As a young child, Patsy Grace, showed talent in singing, dancing and acting. This led to an early introduction to "the biz" doing commercials, auditioning for parts in plays, and occasionally being placed on top of a bar in the Bronx to sing "New York, New York" for the patrons. Fast forward to today.
Walking into a show, or her art studio, is a journey into a different reality, another era with different sensibilities. It's a complete departure from the present day "world" and yet totally of it. Grace's songs are often rooted in the toils of everyday human existence; yet transcend negativity with humor, wit, dreamscapes and streams of consciousness.
Before calling New Orleans home she lived in New York City. With an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, she has been an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the New York Institute of Technology, but designing and directing arts programs for young children has been a more enduring passion. It was here she came 'out of the closet' and onto the stage as part of the Lower East Side's Anti-folk Community. Her debut CD, Name Her Lucky, produced by Spencer Chakedis on Baby Blue Records, was released in New York in 2000. The cut "Falling" was featured in "Rough Trade Anthology: Antifolk Volume 1," alongside Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, Jeffery Lewis, and Lach. She has been a songwriter and a performer ever since.
In addition to writing and performing her own music, Grace is a painter, educator, puppeteer, and designer. The list goes on. She is currently a visual arts instructor for talented art students in New Orleans. As a freelance artist and designer, her clients include Anthropologie, Macy's, PolyGram Records, and Mignon Faget.
Grace released her second CD, entitled Toodle-oo, Too, produced by Jonno Frishberg, on New Range Records in 2012.