One of the newest faces in the Kenyan music scene, Acey Gracey, bust into the limelight with her cover of Pascal Tokodi’s ‘Sitaki.’ The cover was so good that they eventually had to do an acoustic duet of the song with Tokodi himself which was just short of amazing.
Having decided to follow her dreams, she’s followed it up with the release of her debut single ‘Nimekutoka’.
We caught up with her to tell us more about her new single and her musical journey.
- What is your full name and how old are you
Grace Vivian Were and I am 23 years old.
2. What is a typical day/week like for you?
Music is my full time job so my days are mostly spent in the studio, recording and working on my craft.
3. Do you have any upcoming projects – a single, an album, collaborations, videos?
I just released my debut single ‘Nimekutoka’ a ballad exploring the dynamics of relationships. In the meantime I am working on both solo projects and collaborations that will cut across and touch people’s lives, because I am a firm believer in sharing experiences and shaping perceptions through my music. These projects will ultimately make up my album.
4. What are your musical icons/influences
I admire artistes like Emeli Sande, Asa and Jessie J.
5. What is your favorite song to perform?
My favourite song to perform is definitely Nimekutoka; I feel it resonates with a lot of people.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard from a fan at a concert?
At an event as I was performing someone kept shouting asking if I was single and he kept going for a while.
7. Best Career moment so far?
The best career moment was the first time I heard people singing to the lyrics of my song at a concert. I honestly did not expect them to know the song off head.
8. What do you hope to achieve career wise?
My dream is to touch the world a song at a time, and through my story show especially the younger generation that it is okay to dream and that dreams do come true. You just have to put your mind to it and work hard at it.
9. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced so far as an artist?
One of the biggest challenges is getting airplay especially from mainstream media. Another is,some event organizers exploit upcoming artistes by expecting you to perform for free at their events claiming they are giving you exposure.
10. What are typical mistakes people make when trying to pursue this career?
Typical mistakes include: expecting instant success, the truth is nothing comes easy and artistes not wanting to invest in improving their craft.
11. What’s your biggest inspiration in life?
My biggest inspiration is the journey of life itself. Everything happening around me tells a story, whether good or bad. I tend to see the beauty in all these things.
12. How was it like working with Pascal Tokodi on the Sitaki acoustic project
Working with Pascal Tokodi was an amazing experience, that opportunity helped me grow as an artiste besides Pascal is a great guy with a good sense of humor.
13. Are you still part of Usoni band or have you fully taken the solo career path?
I am not part of Usoni band anymore .However we are still very close, the band members are more like family to me.
14. How Do You Handle Mistakes During a Performance?
As much as we strive for perfection, mistakes are inevitable. In such situations you just keep going you don’t stop to correct it, that way some people don’t even realize it.
15. What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
To anyone wanting to pursue this career, create a strong network of people around you that do not just tell you what you want to hear, but offer objective criticism that is good for growth. Patience is also very essential, overnight success more often than not is an illusion. Most importantly work and pray hard, let God be the centre of it all.
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