• Khadeeja Grace – “I have a hard time seeing the grey areas”

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    Khadeeja Grace is a producer and songwriter with musical influences from past generations. Khadeeja Grace speaks fondly of growing up listening to great artists such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Roy Ayers, and more. With a mixture of Soul, R&B, Jazz, Gospel, and House, you can tell that Khadeeja Grace is from Chicago in the passionate way she expresses words, sounds, and rhythms.

    In 2008 after becoming a successful visual designer and working for big brands, she decided to learn about digital recording with Protools and Propellerhead. Khadeeja spent the next 6 years developing an original sound underground and later attended Prairie State College to learn the dynamics of sound production from well-established producers. In the 3rd semester of attending PSC and impressing the head of the department, she was referred to Pressure Point Studio to become an assistant engineer as an intern that eventually became a long term relationship.

    It was at Pressure Point Studio that she learned about the music industry and developed an even more polished ear for sound recording and decided to actively pursue the music industry and established relationships that would later benefit in her journey. Khadeeja Grace had the pleasure of assisting on projects with artists and producers such as Donald Lawrence, Darius Brooks, Percy Bady, Tink, PJ Morton, Brandy, and “Stand” from The Birth of a Nation soundtrack and more. Since then, she’s grown into a well-rounded vocalist and producer. She is currently working on her first solo EP on vinyl, as well as working on projects with Legendary House Music producers Steve Silk Hurley & Chip E along with Ron Carroll, Jamie 326.

    To find out why her supporters are calling her Amazing Grace, you can find her on all major streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and Tidal, and more.

     

    Q&A with S&S

    S&S: What’s your style of music? How do you describe it? I consider my music to be more mixed genre music. It has Latin, house, Jazz, and neo-soul influence.

    S&S: Who or what was most instrumental to you when it came to music? It was how heavily my dad was into music and he had a band that would practice every Sunday. They would go buy and collect records and play against them for practice such as Earth Wind and Fire, Roy Ayers, WAR, Ohio Players, and quite a few more.

    S&S: What drives you creatively? My creativity usually comes from hearing a new baseline in my head tbh. Many times I’ll be resting and hear a song in my sleep and get up and record it or, I’ll go to the studio when I’m upset about something just to express it through my music in order to pick myself up

     

    S&S: How much does your audience influence you and your music selection? This is a good question because I never write music just to target an audience…I just create freely and hope that someone would enjoy it, but I do seek out collaborators that understand the audience I’m trying to reach. I then let them remix or put a spin on what I created to fit that audience.

     

    S&S: What artists or genres do you listen to when you’re not working?  I Listen to House, Soulful House, Basonova, Afrobeat/Highlife, Broken Beat, Jazz, and some gospel.

     

    S&S: Do you have any favorite memories of growing up with your family? My favorite memory with family is listening to my father’s band and playing his records every day after school.

     

    S&S: Is there anything you would like people to know about you? That I’m a Black or White type of person. I have a hard time seeing the grey areas about things.

     

    S&S: Are there any charities you are working with or excited to tell us about? There is an organization I support and it’s NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness) and I plan on being even more involved in this area. I used to be a caretaker for a loved one with mental illness and would like to use any platform I have to promote mental health.

     

    S&S: Are there any questions that you wish people would ask you? Where have you been all of these years musically? What inspired you to decide to go forth in music? How and when did you know you were a producer?

     

    S&S: And on the flip side of that, are there any questions or references you wish people would stop asking or using? I wish people would stop saying I was a house/neo-soul music producer. I create mix genre music and don’t like to be compared to anyone artist.

     

    S&S: What artist(s) have you been the most excited to work with? One…The legendary Steve Silk Hurley, Jamie326, Chip E, Nico Lah

     

    S&S: Are there any artists that you dream of working with on a collaboration? I’d like to work with Jarius Mozee, Jill Scott, NoName, Aderson Paak, Thunder Cat and Louis Cole

     

    S&S: What can we look forward to next from you? I’m planning a 4-5 song EP on Vinyl to be released internationally.

     

    Q&A By:Shannon “Skip” Syas – S&S Chicago

    Follow: Khadeeja Grace [iTunes] [Instagram] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Spotify] [Tidal]

    S&S Records, Inc. (and S&S Chicago, Inc.) was established in 2005 by 4-time GRAMMY® nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and global DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. Merging Hurley’s worldwide commercial success and Syas’ strong global following, the dance label has become home to numerous musical greats and one of the most respected blogs on the internet.

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