Artist Spotlight: Gracie Abrams

by Riley Coyne '24 on April 8, 2023
A&E Staff

Arts & Entertainment

Gracie Abrams is a rising singer-songwriter who has been making waves in the music industry with her emotionally charged lyrics and beautiful voice. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1999, Abrams grew up in a creative family, with her father being a film director. She was surrounded by music from a very young age and began to write her own songs when she was only thirteen years old. 

After graduating high school, Abrams moved to New York City to pursue a full-time career in music. She started posting her original songs on social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram, where she quickly gained a following. In 2019, she released her debut single, “Mean It,” which was produced with the help of Grammy-nominated producer Blake Slatkin. Her debut single was a commercial success, and this top hit helped to establish Abrams as an upcoming star in the music industry. 

Since then, Abrams has released a multitude of singles and EPs, including “Stay,” “This Is What It Feels Like,” and “Minor”, which includes her most streamed song of all time “I Miss You, I’m Sorry.” Her music is often known for its raw and honest lyrics that tug at the heart strings of listeners. Her songs explore the themes of love, loss, heartbreak, and self-discovery. Abrams also is extremely vocal about her struggles with depression and anxiety, and she uses her public platform to raise awareness about mental health issues. In an interview with Billboard in 2019, Abrams admitted that writing and performing music felt therapeutic for her. “A lot of the songs I write are therapy for me. They’re the way I work through things that are going on in my head.” She truly encourages her fans to reach out and seek help for their mental health if they need it. In an Instagram post in 2020, Abrams shared the following statement “It’s okay to not be okay. There’s no shame in asking for help. You’re not alone.” By being so open about such a taboo topic, Abrams is able to use her music to connect with others who may be going through similar experiences. 

Beginning on March 6th, the 23-year-old artist kicked off her North American tour for her recent album released in February, titled Good Riddance. In the past, Gracie Abrams has toured alongside many other successful artists like Olivia Rodrigo, mxmtoon, and Conan Gray. Not only does she have her own tour coming up over these next few months, but in addition to that she is also touring with one of the most talented female musicians of this generation: Taylor Swift. 

With her unique voice, and deeply personal and relatable lyrics, Gracie Abrams has quickly become a favorite among fans and critics alike. As she gains popularity, it will be exciting to see where her career takes her next.