Grace’s debt to Ledger

The Sunday Times - - CONFIDENTIAL -

PERTH blues singer and gui­tarist Grace Woodroofe con­tin­ues to hon­our late ac­tor Heath Ledger, 10 years af­ter he took her un­der his wing at the ten­der age of 17.

“I’ll do it for the rest of my life,” she said.

Woodroofe, 27, had Ledger in her thoughts be­fore per­form­ing at Tel­stra Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val dur­ing the Flan­nel pa­rade on Fri­day night. “I think about him at the end of the day and be­fore each show,” she said. “I just want to do him proud.”

Ledger, who cre­ated a mu­sic video for her song Quick­sand, flew Woodroofe to LA and in­tro­duced her to blues-rock star Ben Harper, who pro­duced her al­bum and took her on tour. An emo­tional Woodroofe said she couldn’t bring her­self to watch the doc­u­men­tary I Am Heath Ledger, which she per­formed on. “It just feels a lit­tle hard still to see his face,” she said.

The ta­lented songstress said she had a stronger sense of self since be­ing im­mersed in the mu­sic in­dus­try at such a young age.

“As a woman in the in­dus­try, it can be hard but I feel re­ally sup­ported with my team and I’m ready to take the next step,” she said.

Woodroofe will per­form at the open­ing of Heath Ledger: A Life in Pic­tures ex­hi­bi­tion at The Art Gallery of Western Aus­tralia next month.

Ded­i­cated: Grace Woodroofe

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