John Gracie
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John Gracie


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Nova Scotia Lullabye- (1989 and re-released in 1997) Gold Record for Seabirds Cry, features many of the songs that John has written and sung celebrating Nova Scotia around the globe. Received Male Arist of the Year in 1989,1990 based on this album.

Standing in the Dark- mainstream album, produced many radio singles

John Gracie-A Gene MacLellan Tribute- Canadian best-seller, fan favourite, highly reviewed by industry writers around the globe, international touring from this album. This album was said to have brought back the music of Gene MacLellan to the Canadian public.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- favourite holiday album featuring the very popular John Gracie original, Cape Breton Christmas Morn, Gold Record status (50,000). Sold to international corporations as good client/staff gifts.

Identity- mainstream release, received ECMA Male Artist of the Year 2000 and JUNO nominee based on this recording, heavy radio and video play features food bank song of hope, Pass It On (most recently, Pass It On was used on a Canadian Folk Artists compilation CD to help victims of the September 11th tragedy and as a song to help raise funds for Haywest, providing relief for Western Canadian farmers.

John Gracie Live! Off the Floor but Close to the Ground- nominated for Canadian Album of the Year, Canadian Indie Awards. Recorded while touring Western Canada.

John Gracie-Acoustic Jeep- new CD released September 2004 distributed by MapleNationwide
Acoustic JEEP is John Gracie’s 8th CD and he says it feels like his first. It is an all original CD that comes after a period of personal losses and changes in his life. The songs are filled with emotion and without a master plan, ironically, many have taken a slant of social conscience. Some are gritty, some are tender and some were great discoveries like the collaboration with Fizz of Universal Soul, a Halifax rap artist who came on board for Which Way is the Wind Blowin’, the story of the wrongful imprisonment of Mi’kmaq native, Donald Marshall. George Christmas, a Mi’kmaq from Marshall’s hometown also joins in on this song with a native chant that is haunting.
There is also the powerful song, NRA Anyway about incidents like Columbine and the trouble with the folks at the NRA.
These Are the Times is a reflection of what we should do to make the world a better place and Kiss Me is a tender song asking people to understand why the homeless are where they are, “kiss me, see me” one emotional line in the last verse grabs the listener, “momma’s little baby, daddy’s pride and joy, bated breath beneath the blanket lies the broken little boy”.
Powerful songs of love gone wrong are found in If You Threw It All Away, Trouble’s Hangin’ Around My Door, Dance Bobbie Dance, Don’t Go and the Kristofferson like, Send the Soldiers.

The beautiful ballad, Old Stone Well, evolved to be a song encompassing the final moments John spent with his dying sister. Although written years before, the song entered his mind again as he sat with her on her last days, the reason for the song was revealed.

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John Gracie-Simply Christmas Volume 2- Another classic Christmas CD featuring Christmas favourites.


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Award-winning Singer/Songwriter John Gracie
-International touring artist, performs at festivals/special events, performing arts centres, conferences, host of songwriter circles in Canada and the US, toured Tokyo to Miami
-now touring Concert by the Sea and Great North American Singalong
-set to release 10th CD, Then Again, Recollections
-starring in Stan Rogers A Matter of Heart
-Performance in Bryant Park, New York City, Christmas Tree Lighting
-2006 release of Christmas Album-Simply Christmas- Volume 2- Nevada Ent/Koch Records
-2006 ECMA Nominee for Folk Album of the Year
-2006 ECMA Songwriter Café performer
-Producer, Birch Mountain Bluegrass Band’s new CD
-2005 nominee Folk/Roots Artist of the Year, Nova Scotia Music Awards
-2005 National Touring of Christmas As I Remember It (new Christmas CD to be released Fall/05)
-2005 North American Summer touring
-2005 Guest star of Kanata, national TV show featuring Tom Jackson, Susan Aglukark
-2005 Showcase at North American Folk Alliance
-2005 Showcase at FEO (Festivals and Events Ontario)
-2004 Release of new CD, Acoustic JEEP, ablum of social conscience, inks distribution deal with Maplenationwide/Universal
-2004 Summer Festival touring and Christmas Touring
-2003 signing with US based label, Atlas Music
-2003 release of DVD, John Gracie-Christmas as I Remember It
-2003 release of 8th album, Acoustic Jeep
-2003 national festival circuit
-2003 Performance with Symphony Nova Scotia
-2003 Christmas CD sells 50,000 units
-Christmas 2002, national Christmas Tour, Christmas TV special airs in Eastern Canada, Ontario and Saskatchewan
-2002 NEMO Music Conference, Boston, MA (one of two Canadians chosen to appear in Around the World in 80 Minutes- an International Song Circle hosted by Club Passim, Harvard Square
-2002 East Coast Music Awards nominee
-2001 Juno Nominee –Aboriginal Recording*Canadian version of the Grammy’s
-2001 Nominee for The INDIES Canadian Independent Music Awards-Album of the Year
-2001 Best of Texas International Awards-Songwriter of the Year
- Three-time ECMA Male Artist of the Year - only artist to receive this honour two years consecutively- Male Artist of the Year for 2000, 1990 and 1989 and nominee as Country Artist of the Year in 2002, 2000 and 1997.
-Canadian RPM Award Nominee 2000 for Outstanding New Male Vocalist of the Year.
-Nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year- Nova Scotia Music Awards 2000
-Chosen as mainstage showcase artist for Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference
- Received a gold record for his original composition Seabird’s Cry
- Received international acclaim for his tribute to songwriter Gene MacLellan. Distributed by EMI Music, John Gracie-A Gene MacLellan Tribute was listed as a Canadian best seller and critically acclaimed by music reviewers across the country.
- John Gracie’s song Pass It On was chosen as a theme song for food banks across Canada. This song was also included on the CD, Tears of a Thousand Years, featuring Canadian Folk Artists, which was produced to raise money for the victims and families of September 11th tragedy.

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