Gracie Schram: Beyond her years
Chances are you haven’t yet heard of Gracie Schram, but chances are you will, soon enough.
Schram is 15 years old, a sophomore in high school, and she’s from Leawood, but she’s not your typical suburban teen.
She’s a singer/songwriter who will soon self-release (most likely) a record she has been making for two years, schlepping to Nashville to work with Grammy-winning producer Charlie Peacock, who has, by the way, worked with the Civil Wars.
The album will be called “I Am Me,” and it’s a collection of country- and folk-tinged pop tunes that sound sophisticated beyond her years.
Some are songs of inspiration, like “We Are the Change”: “Who says we have to wait / Who says, who says, we can’t be the wind that starts the wave / We are the change.”
Others address the kinds of isolation and doubt that most adolescents endure, like “Wallflower”: “I am a wallflower / You might miss me if you’re not looking.”
And then there’s the effervescent “Yellow Shoes,” a sing-along ditty sugar-coated with whistles: “It’s a rainbow-colored life / You get to choose your point of view / I get a twinkle in my eye / Lucky I’m lucky in my yellow shoes.”
Like Taylor Swift, Schram can write with savvy about teen romance. From “What If I Like You, Too”: “You asked me out a thousand times / But I always found something better to do / You stuck around long enough / That now I caught on to you ... What are you going to do, if I like you, too?”
The comparisons to Swift are easy, but vocally Schram also resembles Colbie Caillat, Leah Nash of Sixpence None the Richer and another local singer, Kristen May, now of Flyleaf and formerly of the Kansas City band Vedera.
Schram’s strength, though, is her songs, which, like Swift’s, are well-crafted and poised to resonate beyond the girls she is singing to.
Gracie Schram plays at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at RecordBar.