Grace Valerie is an up-and-coming artist in America, and with Randy Jackson taking her under his wing, she promises to be a hit! Straight from Russia to the states, Grace sat down with J-14 to talk about how she got her start, her music, and working with Randy!
J-14: How did you get your start in music?
Grace Valerie: I started doing music when I was in Russia before I moved to LA. I always dreamed of being a singer, having shows, and being able to talk to people, and make their life better and happier. I was an up-and-coming artist in Russia when I got an offer to come to Los Angeles and try my luck here -- in a second I basically packed my bags and came. It was so crazy. I had a meeting with Randy Jackson and he decided to work with me, he signed me to his label, and it was really, really fast and very exciting.
J-14: Tell us a little about your new single, "Don't Wanna Be Waiting."
Grace: "Don't Wanna Be Waiting" is a great song. It's a story about breaking up, about leaving your past behind you, and moving forward with your life. I hope this song will help a lot of people because when I recorded it [I wanted to] make people feel like I've experienced what I'm singing about.
J-14: What's the best advice Randy's ever given you?
Grace: Just to stay true to myself and work hard. He's an amazing person, so I really look up to him. I really hope that I will take as much as I can from him [to] grow and become better.
J-14: What else is coming up for you?
Grace: We're releasing my music video for "Don't Wanna Be Waiting" soon and I'm really excited about that. I have my European promotion going on and just waiting [to go] all over the place and do shows.
J-14: Who are some of your inspirations?
Grace: Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera. Those beautiful, amazing artists; they inspire me so much.
J-14: What's one thing you want our readers to know about you?
Grace: I always chased my dreams and no matter what I never gave up. I really hope that if they have any dreams they will not give up and just keep working on them.
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Photo courtesy of Laura Knipping/J-14 Magazine.
Written by: Vivian Nunez