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Singer-Songwriter Grace O'Shea on Nashville, Creativity and Her New Single "Blinked"

Moving to Nashville might seem daunting but for singer-songwriter Grace O’Shea, it was a no brainer.


It’s no secret that Nashville is home to legendary country music venues like the Grand Ole Opry House or stars like Dolly Parton. It’s any aspiring country musician’s dream and Grace O’Shea is no exception. A senior at Belmont University, O’Shea said she “fell in love with Nashville immediately” and that the transition wasn’t hard.

O’Shea’s journey began in the sixth grade with her love of poetry. It was an outlet for processing her emotions and when she learned the guitar in eighth grade, the connect happened.

“It’s not something that I wanted to do but almost a need. Even if music wasn’t my career, I would still be writing songs.”

Although O’Shea is pursuing a career in music - her single “Blinked” dropped this past Friday - it’s not all about the listener count. It’s a nice perk she admits, but music is a driving force within her. Even if she wasn’t releasing music and establishing a name for herself, O’Shea is certain it would be a major part of her life. For her, it’s all about creativity.

“It’s never a formulated process.”

There’s no one way to be creative. Some people are spontaneous and others meticulous. Grace O’Shea’s process isn’t formulated. The singer-songwriter says

that “long walks alone with my thoughts and nature” are key and that “song ideas come to [her] as a melody with lyrics.” O’Shea also stresses how important it is to write everyday while simultaneously blocking the world out. She’s a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s theory that all ideas are things that are out in the world already; we just need to be receptive to them.

As if her musical talent wasn’t impressive enough, Grace O’Shea co-founded the all-female business, Hen House, and worked there from 2018 - 2020. During our interview, O’Shea taught me that 98% of music producers are male and 95% of audio engineers are also male. Along with her friend Claire Bidigare-Curtis, the two recognized that a change needed to happen and decided to make a difference by creating Hen House which serves to hig