Compared to both James Galway and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Sean Grace brings together the often disparate worlds of classical, jazz, celtic-folk and progressive rock. As music critic RJ Lannan stated: “Grace’s celtic-rock meets instrumental jazz formula puts him in his own class of musical wizardry.”
At just 10 years of age he performed at Carnegie Hall. At 11, he won the U.S. championship for Irish traditional music on both the flute and the Irish whistle. At 12, he entered the Juilliard School of Music on scholarship and by the time he graduated high school he would be the featured soloist with a symphony orchestra on one night and on the next sharing the stage with some of jazz greats at New York’s legendary club the Bottom Line.
Born in Huntington, New York, the son of Irish immigrant parents and the youngest of eight, Grace from a very early age demonstrated a unique musical talent. Although performing Mozart flute concertos in front of admiring audiences as a pre-pubescent wunderkind was plenty fun, he got far more enjoyment out of playing Jethro Tull cover tunes with his junior-high school rock band. It was from these early and wildly different experiences that formed the foundation of what was to become a truly original and innovative composer and performing artist.
His first nationally distributed album was Celtic Voyage. After its release in 1995 it quickly became the best selling CD in its category for the Border’s Books & Music chain. That same year he headlined a series of concerts for Amnesty International raising both awareness and money for Irish prisoners of war. He spent the next several years performing and working on new compositions for his next effort – New Frontiers.
Released in spring 2004, New Frontiers was one of Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s “Best Picks” of that year and then went on to achieve #1 record of the year with “most-spins” on over 200 new-age/world-music radio stations world-wide (NAR). Not stopping there, the single “Street Flight” went on to debut at #3 for “most-station-adds” on the R&R Smooth Jazz radio chart in ’05.
In 2008, he was chosen as a featured artist at the Emerging Artist concert series presented by the prestigious Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
With a captivating and energetic stage presence, most fans would agree that to witness Grace live is by far the better way to experience his artistry. In concert, when he’s not breathlessly burning up the keys on one of his many flutes and whistles he’s charming audiences with his stories and “good craic” (banter). A true entertainer who’s appeal transcends genre and generation.
Grace has been featured on CBS News, News12 Long Island, Newsday, The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, New York Times, Jazz Times Magazine, Irish Music Magazine and in numerous other media.
See also: http://www.gracemediaworks.com/