We get to know the London-based singer-songwriter garnering plaudits from Annie Mac and Billie Eilish.
With her woozy sound, diaristic lyrics and velvety vocals, JGrrey has been catching critics’ attention since she burst onto the scene with 2017’s “Ready to Die”. Since then, she’s released two EPs, dropped a well-received COLOURS session and supported Billie Eilish on her European tour, introducing South London’s experimental neo-soul sound to audiences far from the capital.
Equal parts introspective and nostalgic in her songs, she’s surprisingly laidback as she chats to HUNGER about her musical beginnings, hopes for 2021 and advice to young creatives.
When did you first get into music?
I’ve always enjoyed listening to music. I realised I had the potential to make music in 2017, I guess that was my awakening.
How would you describe your sound in three words?
Genuine, honest and open.
Do you have any advice for young creatives?
Go with your gut, know your worth and be organised. I’ve only realised recently that, if you want recognition — to do well, play hard, get your streams up and be the best thing since sliced bread — then have to be in control of what you’re doing. No one is going to care about your ideas or your vision as much as you are. You’ve got to know what you’re doing.
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you were 16?
That’s a bit of a deep one. I suppose at 16, I knew everything I needed to know. Actually, no, I wish I knew how to do my makeup better!
One item in your wardrobe that you can’t live without?
I Love a varsity jacket, so it’s got to be my Braindead varsity jacket.
What’s one thing that’s bringing you joy right now?
I’m going to pick up a puppy in two days. I have a son already called Berrtie Grrey and in two days I’m going to pick up Brronson Grrey.
Do you think the government needs to give more support to the music industry right now?
The government are a hot mess. I think they should be giving a lot more support to a lot of people including key workers, the NHS and, of course, the music and entertainment industry.
What are your hopes for 2021?
I hope the world fixes itself and that a lot of people and things get left in 2020. And obviously, I hope more people stumble across my music.
2 December 2020