JGrrey

Metropolis Music Presents

Saturday, 16th November 2019

Rough Trade Bristol

Doors 7:30pm
On-stage 7:30pm
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At just 25-years-old, London musician JGrrey has already carved out a musical niche with her searingly
honest songwriting, dry sense of humour and butter smooth vocals.

Born in Lambeth, JGrrey (an enigmatic amalgamation of her first initial and her favourite colour) moved
around between various foster homes until the age of five, when she was adopted along with her half
brother. “I only really remember my last foster home” she says. “It was good. I really liked it and I
remember being like, ‘I could live here.’ So when I got adopted, I remember I liked meeting my parents,
but I thought, "Fuck's sake, no. I wanna stay! We moved to Edgware, and the first month was terrible.
It’s funny for me to think about now, the way tiny me behaved.” Luckily, J adapted quickly, and soon
found herself joining a household of music lovers who encouraged her own interest in music and dance.
When she was in her final years of primary school, she moved again, this time to a small village in
Hertfordshire. “I got badly bullied at my new school, and then when I started secondary school, I bullied
other people” she says. “Then, near the end of secondary school, I realized that actually being nice is the
easiest thing to do, so when I left, I spent the longest period of time apologizing to people”
Despite having a tumultuous start to life, J credits being constantly on the move, constantly changing
surroundings and observing humans with making her the songwriter she is today. “I've always been
weirdly self-aware.” she explains. “I remember when I was at foster homes, I was always trying to figure
out the situation. In some ways it’s worked against me, that's why I started being uncomfortable around
people, I thought being mean was what you did to make friends, because that’s what the popular kids
did. But on the other hand, I think it’s what helps me with my music. I can freestyle about stuff because
I've been so observant about the way humans behave around each other.”
Her first song was made by complete chance. JGrrey had moved again, this time to live with an
ex-boyfriend in Manchester, when she was nineteen. “It was a terrible decision” she laughs. “I did
absolutely nothing no job, no plans to get a job, I would just get high all day. I remember once, my
boyfriend at the time was like, "Oh, we should try out my brother's mic." The pair spent a day making a
song. They shot an accompanying video, and then got high. “None of it was serious, but then I
remember watching it and thinking, "This is cool." Like, it wasn't that bad. So I posted it on my Tumblr”.
Unknown to JGrrey, Roll Deep’s Manga Saint Hilaire followed her account, and on seeing the video and
recognising her unbridled talent, he reached out and invited her to a studio session. “I'd never done it
before” reminisces J. “I walk in and [Roll Deep’s] Flowdan and Danny Weed are there with Nana Rogues
[Drake, Skepta]; people that I grew up listening to. I couldn’t believe it. I was so nervous I was shaking.”
Up until her first session JGrrey had experimented with other professions. She’d once started her own
YouTube channel where she’d vlog about her honest and funny observations. These videos were noticed

by SBTV’s Jamal Edwards, who invited her to be part of a show called Kojo’s Comedy Funhouse. She did
a few episodes, but never saw herself as a comedian. She quit, and landed jobs as a stylist assistant,
before eventually moving to manchester, where she admits to feeling somewhat lost.
After her other roles, there was something about being in a studio that “just clicked" she says. She
recorded a song called Zoning on her first session, but JGrrey has always been her own fiercest critic,
and quickly realised she could do better. With Nana Rogues technical advice, she bought her own
equipment, and largely self-taught, evolved into a singer, songwriter and bedroom producer. Drawing
inspiration from everything from her own childhood to her smart observations on the human condition,
J's approach to songwriting is frank, honest and relatable, and with her gorgeous Sade-esque vocals and
incredible style, she's a true triple threat. Her mesmerising Colours session in 2017 propelled her into
the limelight, even resulting in a writing session with Lily Allen and a global campaign with Adidas and
ASOS.
2019 is set to be her biggest year yet. The singers debut EP, Grrey Daze,is an incredible body of work
that truly showcases her lyrical dexterity and incredible voice; from the gorgeous and hypnotic lead
single Notice which finds JGrrey musing over toxic relationships and vying for the attention of bad
partners, to Pretty Insane, a hazy, free-flowing interlude in which JGrrey talks candidly about mental
health. It’s a testament to her raw talent, which has already been supported by the likes of Annie Mac,
Anime, Jorja Smith, Julie Adenuga, DJ Target and Peter Rosenberg. On the 20th March, she'll play her
first headline show at Hackney Creative Social Club, a gig which sold out in less than 2 weeks, despite
the EP not being released yet. Intelligent and fiercely talented, her musical output was one that was
years in the making. She’s been biding her time, but now she’s a force to be reckoned with; the future is
JGrrey.