Songwriter and composer, Grace Duncan, grew up in the heart of Te Matau-a-Māui (Hawkes Bay), Aotearoa (NZ) beginning her musical journey in both the classical and contemporary worlds, songwriting and playing violin. These two worlds merge in her upcoming EP - Ruminations, where expansive swelling strings and rippling guitar melodies lay open a space for honesty and vulnerability as Grace explores concepts of emotional and mental strength around purpose and identity.

As a recent Massey University graduate with a Bachelor of Commercial Music, Grace released her first single “Come, We Must Go” melding her classical background with taonga pūoro (traditional Māori instruments), te reo Māori and English; reflecting on the beginning of her journey embracing the uncomfortable truth of Aotearoa's colonial history, and her journey stepping into the responsibility and blessing of learning about te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and te ao Māori. Her second single “Time Will Tell” instantly melds a swirl of ethereal vocals, synth and guitar pulling the listener into a trance of questioning and rethinking conclusions before settling with the faith one once held.

 

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