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Grace Potter

www.gracepotter.com

Artist Bio

In the years that followed the release of her widely acclaimed 2015 album Midnight, Grace Potter considered never putting out a record again. Having endured the tumult of the breakup of her band and consequent divorce— as well as far more joyful events like a new marriage and the birth of her first child— Potter continued writing on her own, but had no intention of sharing those songs with the world. “Too many things had happened, and I needed to take a step back,” says the Vermont-born artist. “There were moments where I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll just go back to painting houses.’”

But by the end of 2017, Potter began to feel the call of the studio and soon started laying down tracks in the Topanga Canyon home she’d recently settled into with her husband, Midnight producer Eric Valentine. Unsigned and entirely free of any pressure to appease, Potter slowly carved out the songs that now make up Daylight: an album that emerges as her most emotionally revealing, musically daring, and exactingly realized body of work to date.

“In the past, I’ve aimed to write songs from a universal perspective; so that anyone who heard my music could relate, but that actually made it harder for me to take ownership of my own perspective. This new collection of songs were all written so that I could process – and be accountable for – my own life experience,” Potter says. “I had just pulled the ripcord on my whole life. It was an incredibly jarring, private experience. When the dust settled a bit, the last thing I wanted to do was tell the whole world about it. It was a very gradual process of re-framing music and its purpose in my life. So when I finally started writing songs again – I did it for me.”

Potter’s seventh full-length and first release for Fantasy Records, Daylight was created in close collaboration with producer/mixer/engineer Eric Valentine. In constructing the album’s wild collage of rock-and-roll, blues and soul, Potter tapped into her tightly honed musicianship while harnessing the untamed energy of her live performance for the very first time. “I had kind of resigned myself to the fact that I was always going to be better live than in the studio – but Eric was determined to tap into that raw energy that I have onstage.” she says. “He chased down a few different approaches, ultimately creating a kind of live music venue setup in his studio, so I could feel the sound reflecting off the walls and interact with the band instead of just singing into a void.”

Partly recorded in Potter’s garage and living room, Daylight mostly came to life through a series of live-to-tape sessions at Valentine’s Hollywood studio, Barefoot Recording. Along with capturing the undeniable vocal power Potter’s previously shown in sharing the stage with The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, and Neil Young, the album unfolds with an irresistibly vital sound birthed with the help of guests like Benmont Tench and Lucius. “Having all these incredible musicians playing live in the room with me gave the recording an urgency—like, this matters right now,” Potter recalls.

On the album-opener “Love Is Love,” Potter brings that urgency to a breathtaking slow-burner, her voice shifting from fragile to soaring with understated elegance. The very first piece written for Daylight, the track finds Potter fully surrendering to unbridled feeling—a process so unsettling, it temporarily put her off from attempting any further self-examination in song form. “‘Love Is Love’ is so confessional, it was terrifying. I dove deep into the darkest corners of my personal life.” she says. “After we recorded the demo, I had no desire to keep on writing because the feelings were still too raw. I wasn’t ready to dig any deeper.”

Just one song later, Potter proves to have wholly conquered that fear, turning out a full-tilt rocker raging with pure passion. With her vocals taking on a gravelly intensity, “On My Way” telegraphs unhinged joy as Potter documents a particularly fraught moment from the past few years when she took a solo drive across the country. “Once you allow certain feelings in, there’s no turning back.”  Freewheeling and cathartic, “On My Way” builds its frenetic tension in part from a riff that she and Valentine conjured up on their back porch. “Musically, it’s meant to take you in two directions—there’s a powerful tension between darkness & light. It’s a theme that plays out a lot on this record, and that riff kinda just says it all.” Potter notes.

Throughout Daylight, Potter imbues her songs with equal parts aching vulnerability and unapologetic self-possession. A stark piano ballad partly written while Potter was in the process of moving out of her home, “Release” transmits a quiet sorrow but ultimately finds its resolution in a lyric supplied by co-writer Mike Busbee (“I hope that someday/The sun will shine again/And you’ll release me too”). On “Repossession,” meanwhile, Potter sharply contrasts the song’s sleepy rhythm, dreamy guitar tones, and unearthly harmonies with a brilliant lyrical barb (“And you say/That I threw it all away for nothing/But the only thing I threw away/Was you”). “We were driving through the Southwest; we stopped at a pawnshop and bought this busted old guitar with a missing string, dragged it out to these vast sand dunes and just started playing,” Potter recalls in revealing the song’s origins. “We’d been listening to a lot of classic country and AM radio on the road trip. These heart-wrenching songs spoke directly to what we were going through – and even though they were recorded over 50 years ago, it felt like they’d been reading my diary – so when we sat down to write, ‘Repossession’ just happened. Like it had always been there, just waiting for someone to show up and claim it.”

While much of Daylight mirrors the emotional chaos of her recent past, the album also channels a certain soulful wonder on songs like “Every Heartbeat,” an acoustic-guitar-laced serenade for Valentine and their infant son, Sagan. And on “Desire,” Daylight drifts into an unpredictably playful mood, serving up a sweetly winking celebration of unabashed lust. “I’ve often cloaked my carnal themes in metaphor.” Potter notes. “Ultimately that approach lost a lot value for me. I was tired of burying my desires, my truth, my pain…in euphemisms. I had to start over & rebuild my sense of self, so I went straight to the source with a song that celebrates the fact that we’re all just animals.”

On the title track and finale to Daylight, Potter offers up one of the album’s most galvanizing and glorious moments: a shapeshifting epic that endlessly careens from simmering blues lament to brutally thunderous rock-and-roll anthem. “It’s a song about the darkest time.” Potter recalls. “We started composing that song because we wanted to honor the long, difficult process of finding peace. It’s a musical bookmark; and a reminder that darkness doesn’t last forever.”

For Potter, the making of Daylight marks a return to the unfettered creativity she felt upon first discovering songwriting. “I really dug back into the roots of my creativity. When I was 12 or 13, I would sneak away to write songs because I didn’t want anyone to hear me bearing all,” she says. “It was all so honest, because I had no awareness of how people might perceive me.” At the same time, she made use of the masterful chops she’s developed over the course of her career, a 15-year run that’s included playing nearly every major music festival (in addition to launching her own festival, Burlington’s Grand Point North. “Throughout my career, I’ve always been a bit of a tinkerer; experimenting & exploring all these different facets of who I am through music,” says Potter. “But this album isn’t an experiment: it’s a statement.”

As she shares that statement with the world, Potter hopes that Daylight’s fearless honesty might inspire each listener to embrace their own truth, in all its messy complexity. “This album is about being able to take complete ownership of your feelings, without any anger or hate or shame. And that can be absolutely terrifying— but once you get to the other side, it’s exhilarating. It’s the feeling of knowing that you’re finally home.”

 

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Achievements

01

Single “Paris (Ooh La La) certified gold by the RIAA

02

Presented with the 2015 ASCAP Harry Chapin Vanguard Award by Why Hunger

03

Nominated for 2012 Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and winner of the 2011 CMA Music Video of the Year

Tour Dates

Nov 09 2019
The Rustic
Dallas, TX
Nov 15 2019
The Forum Auditorium
Harrisburg, PA
Nov 30 2019
FIS Ski World Cup
Killington, VT
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Jan 08 2020
Charleston Music Hall
Charleston, SC
Jan 09 2020
Jannus Live
Saint Petersburg, FL
Jan 10 2020
House of Blues Orlando
Orlando, FL
Jan 11 2020
Revolution Live
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Jan 12 2020
Sunset Green Lawn
Key West, FL
Jan 15 2020
Florida Theatre
Jacksonville, FL
Jan 16 2020
The Ritz
Raleigh, NC
Jan 17 2020
The Fillmore Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
Jan 18 2020
The Tabernacle - GA
Atlanta, GA
Jan 19 2020
The Orange Peel
Asheville, NC
Jan 22 2020
Taft Theatre
Cincinnati, OH
Jan 23 2020
Roxian Theatre
Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 24 2020
The Fillmore Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Jan 25 2020
The Anthem
Washington, DC
Jan 28 2020
College Street Music Hall
New Haven, CT
Jan 29 2020
State Theatre, Portland, Maine
Portland, ME
Jan 30 2020
The Egg
Albany, NY
Jan 31 2020
House Of Blues Boston
Boston, MA
Feb 01 2020
Beacon Theatre
New York, NY
Feb 04 2020
Vogue Theatre
Indianapolis, IN
Feb 05 2020
The Intersection
Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 06 2020
Pabst Theater
Milwaukee, WI
Feb 07 2020
Riviera Theatre
Chicago, IL
Feb 08 2020
Palace Theatre
St. Paul, MN
Feb 09 2020
Hoyt Sherman Place
Des Moines, IA
Feb 12 2020
Cain's Ballroom
Tulsa, OK
Feb 13 2020
The Jones Assembly
Oklahoma City, OK
Feb 14 2020
House of Blues Houston
Houston, TX
Feb 15 2020
Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
Austin, TX
Feb 18 2020
Iron City Bham
Birmingham, AL
Feb 19 2020
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
Feb 20 2020
The Pageant
St. Louis, MO
Mar 12 2020
Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC
Mar 13 2020
McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Portland, OR
Mar 14 2020
The Showbox
Seattle, WA
Mar 15 2020
McDonald Theatre
Eugene, OR
Mar 18 2020
The Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA
Mar 19 2020
El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 20 2020
MontBleu Resort Showroom
Stateline, NV
Mar 21 2020
Fox Theatre
Oakland, CA
Mar 24 2020
The Wilma
Missoula, MT
Mar 25 2020
The Depot
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 26 2020
Belly Up Aspen
Aspen, CO
Mar 27 2020
Belly Up Aspen
Aspen, CO
Mar 28 2020
Mission Ballroom
Denver, CO

News

10/11/2016

Grace Potter, Jackson Browne, Dawes, Maria Muldaur, JD Souther, I’m With Her & more to celebrate the music of the legendary Linda Ronstadt!

Grace Potter, Jackson Browne, Dawes, Maria Muldaur, JD Souther, I'm With Her & more to celebrate the music of the legendary Linda Ronstadt! The Bluegrass Situation, Goldenvoice, and Red Light…

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09/01/2016

Grace Potter On Fall Tour Now

Grace Potter is currently on her headlining September tour with stops throughout the Midwest, South, and Northeast and today, she has revealed a new music video made in collaboration with…

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06/01/2016

Grace Potter Announces Fall Tour Dates, On Sale Now

Grace Potter has announced several new headlining tour dates for September, with stops throughout the Midwest, South, and Northeast. In additional, she will be making appearances at the Pilgrimage Music…

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