Gracie Abrams Feels It All

The very first thing you need to learn about Gracie Abrams, the 23-year-old rising singer-songwriter, is that she’s a Swiftie. “I’m not going to be okay,” says Abrams of becoming a member of Taylor Swift’s extremely anticipated Eras Tour for 30 nights as certainly one of her opening acts. “I’m attending each minute of each evening,” she says, grinning ear to ear. “I’m attempting to be taught from her in each approach I can, and I’m attempting to fucking hear all my favourite songs.” 

Earlier than she hits the highway, Abrams has to place out her debut album, Good Riddance. On Friday, she is going to launch a group of deeply private songs that would place hazy bed room pop as a style to be reckoned with. On the day we join, she has simply launched her single “Amelie,” a spellbinding ballad about ephemeral love: “I met a woman as soon as / She sorta ripped me open / She doesn’t even comprehend it / She doesn’t know my identify.” Because it goes with a lot of her songs, 1000’s of individuals on the web are already crying about it. However Abrams, who’s grateful for the neighborhood she has cultivated, is offline for the day. “The web is a humorous and scary place to speak about your emotions,” admits Abrams. “It’s humorous for it to be new for everybody else, as a result of I’ve very a lot let go of what I used to be writing about.” She properly provides that “it’s only a reminder of how rapidly you’ll be able to change if you’re in your 20s.”

Over Zoom, Abrams is in her aspect in her bed room at house in Los Angeles, carrying an outsized crimson Nike sweatshirt, with fairy lights twinkling within the background. Our change looks like calling a girlfriend; you may giggle, you may cry, otherwise you simply may do each, and Abrams has a track for any of those events. A self-proclaimed delicate child “with a really robust exterior,” she has been in contact together with her feelings for so long as she will be able to keep in mind, beginning to write at a younger age. She recollects that as a substitute of speaking to her dad and mom—her father is filmmaker J.J. Abrams and her mom is Katie McGrath, co-CEO of Unhealthy Robotic Productions—or her classmates in school, she would sit alone and journal. “I discovered after I was actually little that my intuition was to jot down earlier than speaking to different folks about the way in which that I felt,” says Abrams. 

Finally, that observe advanced into songwriting. “I occurred to additionally fall in love with the writing course of,” says Abrams. “It makes me need to be uncomfortable extra usually. It makes me need to really feel every thing to then be capable to write about all of it.” Abrams jokes that utilizing music as a option to cope is “like this horrible trick I’m enjoying on myself, immortalizing my emotions.”

In 2019, after a short stint at Barnard Faculty in New York, Abrams signed to Interscope Information. The next 12 months, her first EP, Minor, amassed a following and cemented her as a determine within the sad-girl-pop membership. At present, her track “I Miss You, I’m Sorry,” off that first EP, continues to be her most streamed track on Spotify, having been performed greater than 133 million occasions and counting. What adopted subsequent was her EP This Is What It Feels Like, which gained the eye of friends like Phoebe Bridgers, Taylor Swift, whom she grew up listening to, and Olivia Rodrigo, whom Abrams accompanied on her Bitter tour final 12 months. 

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