In 2007, American Songwriter Online said, “Shantel is a hidden treasure in Nashville. Producers have come and gone throughout her life and no one captured the essence of her voice like a piano and a microphone in a smoke-filled bar. She writes more than the truth, and says what most of us are definitely too scared to say. One thing is certain; her future in music will not be determined by the music industry itself. It will be determined by the people’s ability to find her.”
Shantel Grace is a farmer’s daughter from Kansas. Unlike most artists walking the streets of Broadway searching for a record deal, Shantel writes about the injustices of today’s American farmers, the truth about poverty in rural America, and in her latest poetic collection, she discovers life’s uncertainties in the ultimate story of love and heartbreak. Never the cookie-cutter commercial country singer, Shantel made a name for herself in the alt/country acoustic rock scene. Her fans include record label executives from some of the major record labels in Nashville and Los Angeles, not to mention thousands of music lovers around the world.
After a period of introspection, Shantel began honing her musicianship by jamming in after-hours bars and writers venues showcasing her talents from Nashville to San Francisco. Her melancholy tone, complete with acoustic piano, guitar and her three piece band, proved a success in Nashville and on the road.
With over 6,000 downloads in one day, “Can’t get you off my mind” was one of Myspace.com’s most downloaded songs from a new artist in 2007. Tracks from her most recent record release “Pawn Shop Guitar”, have been placed in independant films, commercials and album compilations around the globe. Shantel gained digital distribution through INgrooves, Inc. in 2006, and is being distributed through iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, Starbucks, Walmart.com, AOL, Yahoo!, and Amazon among many others. Shantel also recently signed with film/tv distriubtion services, MusicSupervisor.com.
Setting out on an acoustic tour in the fall of 2008 proves Shantel’s ability to keep pushing the limits of her writing and musical penmanship. While promoting her newest album release, Pawn Shop Guitar, Shantel plans to release her sixth studio album in the Spring of 2009.
In addition to her music, Shantel is the owner and designer of a successful jewelry company called, Fashion with Compassion www.designsbyshantel.com.
Shantel Grace, Piano, Guitar, Harmonica
Joe Cook, Electric Guitar, Harmony
Michael Green, Percussion, Drums
Matt Wilder, Upright Bass, Standard Bass
Lance Allan, Acoustic Guitar
2008, Pawn Shop Guitar
2007, HeartBreak Junkie
2006, Winter Flowers
2004, EP Nashville
Pawn Shop Guitar
Who's Gonna Save Us
Pour One More For Me
Like a Real Good Woman Should
12 Step Plan
For What It's Worth
A Change is Gonna Come
John Briggs, ASCAP
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"Shantel Grace is a rising songwriter with undeniable talent! Her riveting vocals stand out above t..."Shantel Grace is a rising songwriter with undeniable talent! Her riveting vocals stand out above the masses and her songs express the essence of the
Drew Alexander, Curb Records, Nashville
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"Her lyrics are deeply rooted in the American farming and ranching cultures, but unlike many country..."Her lyrics are deeply rooted in the American farming and ranching cultures, but unlike many country writers, she tells the dark side of the story. Her melodies transcend the genre, but her lyrics embrace it."
"In the 30 years I've been doing this, she's the one."
Abbey Burkhalter, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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Shantel is one of the most picturesque lyricists and there is never a lack of emotion in her music! ...Shantel is one of the most picturesque lyricists and there is never a lack of emotion in her music! I always look forward to the stories she has to tell."
CMT Insider Host, Katie Cook
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"Shantel is a beautifully complex artist. Her voice is--one moment innocent and childlike--and the..."Shantel is a beautifully complex artist. Her voice is--one moment
innocent and childlike--and then, alarmingly confident and even angry. She puts me on an emotional rollercoaster; one that leaves me egging, "again...again." That is life isn't it--peaks and valleys, happy and sad.
Her lyrics paint visuals that make me long to be a video director.
Shantel is a bold and rare talent in a sea of predictability.
It's only a matter of time before everyone else catches on.
I'll be happy to say "I knew her when". She is no diamond
in the rough, this one is polished and ready to go."
INgrooves, Inc., Jeff Straw
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"Shantel is a gifted songwriter and has an immediately touching voice. Her lyrical content is nev..."Shantel is a gifted songwriter and has an immediately touching voice.
Her lyrical content is never undane, and is always accessible to a wide
range of people. I love her unique blend of country sounds with rock and singer-songwriter elements. "Change is Gonna Come" is my personal
favorite from Shantel's catalogue, and the song has found it's way into several of my licensing pitches and projects. INgrooves is happy to haveher on board as one of our talented indie artists. She is a true professional who is easy to work with!"
Jeff D. Straw
Director, Music Licensing
Typical Set List: (1hr-3hr sets)
50% original material, 50% covers: John Mayer, Nikka Costa, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, Neil Young, John Denver, Bruce Springsteen, Norah Jones, Ray Lamontagne, Linda Rondstadt
1. Waiting on the World to Change (cover)
2. Push and Pull (cover)
3. Would if I could
4. You Say
5. Country Roads
6. Harvest Moon (cover)
7. Nick of Time (cover)
8. Chalk it Up
9. Somebody's Fool
10. Can't get you off my mind
11. I'll be the one
12. Wild Horses (cover)
13. Born in the USA (cover, new arrangement)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.