Grace Potter is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and frontwoman for the band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Potter’s mesmerizing voice has earned her comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin. Her sound is reminiscent to The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Delta Rae, and ZZ Ward.
As a solo artist, and as a member of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Potter has performed mainly rock music. Her brand of rock, however, has been greatly influenced by a variety of other genres including blues, folk, country, and hard rock.
Besides possessing an amazing voice, Potter is also a talented musician especially on the keyboards. She plays the guitar too.
Potter is the band’s principal songwriter.
Grace Potter Albums
Potter’s first album, Original Soul, hit streets in 2004. Released independently, the album failed to chart.
Her sophomore offering came out eleven years later. To be precise, Midnight dropped Aug. 14, 2015. It peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Between 2005 and 2012, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals issued four albums. Their last two long players—their 2010 self-titled opus and their 2012 submission The Lion the Beast the Beat—both cracked the top 20 on the Billboard 200 (#19 and #17 respectively).
Their single, "Paris (Ooh La La),” appeared in the CW show Hart of Dixie and MTV’s Awkard as well as a commercial for Rizzoli & Isles. The song is a favorite choice for contestants on televised singing competitions.
Potter was born June 20, 1983. She attended high school in South Duxbury, Vermont and then St. Lawrence University in New York State. Potter never graduated from St. Lawrence; she dropped out to pursue a career in music.
While at St. Lawrence she met drummer Matthew Burr. Burr would go on to co-found the Nocturnals and marry Potter. The two tied the knot on the island of St. Barthélemy in May of 2013.
In the mid-2000s, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals began earning a large fan-following around the Northeast particularly Vermont and Boston. They played hundreds of gigs a year while catering to fans of indie music and jam bands.
These experiences made Grace Potter and the Nocturnals a terrific live band. Additionally, it made Grace Potter tickets a hot item.
The group, and by extension Grace Potter, made their first national television appearance in August of 2007 when they appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Over the years, Potter has performed, or toured, with a number of artists including Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Joe Satriani, Levon Helm, Dan Auerbach, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Potter appears on the Kenny Chesney songs: “You and Tequila, “Wild Child,” and “El Cerrito Place.”
In June of 2015, Potter opened for The Rolling Stones and then joined them onstage for a performance of “Gimme Shelter.”