Fiona Steele and Ailsa Mitchell are the talented duo, GraceJean. Making music together since 2017, these talented female songwriters are set to release their much anticipated debut album, Long Black Road.
Having given a taste of the sound and feel of the album that is to come, GraceJean debuted with single, Turn Away, highlighting the musical and songwriting talent of these two women. Sure to be an unmissable show, the launch of their album will be at the Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 5 October, bringing their record to life.
Expect heartfelt lyricism meeting lush arrangement as GraceJean explores harmonic balance and indie folk territory. A shared love for music and creating together has formed strong foundations for these two and with Turn Away, Steele and Mitchell showcased a strong dynamic as both performers and songwriters.
Engineered by Anna Laverty (Paul Dempsey, Florence and The Machine) and Guus Hoevenaars (Scissor Sisters, Eryn Woods) at Newmarket Studios, mastered by Joe Carra (Courtney Barnett, The Teskey Brothers) at Crystal Mastering, Turn Away and Long Black Road is said to have come to life in recording and creative environment that nurtured positivity and musical strength.
“We find ourselves in our element in the depths of writing a song together; piecing it together word by word, one chord at a time, deliberating over nuance and imagery. That’s our happy place,” said the duo.
Working with another female artist, Steele and Mitchell partnered with their friend and videographer, Mardy Bridges, to create the first official music video for the album. ‘Take It From Me’ performed in the Churchill Church, GraceJean explains, “The video was our first experiment in making a DIY film clip. We travelled to Taradale in regional Victoria with our fiercely talented photographer and videographer friend Mardy Bridges, who has been an incredible asset in our journey as a band, because of both her technical and artistic skills.”
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