Singer-songwriter Katie Grace was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. A model Catholic school girl by day, she turned bad girl at night, playing alt-country and bluegrass music in every local dive bar in the Motor City.
She honed her skill as the bassist in some of Detroit's finest alt-country bands; Doop and the Inside Outlaws and Shotgun Wedding, and wielded a stand-up bass in the traditional roots music quartet The Salt Miners and the all-female bluegrass ensemble, Syreens. As an integral part of these bands, she traveled to Austin, Texas for a showcase at the SXSW Music Festival and a string of shows in New York City and the Eastcoast.
After a successful run as a sidewoman and a duet partner, she decided to branch out on her own. She began writing songs that she says, “tell honest stories and say what everyone is thinking but no one has the guts to say out loud.” This genuine songwriting started getting the attention of other musicians. She was invited to join Detroit’s Inside Outlaw Songwriting Collective, a group of like-minded composers who’s experience and influence have led her to her goals of “giving my audience something they can relate to” and, ultimately, “letting the songs speak for themselves.” She introduced her songs by performing at the collective's monthly showcases and developed an audience of her own. She put together a band comprised of Matt D’mitts (lead guitar and backing vocal), Greg Beyer (bass) and Alex Trajano (drums) to record the tracks. This recording session at Ghetto Recorders studio with noted producer/engineer Jim Diamond resulted in her debut album.
In February of 2012, "Best Bad Girl" was released. The 10-song album ranges from alt-country fare of the title track to rockin' tunes such as "Hey Bartender" and "Wine on the Workdays and Whiskey on the Weekends". "Every person has a unique set of experiences and stories. These are mine," She says of the songs on "Best Bad Girl."
Detroit Metro Times music critic Brett Callwood said, "Best Bad Girl" is magnificent. The sound is certainly alt-country, but it is also smooth and radio-friendly. At her best, as she usually is, Grace is capable of tearing your heart out of your chest and stomping on it, then dusting it off and putting it back."
The album has been featured on Dave Marsh's "Kick Out The Jams" show on Sirius XM radio and Ann Delisi's Essential Music Show on WDET Detroit radio and numerous other Americana and country radio shows nationwide. She hit the road for a string of regional shows in New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia this past spring.
Every good Catholic school girl has a bad side, and the bad side can be very, very good!
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