Grace Pettis – Working Woman
Grace Pettis. Why Working Woman? Well, because the album, like the song, is not subtle. It’s about recognizing and honoring the work that women do in every space in our society. Taking it further, it’s about claiming our own power and place in the world.
This record is about the work women do and valuing that work,” says Grace Pettis. Explaining the title of her new debut album for MPress Records, Working Woman. Furthermore, lauded singer/songwriter Mary Bragg is the producer and the mixing by 2x Grammy® award winner Shani Ghandi.
Also, the record features an all-female/non-binary band, and the rest of the album credits are female/non-binary as well. Including the co-writers, engineers, photographer, and graphic designer.
Guest contributions includes Indigo Girls (“Landon”), Ruthie Foster (“Pick Me Up”), Dar Williams (“Any Kind of Girl”). As well as The Watson Twins (“Never Get It Back”), Gina Chavez (“Mean Something”) and Mary Bragg (“Paper Boat”).
Singer – Songwriter and more
Grace epitomizes the term singer/songwriter. As a singer, her voice is both powerful and beautiful, and she uses it like a fine arts painter to color and craft her songs. Meanwhile, her songs have been recorded by many esteemed artists, including Sara Hickman and Ruthie Foster.
Grace explains, “The songs that ring the truest often come from my own feelings and memories. People need upbeat songs they can dance to, but they need sad songs, too. Hard songs. The songs that are the hardest and most painful to write seem to be the most healing. I write from wherever I happen to be.
All Female Creative Team
When people ask her about her choice to work with an all-female/non-binary creative team for Working Woman, Grace explains, “As a feminist, I can’t complain that the industry is unfair to women if I’m not actively working on whatever level, I’m at to change it for others.
I don’t feel the need to cloak my own feminism in metaphors anymore or sidle up to it with a wink so I don’t offend anyone”. Less than 1% of chart-topping songs are written without men. Meaning, we are literally not hearing women.
The fact is women like me work our tails off. We have to, to carve out our place in the world. It’s past time to recognize and honor women’s contributions. This is our time, and we will make the rules. We are not asking for respect anymore. Now, we are demanding it.”
An award-winning singer-songwriter
An award-winning singer-songwriter from Austin via Alabama, this isn’t Pettis’ first rodeo. For Grace, who has been characterized as “a little bit folk, a little bit country/Americana, and a whole lot of soul,” 2020 had many silver linings.
She signed with MPress Records, releases three critically acclaimed singles – “Landon”, White Noise”, and “Drop Another Pin” (with “Landon” landing at #10 on The Bluegrass Situation’s year-end “The Women Who Wrote Our 2020 Soundtrack”), and records Working Woman in Nashville.
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