"Harfenspielerin Gillian Grassie ist hörbar eine Entdeckung..." STERN.de
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When Grammy-winner Marc Cohn first saw her perform, he called himself “an instant Gillian Grassie fan,„ observing, “it’s rare to hear a young singer with such control and understated soulfulness, and even more rare to hear a harp provide such a deep percussive groove. I was immediately captivated by her sound.„ Traveling the world with her harp on her back and her heart on her sleeve, Gillian’s compositions challenge the conventions of her instrument and showcase a knack for “turning seemingly insignificant events [ ] into songs worthy of everyone’s attention,„ (Origivation Magazine).

Her modern approach the harp, expressive vocals, and sophisticated but relatable songwriting have earned her grants from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation and the U.S. State Department, a slew of awards, and the devotion of her fans, who collectively funded her 2013 release, The Hinterhaus, with a successful kickstarter campaign that allowed her to partner with producer Todd Sickafoose (Anaïs Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Erin McKeown) and an all-star line-up of guest musicians, including Grammy-winner Janis Ian (also a backer of the project). Shortly after launching The Hinterhaus, Gillian moved into a hinterhaus of her very own, relocating to Berlin where she’s been based off and on for the past three years.

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