IF you’re not yet familiar with the name Isaac Gracie, rest assured you likely soon will be! For this 23-year-old Londoner and former chorister is set to be one of the big breakthrough artists of the year.
The singer has just released his eagerly anticipated, and already critically lauded, debut album and is currently in the middle of his biggest UK tour to date.
Gracie’s self-titled album is released through Virgin EMI and was largely produced by Markus Dravs at RAK Studios in London.
It features eleven tracks, including the recent singles Terrified and The Death Of You & I, as well as the latest single Last Words - the original demo of which acted as the very first introduction to Gracie’s music.
Speaking about his debut long-player, Gracie says: “Over the course of the two years it took to complete this record, I learnt more about myself and about music than I had in the entirety of my prior life.
“It was the biggest test I’ve ever undertaken and a winding journey that I won’t forget.
“To now have the record as a physical representation of a heavy and formative time in my life, that can be traced and re-remembered through listening to it, is an awesome and unique reward for the time and effort and love that was spent on it.”
Isaac Gracie has been finding his feet, working out who he is and discovering what he wants since the industry spotlight first fell on him.
The fuss was caused by a dusty sounding, careworn home recording of Last Words that was uploaded online without expectation and anticipation of what might follow.
The voice behind it, and what a voice it is, was completely new to the premise of where writing a great song might lead him.
Even now Gracie will tell you that he’s still slowly working it all out, but this debut collection sounds as fully realised and confident as any of recent memory.
It’s full of deeply soul-searching, poetic and reflective songs and tunes that get quickly embedded in your sub-conscious.