Alt-country singer songwriter Katie Grace releases her debut album "Best Bad Girl" on February 18, 2012.
Katie Grace 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.
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."
The album has already 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. She will hit the road for a string of regional shows this spring.
Every good Catholic school girl has a bad side, and the bad side can be very, very good!
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