★★★  Inter Act  ★★★
with
Grace Barton
Grace Barton
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Emma:
How would you describe your style now?
Grace:
If I were to pinpoint, I’d say alternative/ambient, R&B and pop were the two genres that my music fits in! However there are so many artists that I take my inspiration from, from so many different genres.
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Emma:
How much do you use your voice daily - singing/speaking?
Grace:
Gosh! Everyday! If I’m not speaking then I’m singing, and if I’m not singing then I’m speaking, ha ha! I’ve been doing a lot more singing recently due to the projects I’ve been working on!
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Emma:
You work very hard on all aspects of your production and output - what tips do you have for lengthy and repeat recording sessions?
Grace:
The most important thing before your sessions are firstly, making sure your voice is warmed up. It cuts the recording time in half, warming up with your producer - and just comes across more professional. Less time singing is more time experimenting and producing!

Secondly, be prepared! It is so important that you know all the lyrics, the tune, what ad libs you want to use (this is important too) and if there are any specific harmonies you want to use! Go in with a clear idea of how you want the whole track to sound!

Make sure you’re fully comfortable with the musicians/producer/writers etc. that you’re working with. Luckily my producer is also my best friend, so I’m not afraid to say when I don’t like certain things. It is important that you take control of your own production etc., to make sure you’re getting the most out of the sessions!
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Emma:
Do you think that your stage experience in musical theatre helped with your general performing confidence?
Grace:
Honestly, I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. When I used to do musicals, I never really felt as nervous. I’d get up on stage as a character, and I would sing my best for hours. Nowadays I struggle with my nerves a lot, I feel sick to my stomach, I have the shakes, I have terrible stage fright. But I never had that singing in musicals! I suppose it helps playing someone that isn’t yourself!
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Emma:
Do you have a vocal exercise system or regime at the moment?
Grace:
Not everyday, but as I have been singing a lot recently I have my 3 or 4 exercises I like to do before my sessions:
1. Warming up the body
2. Sirens from C-C
3. Singing my song using ‘TH’
4. Basic arpeggios.
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Emma:
What is in the pipeline for you?
Grace:
Well, I have a brand new single and music video coming out! I’ve been working on this since before Christmas - I’m so excited it’s finally ready! The single is released today and there are going to be more tracks released later in the year.
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Emma:
Were there any surprising aspects in the process of putting your first release out into the world?
Grace:
Honestly, putting my first single out couldn’t have gone any better. I got about 20,000 streams in two weeks, I got asked to do ‘Great Escape’ afterwards, featured on ‘BBC Introducing’ and it just set me up for my future releases.

The following year, I put out my EP ‘Yours Sincerely’ and although the reception was just as amazing, the streams were coming in a lot slower than my first single - as expected, as there were 3 tracks instead of 1. It has taught me to take my time in releasing singles, until I have PR, distribution, playlisting, etc. behind me to really push another EP!
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Emma:
You have an amazing natural voice and I know you work really hard in developing your singing identity and techniques - what is the greatest reward of where you are right now?
Grace:
The greatest reward for me is that I have finally found my identity! I know creatively exactly where I want to go, I know what image I want to portray, it feels great almost having the finishing package!
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Emma:
What fills your week when you are not singing?
Grace:
So after graduating my degree at BIMM in June, I instantly got my dream job at a label in London! I am currently Creative and Marking assistant, and I run all the social media for our clients! It’s amazing, I love it so much! And to be just in the heart of the industry, as well as a musician, is so inspiring!
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Emma:
Would you agree that singers do their best singing when they are balanced in mind, spirit, body and emotion?
Grace:
Completely agree! I always believe that good singing is measured by feeling and you have to listen to your body and what your body is telling you to do and not do! Tension, body and mind, is very, very bad for the voice.
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Emma:
How did you use some of your unexpected extra time last year?
Grace:
I wrote and wrote and wrote! I graduated half of the year and then focussed all my energy on my new job and writing lots and lots of songs! The last year has been time for growth, mentally, and I feel as though I’m finally in the best position coming out of lockdown! I can’t wait for live music!!!
Grace Barton
photographed by Sean Newton
I'm thrilled to present this interview on the day of Grace's latest release and I am so grateful to her for scheduling this interview,in the middle of a recording phase.
‘Voicemail’ is on Spotify and Apple Music and you can find links to the recording here:

‘Voicemail’ sound track (released on 16th. July, 2021)

‘Voicemail’ official video (released on 23rd. July, 2021)

You may also like to watch videos of two of her previous recordings:

‘Boy Bye’ (please be aware: this contains some strong language!)

‘Deserve Better’


Grace is on Spotify, Instagram and Facebook:

Spotify: gracebbarton

Instagram: gracebbarton

Facebook: Grace B. Barton

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16th. July, 2021