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Keep Your Mouth Closed on Roller Coasters

Keep Your Mouth Closed on Roller CoastersSinger-Keyboardist Emily Grace shares her insights on building a singing career.

Emily Grace is a touring singer and keyboardist who has worked with Demi Lovato, Victoria Justice and Christina Perri.

Born in Britain, she studied classical voice and piano before moving to LA after signing her first record deal – she shares with VoiceCouncil her top insights on a vocal career.

Biggest challenge to breaking out and sharing your music with new people.
Not getting sucked into the “Hollywood Scene”. You hear horror stories, and they’re all true, but if you trust your gut and stay grounded, you’ll survive.

Something’s that’s worked for you in reaching a larger audience.
Not being afraid to be real. With such a focus on social media nowadays, people want to get to know you, flaws and all.

A performance FAIL.
There’s been multiple stumbles, forgotten lyrics, cracked notes, but the most memorable fail was a performance I did as a guest with my friend’s band. I walk out mid song and the mic doesn’t work, a tech runs out on stage with another mic, which doesn’t work. Then another, which doesn’t work. I sang my little heart out for 3 minutes and no one heard a word.

Emily Grace with Demi Lovato 2010

Emily Grace with Demi Lovato 2010

A performance SUCCESS – and why…
Singing with Demi Lovato at Wembley Arena. It was so epic to play a hometown show at such an iconic venue. I don’t remember much of the show as I was so nervous, but the minute I got off stage I cried for a good ten minutes because I was so overwhelmed.

A musical lesson you’ve learned singing Backing Vocals
Background singing definitely helps fine tune your ear. It’s great for learning to use your voice in different ways to blend with different artists, creating interesting harmonies and keeping your pitch on point.

Does your Backing work help you with your solo career – how?
Be a sponge. You get to see behind the scenes of tours, album recordings, management and labels etc, so if you keep your ears open you can be prepared if and when those things start happening for you.

Emily on Keys with Christina Perri 2014

Emily on Keys with Christina Perri 2014

A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance?
Going into the show with a positive attitude, a solid warm up under your belt and a well rested voice. An outdoor show in the Texas summer humidity doesn’t hurt either!

Most important lesson you have learned about social media.
You have the power to influence young fans, so be mindful about what you say.

Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health?
No yelling! I spend a ridiculous amount of time on airplanes, which are much louder than you realize, so no talking while you fly. Avoid loud bars, and keep your mouth closed on roller coasters!

A question you wished we asked you – and your answer
Favourite post show tour bus snack – Babybel cheese and soy milk with Strawberry nesquik powder. Which is what I’m eating as I type this…


Born in the UK, Emily Grace studied classical voice and piano before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the pop industry.

Check out her website: www.emilygraceonkeys.com