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Grace Morrison

Wareham, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Wareham, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Country Singer/Songwriter




"Grace Morrison soars on perfect Americana roots album I’m The Apple"

Grace Morrison’s latest CD I’m The Apple is a treat for the ears on every track. Morrison’s bright, chirpy timbre and vocal glide make her a winsome favorite in the local scene. Her songwriting prowess allows her to conjure many fine lyrical moments, and the instrumentation she and her support band lay out sparkle in their own special light during their special moments. This especially true of producer Jon Evans guitar work and the extra texture offered by backing singer John Baptista.

Opening with title track “I’m The Apple,” Morrison wastes no time unleashing her sweet but assertive vocal chops. Her chirpy purr rides over a flinty electric guitar and a handful of edgy, rootsy acoustic instruments. A tuneful chorus is infused with touches of banjo, fiddle, and mandolin that flavor her song beautifully. All of the elements combine to offer a country soulfulness amid a fine flow of energy that engages with its many moving parts.

“Big Man” rocks a bit harder. Morrison sings with a swagger and she pushes her voice assertively through her lyrical take down of someone who wasn’t as big as he thought he was. Her gutsy delivery is augmented well with electric guitar gruel and a seriously persistent groove. It’s a treat for the ears to hear how she shifts from aggressive belting to gentler, softer vocalizing.

Going mid-tempo and sentimental on “Sippin’ On Love,” Morrison pays out a pretty vocal line that eases its way smoothly through her twisty lyrics. Her charming, winsome appeal contrasts well with the snappy backbeat and flinty guitar work beneath her voice. She pulls one right into her chorus with a mighty tug, Then, the chorus roots itself in the listener’s head with its familiar theme.

“The Ropes” is a punchy, rolling number. Morrison’s pretty purr eases over a pillow of organ chords and a sprawling, humming guitar line. Her vocal sustains here are honey sweet and smooth, in between her vocal lines, which find her asserting her voice, making her voice climb, scale heights of emotional and musical tension.

“Still Standing” continues Morrison’s penchant for sounding strong, sweet, and melodic, seemingly without effort. She has a way of making this anthem feel personal and universal at once. Her message and voice are just bursting with emotion, purpose, and force, all without losing her tender, sweet timbre and girlish delivery.

Getting more rootsie and reflective, Morrison emotes with school girl tenderness on “Leaving On My Mind.” It’s another treat here to hear her vocal sustains before her chorus seals the deal with a projection of independence. A forlorn fiddle melody and a brittle mandolin further the feelings of this ditty as she pushes forward with her lilting vocal.

Within a warm embrace from a string section and tuft of organ chords, Morrison’s voice on “A Warmer Night” spirals upward with tremendous force. From her heartfelt, tender opening, with Liz Schultz’s moody cello and alluring acoustic guitar strumming, to her sudden eruption of vocal, a soaring, climbing thing that mounts the soundscape of this number, building a solid arc then moves over with sustainable grace.

“Lorraine” is a haunting, rustic flavored ballad in which Morrison builds suspense with dramatic vocal and instrumental build ups. More importantly, Carla Kihlstedt’s violin keeps things eerie and mysterious while drummer Matthias Bossi loads it with snappy fills. This country tinged piece echoes with all those country roots songs of yesteryear. It also strikes a balance between emotions. One one hand, it moseys along at an amicable pace but on the other it has a tone that hints of a foreboding future.

Morrison’s catchy country roots flavored “Oh Alma” captures the ear on every level. Morrison’s chirpy sweetness and fetching chorus, the perky instrumental sprawl, and the pushy drum work conspire to keep the listener occupied with every twist, with every moving part.

“The Trouble,” with its spiffy beat, makes one want to dance a jig as its acoustic instruments give it further snap. Morrison croons over the intricacies laid out by her band with a silky verve.

“Taking Johnny Home,” centered on returning a fallen soldier to his hometown, shows even more of Morrison’s sentimental side. There is enough of a marching beat to inform of its military service seriousness. The lively melodic bounce gives a beautiful sense of respect and pride. Morrison croons this one with a personal fervor that carries the narrative arc like it’s a burning torch on a dark night.

Close out track “America” features a real purty electric guitar line waving in the breeze. Alongside it, a Daniel Byrnes picked banjo makes its rustic presence felt with a crispy pattern. With such backing, Morrison knocks it out of the ballpark with a tender application of her supple vocal ability. She reaches her high notes with a pretty timbre and expresses the emotive content of her theme with girlish wonder.

Morrison runs the gamut from rocking, country flavored verve to tender, emotive roots ballads on this I’m The Apple album. With subtle nuance and numerous individual parts, Morrison paints a stunning portrait of the modern American landscape with masterful lyrical details and an emotional force that cannot be denied. -

"Grace Morrison is Hungry for the Next Level and Edging Closer"

There is a point in every musician’s career when they break into the big league.

When they go from bar scene to headliner.

This is a story of a singer on the cusp.

Grace Morrison is so hungry for the next step, you can feel it.

The passion and the eagerness oozes out when talking to her. Her voice bubbles with energy.

“Right now, I’m teaching music, but I’m trying to break out to next level,” she told me.

“I can see it.”

I want to shine the Spotlight on the Wareham native for a few reasons:

One: She’s released her first full-length album, “I’m The Apple,” which is a must-listen for any fans of Jewel or Sarah McLachlan.

Two: She embodies the archetype of the self-made musician, or artist, or writer — the hustler and the dreamer with a day-job who never stopped believing she could do this.

She’s on her way.

I caught up with Morrison, a 2003 Wareham High grad, as she readies for a string of upcoming shows, including opening for Kat Wright on Dec. 2 at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River. She also plays Nov. 24 at Greasy Luck in New Bedford, and at Brewfish Bar and Eatery in Marion Dec. 1.

Morrison grew up “shy and anxious” in Wareham. Music, quite literally, helped her find her voice.

“As a kid, I was afraid of other kids. I was terrified of anyone that wasn’t an adult. At age five, my dad realized I had a pretty big issue with confidence, and signed me up for piano,” she said. “When I found music, that became my confident place.”

When I asked why she decided to teach herself guitar at age 12, she answered instantly: “Lilith Fair.”

Morrison is about my age, and anyone in our generation grew up with Lilith Fair singers on the radio. Jewel, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin — these were the voices we heard on the radio in constant rotation, before and after school in the mid-90s.

The influences of these women on Morrison is evident. It’s in her voice, her song structure, her writing. Her voice smacks of Jewel, and her style, cadence, song structure is every inch from the school of Joan Osborne, Lisa Loeb, Natalie Merchant. It’s uncanny. Had Morrison been born a decade earlier, she might’ve played Lilith Fair herself.

As a kid, unsurprisingly, the very first song she learned to play was Jewel’s “Who Will Save Your Soul?”

“A month later I did my first performance at a coffeeshop in Marion, Hardware Cafe, they had acoustic music every night, and I went from there,” she told me.

“The guitar brought me from someone who wouldn’t talk to anyone, to singing on stage. I wonder what on Earth would have happened to me if I didn’t find music,” she told me.

I asked her want prompted her, as a painfully shy teen, to get up on that stage.

“I was just drawn to it. I think I knew I was good at it, and that’s all I really needed. It’s funny; I get nervous walking. Normal people activities, I struggle with,” she said with a laugh. “But singing on stage, I can do.”

“The coolest thing, I was at Lilith Fair [as a kid], looking at the stage, thinking, ‘Someday I’m going to play with musicians of that caliber.’ And this year, I met Sarah McLachlan’s bass player, and he produced my record,” she said. “It’s unreal.”

She met Jon Evans — a musician/producer who produced her album, and has played with Tori Amos, McLachlan, Ben Folds, and Paula Cole — through the singer/songwriting contest circuit. He was a judge at the Eventide Arts Songwriting Competition in 2016; Morrison won the Grand Prize.

She’s also won the England Music Award Grassroots Award in 2013, New England Music Award Grassroots Award in 2015 and a competition that landed her as the voice of Cardi’s Furniture in a holiday campaign in 2014.

Morrison studied Music at UMass-Dartmouth, graduating around 2008. In 2009 she gigged at King Richard’s Faire, the Renaissance fair in Carver, where she “fell in love with Irish and folk music.”

“I had a friend who played drums there. He said, ‘Do you want to play music for people?’ And I said, “I’ve only wanted to do that my whole life.”

That last line sums up Morrison completely.

Her passion to share music is near palpable.

Throughout our interview, she drops lines like: “When you sing a song, when you get people singing along to it, it feels so much bigger than you.”

Morrison has had that experience at New Bedford Folk Fest a few times in recent years. “Getting to play on stage with people who are at the level I’m reaching for is really cool. It makes it feel attainable. It’s very easy to give up.”

Since graduating around 2008, she’s been working as a piano teacher and “doing bar gigs, which are a steady paycheck, but it’s hard to do your art in that scenario.”

Her day job as music teacher led to meeting her now-husband, she said. “I was teaching his daughter piano in 2013, or 2014. He just became my best friend.”

Her latest songs show a new level of personal writing. “Taking Johnny Home” was inspired by her uncle: “He was a Vietnam vet, and I didn’t appreciate what that meant until he was dying and tried to tell me his story. He said he never felt like he came home again.”

Another song, “America,” is “about people who feel marginalized in America. It’s about feeling like America doesn’t see you. So really, it’s about standing in other people’s shoes.”

She said making it in the music world “is like a puzzle, all the pieces have to come together, and it’s about figuring it out.”

If that’s true, then Morrison is holding a Rubik’s Cube, just a few clicks away from all solid colors. - New Bedford Standard Times

"Grace Morrison’s debut full length album ‘I’m The Apple’ arrives on Aug. 20"

SouthCoast concert regular Grace Morrison is getting ready to drop her first studio album and is inviting the community to help her celebrate.

Her album, “I’m The Apple” will debut on Sunday Aug. 20 at the Hartley-Rhodes Cranberry Bogs in Rochester.

The event will feature performances by Seamus Galligan, John Baptista and Grace Morrison. It’s a BYOB picnic – bring your own chair or blanket.

″‘I’m The Apple’ is full of catchy choruses, history, emotion, and storytelling; all key elements of her unique style,” a press release states.

The songs and album were produced by Jon Evans of Brick Hill Studio.

“I’m thrilled to have worked with a producer who has performed with some many of my musical heroes including Paula Cole, Tori Amos, Ben Folds, and Sarah McLachlan,” said Morrison.

“Making an album with Grace was a pleasure,” Evans said. “With a crystal clear voice and songs that land squarely in your heart, Grace has something truly special.

“Just spend 5 minutes with her stories and I know you’ll agree.”

Grammy nominated recording engineer John Mailloux, of Bongo Beach Productions, mastered the album.

“Grace’s voice is a reflection of herself — pure and true,” he said. She is an incredible talent, mixing seemingly effortless musicality and original storytelling in the Country Folk and Americana genres.”

Morrison is an award winning singer/songwriter. Her professional career has included stints performing with some of the most well known musicians in America including Eddie Money, J.Geils, Pete Francis of Dispatch, Chris Slade of AC/DC, Greg Douglass of The Steve Miller Band, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge and Jimmy Baine of Dio.

She’s also shared the stage with Lori McKenna, Melissa Ferrick, John Gorka, Zoe Lewis, The Stray Birds, the Ballroom Thieves and The Vespers.

Follow Morrison online at, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. - New Bedford Standard Times

"Grace Morrison strives for ‘songs that speak to people’"

ROCHESTER – Grace Morrison’s love of music started young and to the tune of “MMMbop.”

“I wanted to marry one of them,” she said of the 1990s boy band Hanson. “The second I saw them I wanted to join them, meet them, and I never put down a musical instrument after that.”

As a teen, the Wareham native took piano lessons and started writing songs. Beyond Hanson, she was inspired by Lilith Fair, a national tour that featured female singers/guitarists. She wanted to do what they did, and that’s when she learned the guitar.

Now, the 31-year-old Rochester resident is on her way to promote her latest CD, “I’m the Apple.”

Morrison said she doesn’t like calling the songs she performs “folk music.”

“Some people are turned off by that term,” she said. “But it’s just the music of the people. It’s storytelling, social commentary, history – songs that speak to people who don’t have a voice.”


Reaching that peak wasn’t as easy as it sounds, though. Morrison said that as a child, “I was shy. I would hide under my mother’s shirt. My parents said sign up for soccer. When I saw I had to play with other kids, I wanted out. I was more comfortable with adults. My dad sent me to piano lessons. I liked that. It was me and another adult, the teacher.”

While in high school, she auditioned her way to her first public performances at the (now defunct) Hardware Cafe in Marion. The September after graduation she went on a national tour called “Rock-4-Xmas” that included nationally known musicians such as Joey Molland of Badfinger who performed on John Lennon’s “Imagine” album.

Through the Hardware Cafe performances, shy young woman was able to “cut her teeth” on interacting with the public, she said, and the national tour was another big learning experience.

“It was amazing,” she said. “The cool feeling was being on a tour bus with all these other experienced musicians. I listened to them talk about performing and publicity and promotion. I was inspired that I could meet my goals as a musician. They were attainable.”


Morrison’s next milestone was a gig playing the piano for a musical at King Richard’s Faire in 2009.

“I had always been obsessed with history,” she said. “Working at the fair was a dream come true.”

Being there inspired her to start writing songs about history and storytelling, the type of themes she’s been writing about since. “That was the spot for my soul,” she said.

Her first CD was recorded with her first band, Grace Morrison and the R.S.O., (the Really Small Orchestra), in 2012. She had two sold-out concerts at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford in 2014 and a performance schedule across the country that has earned her awards such as New England Music Award Grassroots Award in 2013, New England Music Award Grassroots Award in 2105 and grand prize winner of the Eventide Arts Songwriting Competition in 2016. Plus, she won a competition to become the Voice of Cardi’s Furniture in a holiday campaign in 2014.


One of the most exciting parts of her new CD, “I Am the Apple,” she said, has been working with her new producer, Jon Evans of Brick Hill Studio in East Orleans.

“I’m thrilled to get to work with a producer who has performed with so many of my musical heroes including Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan,” Morrison said. “Yet he made me feel very comfortable working with him. To hear my music backed by a full band is a big foot forward for me.”

Two of her favorite songs are indicative of where her song writing passion resides. The patriotic release “America” is accompanied online by a video filmed at the living history museum Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth.

“Bringing Johnny Home” is an ode to her uncle’s unwelcoming experience when he returned from the Vietnam War. She will perform it and the national anthem during ceremonies Sunday the Wareham Middle School Andersson Track display of the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall.

Learn more about her music and performance schedule at - New Bedford Standard Times

"Singer, songwriter, storyteller: Grace Morrison celebrates new album"

ROCHESTER — Grace Morrison doesn’t just know her roots; she sings them in nearly every song.

The Wareham-based singer-songwriter’s latest album is filled with her memories and stories. She explained her musical inspirations at an album release party for her first full-length album, “I’m the Apple” on August 21 at the Hartley-Rhodes Cranberry Bogs in Rochester.

Many of the songs on Morrison’s album touch on her family history. She explained that “Lorraine” deals with the psychological aftermath of war on a family, while “Oh Alma” endeavors to remember an ancestor who died young.

A child of Wareham, her grandfather often told her stories of growing up in a little house by the railroad tracks. “That house is boarded up now,” she said. “My grandfather always told me that it shook to the core whenever the train went by. I thought that was just a grandparent story, but one day the door was open, and I went in….while I was there the train went by, and I am telling you that whole stinking thing shakes.” She marveled. “It was the tiniest house, but once there were probably ten people living there.”

One of them was her great-aunt, Alma. Alma died at age seven of diphtheria — the year before the vaccine for the disease was invented. “When I was little, I always felt like I had a ghost near me, and when my parents told me about Alma, I knew she was my ghost. I wrote the song “Oh Alma” for her, to make sure she was remembered. It’s a positive song!” she said as she began the opening chords.

The music she played drifted through flavors of pop, folk, country, and even a bit of rock, but never lost the element of storytelling. “I had a bad breakup, have you ever had one of those?” she asked. “I even got to sing it in front of the person it was written for. That was cathartic all right,” she laughed, as she launched into another track.

Friends and family sat in at the concert to cheer Morrison on. Several of her music students were on hand to offer their well-wishes and support their instructor.

“She’s the best,” said Holyn Turner, who has been taking lessons from Morrison since last fall. “She’s always so supportive, and fun.”

Fellow student Samantha Babineau took vocal lessons with Morrison for a year, before joining her on stage as a fiddler and backup singer. The Emerson University student will head back to Boston in the fall for her sophomore year, but says that she plans to keep playing with Morrison through college. “She’s an amazing person,” Babineau said. “She’s given me the opportunity to actually get up onstage and play.”

Babineau explained that Morrison often asked her opinion as a fiddle player on the fiddle accompaniment to the songs on her new album. “She would ask me what I thought of them, and I’d give her what I thought, and then she’d play them back to me with the changes that she’d made,” Babineau explained. “I was able to see the process of layering songs, and how songs get from beginning to final product — and how a record is created.”

“I’ve been so lucky that she took me under her wing,” Babineau added. “I hope this kicks things off for her.”

Morrison’s album is already a hit. Turner reported, “We play it whenever we’re in the car!”

Morrison's album "I'm the Apple" is available on Amazon, iTunes and GooglePlay. - Sippican Week

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"Grace's Redemption"

A young woman steps out of her car into a parking lot. There she meets a man who hands her a trash bag. She takes a look at the contents and nods. They exchange a few words then both drive off.

This may sound like a scene straight out of a mafia movie, but here's the catch: there's nothing nefarious in the bag-it's just empty bottles and cans. And the young woman? She's indie folks artist Grace Morrison. Why is a musician accepting bags of refuse in parking lots from strangers? It's all part of Morrison's ingenious method of crowd funding-a system born of necessity that has grown into a phenomenon.

"I crunched the numbers and realized I didn't have enough money to record a solo album," says Morrison. "But I wasn't comfortable with traditional funding."

She then wondered if it would be possible to raise $1,000 toward the album through recycling alone. Morrison asked family, friends, and the private music students that she tutors to save their bottles and cans for her. Before she knew it, the artist had exceeded her goal by over $200. "I found it really gratifying," says Morrison. "A lot of people told me that they would normally just throw their cans away, but now they were saving them just for me."

As more people that the artist didn't know personally wanted to get involved, she set up meeting with them in public places-like parking lots. Morrison even met a man from the Midwest who owned a recycling business. Since his state didn't offer a bottle and can return, he simply sent Morrison a check.

But as fulfilling as it was to fund an album on otherwise wasted nickels and dimes, the work to redeem the bottles wasn't the easiest. She had to go to various recycling centers on a daily basis, and Morrison found her fair share of chicken bones and other items that really don't belong in recycling bins.

"You have to be okay with getting a little dirty," says Morrison. "But one of my favorite things has been discovering how much you can actually learn about a person or company from what they throw in their recycling."

Before Morrison became a collector of aluminum, plastic, and glass, she was a musician. From learning piano at age five, to teaching herself to play guitar, to writing her own songs since she was fourteen, music has always been a huge part of Morrison's life.

She studied Jazz at the University of Massachusetts, opened for some popular New England artists, and eventually found herself working as a backup singer for some rock legends-including Eddie Money, Chris Slade AC/DC, and Greg Douglass of the Steve Miller Band.

While her father encouraged her to pursue blues, she found a deep inspiration in history and folk music.

"I really tried [to be a blues singer]," says Morrison. "I bought a leather jacket and everything. But nothing really worked until I got into traditional music."

Morrison started working at a Renaissance fair when she was 14 and began getting into Celtic music as well. To this day, she is also a tour guide at the historical Fearing Tavern in Wareham, Mass; all of these experiences influenced her music heavily.

Just before branching out on her own over a year ago, Morrison was the lead singer in a band called Grace and the Really Small Orchestra (RSO for short). The group's style was folksy, with Morrison's taste for the historical playing into their sound. Some of their tracks included "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" and "Unsigned Heroes," which featured fiddles, guitars, and a mandolin.

The band was popular in the greater Southeastern Mass area, and even won a competition to have a professionally-made music video that was aired on national television. Unfortunately, Grace and the RSO broke up a little over a year ago, and Morrison was on her own for the first time in a long time.

"It's a scary thought to go from a five-person band to just you," says Morrison. "It's been a really interesting re-defining time for me-both scary and exciting."

But she quickly found her way. Collecting bottles and cans to fund her own album, the issue then became what to call it. Morrison settled on a title that had a twofold meaning: Redemption. The name summed up both her renewal now as a solo artist, and the clever means by which she funded her debut.

Redemption is also a branching out in style for Morrison. Though she still draws on her love for traditional folk music, the album features electric instruments as well. And the lyrics to some of her tracks are of a more personal nature. "One of the Angels," for example, is an homage to friend Ryan Levangie, who died in a motorcycle accident back in July of 2014. The song also features Pete Francis of the band Dispatch.

But Morrison isn't stopping there. She has a full line-up of events in the coming months, including playing at Muses in the Vineyard in Belvedere, New Jersey on May 16 and 17. Focusing on female artists, the show is hosted at a winery and boasts a more intimate feel. Morrison will be playing on Sunday, May 17.

She also has plans closer to her hometown of Wareham, Mass-the gateway to Cape Cod and the Islands. On May 21, she will be playing at the historic Zeiterion Theatre in the New Bedford Seaport. Likewise, she will be playing at the New Bedford Folk Festival on July 5, where the artist has made a lot of fans and connections in the past.

But by far her biggest achievement of the summer will be putting on a festival of her own in Wareham's neighboring town of Onset.

"There are already events in the town that cost money," says Morrison. "So it's important to me that this one be free."

In order to accomplish this feat, she'll be up to her old tricks-collecting bottles and cans from locals eager to help her cause. When Morrison finished collecting for her album, she noticed that a lot of people wanted to contribute more. This event seemed like the perfect opportunity to both accomplish her own dream of putting on a festival, and allow people to be a part of something bigger. The date for the festival is set for July 25.

"I like the idea that it will be a green event," says Morrison. "And people can email me if they'd like to contribute their bottles and cans." - SOCO Magazine

"Grace Morrison Changes Sound for Solo Career"

For Cape-based singer-songwriter Grace Morrison, her latest “Redemption” album represents a new beginning.
Part of a series of four EPs to be released throughout the year, “Redemption: Winter,” released last month, comes as Morrison, who gives her age as "twentysomething," embarks on a solo career. She had fronted her folk band, Grace and the Really Small Orchestra, for the past three years.
“In a way, (making the EPs) is kind of me trying to find my own voice again,” Morrison says in a phone interview.
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth will play host Saturday night to an album release party for “Redemption: Winter” and a live concert by Morrison. The Wareham native will also make an appearance in Provincetown, performing Monday night at the weekly coffeehouse at the The Mews Restaurant & Café.
Morrison says music came into her life by chance. As a little girl, she was “extremely” shy, she says, so her dad wanted to find her a hobby. She tried a number of activities, including an ill-fated attempt at soccer (“As soon as I realized I’d have to play with other kids, I was absolutely terrified, wouldn’t get out of the car,” she says). After other ideas didn’t pan out, she tried piano lessons at age 5.
Those piano lessons stuck, and by age 14, Morrison was performing and writing her own songs. Becoming a musician, she says, just happened naturally.
“Its always been music,” Morrison says of her life’s trajectory. “I never thought about it, I just did it.”
Morrison discovered and was greatly influenced by singer-songwriters like Tori Amos, Lisa Loeb and Jewel. She liked that being a singer-songwriter gave her “a lot of leeway” to incorporate many influences in her music, from country and pop to traditional Celtic music.
“I like to tell stories,” Morrison explains, “and stories that, ordinarily, people wouldn’t think about,” which she says are often with regard to history. She’s written songs about Renaissance women, the Titanic and World War II. She’s currently working on a few about King Philip’s War.
“I like to remind myself that the people who endured some crazy events felt the same things I feel,” she says. “I’ve always found it hard to relate to black-and-white photos, so this brings history to life for me.”
Recently, how she tells those stories is different. For “Redemption: Winter,” Morrison says, she changed up her sound, making it more “full-band” compared to the heavily folk influenced sound of her group’s music.
She had been used writing songs in a particular way with her band, but she says the first three songs off the EP reflect her trying to find her new sound -- a sound that ended up having a more pop influence.
The EP’s last song, “Little Feet,” is one she wrote years ago about her grandparents. After her grandmother died last year, Morrison says it was fitting to include the song on the album.
The title “Redemption” also serves as a play on words related to how she funded the record.
“I funded a lot of the CD with recycling, so that’s like redemption with cans,” she explains. Unable to afford to make the album on her own, Morrison, a longtime recycling proponent, says she thought collecting bottles and cans would be a great way to get fans more invested in her album.
“It ended up really being a community effort where people from around the town that I didn’t even know of were bringing their cans to my front yard,” she says. “I still have a big pile of cans in my yard.”
In addition to “Redemption: Winter,” Morrison has also released a single, “One of the Angels,” a tribute to her late friend Ryan Levangie.
“Ryan was my first crush in the fourth grade,” she says. “He was the most adorable young man. We were never super-close then, but he was the sort of person that whenever I would see him, he always wanted to know how was my music doing, how was I doing. He was just this really dynamic and supportive individual.”
Morrison heard from Levangie last spring when Grace and the Really Small Orchestra won WPRI’s Big Break contest. The group won a music video, sponsored by Cardi’s Furniture, for its song “The Trouble” that aired during last season’s “American Idol” finale.
“Out of nowhere, Ryan messaged me how proud he was of me and all these amazing things, telling me how he always talked to people about me, things I would never have known,” she says.
A couple of months after Morrison received that message, Levangie passed away.
“One of the Angels,” her single, “just came to me,” Morrison says. Writing the song, she explains, was the best thing she could do for Levangie because he was so supportive of her music. The single features Pete Francis of Dispatch, a band Morrison has long admired.
“When I was in high school, I was in love with the band Dispatch,” she says. “It’s cool to think about, like, I never, ever, in a million years would have thought that the Dispatch guy would be on my song.”
Morrison says she’s excited about the South Yarmouth concert, especially because one of her students will be singing backup for her. (Morrison privately teaches 70 music students voice, piano, guitar and ukulele six days a week.) Her live performances feature different musicians at each show, and she enjoys getting to mix it up. Saturday night, violinist Jesse Hanson, guitarist John Baptista and upright bassist Barry Gross will accompany her.
“I’ve got the freedom to really do whatever I want,” Morrison says, “which is scary and exciting at the same time, because the pressure’s all on me now.” - Cape Cod Times

"Providence-shot video of 'Big Break' winner Grace and the RSO airing during 'American Idol' finale"

A lot of bands could use a big break.
Grace and the RSO, a Massachusetts acoustic band that mixes bluegrass, folk, Celtic music and pop, won this year’s Big Break contest sponsored by Cardi’s Furniture and Channel 12’s “The Rhode Show.”
As winners, they get a professional video, produced by Cardi’s, which will air during a commercial break on the two-hour “American Idol” finale broadcast Wednesday night beginning at 8 on Channel 64, and a gig at Twin River casino, scheduled for May 29.
Grace is Grace Morrison of Wareham, songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist. The RSO, which stands for Really Small Orchestra, consists of Ben Moniz on mandolin and banjo, Marta Rymer on fiddle, Daniel McDowell on bass and Nate Tucker on percussion. (Tucker was unable to appear in the video).
The band shot the video for its song “The Trouble” at the Biltmore Hotel on May 5, wearing vintage outfits for the performance scenes in the hotel’s ballroom.
Another segment of the video shows Morrison with a suitcase walking out of the hotel. “The concept of the song is about finding yourself and moving on with your life,” she said.
This is the sixth time Cardi’s has sponsored the Big Break contest, which attracted almost 100 bands this year. Cardi’s spokesman Benjamin DeCastro said the company wants to support local music, stay active in the community — and have some fun in the process.
The top five bands, as determined by votes on the Channel 12 website, performed on Channel 12’s “The Rhode Show” and at the Cardi’s furniture store in South Attleboro. The winner was selected by a combination of fan voting and input from Big Break contest judges.
DeCastro said judges were impressed by Grace and the RSO’s energy and the band’s use of acoustic string instruments to create a full, rich sound.
In a phone interview, Morrison said this is the third or fourth time she’s entered the Big Break contest. She originally saw a poster at Rick’s Music World in Raynham, another of the contest sponsors, and decided to give it a shot.
Grace and the RSO has been together for about four years. The members, though, have had classical training and have been playing far longer.
Morrison, for example, began playing piano when she was five, and studied jazz voice and piano at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She also developed a fascination for history, which informs some of her songwriting — “I See Spain” for example, is about Queen Elizabeth I.
After college, Morrison worked for a time at King Richard’s Faire, the Carver, Mass., Renaissance festival, which is where she met Rymer. When she’s not playing with the band, Morrison now spends much of her time teaching music.
Grace and the RSO released their first self-titled CD in 2012, and are in the process of finishing a new disc, titled “Nothing to Lose.”
Morrison said she hoped winning the Big Break contest will bring the band more exposure and expand its fan base. Although the band has a fairly busy performance schedule in southern New England this summer, Morrison said she would like to tour outside the Northeast soon.
For information about Grace and the RSO, go to - The Providence Journal

"Wareham resident's band hoping for their 'Big Break'"

When Grace Morrison of Grace and the RSO went to perform on WPRI 12’s The Rhode Show recently, she was so impressed with the food portion of the program that being the focus of a live television show broadcasted to hundreds of thousands of homes in the area was put on the back burner, at least for a moment or so.

“My favorite part was watching them prepare the cooking portion of The Rhode Show,” she said laughingly in a recent interview. “The food just smelled amazing.”

Though she was taken with the food angle of the show, Grace, who is from Wareham, said that after their appearance, looking back at herself and the band performing their song “The Trouble” from the comfort of her own home was an unusual experience.

“It was pretty surreal to watch myself on Fox with my Dad,” she said.

Grace said she and her band, an Americana/indie/folk quintet based out of Fairhaven/Dartmouth, made it onto The Rhode Show (which focuses on music, food, and having an overall good time in Southern New England) after submitting a video for their 2014 Big Break contest.

From there, they made it through to the top five, where they were chosen to come in and perform live along with four other groups, with the winner to be chosen by voters through WPRI’s voting site.

She said that results for the contest will be aired on this Thursday’s show, and that voting was open until midnight tonight. She added that voters can vote up to 1,000 times, and she encouraged them to do so.

“You can vote up to 1000 times, and we need you!,” she said to her fans via the band’s Facebook page.

If Grace and the RSO (which stands for Really Small Orchestra) are chosen as the winners, they will obtain the right to get a professionally made music video courtesy of Cardi’s Furniture that is set to air locally during the upcoming finale of American Idol. They also played a show at Cardi’s this past Saturday night along with the other four contestants, and if they win the Big Break, they’ll get to perform at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island, as well.

The band will also release a brand new album coming out soon entitled “Nothing to Lose.”

All silliness aside, Grace said that she and the band really enjoyed their time spent performing on The Rhode Show.

“It was really awesome to be on a professional news set,” she said. - Wareham Week

"Grace and the RSO are victorious in Rhode Show's 'Big Break' contest"

“I cried. I felt really silly, but I did,” said Grace Morrison of Grace and the RSO upon hearing the news the she and her band had won the recent Big Break contest on WPRI 12’s "The Rhode Show."

The results, announced May 1, saw Morrison (who resides in Wareham) and her band (an Americana/folk/indie act out of Southeastern Massachusetts) take first place out of a group of five musical acts that had already been whittled down from a much larger field of entries.

The winner was selected through a combination of fan voting (40 percent) and judges from the Big Break contest (60 percent).

Morrison said that she was particularly touched by the number of fans who voted for her band, as well as by the number of who shared a previous story in Wareham Week about the band’s selection into the top five for the Big Break show.

“I’ve got to say, tons of people shared [the story] -- people I hadn’t spoken to in years and years…It felt like the whole town was rooting for me," she said. "That’s why I got teared- up. There were just so many people rooting for us.”

Grace and the RSO won’t have a lot of time to celebrate their recent win. On Monday, they’ll be shooting a music video at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence as part of their prize for winning the contest.

Other than the location of the shoot, Morrison said the band had received little information regarding the details of the video, nor have they heard anything about Part 2 of their prize — an upcoming concert at Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

That said, her and her fellow female bandmate, violin player Marta Rymer, are excited about at least one thing in particular—the wardrobe for the video shoot.

“Marta said she’s really excited to see what we’ll be wearing for the video,” said Morrison, who said she couldn’t go into details of what they will be wearing, but that they were anticipating something really special and unique.

Other members of Morrison's band, who've been playing together for about four years, include Ben Moniz (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel McDowell (base) and Nate Tucker (percussion). Nate, currently in Las Vegas for a gig, won't make Monday's video but Morrison said she expects him to join them at the Twin River.

On Monday, they’ll shoot the video for their song “The Trouble,” which is the same song they performed on the Rhode Show. It also happens to be a single off their upcoming album entitled “Nothing to Lose,” which they hope will be out by the end of summer.

Every band needs a ‘big break’ at some point, and Morrison said she’s hoping this win, combined with the busy summer the band already has scheduled, will lead to even bigger and better things for them.

“I’m hoping that will help us get a bigger fan base,” she said, noting that they’d be playing the New Bedford Folk Festival this summer, and that recently they opened up for Pete Francis, who plays in the popular band Dispatch, at the Narrows in Fall River. “We’re hoping in the next year to maybe get out on the road and to open for some bigger bands.”

For more information on the band, visit - Wareham Week

"Well Deserved Attention: Grace Morrison & The RSO"

Fresh off their Big Break victory on the Rhode Show, front woman of the RSO, Grace Morrison joined host Michael Gardiner on 990WBOB.

Grace is no stranger to WBOB, she and the RSO performed before a full house at the legendary Mondays on Blast showcase back in 2013. She's also no stranger to hard work and determination. Grace & The Rso have worked relentlessly at not only their craft, but the have been a self promoting machine. The band has ear wormed their unique sound into the minds of fans all over New England.

Tuesday on the "Mic" Gardiner show, Grace talked about the bands latest accolades and the bands future performances. -

"2014 Limelight Magazine Music Award Winners"

2014 Limelight Magazine Music Award Winners

It was a fun time at South Shore Music Hall in Quincy, Mass., last night! Once again, we increased our attendance over the previous year, making it the most attended music awards show ever! If you weren’t there, you missed some really cool performances from Krista Baroni, Brian Carroll and Ian Fitzgerald, Brianna Grace, Jilly Martin, Jay Psaros, Ten Foot Polecats, 21st Century Fugitives, and Weld Square. We’d like to thank all of the nominees, the staff of South Shore Music Hall, the radio DJs who helped promote the event, and everyone who attended. We’d also like to offer an extra special thanks to Theresa Andrewski and Matthew Almquist, of Beautiful Tuesday, for co-hosting the awards ceremony. You are two amazing people! It means so much to us that you took time out of your schedules to make it such a special night for everyone!

~ Jay & Katie, Co-Owners, Limelight Magazine/JKB Entertainment Group

Theresa Andrewski and Matt Almquist of Beautiful Tuesday
Here’s the final run down of all the nominees, including the winners and runner ups. Congratulations to everyone listed on this ballot!

Legend Award


Statement from Gary Cherone:

“On behalf of EXTREME, we are honored to receive the Legend Award from Limelight Magazine. We are a bunch of local boys who slugged it out in the clubs, doing what we loved doing. When we started out, the labels were focusing on bands from L.A. but Boston had their own special scene going on with a lot of great bands that got overlooked. It took a while to make some noise but the labels finally came knocking. The rest is history. It’s been years of hard work and dedication, but the most important thing has always been the fans for us. We are so lucky and fortunate to do what we love doing and being recognized for our efforts really makes it all worthwhile. Thanks again to Limelight Magazine for recognizing our efforts and for bestowing this honor for us.”

Unsung Hero Award

Ayla Brown

Ayla Brown (center) with Jay and Katie
Service Award

Jessica Botelho

Jessica Botelho
Young Performer of the Year

Jessie Chris

Closer Than We Appear

Four Noble Truths

Emily Hodges (Runner Up)

Nolan Leite

Esmeree Skye

21st Century Fugitives (Winner)


Tribute Band of the Year

All Heart (Heart)

The American Who Sensation (The Who)

Beatles for Sale (The Beatles) (Runner Up)

Clock Strikes Ten (Cheap Trick)

Fire Lake (Bob Seger)

Forever Young (Neil Young) (Winner)

Power of Love (Huey Lewis & the News)

Young Rust (Neil Young)


Live Act of the Year

The Aldous Collins Band (Runner Up)

Bigtalkahh (Winner)

Daddie Long Legs

Patrick DeCoste


Richard James and The Name Changers

A Simple Complex

Weld Square


Female Vocalist of the Year

Susan Cattaneo

Brianna Grace (Winner)

Dorian Havers

Lisa Markovich

Amanda McCarthy

Ilene Springer (Runner Up – tie)

Natalie Turgeon (Runner Up – tie)

Eva Walsh


Male Vocalist of the Year

Daniel Byrnes

Jeff Conley

Greg Lato (Runner Up)

Joe Merrick (Winner)

Sean O’Loughlin

Andrew Smith

Jonah Tolchin

Kevin Williams


Song of the Year

Dalton and the Sheriffs – “Cheap Guitars”

Shaun England – “Tied to the Tracks”

Kiley Evans & Joe Merrick – “We’d Be Lying” (Winner)

The McGunks – “Working On A Hangover”

Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters – “If You Need Some (Come and Get Some)” (Runner Up)

Fil Pacino – “Death By Lions”

Jessica Prouty Band – “Set Me Free”

Brian Sances Band – “Driving Home”


Album of the Year (Group)

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove – Self-Titled

Beyond Blonde – Purple Rose (Winner)

The Cranks – Orange (Runner Up)

Elcodrive – The Long Way Home

For The Love of Sloane – Curses, Spells & Charms

Propergander – Wide Open

21st Century Fugitives – Regret Nothing

Glenn Yoder & the Western States – Javelina


Album of the Year (Solo)

Rich Antonelli – Voiceless

Sarah Blacker – Precious Little Things

Lisa Couto – Not Going Under (Runner Up)

Julie Dougherty – In This Place

Ian Fitzgerald – No Time To Be Tender

Jamie Lynn Hart – Live At Tupelo (Winner)

Adam Jensen – Behold the Man

Ashley Jordan – Nothing In Doubt


Hard Rock, Metal, Hardcore Act of the Year

Along Came the Flood

BlackLight SunRise (Runner Up)



Hellspeak (Winner)


Red Equals Meltdown

We Stand In Awe


Country Artist of the Year

Houseton Bernard

Country Mile Band

Brianna Grace

Britt Hill (Winner)

Shanna Jackman

Erin Ollis and the Whiskey Rye Band (Runner Up)

Joe Macey

Jilly Martin


Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Blocks of Seven

Sam Bowen and Blue Cat Groove

Closer Than We Appear (Winner)

Empire Street (Runner Up)

Jesse Hanson

House On Cliff

One Time Mountain

Michael Spaulding


Video of the Year (Group)

Aurora – “Little Traps”

Blocks of Seven – “I Can’t Take It Anymore”

Centerlink – “Distant Voices”

Mostly Commons – “Let It Go By”

The Devil’s Twins – “Love and War” (Winner)

Paryah – “Stay Away” (Runner Up)

Red Equals Meltdown – “What is Dead May Never Die”

Stay Seventeen – “On My Mind”


Video of the Year (Solo)

Krista Angelucci – “Like You”

Tiffani Dawn – “Fever”

Katlyn Evans – “Royals”

Jamie Lynn Hart – “Down” (Winner)

Ashley Jordan – “If I Had You”

Jilly Martin – “I’m Getting There” (Runner Up)

Jay Psaros – “The Orphan”

Will Evans – “Wishin’ Well”


Singer-Songwriter of the Year

Krista Baroni (Winner)

Brian Carroll

Jesse Hanson (Runner Up)

Adam Jensen

Alastair Moock

Kevin G. Moore

Dietrich Strause

Joe Young


Band of the Year

The Can’t Nots

The Field Effect

Mean Creek

Grace Morrison and the RSO (Winner)


A Simple Complex (Runner Up)

The Ten Foot Polecats

Torn Shorts - Limelight Magazine

"Band builds a bridge between the past and present"

On June 8th, Grace Morrison and the RSO shared the 30-65 Live stage in East Wareham, Mass., with seven other finalists for Limelight Magazine’s “We Got You Covered” concert.

All the members of the indie-folk quintet – violin player and vocalist Marta Rymer, percussionist Nate Tucker, upright bass player Max Judelson, Benjamin Moniz on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals, and Grace Morrison on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and accordion – performed with a raw heart and soul that ended up winning them the first prize.

“It was great having my whole family there with us,” Morrison, a native of Wareham, said. “Usually our shows are too far and they can’t all come.”

On stage, everything from their look, to their presence, to the command of their instruments set Grace Morrison and the RSO apart as a unique local band. The RSO are definitely a bit different, but they masterfully command their difference.

They performed three original songs and one cover to a room full of nearly 100 members of the local community. Getting huge applause at the end of their set, it was clear they were one of the bands to beat that night, yet Morrison said she was surprised when they were announced as the winners.

Their sound is crisp and grassroots folk that resonates and sets the tone in any room. The effect is instant and people clap and children dance to their songs. Everything from the music to Morrison’s enthusiasm on stage is enough to make members of the audience want to smile and join the children in dancing.

It comes as no surprise that the five musicians began learning music at a young age with classical training. Morrison’s study of music began with piano at age five and she eventually taught herself guitar. She also took classical vocal training. The rest of the members of the RSO are classically trained in their respective instruments, as well.

The band may be more rooted in the traditional sense with their instruments and their songs’ subject matter, but they have plenty of modern flair that breathes new life into their Renaissance inspired music.

In 2010, their shared love for history of the Renaissance brought a few of them together at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Mass. Each fall from the beginning of September to the end of October the annual faire draws thousands to a secluded section of the forest. Back from the street and surrounded by trees, “the realm,” as it’s called, exists on its own as an illusion, inviting both fantasy and history to meet. From the music to the costumes the illusion is complete.

Morrison and Moniz already knew each other from UMASS Dartmouth and had been playing with each other since around 2005, but they had yet to find the rest of their band. At the time, Morrison was working at the fair and met Rymer, who also worked there as a performer. Through Rymer, Morrison and Moniz met Tucker and Judelson.

In the fall of 2012, Grace Morrison and the RSO released their self-titled debut album, recorded at a local studio in Westport, Mass. Currently, Morrison said the band is saving money to record a second album and have songs already written for it.

Songs on their first CD move throughout history from Henry the VIII and his wife to the Titanic and WWII, Morrison said.

“I’ve always been inspired by history, especially with working at the Renaissance fair,” she said.

Through her music, Morrison aims to create a bridge between the past and present by writing about historical figures and events. She hopes her songs will make people realize a connection between the emotions people had in the past and those people have in the present. In her opinion, there hasn’t been much of a change and she aims to shed light on that.

“We’ve always tried to stay away from vapid love song material,” Morrison said.

Along with their original material, the band often plays imaginative covers. When choosing a cover song to play, Morrison said they always aim to bring something different to their favorite songs. Right now two covers in their set are The Cardigans’ “Love Fool” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.”

Their cover rendition of “Purple Haze” has garnered the band quite a bit of attention – this year at The Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge, Mass., and last year at the Barnstable County Fair’s Battle of the Bands where they met their current manager. On June 8th, they also chose to close their set by playing a strong folk rendition of it.

Morrison’s bright, but powerful voice led the song along with Rymer’s violin playing the lead guitar riffs. In a bit of an iconic twist, they brought a new folk energy and edge to “Purple Haze” similar to the edge Hendrix brings to Bob Dylan’s folksy “All Along the Watchtower.”

This summer Grace Morrison and the RSO have a full schedule of shows in Massachusetts from festivals to more intimate venues including Arts Alive Festival in Falmouth, Onset Summer Of Love, and New Bedford Folk Festival. This will be their second year - Limelight Magazine

"CD Review: Grace Morrison and The RSO"

Folk music can get too bogged down in tradition. From fashion sense to instrumentation to lyrical content, acts try to steer their songs away from a more Pop oriented sound and rely on a traditional way some songs have been performed over and over again. Grace Morrison and the RSO, however, do not seem to have a problem mixing in pop with their Celtic folk sound which makes for a very strong debut album that they’ve recently released.

Morrison and the RSO’s strength comes in their ability to play their fiddles, guitars and cajons as if they were a rock band. Not to say that the group play in a primal or aggressive way, but that they have a tight sound which benefits from the whole group knowing what eachother’s strengths are. Songs like “To Stand On Your Shore” have a heavy quality to them that’s reminiscent to rock, but keeps its folk roots with the groups instrumentation.

The album is full of other great tracks (“I See Spain,” “Old Adam”) but one that sticks out is “Stuck On You.” the song is a stripped down, bare bones pop song but really shows a different side to the band. After listening to it, you get the sense that the song could very well have become overproduced to fit some pop-standard but Morrison and the RSO’s the folk influence give the track more life than a sequencer ever could.

From a recording standpoint, the album has a rich sound but leaves space for each instrument to explore. The band plays all acoustic instruments so to fill the space they need to produce it on their own. Having recorded most of the tracks live in the studio, you get natural dynamics that have a song like “The Rose Without a Thorn” soar and fall in a totally organic way that might be lost if everything was turned up to 11.

People cringe when talking about “pop” music but Grace Morrison and the RSO’s comfort in their own sound allows them to take more chances with their Celtic folk stylings and make it something catchy and interesting. It’s easy for groups to aim for the fringes of music because it’s scarier to try to put something out that might come off as “popular.” Morrison and the RSO’s confidence in their song and style is clearly documented in this debut and puts the band in a great spot to further expound on their budding sound. - South Coast Today

"Wareham band releases folk-rock album rich in history"

Grace Morrison will never forget the order of Henry VIII's wives.

The Wareham resident's band, Grace Morrison and the RSO, just released its first album, an eight-song compilation of catchy, folk-rock songs, a handful of which tell the story of Henry VIII of England, who married six times for both love and companionship -- and also for practical reasons: he wanted a male heir to the throne.

Morrison, who writes the songs and brings them to the RSO to arrange, says history has always inspired her. She performs at King Richard's Faire in Carver, and hosts tours of Wareham's Fearing Tavern.

History is "easy for me, because the story's already there," she said of her songwriting process, before joking: "And my life's not all that interesting."

Morrison is the band's lead vocalist and plays guitar. The RSO, which stands for "really small orchestra," is made up of stand-up bass player and vocalist Max Judelson; vocalist and guitar, mandolin, and banjo player Benjamin Moniz; vocalist and violinist Marta Rymer, and percussionist Nate Tucker -- who plays the cajón, a box-shaped drum on which performers sit while playing.

"Sound guys hate us," Morrison said with a smile, noting that acoustic bands are particularly difficult to mic in live venues.

The band has been together for two years. Morrison and Moniz met when both attended UMass Dartmouth. Morrison met Rymer while working at King Richard's Faire, and Rymer got Judelson involved, who in turn recruited Tucker, a friend and fellow student from Boston Conservatory.

The rest was history.

"It just feels serendipitous," Morrison said of forming the band and finally being able to release an original album, a feat she's been working on herself for 10 years.

The band paid for the production of the album through pre-sales more than a year ago, before many of the songs were even written.

The cover art was designed by Wareham resident Katherine Toole, a friend of Morrison's. The colored-pencil drawing is meant to represent Henry VIII's hand.

Though rich in history, not all of the album is historical.

The band performs a version of Robert Dwyer Joyce's Irish ballad, "The Wind That Shakes the Barley".

The heart-wrenching -- yet upbeat -- sixth track, "Wild Roses," was written about Morrison's family losing her childhood home.

"Some of the songs tie into my life, but people don't know it because they think it's about history," Morrison said, later noting that songwriting is "a cool way to remember history."

Grace Morrison and the RSO will throw a CD-release party with Dan & The Wildfire on October 27 at Rick's Music World, 421 New State Highway, Raynham.

The band plans to perform at various music festivals next summer, but if you'd like to catch Grace and the RSO live in a less conventional setting, look no further than Whole Foods.

Sponsored by Bootsy BBQ sauce, which is sold at Whole Foods, the band makes frequent appearances at the stores in Bellingham and Providence, R.I. The album is available for purchase at the stores.

The album can also be purchased on iTunes, and locally at the Old Company Store.

To keep up with the band and its upcoming shows, visit - Wareham Week


Hard As I Fall (Single)-2016

Grace Morrison Live at the Zeiterion Theatre-2015

One of the Angels (feat. Pete Francis) Single-2014


Grace Morrison and the RSO - 2012



If folk, roots, and Americana were on a Venn diagram, Grace Morrison would be squarely in the center.  With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of the band Badfinger), Grace has become a regular on the national festival and touring circuit. She has won a number of prestigious awards including the Grand Prize of the New England Songwriting Competition and the Big Break contest where her music video was played on the season finale of American Idol.  2019 is off to a great start for Grace as she was selected to be an Official Showcase performer at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (TN),  named a finalist in the Wildflower (TX) Festival performing singer-songwriter contest, and selected to perform in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY). Her sophomore solo album “Reasons" was released on May 10thand debuted the # 2 Top Album on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Country Airplay Chart.

“Her voice smacks of Jewel, and her style, cadence, song structure is every inch from the school of Joan Osborne, Lisa Loeb, Natalie Merchant. It’s uncanny. Had Morrison been born a decade earlier, she might’ve played Lilith Fair herself.

— Lauren Daley, New Bedford Standard Times/Boston Globe


“She is folk. She is pop. She’s unbelievably masterful behind the wheel of a guitar. Morrison’s vocal storytelling can make you cry; it can make you sing.” 

— Emily Clark Old Colony Memorial 


“Her songs, vocal delivery, melodies are certain to draw the listener in leaving them wanting more and more and more.” 

— Jon Stein, WTBQ Radio


“Her songs are natural and pure, clear and silky. She has an ability to pick and choose influences and merge them into a sound that may be classified as “pop folk”, but has far more depth and layers to it.” 

— Red Line Roots

Band Members