With her harp on her back and her heart on her sleeve, this award-winning American singer-songwriter has toured across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, converting harp skeptics into devout followers with genre-bending songs that challenge the conventions of her instrument and connect with listeners across cultures.
“an innovator par excellence.” -Ticket Magazine
“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.” – Grammy-winner Marc Cohn.
Gillian has sold out listening rooms from Sicily to Siberia. She has carried her harp on her back and her heart on her sleeve across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, including tours for the State Department and Fulbright Program, and has conducted workshops and masterclasses for the American Harp Society, the National Clarsach Society, and the School Vor De Kunsten.
“Harfenspielerin Gillian Grassie ist hörbar eine Entdeckung…” STERN.de
She delights in bringing the harp to unconventional spaces and is equally comfortable performing at a private gala for HRH Prince Albert of Monaco as she is opening for Amanda Palmer, serenading a TEDx audience at The New York Times Center, or playing a multi-day wedding in India. Her innovative and effortless harpistry demands attention, but it is her exceptionally expressive voice and sophisticated but accessible songwriting that reels in her listeners – hook, line, and sinker.
“La delicatezza di Norah Jones unita in certi passaggi alla grinta di Adele ma con un particolare speciale che la rende unica: quello di unire la sua voce al suono dell’arpa, la capacità di sfiorare quelle corde e creare un momento magico, quasi etereo, rendendo il tutto molto soave ma allo stesso tempo sensuale, dolce ma accattivante, capace di coinvolgere e rapire.” –YES News, Italy
This trifecta of talents has earned her a prestigious Watson Fellowship, numerous accolades, major label offers, and the devotion of her fans, who crowdfunded her moody sophomore album, The Hinterhaus, produced by Todd Sickafoose (Anaïs Mitchell, Andrew Bird, Erin McKeown).
“…an awesome combination of Pippi Longstocking, drinking buddy, and the Mata Hari. Trust me, you never saw anything like this.” -The Beta Blog
Her latest release, The Woodlands Sessions EP, has been praised as “soulfull…ravishing…dazzling…” (Philadelphia Magazine). After making a home for herself in the art-scene of Berlin over the past few years, Gillian is recently returned to the United States and currently hangs her hat in Los Angeles.
For fans of Bon Iver, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, Adele, and Feist.
all photos by Shervin Lainez