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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // September 7, 2020
Get ready to completely lose your mind because Baker Grace is 100% going to blow you away with her unique brand of alternative pop. With angelic vocals and vulnerable lyricism, Grace is truly leaving us stunned with her stellar sophomore EP, Yourz Truly. But don’t take our word for it… stream Yourz Truly and recognize that Grace’s potential is infinite.
On Yourz Truly, Baker Grace reflected,
“It’s a reflection of who I am as a person and who I want to become. Through writing these songs, I found a way to stay true to myself, even when the world wanted to pull me in so many different directions. Each song is a letter to myself or to somebody else, because writing letters has always been one of the best ways for me to be completely truthful. It allows me to get down to the core of what I want to say, which is the main goal in all my music: to be as raw and honest as possible.”
To celebrate the release of her new music, we recently chatted with Baker Grace about vocal exercises, writing letters, and of course, Yourz Truly.
HH: No matter how humble you may be, you can’t deny that you have the vocals of an ANGEL. What vocal exercises do you do to maintain your signature sound?
BG: That’s so sweet. My parents never put me in voice lessons because they wanted me to develop a natural tone. I started taking voice lessons about two years ago to help with live performances and studio recording. It was amazing to start to develop my instrument and see how far I could take my voice. It’s all about breath and placement so I do a lot of breathing exercises like breathing into a straw and a ton of lip trills.
HH: Writing letters is a dying art form, but you certainly haven’t lost touch with it. Why do you love penning letters so much?
BG: I just feel like people are most honest in letters. I express love with words a lot of the time. Letters are so powerful to me because they give people a way to hold on to my words and keep them forever.
HH: You’ve shared that Yourz Truly is a reflection of who you are as a person and who you want to become. What are the most important qualities you find in yourself?
BG: Definitely my drive and determination to learn and create. I stay curious about everything and I just find life so fascinating. I never want to lose that part of me that is grateful just to be alive, even if I am not exactly sure why or how life came to be.
HH: How does Yourz Truly compare to Girl, I Know?
BG: Yourz Truly is more mature in content and a lot more authentic to me. I fully embraced my love of poetry and hip hop. It isn’t super refined and it isn’t just pretty, there are darker synths, deep electronic bass, and 808’s that represent the chaos and pain I was experiencing at the time.
HH: Do you have a favorite track on Yourz Truly?
BG: Definitely “B.Y.F.M.” It just makes me feel powerful when I listen to it and I love the drop chorus. The producer, Stefan Accardo, just killed it on this one. I was feeling insecure because of the pressure from other people to look a certain way and be a certain way, and I just said screw it, I am worthy and so is everyone else. I want to make a song that makes everyone feel like a complete badass.
HH: Are there any songs that didn’t make the cut? Why did you decide to make an EP instead of an LP?
BG: There were many songs that I love and I hope to release in the future but weren’t cohesive with the EP. I love this EP but I want my first LP to be really special and hit at a time when I’ve built my fan base up a little more. I am going to put my all into it and I can’t wait to start creating a whole album.
HH: If you could collaborate with anyone in the music industry, who would you pick?
BG: Definitely J. Cole. I have seen him live and completely fan girl. His lyrics, authenticity, and production and how he makes it look so smooth and easy, gets me every time.
HH: What are your three hidden hits?
BG: Hard question but right now:
“Hi Lyfe” – NISHA
“California” – Chappell Roan
“Smiling When I Die” – Sasha Sloan