Graci Phillips, Burning House EP, is a beautiful glimpse into the evolution of her artistry. In the six years since her freshman effort, Catastrophe, Graci has matured into a graceful and articulate lyricist. The playful and sometimes poignant melodies of Burning House are a far cry from high school heartbreak songs. Tackling themes such as bitterness and forgiveness, dying relationships, and humility—this six song EP will leave you thinking long after the last track has ended. A hopeful prelude to a full length album coming 2018/2019, Graci is so excited to share the Burning House EP with you.
26 year old singer-songwriter, Graci Phillips, was born in Nashville, Tennessee to musical parents John and Debbie Phillips. Graci literally grew up in music. When she was a baby her parents often could not afford a babysitter and would take her to the gigs they were playing. Graci’s mom would rock her to sleep back stage, wrap her in a blanket and lay her in her father’s guitar case on the side of the stage. If she would wake up, mom would simply slip off the piano, take her back stage, rock her back to sleep, lay her back in the guitar case and return to the piano.
At Graci’s birth, helping welcome her into this world and acquiring the title of “godmother” was none other than “Hee Haw” member, LuLu Roman. LuLu quickly fell in love with little Graci and was soon using her in a television commercial and an appearance on the Ralph Emery Show on TNN when Graci was 2-years-old. As a child Graci appeared in several television commercials in the Nashville area.
She received her first guitar at age six for Christmas. Her four-year-old brother received a drum set and, the “happy noise” was on! The oldest of five children, Graci has led the way with her siblings passing up the parents in the pursuit of musical excellence. In 2008, she and three of her siblings joined their parents in recording a family album at Ricky Skaggs’ studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Graci helped write the album.
Graci was homeschooled for most of her childhood as she and her siblings crisscrossed America on tour with their parents. This coast-to-coast road-school instilled in Graci a love for the new, exciting, and unknown. Her love for many genres of music started at a young age hearing music like James Taylor and Stevie Wonder played by her parents. When Graci was in middle school an older friend introduced her to The Beatles and the White Album. Her musical world was changed forever! Graci began devouring any good music she could find. She would come home with stacks of CD’s from the library and stay in her room all day listening. The Beatles, CAKE, Fiona Apple, Jimmy Hendrix, Indigo Girls, Janis Joplin, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Alison Krauss, Simon and Garfunkel, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Ingrid Michaelson were just some of the artists found playing on Graci’s stereo.
She began getting serious about guitar and piano at the age of 14 when she started writing her own songs. She soon realized the great passion she had for music, and knew she wanted to pursue it as a career. She has gone on to learn (to varying degrees) banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass, and accordion.
Graci lives in Nashville, TN with her handsome husband and mean, but beautiful, cat.