Northwest Folklife feels honored to have Grace Love and the True Loves perform at the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival. She is blowing up this year, performing at not only Folklife, but Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, and Bumbershoot!
We recently had the chance to have a little chat with Grace Love herself about herself, her sound, and the True Loves.
NWFL: Are you originally from Seattle? If so, which neighborhood?
GL: I am not- I was born in Memphis, TN and raised in the lovely city of Tacoma, WA.
NWFL: How did the True Loves come to be, and where did the name come from?
GL: I was doing a solo project for a while and the guitarist, bassist, and drummer has a jam going and invited me to sit in. I obligied, and the rest is the story unfolding in front of everyone. I’m not sure where the name True Loves came from I think it was a play on my name and getting as vintage as we could.
NWFL: How long have you been interested in/singing and performing soul music? Does it predate the formation of the band?
GL: I have been in the arts all of my life- I didn’t pursue it until I was about 19, my mother passes and I thought life is too short to do the things you don’t want to do. I never thought I could have a full backing band, when it began to form I just let it flow.
NWFL: How would you describe your sound to people who have never listened to you before?
GL: I say original Seattle Soul most people nod as if they get it. Then I just say come out and listen to the band.
NWFL: Why did you choose to release your singles, and eventually your album, on vinyl?
GL: Because it holds true to originality- we aren’t like other groups and also the sound is by far the best and it’s a bucket list for a lot of us in the group.
NWFL: How does it feel to be playing Northwest Folklife Festival, Timber, and Bumbershoot all in the same year, before your album is even out?
GL: I personally feel blessed, and humbled, to those who know me, know I have been working hard at it for a very long time. It’s going to be an amazing story to tell in years to come.
NWFL: What can we expect to see during your performance at Folklife?
GL: Soul drenched and pure heart warming emotions and lost of laughing and dancing.
8. If you could perform alongside anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?
GL: As hard as that question is probably Ray Charles- he’s my go to when I need a change in my spirit!
She will be performing Saturday May, 23 at Northwest Folklife Festival, from 7:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m. at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre. You can check out her other upcoming tour dates on her Facebook page, or website at www.graceloveandthetrueloves.com.