grace pettis

grace pettis

 Austin, Texas, USA
SoloAmericanaCountry

Alabama Native, Texas Original

Biography

SHORT BIO:
Grace Pettis, from Lookout Mountain, Alabama, has songwriting in her blood.  The daughter of a poetry scholar and a troubadour, Grace comes by her love of words honestly.  Her father,Pierce Pettis, is a critically acclaimed songwriter and performer who penned the Garth Brooks hit "You Move Me." Both of Grace's brothers are also songwriters and musicians.  In her short career, Grace has already lived up to her birthright, winning numerous songwriting awards and garnering praise from critics, fans, and industry alike.  What sets her apart in her talented family is her distinct, unaffected voice, described as a "wide open prairie, full of waving golden grains before menacing, dark thunder clouds" (Sirius XM Program Director, Mary Sue Twohy).
POINTS OF INTEREST:
-winner, NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong songwriting contest -winner, Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk songwriting contest-two studio albums recorded at Blue Rock Studio, produced by Billy Crockett.-recent successful Kickstarter campaign; over $32,000 towards the making of TWO BIRDS(2012).
PRESS QUOTES:
-"All the tunes benefit from Pettis’ clear, emotive vocals, distinguished by her keening upper range. GRACE PETTIS is heartfelt and free from affectation and its fresh outlook is its strength." -Itunes official review of Grace's debut album (2009).
-Maverick Magazine featured a FIVE STAR review of TWO BIRDS. "If you purchase only one album this year, TWO BIRDS is it!"  -Arthur Wood, Maverick Magazine

-"We think that TWO BIRDS is easily one of the finest albums from a newcomer this year..." -Direct Current
-"It is clear there are no limits to what Grace can do." - Mary Sue Twohy, Program Director, Sirius XM
-"Landing somewhere between old-school country and Top 40 folk-rock, Pettis pens detailed songs about lovers on the mend and young musicians on the move. Through these vignettes, she offers glimpses of her own personality, revealing herself to be an observer and a dreamer—a winning combo." -M Magazine

-"...a gifted young songwriter with a compelling voice;" "...one of the most talented young singer-songwriters in America." -Michael Granberry, The Dallas Morning News

Lyrics

Nine to Five Girl

Written By: Grace Pettis

Nine to Five Girl

I’m good at bussing tables, good at folding clothes.
I’m good at hiding my frustration so nobody knows.
I’m handy with the register, I’m friendly to the customers,
I smile my smiles that don’t look fake- I make half of what you make,
I am

Your nine to five girl, yours to ignore,
part of the scenery, American machinery,
Nine to five girl, small in this world.
A certain mix of tough and sweet,
making just enough to dream.
For all you know that’s all there is to me,
Your nine to five girl

You’ll never know just what it takes to get myself up every day
When you leave me that one dollar tip and you think there’s nothing wrong with it.
If I did not need a dime, I’d give you a piece of my mind,
Throw this coffee in your face, get myself out of this place but I,
I am

Your nine to five girl, yours to ignore,
part of the scenery, American machinery,
Nine to five girl, small in this world.
A certain mix of tough and sweet,
making just enough to dream.
For all you know that’s all there is to me...

You tap me on my shoulder even when I’m on my break
And you’re talking to my manager, ‘cause you don’t like the way I say
Yes sir,
I am your

Nine to five girl, yours to ignore,
part of the scenery, American machinery,
Nine to five girl, small in this world.
A certain mix of tough and sweet,
making just enough to dream.
For all you know that’s all there is to me,
Yeah, for all I know that’s all there is to me,
A nine to five girl

Turning Too

Written By: grace pettis

Turning Too

Bicycle, ribbons on the handles. You flew me over sidewalk mountains, childhood wilderness. You taught me moving grace, though it took a few scrapes. Now I ride my life like my old bike, it’s a balancing act.

The leaves change, the sky is turning- hello grey, goodbye blue. Each day I wake up older- I am turning too, I am turning too.

Teddy bear, a little worse for wear. Your final years were the bitter tears of girlhood’s last refrain. Your button eyes seemed to sympathize. I put you in the attic in a box with comfort lost and womanhood gained.

As the leaves change, the sky is turning- hello grey, goodbye blue. Each day I wake up older- I am turning too, I am turning too.

Oh my love, the summer sun is setting slow. I watch it melt across the sky. Sometimes growing up means letting go, but we’ve been given this sunset tonight.

Wedding dress, ivory innocence. You cover me in my fantasies, like lace around my neck. And when you’re stripped away, at the end of this day, I will give what’s underneath without shame, without regret.

As the leaves change, the sky is turning- hello grey, goodbye blue. Each day I wake up older- I am turning too, I am turning too.

The Gypsy's Code

Written By: Grace Pettis

The Gypsy’s Code

This is my confession- we all want acceptance, to know that we are us and they are them.
I am a wanderer, crossing borders. My home today will be tomorrow just another place I've been.

I have always been a traveler, a gypsy peddling my wares.
Trinkets I've taken, treasures I've found, burdens I bear.
I can't tell you where I'm going. I don't know myself.
I won't tell a lie, only testify to the place I am now.

This is my story- it is all a journey. And the road goes on beyond and before.
My beginning is someone else's ending. I tell you what I know and now, now it is yours.

I have always been a traveler. A gypsy peddling my wares.
Trinkets I've taken, treasures I've found, burdens I bear.
I can't tell you where I'm going. I wish I knew myself.
I won't tell a lie, only testify to the place I am now.

This is the gypsy's code: Wherever you are is home.

I have always been a traveler. A gypsy peddling my wares.
Trinkets I've taken, treasures I've found, burdens I bear.
I won't tell you where I'm going. I don’t know myself.
But I won't tell a lie, only testify to where I am now.

Discography

"TWO BIRDS"
Blue Rock Artists
Released September of 2012

"GRACE PETTIS" Self-titled
Blue Rock Artists
self-released on a small scale in October of 2009