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Grace Pettis Releases New Single/Video

An award-winning singer songwriter from Austin via Alabama, Grace Pettis has amassed a hearty resume. Grace, whose debut single for MPress Records "Landon" was received with tremendous critical acclaim, has been characterized as "a little bit folk, a little bit country/Americana and a whole lot of soul.

Energized from recording her full debut album in Nashville for MPress (set for release in 2021), her new song and accompanying video, "Drop Another Pin", is already turning heads. Featuring co-production and keyboard contributions from fellow Austin native Shakey Graves, the uptempo track was mixed by Grammy® winner Andy Zulla (Kelly Clarkson).

The accompanying video to "Drop Another Pin" required a heap of DIY from Grace as she made it at home during lockdown. Conceived and directed by Grace, husband Cris Lopez (New Wildebeest) filmed it in 4K on a cellphone. Grace then edited, colour-corrected and added overlays of stock footage. The result is both fresh and retro, with the imagery of an old time projector bringing out a classic VCR- looking time stamp.

Photograph by Nicola Gell Photography

Dishing out hearty portions of hooks,"Drop Another Pin" is a catchy, alt-country ode to living in the moment.. Grace says of the song: "Remember when we woke up one day and the whole world had changed? We lost jobs. We lost houses. We lost our savings. We lost faith in our government, and in our society.  Maybe we even lost family and friends to a deadly pandemic. Now, more than ever, the idea that nothing is permanent or safe is real to me....We can only live in the moment we're in, the best that we can, getting comfortable with change, and trying to stay centred in the present. I'm happiest when I'm able to center myself within my own little dot on the map, in the midst of constant change." In between recording and hosting/playing on multitude of virtual concerts, Grace has been actively advocating for racial justice. She released the powerful song "White Noisefrom which all proceeds are being donated to Colour Of Change, an organization devoted to racial equality. It is currently available exclusively via Noisetrade as a donation-based download. Grace also holds-down duties as a member (along with Rebecca Loebe and BettySoo) of the Americana/folk-pop trio Nobody's Girl.

Grace has been steadily garnering attention for several years.  She is the winner of many of the nation's most prestigious songwriting contests, including NPR's Mountain Stage New Song Contest, and has received grants from the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.  Grace's songs have been recorded by other esteemed artists, including Sara Hickman and Ruthie Foster, and she added to her songwriting accomplishments in 2019 by signing a publishing deal with BMG.  Her highly acclaimed independently released records, Grace Pettis (2009), Two Birds (2012), and the acoustic EP, Blue Star in a Red Sky (2018), have garnered praise from top notch magazines, newspapers and radio.

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