Following on from the enormous success of her previously shared debut single ‘Quiet’ in 2019, which saw support from the likes of Earmilk, Atwood Magazine, and Celeb Mix, Toronto-based singer and songwriter Grace May has now returned to announce the details of her debut EP ‘L.V.R.’, along with the collection’s lead offering ‘Angel’.
Much like ‘Quiet’, ‘Angel’ sees her channel the same rich and vibrant R&B aesthetic that set her apart from the crowd at the very start. Bringing her smooth and enticing vocals atop a broad and atmospheric production throughout, this new release sets the tone of what we can expect from her upcoming debut EP.
Speaking about the new song, she said, “The concept for ‘Angel’ was to write a letter to an old love about a new love. I wrote the pre-chorus, “I was scared and unsure of what good could come from you treating me so bad,” because I genuinely didn’t know what good could come after that. And then someone came into my life that was so good, it felt like they’d been sent to me.
“Writing about romance and love doesn’t always come naturally to me because I can be pretty closed off if I feel vulnerable. But being closed off is tiring. And as a songwriter, I knew I needed to challenge myself. And especially as an artist who preaches authenticity, I knew I needed to try. So I wrote this EP as if I were talking to my best friend, or writing in my journal or, at times, speaking to an old love and telling them all of the things I was too afraid to say. I didn’t filter my emotions out of fear and in the end, it felt so good. Freeing. This EP depicts the perfect and not-so-perfect moments from my past romantic relationships and the lessons I’ve learned from them.”
Grace May is a 24-year-old Canadian R&B singer-songwriter based in Toronto. Her musical influences range from Etta James and Barbra Streisand to Lianne La Havas and H.E.R.
“Music was always played in my house growing up. Some days it was opera and classical music, other days it was Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys.”
The R&B singer-songwriter started singing at the age of 7, in the shower and in church. She didn’t start writing songs until her third year of school at Berklee College of Music, “I felt like a very small fish in an ocean. It took me about two years to hone my sound, and start writing and performing as Grace May.”