Today we’d like to introduce you to Joey Grace.
Joey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
About 15 years ago, I packed up my car and drove for 4 days by myself from my hometown of Rochester, NY to Los Angeles. I had always wanted to live in a place with warm weather and unlimited opportunities. As an actor, singer, artist, and special education teacher, I wanted to be in a place where I could literally “do it all.” At first, I was just teaching. Then, I spent time just acting. But music was missing from my life. I was having difficulty juggling the arts and a career.
Now, I finally feel like I have found a nice balance. During the day, I am a full-time special education teacher. I work with high school students in South Central. My students have disabilities and also deal with poverty, pregnancy, gang affiliations, depression, anxiety, and addictions. It’s a tough job, but very rewarding. My students like me because I am quirky and fun. I show up on my Harley Davidson, dye my hair pink, and play the ukulele in class! I do whatever it takes to grab their attention and build relationships and trust.
After work, I go on acting auditions, create art, and work on my music. Out of everything that I like to do, I have come to the conclusion that making music is my biggest passion. I love to perform in front of a crowd, and I am thrilled to say that I just released six songs! And recently I sang the National Anthem at Staples Center. It was such an amazing experience!
Right now I am most focused on my music career. I wrote and distributed the songs for the album “Beautiful Storm”, created my own website, designed my merchandise, and have literally been doing all of the work of getting my name out there. Over the next few months I will be putting out a new song recorded by @sirmal, and filming a few music videos with artists @letterlapse, @twinsfromrussia, @builtbyugene, @
Has it been a smooth road?
In my life I feel very fortunate to have people who love me and want me to succeed… but it has not been a smooth road for me. My parents got divorced when I was a senior in high school, which was a crucial time for me as I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. I felt very lost, and that’s when I started having panic attacks. I got student loans and just sort of figured everything out on my own, but it was definitely stressful.
After college, I drove for 4 days from NY to CA and didn’t even have a job lined up yet! But I simply believed that everything would work out… and it did. That whole experience taught me that if you have intelligence and ambition, and you really put all of your energy into what you want, you will be okay. One of my favorite quotes is, “Leap, and the net will appear.”
Over the years, I have been in a couple of relationships with alcoholics, which was tough. But I learned a lot from those experiences and became a super strong chick. I know who I am and what I want in life.
I’ve dealt with anxiety on and off throughout the years, which is no fun. But you can probably tell that I’m a “pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep on going” kind of person. And I’ve learned to only surround myself with loving, positive, supportive people.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I just released an album entitled “Beautiful Storm”, and am in the process of promoting myself as a solo act in Los Angeles. The thing that sets me apart from other singers and performers is that I have very beautiful, ethereal vocals and I do live looping. I can build a song from scratch, right there in front of an audience. But most importantly, I really feel the music. There’s true emotion in my live singing, and that’s what draws people in.
Audiences love it when I play my keytar. I have also been known to play the pocket piano, melodica, ukulele, and the accordion… and sing into a megaphone! I am quirky and not afraid to have fun and be different. I am proud of my new album, and can’t wait to make more music and collaborate with some of my favorite artists.
Where do you see your industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc?
With technology and social media in the picture, the music world is constantly changing. I’m going to stay true to myself and keep on creating things that I love. Over the next 5-10 years I’ll keep making music and interesting music videos. I plan on making a music video from start to finish by myself at some point. I also want to release a super raw “demo tape” sort of album that I record completely on my own.
I would like to be hired by bands, musicians, and recording studios to be a studio singer, since I LOVE being in the recording studio.
My biggest dream in life is to sing with Peter Gabriel. I daydream that Peter will call me on the phone one day to invite me to sing with him! I want to be the opening act for Lykke Li, Banks, and Neil Finn. I also want to work with BT (Brian Transeau). I actually met BT and his wife at a rollerskating rink not too long ago, and we took a photo together! Hopefully our love of rollerskating and music will make BT want to work with me soon.
I’ve spent my life taking care of other people… But now, it’s my time. It’s my turn to have my dreams become a reality. I truly believe that, very soon, one special person will give me an opportunity to shine my brightest. One person will take a chance on me, and I will soar.
- Website: www.joeygrace.com
- Phone: (585)278-7900
- Email: joeygracemusic@gmail.
- Instagram: https://www.
Gregg Brown (actorphotola.com)