Its mid-July, and the race for the song of the summer is heating up. Pop singers are rushing to praise the sun and the sand and the parties that warm weather always seems to prompt. But what about pop music for people who find all of it- from the humidity to the hormones to the mandate to socialize- downright oppressive? Is there room in the world for an anti-summer song? Baker Grace is betting that there is. The teenaged New Jersey singer makes music thats just as catchy, pouty, and sexy as that of any pop star you might name. Unlike those other singers, though, shell never put on a fake smile: if shes not happy, shes going to let you know.
That candor has always been her calling card. Honesty was her hallmark in Bitters Kiss, the pop project she started when she was fourteen years old, and shes carried that over to Girl, I Know, the acclaimed five-song EP she released earlier this year. As the title implies, its a set of straight talk shes taking a hard look at the all the forces that make young people doubt themselves, and shes serving notice that shell overcome all of them. This is pop, yes, but its pop for realists, made by a young woman who leads with a preternatural sense of self-possession. The set got the attention of Ones To Watch, which wrote that the EP proves that Baker Grace is ready to conquer the pop world. (The pop world should be so lucky.)