Sligo based husband and wife front LaGracia who fuse modern RnB with classic soul with a 90's vibe.
The band was originally formed by soul singer Grainne McCarthy & guitarist/bassist Kevin Healy. They started out as a couple and quickly started writing together. Their union kindled a passion that they both had prior to meeting.
Grá grew up as a typical 90’s kid listening to Bubblegum Pop, citing All Saints, Backstreet Boys and The Spice Girls as some of her favourite groups. However alongside this she was lucky to be exposed to the more mature music that her sisters and parents were listening to. In particular she got a (censored) copy of The Fugees album The Score at a young age and her fascination with Hip-Hop and R&B began. Lauryn Hill really caught her attention and by the time The Miseducation came out, Grá was enthralled by Hill’s lyrics, vocals, and melodies. It is still her favourite album today. In addition to this, her parents were listening to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Otis Redding and Van Morrison. She began her music education and started to write poetry and songs at a tender age.
Kevin on the other hand grew up listening to country music such as Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks from his parents and was educated in Rock and Indie from his brothers and peers. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are still his favourite band today and have heavily influenced his guitar and bass playing. He was also a huge Michael Jackson fan from a young age and was lucky enough to attend the “HIStory” tour in 1997.
So they met somewhere in the middle of Rock, Soul and R&B and blended their influences together to create an unique sound. The end result is brave, passionate, and always soulful.
In 2021, they released their debut EP "No One's Fool" which is out now on all streaming platforms! The theme of their debut EP was relationships that we need to break free of.
Since release they have received national and international airplay including Ocean Fm, iRadio, Cork Red Fm and 98FM.
They also were finalists in the Local Hero for Irish Music Week competition in association with Hotpress in October 2021 which gave them the opportunity to record two original songs live in the Hawkswell Theatre Sligo.
They performed at Wild Roots Festival and Sligo Summer Festival in Summer 2022.
Currently they are in the process of preparing to record their second EP which was heavily influenced by and written during the pandemic.
They are planning a belated EP release party as an opportunity to showcase their new music as well as their older music along with a small tour of the north west in the first half of 2023.