Grace Empson is an aspiring Jazz/Pop artist who uses her voice and guitar to captivate audiences all over the world. After developing her sound in lockdown on web-forum ‘Sessions Live,’ Grace is excited to break into Christchurch’s music scene for a more local presence. Like the voice of Norah Jones meeting Joe Pass’s guitar: Grace's unique style is golden.
With a burning passion for music, Grace took her guitar overseas on a cultural exchange trip to China in 2018. She lead a group who used iconic New Zealand songs to teach Maori and English to kids in Lanzhou. This broadened her world view and by extension, her music.
The raw emotion in her live performances are unmatched. She has turned her life’s hardships into a beauty never heard before.
Currently studying music arts at Ara, teaching music to local kids and gigging whenever she can, music has overwhelmed Grace’s life and she’s loving it. Her songwriting is becoming heavily influenced by Jazz techniques and harmony because she cannot resist aspiring to be like the greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Norah Jones, Joe Pass and Billie Holiday.
After being prominent in festivals and events in her area, Grace is now looking to explore the more of what the Canterbury music scene has to offer. Grace Empson embodies ‘60s jazz arriving on the modern music scene. She is the kiwi feminist who never let go of underground Jazz.