Grace Turner, a singer songwriter from Newcastle, Australia is renown for her emotionally-driven indie-folk songs, which are intensely personal. Turner has lived immersed with creative influences; her mother a visual artist and her father a poet. Falling somewhere between alt country and indie rock, her exquisite, smoky vocals coupled with her knack to write emotive, vulnerable songs is nothing short of addictive.
Get to know a little more about this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Grace Turner. She'll be opening the stage this weekend at Grow Your Own festival alongside Jack River, The Preatures, DMA's and more.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My current sound feels like the coming together of many different influences I’ve had throughout my life. I come from a singer-songwriter background, so the lyrics and the story is really important to me. At the moment it’s been very cathartic to combine this with a heavier sound.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
People, feelings and a desire to understand them. I am addicted to the emotional release and connection to others that I get from both listening to and playing music.
You were our Unearthed Grow Your Own Festival comp winner in 2019, who was your highlight on the day?
The Preatures were a stand out for me. Isabella is a force as a performer and I found their set really inspiring to watch. They also had the sunset spot so the heat of the day was easing off and I was surrounded by some of my best girlfriends, what a dream!
What can punters expect from a Grace Turner live show?
You can expect dress-ups, me saying personal and potentially inappropriate things, sweet crunchy guitar licks from my guitarist Shanna and everyone else in the band just generally having a good meaningful time.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Careful who’s advice you take". I can’t remember who told me that but when I reflect on my younger years I see the value in it. Pave your own way, go with your gut and trust yourself. I can’t remember who told me all those things either but they have served me well.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Pleasure and Pain’ by The Divinyls.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Flame Trees', written by Cold Chisel but listen to the version performed by Sara Blasko. It has such sorrowful nostalgia and captures the feeling of our lonesome country towns. Gets me every time.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I recently discovered Electric Fields, an indigenous pop act from South Australia and their songs are pumping. Their track ‘Don’t You Worry’ is an absolute banger.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I have been moving around a lot so I haven’t been home much to see many gigs in Newcastle lately. The last Newcastle gig I went to was Indiana and the Journey to The East and Lachlan X Morris at The Cambridge just before Christmas. It was a great show, Indiana has an epic voice and Lachlan is such a prolific artist.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
I am most inspired by the people that are helping to forge creative spaces for their communities. Theres a group of people in Newcastle that have been working really hard on this. Michael McDonahugh, Tim Evans, Caitlin O’Reily to name a small few. They have been working with the council to secure more diverse and intimate venues that cater to under 18’s and give space for singer-songwriters and other non-mainstream genres. At the moment though people are resorting to house shows as there is a big gap in Newcastle currently.
What are your plans for 2019?
I plan to record and both an EP and an album and fingers crossed have them both released this year. I want to do a headline Australian tour and I’m very excited to be spending a bit of time in the USA for the SXSW showcases! I also plan to get the the Northern Territory in August for the Darwin Festival!View Profile Hide Interview