Rising singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grace Gaustad releases her latest single, “Vaccine For Sympathy.” Listen to it here! The new release follows the wildly successful BLBX seventh episode, “93 Days,” featuring Mariska Hargitay. Watch it here and read the People Q&A with Grace and Mariska here! During this week’s most recent release of episode eight, “Vaccine For Sympathy,” Grace exposes how bullies are made not born. The video was directed by Van Alpert. Watch it here!
Of the track, Grace shares, “’Vaccine For Sympathy’ is about empathizing with the bully. Nobody is born cruel, but made cruel by a harsh world. Although it’s not an excuse, even the meanest of people were once kids whose lights were dimmed far too young.”
“Vaccine For Sympathy” follows the releases of “93 Days”, “Supersonic”, Nightmare”, “Code Black”, “Red”, “Creature”, and “Sandman” from Grace’s forthcoming debut album, BLKBX: wht r u hding. As part of the release, Grace welcomes fans and listeners into the world of BLKBX, a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, and multi-sensory world where all are safe and welcome, with a new song and accompanying video weekly this summer, culminating with the album’s twelfth and final track release on August 20th. The listener responses to Grace’s messages from BLKBX have been emotional and overwhelming. Her direct messages are filled with listeners dealing with trauma that feel touched by her messages. In addition to each song and video, Grace is also revealing the backstory behind each song in exclusive videos available at https://blkbxproject.org/.
BLKBX chronicles Grace’s life, shining a light on her experience as a bisexual teen who was gender, body and beauty shamed, and bullied for having a learning disability. The album was created as a safe haven for a generation beset with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, uncontrolled emotions, and tendencies to self-harm to be an outlet for everyone to come and listen and feel safe.
At just 19, Grace has quickly begun establishing herself as a young artist to watch. Earlier this year, she released her sophomore EP, Welcome To Jupiter 1.0. Billboard declared, “There aren’t too many 19-year-olds with the vocal firmness of Grace Gaustad”. Prior to her 2019 debut EP, Human, Grace uploaded a riveting and raw piano and vocal cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” that organically caught fire on her Instagram when she was just 16 years old. With over 400k followers on Instagram, the clip has amassed over 25 million views and over 2 million views on YouTube.
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