Grace’s debt to Ledger
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