Thank you so much for helping me reach my base goal + merch! Donations over $6,500 will help to fund a music video. Thank you for supporting my dream!!!
Because you guys have been so awesome...
All donors, no matter their level of contribution will receive, a digital download, a physical album, and a Black Holes and Unicorns Poster!
Black Holes and Unicorns: Whim Grace's new album over 10 years in the making
The color of beginning is rarely recognizable. It quietly seeps, permeating the edges of our reality. Light fractures. Shadow shifts. The texture of possibility becomes liquid. Come swim with me...
My name is Whim Grace and I'm in the process of recording a new album called Black Holes and Unicorns. It's my most ambitious musical project to date.
Listen to the unfinished single 'Teach Me' off Whim Grace's new album Black Holes and Unicorns to get a window into the sound.
Cover photo by Barbi Touron from Urban Lace
Mandala by Daniel Liam Gill
The album will be recorded at Rack Recording Studios, engineered by Greg Blaisdell, and will be produced by Parker Mann. On this track I play the guitar, keys, and sing all the vocals. All songs on the album are Whim Grace originals.
The new album has a neo gospel sound infused with modern whimsy, pop melodies, and soulful intention. With songs about love, the human desire for more, and learning to accept the moment, while striving for the impossible next. Black Holes and Unicorns is a metaphor for the infinite possibility that exists in our world and the power we have to change it.
TEACH ME lyrics excerpt
Let me walk beside you/ Let me feel the weight of your world/ Let me grasp at forever/ Feel what life could be like as your girl/ Let me whisper you sweet things/ I want to try out this new harmony/ I never felt so light when someone was holding me...
Teach me how to stay/Teach me how to give/ Teach me how the mountains and the lakes and the apple trees love where they live...
I've always been a little bit different. Born in the Philippines, but raised in the States. I am a Philippino, Chinese, Spanish, Austrian, Swiss, Dutch, Italian, American. The result of an Asian/Spanish father and an American/ European mother. Home was everywhere and nowhere.
I witnessed and experienced hardship early on. I was shocked by how cruel humans could be to one another. How hate, abuse, and pain become cycles. Tornadoes dragging down the ones we love. But instead of forever being lost, I found possibility, and myself, in the music.
Music was a constant reminder of humanity's infinite capacity for change. My capacity for change. That in every moment we have the ability to better ourselves and the world. Music was my comfort. My strength. My magic. Music made me believe the world could be kind. That life was worth living. That as humans, we are capable of so much more than cruelty. Music taught me how to open up, to accept, move on, and shine.
I've been playing music since I was 5, started composing music at 13, and have been gigging since I was 17. I play guitar, piano, and ukulele. I write and I sing. Writing my heart and dreams down through melodies and vibrations.
I've written a hundred songs and recorded a few eps and three albums, but the quality has not always been there. The first recordings were done during live shows, in living rooms, borrowed music studios, and often done in one take. It was hard for me to share what was inside of me, painful even at times. But I had to. It was my therapy. It made my world brighter. With every song, I felt a little stronger. A little braver. A little more capable.
Listen to some of the old recordings
I never had a label, or a manager, or financial backing. I booked every gig I ever played. I would wander, and where I would wander, I would play.
I've played in...
- New Mexico
- Costa Rica
I've been living in Portland, Oregon for 6 years now, and it is here, in this weird little city, that I have found home. Here I've learned to open up and become a part of a community.
In Portland, I started recording at Rack Recording Studio. This is where I learned to be comfortable in the studio. With Greg Blaisdell, friend and owner/engineer of Rack Recording Studio, I was able to explore my various ideas and transform them into full complete songs. I also started working with Parker Mann, friend and producer, who understood my strange vision and drive, and was able to help me build the sound I was looking for.
Listen to the singles the three of us were able to make together!
In Portland, I also met my amazing video friends. I acted in a few indie films, and became friends with the creative, kind, eccentric, crew. Zach Carter, Crystal Carter, Jeff Hammond, Jared Yanez, Quinn Allen, Johnny Buell, Andrew Moore, and Rob Leroy. Many of whom belong to the eclectic and hilarious Mongrel Studios. They helped me put visuals to my music. From live videos of performances, to a few actual music videos.
THE ONLY THING MISSING IS YOU!
I'm finally strong enough to build this vision. Help me make the album I've always dreamed of! An album full of whimsy and grace. With poetry and truth. With warmth and melody. With community and heart. An album that gives you strength to make change, to be change.
The $1000 will go to...
- studio time
I set the Goal low, because anything helps. I have been able to do so much with so little, I really understand the value of a dollar. I also believe we can fly past that first financial goal.
If we raise $6000
the extra money will go to...
- more studio time
- local musicians to add their sound to the songs
- printed physical copies of the album
- merchandise (books, love bottles, t-shirts, posters, etc.)
- EVERYONE who contributes will receive a physical copy of the new album Black Holes and Unicorns.
If we raise over $7000
the extra money will go to...
- musical equipment for better live shows
- a music video
- EVERYONE who contributes will receive a limited edition Whim Grace Black Holes and Unicorns poster a collaboration by me and my very talented local artist friend Daniel Gill.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! Let's make the impossible possible!!!
"Follow" (acoustic) another song that will be on Whim Grace's new record Black Holes and Unicorns. I wrote this song in the end of 2014. I was living over a bar in SE Portland, looking down the street at the rough parts of the city. It's about spending your life running from truth. And how we can find clarity when we stop running.
“Grace was named on Monday morning the first runner-up at that international, online-only YOBISing Song Contest,”
— Music Rules, SunValley Online
“It can be a daunting task though because there is a lot of material to sort through. A lot of dare I say, bands or artists that have no business putting their music out in front of the world just yet. Simply put, maybe they just aren’t ready or maybe never will be but at the same time this daunting task also leads to some absolute diamonds in the rough. This cycle’s winner provided just that sort feeling when I first heard her music. I’d already had several potential winners in mind as I’d narrowed the field of over 1700 down to around 65 or so. One listen though, and her soulful and sultry voice proved to be too much for the rest of the field. Her name is Whim Grace and she has a fascinating story as we found out during the interview.”
— CASEBEER, Northwest Music Scene
“Her music deserves its own playlist. It's meditative, innovative, soulful, and cleansing. A breath of fresh air. Whim Grace EMBODIES her music, and you'll feel her presence in every note and strum of the guitar. And since she does everything from songwriting, to piano, to self-managing, it's not surprising that Whim's songs exude her presence so strongly.”
— M.L. Gardner, M.L. Gardner Books Blog
“This woman is a star. Maybe nobody outside of this little bar knows it, yet, but it is nevertheless a universal truth... Though she happens to be beautiful, and yes, sexy too, her music speaks on its own. It delivers passion and love and sensuality without ever requiring the listener to see her face. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s pure. That’s art.”
— ROB LEROY - CoolestShitintheWorld.com
Risks and challenges
I put a Kickstarter up two years ago and canceled it due to a band member dropping out. I learned a lot from that experience. In life there is always something, but I am a determined individual and I have an amazing support group this time around. Together we are making sure the quality of all products are top notch, that everything is delivered on time, and most importantly, that the intention is there. This project is about building community, creating strength, and positivity. We will persevere!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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