About the Artist

Today I thought I’d change it up a bit and do an about me post. I don’t like talking about myself much and I tend to prefer to not put myself out there, but I figure what the heck, Why not?

The Generals

I’m originally from Chicago but I now call Vancouver, BC home. My birthday is August 20th and my birthday happens to be my paternal grandparent’s anniversary! I come from a musical family as my maternal grandfather was a singer in a 50s rock n’ roll group called Billy Ward and the Dominoes. My parents aren’t particularly musical; well Mom “beatboxes” and Dad is learning to play the bass but he’s too busy focused on making sure he has the right attitude. But they encourage me and my two younger brothers to pursue our dreams and encourage us in our musical endeavours; plus they’ve paid for the instruments and lessons so they’re musical. I was homeschooled for 10 years and graduated homeschooling and that has added a distinct colour to the way I see the world. I’ve always been taught to look at things in a unique way and my parents always encouraged us to learn from anything and everything.

Grace, the Artist

I love music. I can’t go a day without singing or doing something musical in my day. I’m working on focusing more of my energy into my writing but even as that is developing I still love music. Music is so ingrained into who I am as a person that even if my professional plans don’t map out the way I intend, I’ll still need to write and create music to live.

I’m a firm believer in art for arts sake. Art is necessary for life. It’s expressive and unique and stimulates the mind in a different way. Art can change lives, impact culture, and shape the future. As an artist, I try my best to always remember the power that I have been gifted with in order to remember the impact my creativity can have. I have been given an incredible gift and that’s absolutely terrifying at times. Sometimes, I get scared that I’m not treating it right; but right when I start to doubt myself, I always receive some reassurance that I’m doing well.

Grace, the Person

I’m an extremely introverted person who likes to talk. Yes, it may seem slightly contradictory but it’s true. I’m great in one on one situations and in very small groups of people, but if I’m invited to be in a group where I am one of 5, I conveniently have “plans”. This isn’t because I don’t like people it’s just that I get overwhelmed and drained in large groups of people.  BUT, if it’s a smaller situation, I will talk until the cows come home. It’s not that I like hearing my own voice but I sometimes need to hear things said to see if they make any sense. Sometimes they do make sense, sometimes they don’t.

I’m very opinionated. Probably, too opinionated. But I’m completely okay with that. I’m not afraid to speak my mind, especially if the topic is important. I believe people should be encouraged to be their best and to live out their fullest potential. I care very little about what people think of me, if it would prohibit me from living the life that I need to live. I’m a firm believer that young women should be encouraged to love themselves to the fullest and to not limit themselves or their dreams and to not be solely defined by their sexuality. As a person who invests themselves into music and eventually the industry, I so want to use my platform to encourage young women in being strong, confident women that are not dependant on the thoughts of others. I have been blessed to be surrounded by strong confident women who have encouraged me to be that way and I in turn want to do the same for others.

A Few of My Favourite Things

Music. But more importantly, good music. I like music with strong lyrics that capture the heart and mind with images and ideas that resonate within the mind of the listener. I’m open to almost anything genre-wise but admittedly, country & bluegrass can be a stretch. I don’t necessarily have favourite artists as I love and appreciate too many to pick favourites. However, there are a few that have special places in my heart and have caused me to see music in a new way. These guys and gals — in no particular order —  include Alicia Keys, Robert Glasper, Paramore, Lauryn Hill, & Flyleaf. There are more, many more, but that’s another post for another time.

Books. I’ll read just about anything. In fact, as a kid I did used to read the dictionary when my mom would make me look up the definitions of the words on my spelling lists for the week. I think my love of reading has shaped my love of words. I think it’s made me a better writer and a better thinker. I appreciate the way words can be strung together and used to help create pictures of new worlds, ideas and people.

Coffee. I do like coffee. If you follow me on Instagram @TheGraceRose, (SHAMELESS PLUG) I’m more than certain that there will be some coffee pictures.

Period dramas. I love a great period drama with Downton Abbey being my favourite. There’s just something about a well-executed period drama and I do think the Brits do it best. My mother doesn’t get it but in her defence, I do get way too emotionally invested in the lives of the characters. What can I say? I like a good story.

YouTube. Who could have thought that one little website would make me so happy? I love seeing people create and share their creativity with the world. Some of my fave YouTubers include Mr. Ben Brown, Superwoman, Louis Cole, Grace Helbig, JacksGap and JusReign. There are many more but these are the few of my faves that I could think of in this moment.

Laughing. I love to laugh. I love to make people laugh. I went through a stand up comic phase which was completely horrible for all of my family to go through. I Love Lucy is a guaranteed way to make me laugh as I also really love that show. Plus Lucille Ball is an ICON and if I could be half as courageous as her, I’d be only too happy.

WhoLock. So for those who don’t know, WhoLock refers to the Doctor Who and Sherlock fan audiences or fandoms as they are more colloquially called. I’m a Sherlockian and I’m way too attached to this show. It’s so smart and witty and funny and well-written and I need to stop. I’m also a Whovian and I’m not ashamed of it. Admittedly, I’m a bit newer to this fandom but one of my best friends is a Whovian and she got me into the show. Ten (David Tennant) is my favourite but I am quite attached to Eleven (Mr. Matt Smith). Amy, Donna and Rose are all tied for my fave companion and I’m getting way too fangirly and I should probably stop otherwise I won’t ever stop.

Onesies. I mean the reason we wear them as kids is because they’re amazing so why not continue the amazingness as an adult. They’re comfy and warm and they make me so happy. I have several but I think the biggest statement one is my TARDIS onesie WITH a hood, pockets and removable feet (I told you I liked Doctor Who).

Well that’s about all I can think of today. I hope you enjoyed this different kind of vibe. I’ll be back to my typical content next time. Leave a comment below tell me a little bit about you! I’ll pop down in the comments and say hello. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Peace & Harmonies.

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