Grace Hughes continues to impress
BANGALOW singer songwriter Grace Hughes continues to impress with the launch of her first EP last week.
Straight Lines is the latest offering from the talented 15-year-old who made headlines last year by winning the Lismore Young Songwriter of the Year (female) competition.
The EP contains four tracks - Pretty Girl, Straight Lines, Monster in My Head and Iron Heart - all written and arranged by Hughes.
Hughes describes her music as "acoustic pop" and said she writes about "love, people I have met, places I have visited and stories I have heard".
"Straight Lines was inspired by an autistic boy I have the pleasure of knowing, and the song Pretty Girl was written for all the teenage girls who lack the confidence to be themselves," she said.
The Year 10 Trinity student, who is currently working on a music video to support the tracks now available on iTunes, said making the EP was a great experience.
"Choosing the album cover was the most complicated part of putting the EP together," she said.
"We did the shoot with Calvin Bradshaw at a pine forest north of Brisbane. It was getting dark and I was surrounded by mosquitoes but we got a great shot."
Hughes is now looking to secure music management to help take her career to the next level, although she is clear that "my studies come first at this stage".
While keen to pursue a singing career, Hughes has ruled out taking part in any of the singing competitions currently screening on television.
"I don't think so, I don't believe in those shows," she said.
While her immediate focus is on music, Hughes is also interested in acting and fashion.
While she is already making a name for herself, Hughes can been still be seen busking at Bangalow Markets "when my studies allow me time to do it".
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Straight Lines review
GRACE Hughes has written four solemn yet catchy songs.
They showcase the teenager's impressive singing and writing talents.
She is accompanied by very little throughout most of the compositions. A drumbeat, acoustic guitar, violin and a piano, among several other softer instruments, feature on each of the tracks (with the exception of Pretty Girl when a ukulele replaces the violin).
But without a doubt, Hughes's voice is the main attraction.
With a slight accent that lends it a unique quality, and a range that would put to shame many popular artists, it sticks in your head long after she's stopped singing.
The songs themselves are pleasant and easy to sing along to and appealing no matter what your mood. They build up slowly into an often strong and powerful chorus (another testament to Hughes's writing skills).
The melody of each is often sombre at the beginning and end but upbeat for the most part, with even a bit of jauntiness in some.
A definite EP to get. After you listen to it you'll be eagerly awaiting her next CD for just the perfect blend of upbeat foot-tapping beats and softly sung melancholy lyrics.
By Logan Freeborn