ten finalist in the international online Yobi.tv Sing competition changed your life?
Yobi.tv was the first time my music reached thousands of people. It has really built me up as an artist, giving me confidence and support to pursue my music. I was 21 living in a really small town in southern Idaho at the time, teaching music, working at my mom's book store. It made me think I could do bigger things if I used music as my vessel. It also taught me the power of the internet. I'm an independent artist. I've never had a manager or a label helping me out, so sites like Yobi.tv and Reverbnation help me to touch and interact with more people and continue to stay true to my music. I'm a finalist again this year. The voting for the semi- finals commence in April. This year the grand prize is a management contract with Johnny Wright, the manager of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake among others. Yobi.tv continues to be a great support to me, and it amazing how loyal that audience has been over the years.
Can you describe your songwriting process?
I feel a soft electricity in my veins and I sit down with either my guitar or keyboard, and it flows out. It's like breathing to me. A regular meditation that has become easier and more fluid and complete over the years. It continues to develop, but it's mostly just letting go and letting the music paint a moment.
What is your musical background?
When I was a child, all that was allowed in the house was classical, musicals, and church music. My sisters and I would often sing together, and my grandparents would take me to the symphony which I just thought was the most amazing thing. Pop music and other genres weren't a part of my world until my late teens and early 20's. I feel like I'm still learning about the diverse world of music. I had piano lessons at 5. Voice lessons at 7 or 8. I was given a beat up guitar for my 13th birthday by a family friend. I started playing open mics and coffee shops at 17. By 18 I was playing pretty regularly, small places. I've been performing music for about 10 years now, and I don't think I will ever stop.
If you could each pick one musician (alive or dead) to perform with, who would it be?
I don't think I could pick just one. Top 5 maybe Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, and Billie Holiday. Yes, any of those would be amazing! Only two are alive... guess that narrows my chances but all so very influential.
What are 3 things most people don't know about you?
I love lemons. I fall in love easy. I laugh very often and very loudly.
What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Oh my. Goals. Well, finish the album and take over the world. That seems like good goals for the next year ;) .
How can our readers contact you?
https://www.facebook.com/whimmusic <--- to like the music and stay up to date as things unfold for me
http://www.reverbnation.com/whimgrace <--- to stream and for upcoming show dates
https://soundcloud.com/whim-grace <--- for Free Downloads
http://www.whimgrace.com/ <--- To see, learn, hear, and reach
Thank you so much to M.L. Gardner for choosing to interview me. It was pretty amazing to receive the message that you were interested. And to everyone who loves the music and supports me, Thank you! You help me be brave and inspire me to create.
by MRH, CMO