Essentially Pop Meets: Grace Gaustad

Grace Gaustad is still only 18 years old, but has been making waves in Los Angeles in recent months, since she covered Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’. Recognised for her deep vocals, Grace has been working with Lady Gaga’s singing coach since she before she entered her teenage years. Grace has quite the profile on social media, with just under 500K followers on Instagram, as well as 80K+ on Facebook, and 73K+ subscribers on YouTube. While in Los Angeles recently, Lisa asked Grace a few quick questions about her life, music, and inspirations.

SHI 360 feat. Talent Display – ‘Only Got One’

Canadian rapper and Jewish rap ambassador SHI 360 had a very eclectic upbringing, raised by North African parents in Israel, and his music reflects this. Additionally, he grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, Charles Aznavour, and Egyptian singer songwriter and actress, Umm Kulthum. SHI 360 first heard hip hop while lstening to “The Voice of Peace”, a pirate radio station run by Israeli peace activist, Abie Nathan.

Jonny Dee – ‘The Man Who Fell From The Sky’

San Diego’s Jonny Dee’s love for the likes of David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson – along with a new found interest in spirituality and peace – has clearly had an influence on his new music. His latest album, ‘The Human Experience’, which was released in the spring, sees Dee declaring himself to be the new saviour of rock and roll, and blending elements of funk, jazz, psychedelia, and soul, combined with a rap sound and rock. Essentially it’s a sound all of his own, which he’s dubbed “psychedelic hip hop”.