As a card-carrying member of the South Austin scene, Grace Pettis has amassed bragging rights to spare. She just signed a multi-year publishing deal in February of 2019 with BMG Music and is fresh on the heels of two official SXSW showcases, as Grace Pettis and as a member of Nobody's Girl, Austin's newest songwriter supergroup (with BettySoo and Rebecca Loebe). She is the winner of many of the nation’s most prestigious songwriting contests, including Kerrville New Folk Contest and NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, where she also took “best song” honors. She has received grants over the past two years from the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, enabling her to attend the Chris Difford Songwriting Retreat, the South Louisiana Songwriters Festival and Workshop, and the Buddy Holly Songwriting Retreat and to co-write new songs with award-winning, chart-topping songwriters. Pettis' songs have been recorded by other esteemed artists, including former State Musician of Texas Sara Hickman and three-time Grammy-nominated blues artist Ruthie Foster. (Ruthie Foster covered two Grace Pettis songs on her spring 2017 release, Joy Comes Back.)
Grace’s self-released, fan-funded studio albums have garnered praise from critics, fans, and industry alike over the years. Her first two albums, Grace Pettis (2009) and Two Birds (2012) were recorded at Blue Rock Studio in Wimberley, Texas, and produced by veteran Billy Crockett. Her latest full-length album, A Little Noise, produced by Daniel Barrett, remains unreleased.
In the fall of 2018, Grace released two new EPs. The first is an independently released acoustic collection of songs written with longtime lead guitar player Calloway Ritch, entitled Blue Star in a Red Sky. The second, produced by Michael Ramos and recorded at Firefly Studios in Fischer, Texas with an all-star backing band (JJ Johnson, David Grissom, Glenn Fukunaga, Michael Ramos) was the debut release of the new, critically acclaimed songwriting trio, Nobody's Girl (BettySoo, Rebecca Loebe, and Grace Pettis). This EP, Waterline, was released by boutique record label Lucky Hound Music.
2019 finds Grace Pettis doing what she does best- making music. Catch her with her band at an Austin club, headlining a festival with Nobody's Girl, or on her own, trying out new songs in a little gem of a listening room, somewhere in America.