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Sunday 07 July 2019

Grrey Daze: Unstable Upbringing Feeds Seeds Of Songwriting For Neo-Soul Sound Practitioner JGrrey

Born in Lambeth, neo-soul sound practitioner 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, she adapted quickly, and soon found herself joining a household of music lovers who encouraged her own interest in music and dance. 


JGreyy continued to move around, undergoing a tumultuous start to life, but that's something she believes has made her into 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."

It's these experiences that have seen JGrrey blossom into a songwriter.

Her debut EP, Grrey Daze, showcases her lyrical dexterity and unique voice; from the 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. 

JGreyy plays The Green Door Store, Brighton, on Tuesday 19th November 2019. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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