Inspired by the passion, courage and control of classic singers like Judy Garland and Billie Holiday, Grace Fae comes from the old school of vocal performers. She is a trained opera singer and blues belter and a joyous, dramatic showwoman. Grace debuts her original folk jazz-inspired songs in her June 2012 release of From The Apple. Her intelligent and provocative songwriting compares with writers like Ani DiFranco,Tori Amos, and Kate Wolf. Grace plays guitar and violin, and loves layering intricate vocal harmonies over her own melodies.
Grace Fae decided she wanted to be a Broadway actress at age seven, and started taking voice and dance lessons as a young girl. Both of her parents sang the tunes of Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart around their house in suburban Connecticut. They also played Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Grateful Dead records, and supported Grace's passion for music and theater. Grace studied voice weekly for eleven years, graduating from musicial theater tunes to Italian, German and French opera arias in high school. Grace picked up the guitar in college, and taught herself basic chords to accompany her voice from the folk music book Rise Up Singing.
After she graduated from Yale University with a double degree in English and Theater Studies Performance, Grace drove cross-country with her best friend and a handmade "San Francisco or Bust" sign in the car window, seeking the spirit of the West Coast that inspired musicians like Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison. She payed her rent in New Orleans, Louisiana for six months by singing arias and jazz standards on the street, and tap dancing for the tourist traffic in Jackson Square. When she arrived in California, she continued to be hired as a opera and jazz singer at gallery openings, weddings, funerals, and parties.
While she never stopped performing in theatrical productions, both dramatic and musical, Grace really started writing her own songs with guitar when she arrived in the enchanting mountain town of Nevada City, California in 2006. She found herself in the home of folk legend Utah Phillips and sweet-voiced Kate Wolf, and surrounded by their surviving contemporaries. After a few years of reconnecting with the land and her voice, she started to put the simple joyous tunes that came to her to basic guitar chords, and began playing her music in coffee shops and local shows. Through the support of her community, local radio station KVMR, and her amazing producer Jay Tausig, Grace came to record her debut CD and organize her first band, the Faetones.
With years of professional performance on the stage as an actress and musical theater performer under her belt, Grace stands in a unique position as a singer/ songwriter. She already has songs lined up for her next two albums, and is interested in exploring many musical genres to support her tunes, from rock and big band jazz to traditional folk, bluegrass and Western swing.
Grace is also a Shakespearean actress, a jewelry designer, and an art journaler. She has played many roles onstage, including Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Witch in Into the Woods, Anna in The King and I, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cleopatra in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Grace Fae is also President of Synthetic Unlimited, a Northern Californian music and theater company. More information at www.syntheticunlimited.org