"Powerful contemporary electro/dance" - The Musician
“Airy, multilingual sophistication" - The Evening Standard
"Snazzy!" - Nick Grimshaw
"Soulful, gorgeously muscular and throbbing" - The Arts Desk
Grace has had a diverse and eventful career leading up to 2016 having performed on prestigious stages and TV stations such as Glastonbury and BBC TV’s "Children in Need". Not to mention touring across Europe with Björk and working alongside Ricky Martin. This has led to her winning numerous awards; including ‘Best Singer’ in UK Unsigned (2009) and ‘Best Album, Best Female Singer and Best Song’ at the GSD Latin Music Awards (2011) as well as being a finalist for ‘Vocalist of the Year’ in the LUKAS Awards 2014.
“She is undoubtedly an artist who was born to perform. Her passion and love for music are unique. She can sing all kinds of styles and genres while in the middle she creates dancing tunes from pop, disco and funk melodies, giving the listener an intense and vivid picture of what music means to her: “Freedom”.” - Adriana Rubio, Arts Publications Music & Films
Grace Rodson has nurtured her talent in many groups, most notably singing with ‘the Godfather of Salsa’ Roberto Pla, notable for his strong influence on the Afro-Latin music scene. Completing a postgraduate degree in Vocal Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, her abilities have even led her to conduct / compose with the London String Ensemble for a film.
She's also performed at the London Latin Jazz Festival with a sold out concert along with the fab funksters J-Sonics, City of London Festival, as well as having put her voice for Shakira’s new toy for toddlers, Kira Plush (Fisher Price). You can see Grace perform regularly every Friday and Saturday night at Sarastro in the heart of Covent Garden (London).
With the sensual dance-infused “Bitten” as the first single, Grace Rodson is now promoting “Red Hot Fire”, her third studio album. The album was produced hand in hand by Grace Rodson and award-winning producers Andy Whitmore (Terence Trent D'Arby, Eternal, Danii Minogue, Usher), Oscar Lo Brutto (Wretch 32, JME, Skepta) and Niall Kearney. The album also features Roberto Pla on timbales, rappers Charlie Blaize Hall and Guerrero, guitarist Roger Blackman and Grace’s regulars such as Roberto Ares (percussion), Dominic Grant (guitar) or Alex Hutton (piano).
With "Red Hot Fire", Graciela (Grace) shows us her fiery side, all this coupled with a strong dance/electronic approach, in contrast to her previous work, of a more organic nature.
“Red Hot Fire” means a turning point in my personal life. It’s a mixture of fiery feelings and an unstoppable drive for becoming the best version of myself. It’s a process of confusion, desire and self-esteem. The music has a passionate drive and it’s intended to make people dance. - Grace Rodson
"Grace Rodson manages to embrace many styles inside a single genre, a luxury that not many artists can afford." Press article by Pentavox
"Red Hot Fire" and previous albums are available on www.gracimusic.com/shop
Graciela (Grace) has been selected as the voice of Castilian Spanish version of Kira Plush, a bilingual (English/Spanish) baby leopard designed by Shakira and Fisher-Price to encourage baby's development.
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"Rodson's voice is ideal for the sound she has developed, she has the confidence not to need to resort to autotune. That fact alone ought to recommend her to any honest music fan." - Charles Martel, Music Emissions
Grace's single "Bitten" is now on rotation on the Deuce Radio Show throughout more than 40 radio stations in the UK and rest of the world. These include:
- Moor FM
Below are some reviews from anonymous Audiokite users:
Grace Rodson has teamed up with J-Sonics to deliver an unforgettable concert at the London Latin Jazz Fest, organised by Latin jazz muso Alex Wilson.
Wed-30-Sep (7:00pm) - £18.00
London Latin Jazz Fest 2015 – J-Sonics
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm
Venue: London Jazz Club Soho (Pizza Express)
One of London’s hottest groove-jazz band J-Sonics perform their favourite Latin-Funk, Brazilian and Jazz classics with special guest singer Grace Rodson. Mixing up their super-charged originals – including their new single 'Samba House' – alongside classics by Tania Maria, Flora Purim and Ed Motta this will be the perfect mix of funky grooves and timeless melodies, all with a distinctly Latin flavour. Led by bassist and composer Mike Flynn J-Sonics features some of London's finest musicians – all solo artists in their own right – but all collaborating within J-Sonics' dynamite mix of burning originals and re-tooled Latin, Brazilian and funk classics.
The line-up features a powerful twin-horn attack of saxophonist Matt Telfer and trumpeter Mark Perry, alongside the explosive rhythm section of guitarist/composer Clement Regert, bassist Mike Flynn, drummer Gabor Dornyei and powerful percussionist Jon Newey. Wowing audiences with their full-throttle grooves, searing solos and infectious interaction, J-Sonics rip it up on hip hop, funk, swing and Latin-jazz grooves, while the trumpet, sax and guitar frontline are pushed to exciting musical highs. This is a band that thrives on heat of the moment improvisation, killer tunes and boundless energy.
Grace Rodson - Vocals
Mark Perry - Trumpet
Matt Telfer - Saxophone
Clement Regert - Guitar
Mike Flynn - Bass guitar
Gabor Dornyei - Drums
Jon Newey - Percussion
"An unbeatable live gig" **** (4 stars) The Arts Desk
“The anatomy of the groove is still very much intact with J-Sonics. Their brand of rocket fuelled groove jazz has the after burners full on. Respect to the groove merchants, here to take back jazz from the shoe gazers.” Chris Phillips Jazz FM
'SAMBA HOUSE' VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VjcQhFc5kg
"Bitten" is a powerful dance track, very very sexy. Proof is the video with which a night party is shown at a club, where everything is heating up more and more until all the people end up wrapped in a wave of lust, completely wet. With Grace Rodson as the main character and a varied environment, this video shows us the most sexy side of the singer from Spain.
“Graciela can do any type of music, in fact one of her more prominent facets is the ability of adapting to any style. Her previous album takes you directly to the dance floor. 'Samba in my bones' is fresh, stimulant and lots of fun. A sophisticated album that mixes several styles such as Bossa Nova, samba and dance, making of it a dance and an elegant set at the same time. It reminds me a bit of the golden era of St. Germain, or even Dimitri from Paris or any of the big ones in jazz-fussion. Although sometimes she takes a walk through commercial dance, like Jennifer Lopez or Christina Aguilera; no problem in vocal comparisons.”
- by Marco Fernandez, PentaVox
Under the script and direction of Mu Producions, recorded at LGBT club "Claro Boba!" of La Coruña (Spain), Graciela takes us through a journey of lust and sexy darkness with her latest single "Bitten". The video features drag queens Liana Mirage, Rastia Bideth and Laika Montenegro, and it's due to be released this September.
Talk to us about "Bitten" and "Red Hot Fire".
"Red Hot Fire" is my next album, it's more electronic, more dance and less Latin. It reflects a stage in my life when I'm feeling more fire and I wanted to show that in the album. All the songs in the album were written in a week, in two months I did all the arrangements and now I am in the final process of mastering. The single, "Bitten", comes out on the 1st of August, and the album will come out one or two months after, date still to be decided.
What's next in the artistic career of Grace Rodson?
Next is the album "Red Hot Fire", and further to that, I am always doing parallel projects to my own music. In August I'm going to Spain and I'm going to give a classical music concert with a pianist who's coming from the USA, I'm collaborating in a covers' album of Jorge Spiteri, I also work with a jazz-funk band called J-Sonics, the album is coming out in September and we have some concerts lined-up already. I am also performing at Sarastro in Covent Garden, every Friday, with my Latin Trio.
The new single "Bitten" is the opening card of a brand new album in English, "Red Hot Fire", in which Graciela (or Grace) shows us her most fiery side, this is coupled with a strong electronic/dance approach in her music, in contrast to her previous work, of a more organic nature. "Bitten" is a song about lust. That primitive instinct can sometimes save you from disaster, in my case it came as a warning, and it came at the right time. Obviously this is an autobiographic song, pretty much the same as the whole album. Who hasn't experienced lust? we are human, we are alive, and in order to learn we must rise and fall and rise again.
To give that fiery touch to this edgy upbeat, dance song, Grace has invited English guitarist Roger Blackman on electric guitar. Be ready to be bitten by the poison of lust.
"Bitten" can be acquired online now on iTunes
The Aculco Media team have done it again! Grace Rodson has been voted by the audience to be nominated to the GSD Latin Awards UK 2015.
Graciela, as she was previously known when she won 3 GSD Awards 2011 and also performed with her band in the gala, has been chosen for her album "Samba In My Bones".
More info on the Aculco magazine (July issue) here:
The new EP in Spanish entitled "Ahora Soy Yo" by Grace has arrived! It's a selection of songs released on her first album "Now It Is Me", with new arrangements and in Spanish.
As a sample of this work Grace has recorded a new music video in her natal city, Vigo, counting on the collaboration of Gimnasio Simon (where we can appreciate her boxing skills) and featuring female rapper Aid, also from the same town. We are talking here about girl power!
Check the video out HERE and watch on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify or Amazon to get the EP.
“Samba en mis huesos” es el título del último tema promocional y del álbum de la cantante española radicada en Londres, Grace Rodson, quien también lanzó esta semana el video del sencillo que ya se comienza a escuchar en distintas emisoras de Europa y América Latina.
La cantante con raíces gallegas asegura que no tiene límites en cuanto a géneros musicales a la hora de componer, pues ha tenido influencia de la música latinoamericana desde que era niña por la conexión de su familia con países como Venezuela, Argentina y Cuba. La orquesta de Roberto Pla, de la que forma parte como vocalista, le ha servido también para enamorarse de la música latina, del jazz y de la música brasilera y su emblemática samba, influencia definitiva en su última producción musical.
En el inventario de los géneros que interpreta, y que le han servido de inspiración, la cantante y compositora incluye la ópera, el jazz latino, el pop, la cumbia y por supuesto la samba.
“¨Samba en mis huesos¨ es lo que siento porque me gusta hacer bailar a la gente”, dijo en una entrevista realizada por ACULCO radio.
En cuanto a su estilo Rodson explicó que “se deja llevar” sin analizar demasiado su proceso de creación: “Al componer dejo fluir el mensaje lírico y me dejo llevar. No me limito en cuanto al tipo de género. Siempre dejo que mi intuición y mi corazón me lleven porque no quiero poner límites. Siempre que pueda cantar cualquier género voy a intentarlo”.
Entre los planes inmediatos de Rodson está dar conocer el disco en el Reino Unido y giras para Asia, oriente medio y América.
La cantante destaca entre sus mayores influencias a Gloria Stefan: “Desde que tengo como 11 años soy fan de Gloria Stefan. Fue una gran inspiración porque fue pionera en mezclar la música latina y el pop. Los temas “Conga” y “Oye” son temas que abrieron el camino para eso”.
Una de sus mayores satisfacciones fue participar en el festival de Glastonsbury en el Reino Unido: “Fui como vocalista de Roberto Pla, nos fue muy bien. Hubo una suerte de comunión en el escenario”.
Rodson se considera una apasionada de la música y por eso desde que tuvo oportunidad se ha dedicado a estudiarla, como relata en su página www.gracerodson.com : “Debido a mi amor incondicional por la música, estudié todos sus aspectos, siempre me entusiasmó. Estudié guitarra, lenguaje musical, técnica vocal, y después me licencié en Ciencias de la Educación Musical en la Universidad de Vigo, además de continuar con mis estudios de canto clásico y piano. También estudié un postgrado en el jazz vocal en la Royal Academy of Music de Londres. Yo cantaba en coros, bandas, orquestas, todo tipo de estilos y tipos de conjuntos. Yo también era profesora de música en varias escuelas. Empecé a escribir canciones a la edad de 13 años, y desde entonces he estado escribiendo, arreglando y produciendo para mí mismo y de vez en cuando para los demás”.
Veamos que nos dice sobre eso su nueva producción musical en esta entrevista realizada por Gloria Gómez Canal y Jean Paul Ricot.
Un tornado musical en Moaña
La artista Grace Rodson visita Moaña para grabar junto al maestro gaiteiro Xavier Blanco un tema de su disco en castellano.
Miguel Martínez || Desde pequeña, Grace Rodson (Graciela para los amigos y conocidos), tuvo claro que su vocación era el mundo de la música. Esta semana la artista está en tierras moañesas para grabar un tema nuevo para su EP “Ahora soy yo”, formado por canciones íntegramente en castellano que versionan su primer trabajo “Now it is me” más esta canción de elaboración nueva que cuenta con la colaboración del maestro gaiteiro moañés Xavier Blanco. El disco saldrá a la luz en formato online el próximo uno de abril.
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by Daniel Falconer | 23 February 2015
Your new video for 'Samba In My Bones' is to be premiered online at Female First - how was the experience of creating that film?
Well, first of all it's all been possible thanks to Sarastro, the most flamboyant restaurant you will come across with in Covent Garden. I perform there with my Latin Trio every Friday, we recorded the video there, and they sponsored the whole thing, they have become part of my family. I had this idea of recreating a masquerade party, as I thought it suited the venue perfectly, and Anda Teglas, the director, captured our ideas straight away. Then we rehearsed the choreography, we prepared the extras, the male model, costumes, etc, and voila! Everyone had a good time. This is a chilled samba-pop to make people feel happy as they dance.
It's the title track and lead single from your new album - tell us about the creative process behind that record.
The single, 'Samba In My Bones' was co-written by myself and my singer friend Samantha Williams, with whom I shared stage while being part of the pop-opera group Milan. After we left the band we started a little duo together and we co-wrote a few tunes. When I released my first album I told her I wanted this tune to go in my album, and so it happened! I arranged it, and then producers Natema gave it the magic touch. The other songs in the album are all written and arranged by myself, and I have amazing musicians playing on it, for example Xantone Blacq (Amy Winehouse), Dominic Grant (Courtney Pine) or Steve Richardson (Shirley Bassey, Spice Girls...). If you ask me about the creative process behind every song it's gonna fill many pages of your mag, you don't want to go there now! (laughs)
“Grace’s voice is very transparent” - Ricky Martin
“The London based performer engages with her sweet refrains and the subtle twists” - Keith Ames, The Musician (MU Magazine)
“Your performance was fantastic and I think you genuinely did stun the audience” - Producer of BBC TV’s Children In Need
Grace Rodson announces the video for the title track and debut single from her second album ‘Samba In My Bones’, to be released March 2015 on Gracimusic Ltd / JFM Records. Grace has had a diverse and eventful career leading up to 2015 having performed on prestigious stages and TV stations such as Glastonbury, and BBC TV’s Children in Need. Not to mention touring across Europe with Bjork and working alongside Ricky Martin.This has led to her winning numerous awards; including ‘BestSinger’ in UK Unsigned (2009) and ‘Best Album, Best Female Singer and Best Song' at the GSD Latin Music Awards (2011) as well as being a finalist for ‘Vocalist of the Year’ in the LUKAS Awards. In addition to her singing, songwriting and performing accolades her image has also begun to be recognised in the fashion industry, being picked up by exclusive designer brand Dar Sara Fashion who created the bespoke dresses featured in this video.
‘Samba In My Bones’ crafts a unique sound using Latin drums grooves and catchy guitar hooks, highlighted by a strong 90’s aesthetic, which is further complemented by Grace Rodson’s ‘transparent’ and memorable vocal prowess. Grace’s focus and passion has always been in music, “I sing because of my unconditional love for music, studying every single aspect of it that falls into my hands”. This is clearly evident in the emotional resonance of her vocal character, which is heard throughout her diverse range of material spanning across multiple genres. It’s interesting to note the video for ‘Samba In My Bones’ was filmed at Sarastro Restaurant, who sponsor Grace Rodson and invite her to perform regularly. Previously known as Graciela, Grace Rodson has nurtured her talent in many groups, most notably singing with ‘the Godfather of Salsa’ Roberto Pla, notable for his strong influence on the afrolatin music scene. Completing a postgraduate degree in Vocal Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, her abilities have even led her to conduct / compose with the London String Ensemble for a film.
2015 is set to be an exciting year for Grace Rodson with the upcoming release of her second studio album ‘Samba In My Bones’ following her debut L.P ‘Now It Is Me’. This release features an array of talented musicians including Dave Kilminster (touring musician with Roger Waters), Xantone Blacq (pianist for Amy Winehouse) and Francesco Mendolia (drummer for Incognito). In addition to this, Grace Rodson will be recording an E.P in Spanish as well as unveiling other exciting projects (brand new album on the pipeline!).
To celebrate the release of this lead single, Grace will be performing an exclusive invite only show at The Library Members Club in Leicester Square on Wednesday the 10th of March, alongside an array of upcoming media appearances. There will be a complimentary drink for those who arrive between 7:30 and 8:30pm, after that you'll have to pay for your own drinks.
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Grace Rodson has been nominated for the second consecutive year to the LUKAS AWARDS 2015.
The Latin-UK Awards, better known as The LUKAS, is the UK's fastest growing awards ceremony and its biggest Latin-themed celebration, recognizing our contribution to Music, Dance, Sport, Arts, Business and Society. Created by the UK’s leading Latino publication, Latino Life (www.latinolife.co.uk), The LUKAS is a fantastic, colourful, and entertaining celebration of Britain’s rapid growing passion for all things Latino.
The LUKAS Gala Ceremony is the most prestigious event of the year for the UK’s rapidly growing community of Latin culture fans. Described by global ballet star Carlos Acosta as “the hootest event in the Latin diary,” it attracts UK and international stars such as dancers Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta and Rafael Amargo, rock royalty David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), designers Vivienne Westwood and Stephan Rolland, and premier league footballers Hugo Rodallega, Luis Suarez and Martin DiMichelis.
How Voting works:
For the majority of the awards, there are two rounds of public voting: The primary round is open to all those eligible (see nominating a candidate for criteria) and runs for one month. The public can vote once only for each award during this period. A shortlist made of the top five most voted for nominees for each award then enter a final round of voting, with their votes carried through. The second and final round also lasts one month, in which the public can vote again.
Votes will be frozen at the end of the first round and carried through.
The public can vote a total of twice for every nominee: once in the primary round and once again in the final round.
In each of the two votes, we reserve the right to accept up to four submissions per IP address (to account for households) to avoid fake or multiple accounts.
The winners and runners up will be decided at the end of final round, with the public vote counting for 50% and the remaining 50% by votes from a panel of experts selected for each award. The two percentages will be added up to decide the winner.
Vote for Grace Rodson to the Vocalist of the Year award here:
Grace Rodson may be quiet but not still! She is fully focused on the recording and production of her two new albums: one EP in Spanish with 6 songs (versions of some of her previous released songs in English plus a completely new one), and one in English with a full list of new music to make you dance! The albums have some interesting guest musicians and rappers, so wait to hear more about this. You can keep up to date with what's going on on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Grace has been nominated for the 3rd consecutive year to the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS) 2016 as Vocalist of the Year, along with other talented colleagues of the UK Latin community. To vote for her you click on http://www.thelukas.co.uk/awards#category=music&award=59 and vote before the 28th of November 2016. There will be another voting round for those selected as finalists. A shortlist made of the top five most voted for nominees for each award then enter a final round of voting, with their votes carried through. The second and final round lasts two weeks, in which the public can vote again. Votes will be frozen at the end of the first round and carried through. The second round of voting will begin on December 1st and end on December 15th. The winners and runners up will be decided at the end of the final round, with the public vote counting for 50% and the remaining 50% by votes from a panel of experts selected for each award (exceptions listed below). The two percentages will be added up to decide the winner.
A steamy and powerful dance-pop track, featuring Grace Rodson's strong vocals and the godfather of salsa in the UK Roberto Pla on timbales. Remixed by Grammy winner Philip Larsen (Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding). Available on https://gracerodson.bandcamp.com/
Original mix included in Grace Rodson's album "Red Hot Fire" available only in physical format on www.gracimusic.com/shop
Grace has just performed a series of shows at the famous Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival as lead singer of the CONGA SHOW, featuring Latin-Pop hits by Gloria Estefan, JLo and Ricky Martin. This year the festival counts with an array of celebrities such as Tom Jones, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Lana del Rey or Rod Stewart.
The show is produced by Spirit Productions and choreographed by Richard Marcel, and it features some of the best musicians, dancers and singers in the genre.
More here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrr4N3YJjFM
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Grace Rodson has just released her new music video "Forgive Myself" (track included in the album "Red Hot Fire"). The song is about self-loving and self-forgiving; to portray this idea Grace has turned herself a ninja warrior/dancer who fights her darkness away. Watch it HERE.
Music Is My Life: "The music is great"
Obscure Sound: "It reminds me of Madonna."
Crack In The Road: "Lots of energy. Euro-pop/Trance"
Popmuzik: "The 90s feel of the production is fun"
The Beatforest: "Really fun and upbeat energy! 90s trance/house"
Tha A&R Radar: "Good melodies"
Indietronica: "90s Pop"
Best Before: "The video-clip of 'Bitten" is super intense"
Indie Trendsetters: "Lots of energy, high recording value"
"Grace's voice is soulful, gorgeously muscular and throbbing" - Matthew Wright, The Arts Desk
As part of the 25th Anniversary of the Jazzwise magazine, J-Sonics & Grace Rodson will be performing at Ronnie Scott's on the main stage, late night show.
Book your tickets now!
Originally from a small town in Spain, Grace found herself in London 13 years ago ready to throw herself into her singing career. Grace studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has performed with some amazing artists! In 2011 she released her first album and is now promoting her 3rd studio album "Red Hot Fire". You can regularly see her performing every Friday & Saturday at Sarastro in Covent Garden (London).
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