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Grace wrapped up her Summer tour (with one day left of the season to spare) last night, and though it may have literally not ended on a high-note due to a debilitating sore throat that’s been plaguing her for nearly a couple of weeks that forced the concert to cut short, the rest of the tour was a magnificent success. It was a showcase for not only Grace’s continued logarithmic evolution as a performer, but also for her jaw dropping new music that she previewed over the course of the tour in the form of three mesmerizing new songs; “Don’t Like U”, “The City”, and my personal favourite “Poseur”.

Let’s do a quick review of concert highlights to celebrate this tour…

“Broke” – A Samm Henshaw cover at the first stop of the tour at the Railbird Music Festival outside of Lexington Kentucky…

 

“Don’t Like U” – The debut of an as yet unreleased track from Grace’s upcoming EP (also announced on the tour). Grace – the rockstar – in full effect…in Ashville

 

“The City” – Another new track likely to appear on the coming EP (this performance was from the August 27th show in Los Angeles)…

 

“Poseur” – Grace’s latest masterpiece from (PLEASE) the Fall EP (this is my favourite rendition from the Detroit show)…

 

Hats off to Grace’s tour crew, band and openers who all kicked butt for the last two months!

The real story, to me, though, is Grace’s champion’s heart. She fought so hard throughout the last show in Baltimore. It was a painful scene to watch, but also inspiring.

Forgive me for any “toxic masculinity” that follows, but last night reminded me of a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship (Mixed Martial Arts)) match between a then reigning Featherweight Champion Max Holloway and a phenom (Jiu Jitsu prodigy) contender Brian Ortega who had raced to the top in an undefeated run within just two short years. As Grace was simply overwhelmed by her debilitating laryngitis, Ortega was just outclassed by his much more experienced opponent as he took punch after punch, round after round, but never gave up even though he should have. If left to his own devices he would have literally been killed that night because no matter how badly he was being beaten down, no matter how severe his injuries were he refused to surrender, though he was thankfully saved by a medical stoppage 20 very long minutes into the fight. Though both Grace and Ortega were defeated by their opponents on their respective fight nights you have to admire the drive and determination they have in them. Many performers twice her age would have, probably very wisely, given up long before Grace did, but she didn’t want to disappoint her fans and did her absolute best before going down swinging. I truly hope she doesn’t make a habit of torturing herself like this in the future as I don’t want to see her in that much pain, physical and emotional, again simply for the sake of a concert.

Get some much earned rest, Grace, and if you have to skip WE Day, there will be more such events, don’t worry about it.

Grace also gave, despite the interviewer being stuck in a time machine set to 2016, a great and funny interview in Richmond Virginia on September 19th where she discussed how money will “rain down” on her 18th birthday, working almost exclusively now with friend and producer Ido Zmishlany and more…

 

Colorado State University’s “CTVNews” also posted their full-length interview with Grace that touched on numerous topics including Grace resuming on-line schooling…

 

As I briefly mentioned above Grace is scheduled to appear at We Day at the United Nations on September 25th, but I honestly can’t see her recovering in time to perform. We’ll see how that plays out.

We have a bit of a drought coming up as we wait for Grace to recover, put the polishing touches on her EP and then finally promoting it with what many of us hope will be a proper “push” from the label leading up to, or possibly following, the release of “Stargirl” on Disney+.

Until next time!