Female singer, topliner, songwriter, guitar player, producer, music lover. I bring a vintage sensibility to my own tracks, 60s surf, 70s punk, 80s pop, 90s riot grrl, etc. I work in service of the song. When we're really listening, the song will tell us exactly what it needs. That's when the magic is unleashed. Let's get magical!
I'm a lifer when it comes to songs, I started writing in 1993 and somehow had the astonishing foresight to carefully archive every melodic and lyrical idea I've ever had. That's a lot of cassette tapes! I went digital in 2009 when I got my first iPhone. I've self released five albums, two of which I recorded and produced myself.
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"Morgan Grace is a total badass in the best sense possible. Her songs are sharp, her sound is fierce and she can be deeply funny, philosophical or feeling whenever it suits her message or muse. Morgan writes, plays and produces her own work, and creates crazy great videos for them too. She does it all. There needs to be a new term for what she is: Renaissance Rocker." Nicholas Korn, composer, poet
"Morgan is downright inspiring to me as a woman in the music industry. Her songs have made me laugh, gasp, and cheer. She says things I never thought I could say out loud and that in itself is inspiring but watching her play the instruments, put the songs together, and produce the videos blows my freakin’ mind! Rock on!" Laura Marie, singer-songwriter
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Interview with Morgan Grace
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just produced an EP of Halloween songs, four originals and one cover. I played all the instruments, and mixed each track. It was super fun to create definitive versions of these silly halloween jams that I'd pretty much only played on an acoustic guitar. Now they'll live forever as Misfits style horror pop gems. Super fun to watch each track come to life on it's own.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've been writing and releasing rough drafts of new songs to a paid membership community. It's time to start polishing those up to release on my upcoming sixth album.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will always serve the song as best as I can.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love going deep into the zone on a song and writing parts that surprise me. The recording process is just as creative as the writing process.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was recording songs in my bedroom as a teenager on a Yamaha 4-track cassette recorder for years until I got a computer. I'm a songwriter first and foremost, learning to record and produce started as just another piece of the writing process, adding parts and layering instruments to serve the song in the best way. It can be frustrating to describe a sound you hear in your head. Learning how to produce my own music definitely gives me a bigger perspective when it comes to working with other songwriters. I produced my first cassette demo in 1999, and my third album Valentine in 2008. I needed a change of scenery so I got a CDL and took 8 years off to drive a big rig across the country. I returned to music in 2017.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with female singer songwriters.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take your mix as far as you can with EQ and reverb before you start adding any other plugins
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Unsigned, indie, DIY artists
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Serving the song, the song is the boss, it's my job to add and take away whatever suits the song best.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've been using Pro Tools for a couple of years, I was previously using Cakewalk by Sonar. I have a handful of nice condenser mics, a Fender Musicmaster bass amp (sounds amazing), and refinished 2x12 Music Man (basically a fender twin), a couple of Gretsch guitars, a 3/4 Lyle bass (it's old and cheap but still a fantastic daily driver), Native Instruments Komplete which I love and use constantly especially for piano and programming my own beats. I have an 88 weighted key Yamaha, and a handful of reverb pedals. My set up is simple but gives me all I need for what I do. I make drum beats in the box with high quality samples, everything else I can do in one room.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Songwriters who produce their own songs.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Toplining rock songs, where the song structure is in place but the song needs lyrics and a melody.