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MPress Records Signs Grace Pettis to Multi-Album Deal
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MPress Records Signs Grace Pettis to Multi-Album Deal

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MPress Records has signed a multi-album deal with Austin singer/songwriter Grace Pettis

Grace Pettis is an award-winning songwriter from Austin, Texas who is a noted member of the South Austin scene. A little bit folk, a little bit country/Americana and with a whole lot of soul, Pettis has released two DIY albums and the Dallas Morning News has hailed her as “one of the most talented young singer-songwriters in America”.

Pettis first came to the attention of MPress founder Rachael Sage at SXSW, where her voice and presence, even totally unplugged in a crowded room, commanded the spotlight. Sage gushes, “Grace Pettis is one of the best singers I have ever had the pleasure to hear. And when I say ‘best’, I don’t mean that in a showy way -– although her voice is both powerful and beautiful. I mean that she can tell a story with her voice in a way that cuts right to the heart of our collective humanity, whatever the topic may be. Her songwriting is nothing short of masterful, and to see these timeless qualities in someone so young feels like discovering something akin to the magic of Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash or perhaps, Brandi Carlile. MPress Records is thrilled to be working with Grace!

Pettis, repped by Chas Management, will be touring the US and Europe in 2020. Her first release on MPress is expected later in the year. In the meantime, she is eager to have found such a supportive new team. “Signing a record deal sounds pretty daunting“, Pettis admits. “It’s not a decision to take lightly. But from the first conversation with Rachael Sage and her wonderful team, I’ve felt like I’ve finally found my way home. After a decade of releasing my own music, I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that I’m partnering with MPress Records, a label that has built its unique reputation on championing and supporting artists and putting music with integrity out into the world. I’m so proud to be a part of the MPress family.

GRACE PETTIS: As a card-carrying member of the South Austin scene, Grace Pettis has amassed bragging rights to spare. She is the winner of many of the nation’s most prestigious songwriting contests, including NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, and has received grants from the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. Grace’s songs have been recorded by other esteemed artists, including Sara Hickman and Ruthie Foster and she added to her songwriting accomplishments in 2019 by signing a publishing deal with BMG. Catch her with her band at an Austin club, headlining a festival with her trio Nobody’s Girl, or on her own, trying out new songs in a little gem of a listening room, somewhere in America.