NEW ALBUM - LOVE LIVES HERE
There are many ways to describe Grace Hughes and her music, but unique, uplifting, and soulful just seem to scratch the surface. Few people sing so honestly from their heart and soul but Grace does so, combining art, story, and song in perfect unison.
On Grace's new CD, Love Lives Here, she debuts her Gospel Jazz Duo with John Funkhouser. It is a catchy and poetic album that is inspiring and healing, with a fresh sound. It features several original songs, including the title song,"Love Lives Here," along with the hymns "We're Marching To Zion," "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow / Be Thou My Vision," and a rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Many people contributed through the Love Live Here's CD Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign to make the CD possible, and a special thank you to
Peter H. Bloom, Celia Blue, and Olanike Thorpe for their contribution and support.
ABOUT THE GRACE
Grace Hughes is a gospel and jazz vocalist, as well as songwriter. She has performed in the U.S. and overseas, including at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, the Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, The New England Conservatory, Fenway Park, universities, community centers, and in churches around the world. Since 2005, she has been the lead female vocalist for The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, now in its 46th season and winner of the national Independent Music Award in 2000 for best jazz recording. Grace has shared the stage with world-renowned jazz musicians, including Dominique Eade, Jay Clayton, Matt Savage, Simon Tedeschi, and her pianist, John Funkhouser.
Grace has won awards for her voice and songwriting. As winner of Boston's NextNewEngland Singing Competion, she performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park, home of the World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox. She also won top prize in a national songwriting competition, The WRA Song Competition, sponsored by the Alpha Music Group, in conjunction with the Oberlin College Conservatory. The prize was for her song, “Pennies on the Ground,” which she co-wrote with Bob Yen Jr. The competition sought songs that addressed peace, love, community and speaking out against violence, war, or hate.
In addition to her jazz background, her love for gospel music began at an early age while singing in the children’s choir of her father’s African-American Baptist church. While growing up, she performed regularly as a soloist with The New England Outreach Ministries directed by her Godfather and gospel pianist extraordinaire, Brother Earl Waithe. At the age of 15, she was featured as a soloist on his live CD recording, “Go Tell It On the Mountain.” During her teenage years, she continued to perform at various churches in and around the U.S. northeast, as well as at company events and benefit concerts. At the age of 17, she made her first performance overseas in a little white church on the corner of a mountain in the Lofthus-Hardanger region of Norway. It was there that she learned the power of music to bring people together in spite of their cultural and linguistic differences. Grace continued to sing during college and law school by herself and as a soloist for different gospel choirs and worship teams.
In November 2018, Grace will release her new album, Love Lives Here, which she collaborated on with John Funkhouser. It is an uplifting and heartfelt CD featuring several original songs, including "Love Lives Here," along with the hymns "We're Marching To Zion," "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow / Be Thou My Vision," and the classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water." In 2008, Grace released her debut album, Right At Home, which is a collection of songs influenced by her love for different genres especially gospel, jazz, and soul. In addition to her own debut album, Grace can be heard on The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's 15th CD entitled, Democratic Vistas, along with their 12th CD, Impressions, and their 9th CD, “No Walls/A Christmas Concert.” Grace’s honest and passionate performance always leaves her listeners with the desire to hear more of her soulful voice.