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GRACE AMOS releases EVERLONG cover plus her Top 5 favourite albums of all time!

Upcoming singer-songwriter Grace Amos has just released a beautiful, delicate cover of the Foo Fighters’ classic Everlong, tapping into the intimate beauty of the original in a completely unique way, out now. The release was a work of serendipity, as Foo Fighters had just announced their surprise one-off stadium show in Geelong last Friday. Earlier this month, Grace revealed a raw, behind-the-scenes video to accompany the cover, showcasing the track’s creation in the studio.  Grace’s take on Everlong follows the release of her latest original single, the vulnerable DECIDE, a stunning interrogation of the self as the singer grapples with developing feelings for another woman.

It takes serious musicianship to cover one of the worlds’ most beloved songs and add something totally fresh – and that’s exactly what Grace has done with Everlong. Her deep, soft vocal melts across a shimmering piano bed, allowing the listener to sink into the poignant, evocative lyricism; it’s the kind of track you’d put on to slow dance to with your forever love, or at the end of a long, rainy night, curled up on the couch with a book and a tea. Accompanist Bill Risby created that sublime piano arrangement, and keyboardist Adam Sofo built the lush, abundant orchestral landscape to wrap around Grace’s beautiful vocal.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the cover, Grace says, Something about Everlong has always caught my eye.  It’s so beautiful, and so well known that I was confused as to why I couldn’t find a cover of it that really showcases the lyrics. I feel that I’ve really achieved this, particularly with the mix of piano and strings in the instrumental.”

Grace’s Top 5 favourite albums of all time 

(in no particular order)

  1. Taylor Swift – Speak Now (Better Than Revenge)

It was so hard to choose just one Taylor Swift album, she’s been such a huge influence on my music and really who I am today. I grew up on Taylor Swift and her musical journey, and have begun to follow in her footsteps to discover her sound, starting with country and moving into different genres and styles. The ‘Speak Now’ album, however, was probably the first time I realised I wanted to make music like her. My favourite song off the album, ‘Better Than Revenge’, is a song I still listen to, almost on a daily basis, and it is continually inspiring me to use music as a release of emotions and a way to communicate who I am and how I feel to a wider audience. 

  1. Billie Eilish – WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (all the good girls go to hell)

Billie Eilish has always been, and will always be, a huge inspiration for me, not only musically but personally. Her music has always felt so different and so unique to me because it is so individually and truthfully hers. This album specifically stuck out to me because of the production behind her songs and how she manipulates sounds and ideas and creates such a visual experience throughout her songs. “all the good girls go to hell” is my favourite song because of the ideas behind it and how different it is to some of the other popular music that’s around these days. 

  1. Vera Blue – Perennial (Said Goodbye To Your Mother)

This is one of those albums that I keep rediscovering. I could leave it for a while but when I come back to it, I know all the words to all the songs and am always able to hear new aspects of the songs I hadn’t heard before. I’ve always looked up to Vera Blue as an artist and a performer. I’ll never forget the first time I saw her live – she was absolutely mesmerising. My favourite song on the album is easily ‘Said Goodbye To Your Mother’. I feel like it is so underrated but such an honest, raw and beautiful song – one I wish I could listen to again for the first time. 

  1. The Killers – Direct Hits (When You Were Young)

The Killers are a band that I’ve been obsessed with since I was really young. I have a lot of fond memories of listening to their songs at full volume, singing along to every word. I have this album on vinyl and it is probably the one I’ve spun the most. Their songs are so timeless and always have a way of making me feel nostalgic and happy. It was so hard to choose a favourite song but I always go back to ‘When You Were Young’. I love the themes behind the song – the lyrics are so powerful and honest – and the melodies and harmonies are to die for.

  1. Amy Shark – Love Monster (Don’t Turn Around)

Amy Shark is one of those artists who I will always turn to for inspiration. I’ve loved following her musical journey, watching her delve into new sounds, collabs and ideas. ‘Love Monster’ was, and continues to be, a huge inspiration for me with my own music, lyrically and musically. ‘Don’t Turn Around’ is a song I always come back to. Shark always tries to find new ways to write her songs with intricate rhythmic patterns, singing in a way that most wouldn’t think to. Her songs are so simple and catchy and yet she finds a way to make the ideas complex and powerful, effectively carving her way through the music industry. 

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