Anna Graceman

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Anna Graceman
Birth nameAnna Graceman
BornJuneau, Alaska, United States
OriginSoutheast Alaska, United States
GenresFolk, rock, soul
OccupationsMusician, Entertainer, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Guitar
Years active2009–present
LabelsAnother Girl Records (Self-published)
Associated actsThe Lumineers, Jack Vidgen
Websiteannagraceman.com
 
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Anna Graceman
Birth nameAnna Graceman
BornJuneau, Alaska, United States
OriginSoutheast Alaska, United States
GenresFolk, rock, soul
OccupationsMusician, Entertainer, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Guitar
Years active2009–present
LabelsAnother Girl Records (Self-published)
Associated actsThe Lumineers, Jack Vidgen
Websiteannagraceman.com

Anna Graceman is an American folk, rock and soul singer-songwriter and pianist whose self-penned songs and music has gained attention home and abroad.[1][2] As of 2014 she has written and performed over 60 of her own published songs;[3] releasing her debut album on September 25, 2012.[4][5] In 2009, at the age of 9 years old, Graceman made several appearances on American National Television[citation needed] including the The Ellen DeGeneres Show (October 7, 2009) and performed her song "Paradise"[6] Later in 2011, at the age of 11, she gained wider popularity with her performances in the sixth season of the America's Got Talent competition.[7] In 2013, she performed 43 shows at The Palazzo Theater in The Venetian Hotel and Resort for eight weeks. Her performances there brought her critical acclaim.[8] Graceman has a substantial Internet presence. Collectively, her YouTube views exceed 150 million views. Her America's Got Talent audition video alone has over 35 million views as of December 23, 2013.[9]

Early life[edit]

Anna Graceman was born in Juneau, Alaska, to a stay-at-home mother, who played classical music to her before she was born. At three months old, Anna Graceman's parents started displaying flashcards for her to read and gain word association. This sparked the love of writing music. By the time she was 18 months old, she had memorized the lyrics of many classical and modern tunes. At the age of two, Graceman was not afraid of singing in front of crowds.[10] When she was four, she could play the piano fluently. At the age of 6 years old she wrote her first song, "So I Cried".[11] Graceman states that her family was poor while growing up in Alaska. The mini-van that her mother drove didn't have a working radio or CD player in it, so her mother would sing to her while they were driving. Driving time meant singing time.[12][13]

Singer-songwriter[edit]

From the age of 6 to 14, Graceman had reportedly written and performed over sixty of her own songs and released an album in 2012.[14] She writes both the lyrics and the melodies for all of her songs,[15] and typically only sings and performs her own material. Nearly all of her known songs have been released by her on her YouTube[16] and Soundcloud channels. Her Soundcloud channel appears the most complete, with rare and early versions available.[17][18][19]

In April 2013, the International Songwriting Competition announced that Graceman had been announced as one of their finalists. The judges include such notable songwriters as Tom Waits, Jeff Beck, Bernie Taupin and Mark Foster[20]

Notable appearances and performances[edit]

October 7, 2009 (age 9) – Ellen: Graceman appeared on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show and performed an original song she wrote called "Paradise".[21] DeGeneres praised her performance.[22] Graceman said that her family had been putting videos up on YouTube since April 2008. She uploaded "Paradise" in August 2009. Someone at YouTube took notice of the video, and decided to feature her among a small group of child musicians. After watching Graceman's "Paradise" video, DeGeneres invited her to sing it on the show.[23] (Graceman said it was great fun and a great experience.) During that episode, DeGeneres invited her back to meet Taylor Swift on a subsequent show.[24]

April 20, 2010 (age 10) – 36th Alaska Folk Festival: Graceman performed at the annual festival along with other folk and bluegrass bands. A local reviewer stated, "There were several sets where the young and gifted stole the show, making me realize I was watching Juneau's version of "Who's Got Talent" - particularly when 10-year-old Anna Graceman sang all her original songs."[25]

Summer, 2011 (age 11) – America's Got Talent Season Six: At her audition, Graceman performed "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys while accompanying herself on the keyboard. She received a standing ovation from Howie Mandel, Piers Morgan, and Sharon Osborne, the show's three judges.[26] Her audition video went viral on the Internet and caught the attention of the mainstream press.[27][28][29] The video garnered over 28 million views on YouTube, the most of any America's Got Talent audition video.[30] In the Vegas round, Graceman performed "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele, again playing the keyboard. In the quarterfinals, she performed "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong). The judges' unanimous acclaim reflected the votes she gained, qualifying her for the semifinals.[31][32] Her self-accompanied performance of "Home Sweet Home" (Mötley Crüe) earned her another standing ovation from the judges, and a spot in the Top 10.[33][34][35][36][37] As the competition was becoming tougher and the judges expected more, Graceman went with something different for that round; her song was "True Colors" (Cyndi Lauper), but for the first time on the show, she performed without the keyboard.[38][39][40] It didn't quite pay off, as she fell short of making the finals.

October 28–30, 2011 (age 11) – Caesars Palace Colosseum: Graceman participated in America's Got Talent Live along with other season six favorites, including Landon Swank, Team iLuminate, and winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.[41] At the request of Caesars Palace, she returned to the Colosseum for the following New Year's Eve concert.[42]

October 11, 2012 (age 12) – The Great American Music Hall: Graceman opened for Grammy-nominated group The Lumineers as part of the INgrooves Fontana ten-year anniversary at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Other notable acts included Caveman, Little Hurricane and The Crystal Method.[43]

February 25, 2013 (age 13) – Palazzo-Venetian Theater Residency: Graceman was among an all-star cast from America's Got Talent to perform at the Palazzo Theatre in the Venetian for seven weeks (43 shows).[44][45] Famed reporter Robin Leach saw and wrote:

An unexpected teenage star was born Monday when ... Anna Graceman, just 13, stole the show! The triple-threat talent hails from the wilds of Alaska, but she sings well enough to rival Alicia Keys. She also plays piano as grand as Sir Elton John and writes songs as gifted as Adele and her idol, Taylor Swift. Incredibly, it’s her second starring spot on The Strip. As an 11-year old on Season 6 of the top-rated NBC series, Anna was part of the touring version when it stopped for two nights at Caesars Palace in 2011. Her debut album was released last year. It was an incredible performance Monday night. It won her wild applause and a standing ovation. The pint-sized charmer is one giant talent and here now for seven weeks. I know she will one day return to The Strip headlining in her own right.[46][47]

Another Girl Records[edit]

Anna Graceman records for her own independent label, Another Girl Records. The label has a world-wide distribution deal through INgrooves Fontana.

Eponymous album and other releases[edit]

September 25, 2012 (age 12) – Anna Graceman: Graceman's eponymous album was released and consisted of ten songs: "Showtime" (her first single, released two months earlier), "Crazy World", "You're a Mystery", "Change Is Coming", "Superstar", "Can We Figure It Out?", "The Only One", "That's Who I Am", "Whispers", and "Lexi's Lullaby".[48] The album was produced primarily by Will Hollis (music director for The Eagles and Shania Twain). The track "Superstar" was produced by Grammy-award-winning Darius Harrison aka Deezle.[49][50]

Notable musicians Anna Graceman has worked with[edit]

Will HollisKeys (Eagles)[51]Keys and multi-instrumentalist on Anna Graceman's eponymous album (multiple songs)
Ricky LawsonDrums (Michael Jackson)Drums on Anna Graceman's song "Superstar"[52]
Chuck SaboDrums (Elton John)Drums on Anna Graceman's song "Already Fallin'"
Randy Hope TaylorBassist (Jeff Beck)Bass on Anna Graceman's song "Already Fallin'"
Peter ThornGuitarist (Melissa Etheridge)Guitarist on Anna Graceman's eponymous album (multiple songs)
Pete MaloneyDrums (Dishwalla)Drums for Anna Graceman's live performances at the Colosseum, Caesar's Palace, Vegas[53]
Lance MorrisonBassist (Eagles)Bassist on Anna Graceman's eponymous album (multiple songs)[54]
Dave BarryGuitarist (Janet Jackson)Guitarist for Anna Graceman's live performances at the Colosseum, Caesar's Palace, Vegas[55]
Andre BowmanBassist (Black Eyed Peas)Bassist on Anna Graceman's song Superstar
Michael FarrellKeys (Morrissey)played keys for Anna during numerous live and televised events. AGT, NBC and Hallmark Channel.
Matt LaugDrums (Alanis Morissette)Drums on Anna Graceman's eponymous album (multiple songs)
Justin SalterDrums (Scary Kids Scaring Kids)multi-instrumentalist on "Have I Told You", "So Complicated", "Words"
Brent MasonGuitarist (George Strait)Guitarist on "Already Fallin'"

Disney[edit]

In 2012, Disney approached Graceman and requested the right to non-exclusively license her early original YouTube videos. They can be found in the video section of Disney's website.[56]

YouTube[edit]

Graceman first started uploading her original music to YouTube on April 30, 2008.[57] Her total number of unique views on YouTube surpassed 100 million as of May 1, 2014. She has 108,343 subscribers and 33,153,739 views on her primary YouTube channel. Other videos such as her America's Got Talent audition video have 32,114,250 views respectively.[58][59][60][61]

Musical influences[edit]

Graceman credits Carole King, Alicia Keys, Adele, Taylor Swift, Motown, and The Beatles as her main inspirations.[62][63]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title
Anna Graceman
  • Released: September 25, 2012
  • Label: Another Girl Records (Self-Published)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

All currently released music by Anna Graceman[edit]

List of songs currently released by Anna Graceman
TitleNotesYear
"So I Cried"2006
"Heart and Hands"2006
"Dressed in Blue"2006
"You Knew Me"2006
"Hush Little Baby"2008
"It's Love"2008
"Give Me Your Heart"2008
"Silly Dreamer"2009
"River Road"2009
"Longer and Longer"2009
"Paradise"2009
"Take Me Where I Want To Go"2009
"Believe"2009
"Freakin Out (Don't Bring Me Down)"2009
"Me and My Piano"2009
"Army of One"2009
"Gift for Always"2009
"Gift for Christmas"2009
"Have I Told You"2010
"Dancing On Cobblestones"2010
"Can We Figure It Out"2010
"Winter Rain"2010
"New Pair Of Shoes"2010
"Unexpected"2010
"Superstar"2010
"Broken Hearted"2010
"So Complicated (Crystal Chandelier)"2010
"Crazy World"2010
"Lexi's Lullaby"2011
"See You In My Memories"2011
"Everybody Makes Mistakes"2011
"Showtime"Track 1 on debut album2012
"Crazy World"Track 2 on debut album2012
"You're A Mystery"Track 3 on debut album2012
"Change Is Coming"Track 4 on debut album2012
"Superstar"Track 5 on debut album2012
"Can We Figure It Out"Track 6 on debut album2012
"The Only One"Track 7 on debut album2012
"That's Who I Am"Track 8 on debut album2012
"Whispers"Track 9 on debut album2012
"Lexi's Lullaby"Track 10 on debut album2012
"Time Machine"Single2013
"Words"Single2013
"Words - (Acoustic Version)"Single2013
"Next Generation"Single2014
"Next Generation - (Acoustic Version)"Single2014
"Treble Heart"Single2014
"Treble Heart - (Acoustic Version)"Single2014
"Already Fallin"Single2014
"Already Fallin' - (Acoustic Version)"Single2014
"High Places"Single2014
"High Places' - (Acoustic Version)"Single2014

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CBS Television highlight's Anna Graceman's Lexi's Lullaby Retrieved on 2013-05-27
  2. ^ Anna Graceman sings Lexi's Lullaby on Wimp.com Retrieved on 2013-05-27
  3. ^ Anna Graceman sings several of her songs for Seventeen Magazine Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  4. ^ Anna Graceman has written and performed 55 original tracks Retrieved on 2013-05-27
  5. ^ Anna Graceman Release Date of her debut Album Retrieved on 2013-05-27
  6. ^ Anna Graceman appears on the Ellen Show Retrieved on 2013-05-26
  7. ^ Anna Graceman steals the spotlight on America's Got Talent Retrieved on 2013-05-27
  8. ^ Anna Graceman steals the show at the Palazzo Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  9. ^ Anna Graceman Sings "If I Aint Got You" by Alicia Keys Retrieved on 2013-09-23
  10. ^ Anna Graceman talks about her early life. Retrieved on 2013-05-27.
  11. ^ Anna Graceman's song So I Cried. Retrieved on 2013-05-27.
  12. ^ Anna Graceman talks about her early life. Retrieved on 2013-05-27. Anna Graceman states that her soulful style of singing comes from her mother who loved listening to Motown records as did her Grandmother
  13. ^ Anna Graceman talks about Motown influence. Retrieved on 2013-05-27.
  14. ^ Number of Anna Graceman Songs Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  15. ^ Anna Graceman writes all of her own melodies and lyrics Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  16. ^ Anna Graceman songs on YouTube Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  17. ^ Anna Graceman songs on Soundcloud Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  18. ^ Anna Graceman's songs begin to get noticed around the web Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  19. ^ Anna Graceman the little singer songwriter Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  20. ^ Anna Graceman announced as top finalist for the 2012 International Songwriting Competition Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  21. ^ Anna Graceman appears on the Ellen Show Retrieved on 2013-05-26
  22. ^ Anna Graceman entertains on Ellen Age 9 Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  23. ^ Anna Graceman tells the story of Ellen discovering her Retrieved on 2013-09-23
  24. ^ Anna Graceman explains her visit to Ellen Retrieved on 2013-05-26
  25. ^ Anna Graceman performs at the 36th Annual Alaska Folk Festival Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  26. ^ Anna Graceman the favorite to win this seasons AGT Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  27. ^ local girl shows her talent on National TV Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  28. ^ Anna Graceman AGT Audition mainstream Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  29. ^ Anna Graceman audition wows the media Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  30. ^ Anna Graceman Sings "If I Aint Got You" by Alicia Keys Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  31. ^ Anna Graceman performs 'What A Wonderful World' in her own style Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  32. ^ Avril Lavigne discusses Anna Graceman Retrieved on 2013-05-26
  33. ^ Anna Graceman gets noticed by Motley Crue Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  34. ^ Anna Graceman receives accolades for her rendition of Motley Crue's Home Sweet Home Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  35. ^ Anna Graceman does it again. Wild Applause. Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  36. ^ Anna Graceman talks to NBC about her time on AGT. Retrieved on 2013-05-27.
  37. ^ Piers Morgan said Home Sweet Home was her best performance yet. Retrieved on 2013-05-26
  38. ^ Anna Graceman talks to NBC about her time on AGT. Retrieved on 2013-05-27.
  39. ^ Anna Graceman performs True Colors at AGT Finals Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  40. ^ Anna Graceman NBC Pictures of her performances and time on AGT Retrieved on 2013-05-26
  41. ^ Anna Graceman performs at Caesars Palace Colosseum Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  42. ^ Anna Graceman performs at Caesars Palace Colosseum Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  43. ^ Anna Graceman opens for Grammy nominated The Lumineers Retrieved on 2013-05-26
  44. ^ Anna Graceman performs at the Palazzo Theater for seven weeks Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  45. ^ Anna Graceman Palazzo Theatre Residency Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  46. ^ Anna Graceman wows at the Palazzo Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  47. ^ Anna Graceman is spectacular at the Palazzo Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  48. ^ Anna Graceman Anna Graceman's eponymous album (2012-09-25). Retrieved on 2012-12-30.
  49. ^ Notable Producers on Anna Graceman's Record. Retrieved on 2013-05-27.
  50. ^ Anna Graceman self releases album Retrieved on 2013-05-26
  51. ^ Will Hollis working with Anna Graceman on new tunes Retrieved on 2013-09-23
  52. ^ Anna mentions working with Ricky Lawson Retrieved on 2013-09-24
  53. ^ Anna mentions working with Pete Maloney Retrieved on 2013-09-24
  54. ^ Anna mentions working with Lance Morrison Retrieved on 2013-09-24
  55. ^ Anna mentions working with Dave Barry Retrieved on 2013-09-24
  56. ^ Anna Graceman videos on Disney Retrieved on 2013-05-26
  57. ^ Anna Graceman's first song uploaded to YouTube Retrieved on 2013-05-27
  58. ^ Anna Graceman Sings "If I Aint Got You" by Alicia Keys Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  59. ^ Anna Graceman views on YouTube Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  60. ^ Anna Graceman Sings "If I Aint Got You" by Alicia Keys Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  61. ^ Anna Graceman sings for packed stadium of 60,000 people (Mariners) Retrieved on 2013-04-29
  62. ^ Anna Graceman interviewed at Scholastic Books. Celebrityinterviews.tumblr.com (2010-02-21). Retrieved on 2012-12-30.
  63. ^ Anna Graceman interview. Celebrityinterviews.tumblr.com (2010-02-21). Retrieved on 2012-12-30.